New app for reporting vessel entry into the US

New app for reporting vessel entry into the US

INTRODUCING A NEW OPTION FOR REPORTING US & CANADIAN PLEASURE BOAT ARRIVAL TO US CBP (Customs and Border Protection) - limited ports at this time

By Daria Blackwell - 12/06/2018

Note: the ROAM app is intended only for Canadian and US registered vessels. If you're on a foreign vessel, and require a US cruising permit, then you can't use ROAM.

Official Email from US Customs about New CBP ROAM
Posted: 31 May 2018 10:27 AM PDT

It is our pleasure to announce that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is launching the CBP Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile (ROAM) app, a new way for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry in select locations nationwide! This app provides pleasure boaters with a convenient and efficient way to report their U.S. entry from a personal device, as opposed to calling their local CBP number. Please note: Float plans are no longer required, and the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) is being discontinued in the coming months. A notice will be posted to the SVRS website with a specific date and thereafter all travelers will be directed to utilize the CBP ROAM app. Your SVRS, Local Boater, or Registered Traveler numbers will remain in effect and can be utilized and saved within the app to expedite reporting.

What is the CBP ROAM app?

The CBP ROAM app is a free mobile application that provides a new and faster option for pleasure boaters to report their U.S. entry to CBP. Travelers can use their personal smart device (or a tablet located at partner businesses) to satisfy reporting requirements in select areas. All travelers, regardless of nationality or citizenship, are eligible to use the CBP ROAM app.

Where can the CBP ROAM app be used?

Currently, the CBP ROAM app can be used to report U.S. entry by pleasure boat in Florida, select locations in Minnesota, and in the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence River area between Buffalo and Ogdensburg, NY. Additional locations are being added, and travelers should contact their local port of entry to confirm whether arrival submissions via the CBP ROAM app are accepted.

Download CBP ROAM on your Android or Apple device! Detailed instructions on how to install and use the app on a personal device are attached for your reference. Click Here to download CBP ROAM App Instructions.pdf
For more information on the CBP ROAM app, visit the CBP ROAM page on CBP’s website. For CBP ROAM questions or comments, please reach out to

This program is a pilot and is still under development; please report any difficulties or comments to this email box and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Happy boating and stay safe!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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