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CBP Implements Measures to Expedite Holiday Traffic

Release Date: 
December 20, 2016

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding international travelers planning to cross the border for the upcoming Christmas holiday season of several important things they can do to ensure a smooth and efficient processing experience upon their arrival to the United States.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year at area ports. Being fully prepared for the inspection process and knowing when lanes are open will help,” said Hector Mancha, CBP Director of Field Operation in El Paso. “CBP is working to move travelers through our area crossings as quickly as possible while still maintaining our priority homeland security mission. Supervisors and managers will remain engaged and ensure shifts and workloads are appropriately addressed. The cooperation of the public will help.”

Members of the traveling public can monitor Border Wait Times or also obtain the BWT app on their smartphone via Apple App Store and Google Play  so that they can observe the wait times and make an informed decision on which bridge to use. These wait times are updated hourly. Travelers can also observe current traffic conditions at the Paso Del Norte, Stanton and Ysleta bridges on the city of El Paso website.

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 consult the CBP Know Before You Go webpage.

CBP strongly encourages travelers to apply for their tourist permits online via https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov Travelers will receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online. To finalize the I-94 process, a traveler must present themselves within seven days of their application and submit biometrics, a photo and be interviewed by a CBP officer. Those applying online will receive front of line privileges at the permit window. For more information about filing an I-94 electronically.

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

Ready Lanes at El Paso port of entry
Ready Lanes at El Paso port of entry

The El Paso port of entry is reminding members of the traveling public when all inspection lanes are staffed under the All Lanes Open Initiative. The ongoing public-private partnership between CBP and the city of El Paso (560-PPP) will also open more lanes during specific periods at certain bridges.

Paso Del Norte Vehicular Processing
  ALOI Hours 560-PPP Hours with City of El Paso
Friday, December 23 0600-1000 1600-2000
Saturday, December 24 1000-1400 1600-2000
Sunday, December 25 1200-1600 1600-2000
Monday, December 26 1400-1800 1800-2000
Paso Del Norte Pedestrian Processing
  ALOI Hours 560-PPP Hours with City of El Paso
Friday, December 23 0600-1000  
Saturday, December 24 1000-1400  
Sunday, December 25 1200-1600  
Monday, December 26 1400-1800 1000-1400
Yselta Vehicular Processing
  ALOI Hours 560-PPP Hours with City of El Paso
Friday, December 23 0600-1000 1600-2000
Saturday, December 24 1000-1400 1600-2000
Sunday, December 25 1200-1600 1600-2000
Monday, December 26 1400-1800 1800-2000
Bridge of the Americas Vehicular Processing
  ALOI Hours 560-PPP Hours with City of El Paso
Friday, December 23 0600-1000  
Saturday, December 24 1000-1400  
Sunday, December 25 1200-1600  
Monday, December 26 1400-1800  
Last modified: 
June 20, 2017