Press-Republican

March 29, 2013

Border busy for holiday weekend


Press-Republican

---- — CHAMPLAIN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations is advising travelers to expect an increase in traffic at the border this holiday weekend.

Travelers can obtain local border traffic conditions by visiting the website www.cbp.gov. Wait time is updated hourly and can be useful in identifying periods of light traffic.

Travelers are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Know Before You Go section of the website. They should have travel documents available for inspection and be prepared to declare all items acquired outside or being imported into the United States.

The border continues to experience longer wait times than usual due to sequestration cutbacks, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The statement said the agency is “working to minimize these impacts, while maintaining the highest standards of security.”

Approved travel documents needed to enter the United States by land and sea include a valid passport, U.S. Passport Card, Trusted Traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST) or an Enhanced Driver’s License.

Children younger than 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate. Visit the website getyouhome.gov for more information.

The agency notes that the ports at Jamieson’s Line, Cannon Corners and Churubusco can’t process any immigration-related issues, such as I-94s, and waivers. Only returning U.S. citizens, permanent residents and travelers in compliance with I-94 requirements and immigration status should use these ports of entry.

Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program, which allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada.

Application forms are available on the Canada Border Services Agency website at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca, and travelers can apply online at www.cbp.gov.

More information is also available toll-free at (866) NEXUS 26, which is (866) 639-8726.