• Holiday Travel Reminder
  • November 10, 2008 | Authors: Pierre Georges Bonnefil; Héctor A. Chichoni; Robert S. Groban; Jang Hyuk Im; William M. Poole
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  • On October 8, 2008, the CBP reminded travelers who are planning trips across the Canadian border to anticipate heavy traffic during the upcoming holiday season and to make sure they have their proper documents.

    All travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, now are asked to present proof of citizenship and identity when entering the United States at land and sea ports of entry. This requirement can be met with a passport, NEXUS frequent crosser card, an enhanced British Columbia or Washington State driver’s license, a passport card or a birth certificate with a driver’s license. Travelers aged 18 or under may present just a birth certificate.

    CBP recommends further that travelers plan their trips, avoid peak travel times-typically between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M., and consider alternate ports of entry. In addition, in order to avoid long delays during the reconstruction phase of the Peace Arch port of entry, it is recommended that travelers use the nearby and less heavily traveled Pacific Highway, Lynden or Sumas ports of entry.

    Additionally, travelers are reminded not to attempt to bring unauthorized fruits, meats and dairy/poultry products into the United States from Canada without first checking whether they are permitted. For additional information on the above, please review the "Know Before You Go" tip sheet located at: www.cbp.gov.