Advanced Passenger Information System

For security reasons, several countries have introduced the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) for international travel. This means that before undertaking an international General Aviation flight, you have to provide certain aircraft , crew and passenger information to the respective country’s immigration authorities.


Implemented in 2009 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) this rule requires that private aircraft pilots (or their designees) submit an electronical notice of departure and a notice of arrival via a crew/passenger manifest prior to departing the USA for a foreign destination and prior to departing a foreign destination back to the USA. For more detailed information on the USA eAPIS members can visit our Aeronautical Information Section.


Published in Cuba’s Official Gazette in March 2007, Cuba implemented its APIS which also applies to GA flights. Cuba requires API to be submitted for all inbound flights. For more information on Cuba’s APIS and the submission process members can access the Cuba Procedures & Forms Section.

Mexico APIS

Caribbean Sky Tours, with the support and backing of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), has been working with the Mexican government to facilitate the process for filing Mexican API manifests by General Aviation pilots.

In September of 2014, the Mexican Immigration Institute (INM) issued an Official Clarification Letter in response to meetings held with INM in Mexico City followed by an official letter of inquiry sent to INM in April 2014 regarding the submission process for Mexican API. The Official Clarification Document explains some of the misconceptions that exist in the industry and it is the first written response received.

This is a Summary of the letter:

  • APIS was mandatory as of January 1, 2014
  • Fines range for US$ 5,000 to US$ 50,000. A Mexican APIS must be filed with Mexican Immigration for flights TO and FROM Mexico
  • The program was managed centrally until June, 2014 when training began with immigration authorities at the regional level
  • A new interim process for filing a Mexican APIS for PRIVATE General Aviation flights is now available that DOES NOT require the use of a third party portal
  • The timing requirements for when manifests have to be filed have been modified to make it easier to comply within a more reasonable time frame (First APIS submission can be made within 24 hours prior to departure; the second submission must be made 30 minutes prior to departure)
  • Work continues by the Mexican government on a free, public portal for filing APIS for General Aviation Flights
  • The new procedure establishes that a manifest must be filed by completing the approved Excel spreadsheet provided by Mexican Immigration. For more information on how to do this, our members can turn to our Mexico Procedures & Forms Section.

» Mexican APIS Submission by CST

If you would like to have us file your Mexico APIS you can still proceed with the purchase of Mexico APIS and have it processed by us. To do so, we kindly ask you to first pre-purchase the number of APIS submission that you will require for your planned trip(s). Please note that for all flights to Mexico you will require two APIS submissions, one for your flight into Mexico and a second one for your flight from Mexico. Please make sure you have access to a computer with internet connection to be able to complete the Excel spreadsheet.

The procedure to request CST to process and submit APIS on your behalf is as follows:

  1. Visit our Pilot Shop and purchase the required number of APIS filings.

  2. Once you have successfully completed the purchase, we will automatically be notified and we will send you the corresponding documents and instructions. The documents we will be sending to you include an Excel Spreadsheet and additional files containing reference information needed to correctly fill out the Spreadsheet.

  3. Once you have completed the Excel spreadsheet you need to return the file to this e-mail address:

    Once we have submitted your APIS manifest and received confirmation, we will advise you via email. Unfortunately, the system implemented by INM does not have an automated confirmation message generated by the Mexican government.

  4. Please allow 48 hours for processing.

Fees for APIS submissions are non-refundable;
once we have processed your APIS and submitted it to the Mexican government,
there are no refunds or credits if flights are canceled or rescheduled.

IMPORTANT: As we have no way of validating any of the information provided, we cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the data you are submitting to the Mexican government. By using this service, you are accepting responsibility for the accuracy of the data and holding Mako Leasing Company I, LLC harmless from any enforcement action due to incorrect/incomplete/erroneous data supplied on this Excel spreadsheet.


CARICOM APIS was implemented in 2007 by the Caribbean Community. The following are the CARICOM Member States that require API submissions: Antigua y Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines & Trinidad and Tobago.

For more information please write to

From the USA Call Toll Free : 1 (866) 420-9265 or 1 (786) 206-6147
Mexico number : +52 (222) 375-2630
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