Port of Departure Law and Legal Definition

According to 22 CFR 46.1 [Title 22. Foreign Relations; Chapter I. Department of State; Subchapter E. Visas; Part 46. Control of Aliens Departing from the United States], the term 'port of departure' means “a port in the continental United States, Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, designated as a port of entry by the Attorney General or by the Commissioner, or in exceptional circumstances such other place as the departure-control officer may, in his discretion, designate in an individual case, or a port in American Samoa, Swains Island, the Canal Zone, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, designated as a port of entry by the chief executive officer thereof.”