Border waits expected this week

Published on Thu, May 19, 2011
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing the early opening of additional inspectional lanes into the United States for travelers during the start of this Victoria Day holiday weekend.  

Border traffic volumes are expected to peak during this period, which traditionally marks the start of the summer travel season.
Beginning Friday May 20, all inspection lanes will open at 6 a.m. at the Peace Arch, Pacific Highway and Sumas ports of entry.

On Saturday May 21, all inspection lanes will be open at 5 a.m. at the Peace Arch, Pacific Highway and Sumas ports of entry.  Travelers are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these early openings to avoid long delays during peak hours of operation.

Holiday weekends, warming weather and shopping opportunities all contribute to the increase in traffic flowing into the United States and causing congestion at the border.   CBP advises travelers to plan your trip ahead of time, consult the CBP website (www.cbp.gov) to monitor border wait times, review the “Know Before You Go” tip sheet and take advantage of the early opening of additional inspectional lanes.

CBP strongly encourages travelers to obtain a radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document such as a U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License/Enhanced Identification Card or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST/EXPRES) to expedite their entry and make future border crossings more efficient.  The new Ready Lane is open at Peace Arch for those travelers with RFID-enabled cards.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), implemented on June 1, 2009, requires all travelers, 16 years of age and older, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, to present a valid, acceptable travel document that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the United States.