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Travel Advisory - Victoria Day 2014 Holiday Weekend in Canada

Release Date: 
May 15, 2014

PEMBINA, N.D. — Victoria Day (Monday, May 19, 2014) unofficially marks the end of the winter season and thus the beginning of summer.  Border traffic volumes are expected to be greatly increased during this holiday weekend and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding all travelers planning trips across the border into the United States to make sure they have their proper documents.

CBP encourages travelers to plan trips in advance and to obtain a valid, acceptable travel document, such as a passport, a U.S. passport card, a trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES), a permanent resident card or an enhanced driver’s license.  Possession of these documents will expedite entry into the United States and make future border crossings more efficient.

Border traffic volumes are expected to significantly increase during the weekend of Friday May 16 through Monday May 19 for Victoria Day, and all travelers are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ to cross the border more efficiently.

  1. Check out the new CBP website

The CBP site has been completely redesigned to help users quickly access the content they need.  It also is optimized for access by smart phones and makes use of a new content delivery network that will improve access internationally.

  1. Beat the border rush

Cross during off-peak times, such as before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m.  Most lines at the border start building in the morning and carry on into early afternoon.

Monitor wait times for the ports of International Falls, Minnesota, and Pembina, North Dakota here.  Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light use/short waits.

  1. Keep travel documents handy

Make sure each passenger has the correct travel document accessible and ready to give to the CBP Officer.

If you are a frequent international traveler and have not already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now.  For more information, please visit CBP’s Trusted Traveler site.

  1. Know the contents of your vehicles and be prepared to declare all items

Travelers are required to declare all items being imported into the United States from Canada.  If you are not sure about what to declare, do not hesitate to ask the CBP Officer.

Travelesr should familiarize themselves with “Know Before You Go”.

  1. Know what food products can be imported

Many fruits, meats, dairy, and poultry products are prohibited from being imported into the United States from Canada.

For more information, view Prohibited and Restricted Items.

  1. Declare all firearms

Travelers are reminded that specific requirements must be met to import or export firearms and ammunition to/from the United States.  For more information on the importation or exportation of firearms and ammunition visit ATF,  State Dept., and Commerce Dept. websites or contact CBP at 701-825-5800. 

Our dual mission is to facilitate travel in the United States while we secure our borders, our people and our visitors from those that would do us harm like terrorists and terrorist weapons, criminals and contraband.

For more information on international traveling into the United States visit CBP’s Travel site.