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CBP in Northeast Advises Travelers, Prepare for Busy Holiday

Release Date: 
May 14, 2013

BOSTON—In an effort to provide the best possible service to the traveling public, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials throughout the northeast is proactively reminding members of the traveling public to make sure they have the proper documents, and to plan for a possible increase in traffic over the Victoria Day (May 17-20) and Memorial Day (May 24-27) weekends.

In compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, need to 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.

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. Travelers should also build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic or consider using alternate, nearby entry routes with less heavily traveled ports. Be advised that not all ports of entry process commercial traffic. For individuals seeking a commercial port, please visit the CBP.gov Web site or contact your local CBP office.

CBP expects higher traffic volumes between the hours of 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 locating a CBP office, please visit the CBP website.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017