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CBP Announces Measures to Facilitate Upcoming Christmas Holiday Traffic at the Brownsville Port of Entry

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Brownsville Port of Entry advised this week that CBP has already begun implementation of multiple facilitation measures in anticipation of the forthcoming Christmas/New Year’s holiday travel season to assist the traveling public with their experience while crossing into the country.

“In the days and weeks preceding Christmas and New Years’ holidays, CBP officers at Brownsville Port of Entry experience significant increases in vehicular traffic and tourist permit traffic,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry. “Our proactive facilitation measures, including encouragement of filing I-94 applications online, and use of READY lanes will help to increase efficiency and mitigate wait times these during peak travel periods.”

The Brownsville Port of Entry strongly encourages travelers to apply for their tourist permits online via http://i94.cbp.dhs.gov. Travelers receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online. To finalize the I-94 process, travelers must present themselves at a port of entry within seven days of their application to be interviewed by a CBP officer, submit biometric finger scans and a photo is taken. The Brownsville Port of Entry will extend front of the line privileges to travelers who submit their I-94 applications electronically and present their provisional I-94 permit receipt.

CBP also encourages travelers to obtain and utilize radio-frequency identification technology (RFID)-equipped travel documents such as U.S. passport cards and the newer versions (i.e. since 2011) of the border crossing card and resident alien card so that they can utilize Ready Lanes. Processing in Ready Lanes is 20 percent faster than normal lanes. Those who have renewed their entry documents within the last 24 months already have RFID-enabled documents and may not know it. CBP encourages travelers to obtain RFID entry documents to use Ready Lanes and enroll in trusted traveler programs.

Members of the traveling public can monitor Border Wait Times via this link or also obtain the BWT app on their smartphone via Apple App Store and Google Play (CBP BWT) so that they can observe the wait times and make an informed decision on which bridge to use. These wait times are updated on an hourly basis. CBP reminds the public that they may utilize the Los Indios International Bridge as an alternate route to avoid heavy traffic.

Also to avoid any potential delays or fines due to travelers bringing prohibited/restricted agricultural items, CBP encourages travelers to declare all agricultural items to a CBP officer upon arrival and before making their journey to review the prohibited and restricted items list and the Know Before You Go guide and video at the following link.

For more information about filing an I-94 electronically, please consult the following link.

Please visit www.cbp.gov to view additional news releases and other information pertaining to Customs and Border Protection. Follow us on Twitter at @CBPRGV.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021