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CBP Advises Travelers to Obtain the I-94 Permit Early; Provides Reminders for Traveling During Easter Holiday Season

Release Date: 
March 15, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in San Diego are anticipating an increase in applications by Mexican travelers for the required I-94 permit during the Easter holiday season and spring break.  Mexican border crossing card holders who plan to visit the U.S. for more than 30-days and or will travel more than 25 miles from the border during the upcoming travel season, are urged to obtain the essential document early instead of waiting until the day of travel.

“During holidays we tend to experience an increase in traffic at the ports of entry, so we urge travelers to obtain the I-94 permit as much as a week or two early to avoid congestion and potential delays,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for the ports of entry on the California border with Mexico. “If they apply early, they will obtain the required document faster and more conveniently.  Travelers may obtain the permit 24 hours a day at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.”

All traveling family members need to be present during the I-94 application process.  Those requesting the permits must be able to establish financial solvency and proof of residency outside the U.S., and must demonstrate that they have sufficiently strong ties to their country of origin including a home abroad they do not intend to abandon.  Applicants who present a border crossing card are not eligible to work in the United States.

When crossing the border, travelers must declare all agriculture products such as meats, fruits, vegetables, and holiday decorations that may have hay or straw as an ingredient.  Many of these items are not allowed into the U.S. due to possible insects and diseases that could harm the nation’s agricultural industry. 

CBP is reminding the traveling public that cascarones (confetti-filled eggshells) are restricted to quantities of 10 per passenger and the shells may be decorated or etched but they must be empty, clean and free of any egg residue.

Cascarones are a restricted commodity by CBP in order to prevent further spread of Newcastle Disease through contaminated eggshells.  Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious, fatal viral disease that affects a substantial number of bird species, attacking respiratory, nervous and digestive systems. Mortality is up to 90 percent of exposed birds.

In addition, Kinder Chocolate Eggs are banned for sale and import into the United States because they contain a toy surprise hidden inside that poses a choking/aspiration hazard for children younger than three years of age. 

The Kinder Eggs contain small toy parts which violate the Small Parts Regulation issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

CBP officers have the responsibility to inspect travelers and their belongings. This may include luggage, vehicle, and the search of a person, and is meant to enforce our laws as well as protect travelers.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017