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CBP Advises Arizona Travelers to Prepare for Holiday

Release Date: 
May 23, 2013

TUCSON, ARIZ.—In an effort to provide the best possible service to the traveling public, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials throughout Arizona are proactively reminding the traveling public to make sure they have the proper documents, and to plan for a possible increase in traffic over the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-27).

In compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, must present documentary proof of citizenship. These documents include a passport, U.S. Passport Card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI or FAST) or an enhanced driver's license. Children under the age of 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate. Please visit the WHTI website for additional information.

Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the SENTRI program, which allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay.

Travelers should also plan for extra time in the event of possible exceptionally-heavy traffic, or consider using alternate entry routes at less heavily travelled ports.

Be advised that not all ports of entry process commercial traffic. For individuals seeking a commercial port, visit the CBP.gov Web site or contact your local CBP office.

CBP expects higher traffic volumes between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and anticipates less of a delay for travelers crossing outside of those hours. Travelers can also check the CBP Web site for hourly updates on wait times and numbers of lanes open.

For more information on traveling to or from the U.S., or to locate a CBP office, visit the CBP website.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017