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Arizona Ports of Entry Urge Easter Holiday Travelers to Apply Early for Permits

Release Date: 
March 17, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. - Mexican border crossing card (or “laser visa”) holders who plan to make an extended visit to the United States during the Easter holiday season are urged to apply for their I-94 early to avoid the expected lines and delays at the Arizona ports of entry.

“With the ending of the spring holiday season and “Semana Santa”, “we expect the remaining of the month of March to be a very busy period”,  said Nogales, Arizona Port Director, Guadalupe Ramirez, with that in mind, we are suggesting those travelers who need permits to apply early and avoid possible delays.”

Travelers seeking I-94 documents at the Nogales ports of entry may apply any time, but are encouraged to apply early to avoid the rush during the days surrounding the Easter and “Semana Santa” holiday. The essential permit, which costs $6, allows visitors crossing through Nogales, Arizona farther than 75 miles from the border and to stay up to six months in the U.S.

Due to the large holiday demand and lack of parking at the DeConcini port of entry, travelers are advised to consider the option of walking into the U.S. to obtain their I-94 prior to their planned trip. Parking in both Mexico and the United States can be a concern when traveling with younger or older family members, which is why preplanning, is urged. All traveling family members requesting a permit need to be present during the I-94 application process and  must be able to establish financial solvency and proof of residency outside the U.S. Should a special needs case arise as a result of health or incapacity, the Arizona ports of entry are asking that a CBP officer be notified for additional guidance.   

A new and additional office in Nogales, located at the Mariposa port is designed to expedite processing of additional travelers seeking their I-94 documents (permisos) during the month of March for “Semana Santa”. The office at Mariposa will be available to issue I-94 permits during peak times weekends and the week of “Semana Santa”.

Travelers seeking I-94 documents at Mariposa are encouraged to use this new additional office Building B-700 which is easily accessible and offers generous public parking at the north end of the port of entry. The port of Nogales is pleased to make this office available from during weekends and Semana Santa period.

For further information on what to expect at a port of entry, document requirements, and prohibited or restricted items, travelers can visit  

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017