A more popular definition of stress is: being put in a position of high expectation and low control. Based on this definition, most international operators are likely to agree that clearing customs is about as stressful as it gets. When customs is the only thing standing between the passenger and the business or leisure that awaits them outside the airport, the pressure is on. Yet, if there’s improper paperwork, technical glitches, a customs agent in a bad mood or any other problem appears, all eyes turn to the flight crew. But clearing customs doesn’t have to be stressful.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an industry with more regulations than aviation. And, it’s your job to stay on top of them. Which is why, when you’ve got a trip scheduled to a foreign land, you may opt for the path of least resistance when it comes to double-checking operating requirements, updating yourself on aviation regulations and scrutinizing the latest customs procedures. Here are four tips to help make your research more fruitful and less time consuming.
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