Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations is reminding travelers planning trips across the border to make sure they have the proper documents and to anticipate periods of heavy traffic this long weekend. Traffic is expected to increase in conjunction with the President's Day holiday observance and Canadian Family Day. CBP officials want to remind the traveling public that there are a number of steps that can be taken to facilitate their arrival into the United States
Travelers should familiarize themselves with the section of the "Know Before You Go" CBP Web site and consult the Border Wait Times page. Wait time information is updated hourly and is useful in identifying periods of light use/short waits.
In compliance with full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which commenced June 1, 2009, all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, will need to present documentary proof of citizenship. Individuals should have their crossing documents available for inspection and be prepared to declare all items acquired outside the U.S. These documents include a Passport, U.S. Passport Card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST) or an Enhanced Drivers License. Children under the age of 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate. CBP will remain practical and flexible in its approach to full implementation of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and will continue to educate and inform the traveling public. Please visit the WHTI Web site for additional information.
Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program, which allows pre-screened, low risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada. Application forms are available on the Canada Border Services Agency Web site at and travelers can apply on. Additionally, NEXUS information is available toll-free at 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.