CBP in the Northeast Reminds Travelers to ‘Know Before You Go’ as they Plan Ahead for Quebec Construction Holiday
St. Albans, Vt.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials would like to advise travelers of the possibility for increased traffic volumes associated with Quebec’s two week “Construction Holiday” from July 20 through Aug. 2. This annual holiday could result in cross-border traffic delays since many Quebecers, including those outside the construction industry, take their vacation during this time.
First and foremost, please ensure you have an approved travel document. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 16 and older to present a valid, acceptable travel document, such as a passport, a U.S. passport card, a trusted traveler card, permanent resident card or an enhanced driver’s license that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or sea. U.S. and Canadian citizens under age 16 may present a birth certificate or alternative proof of citizenship when entering by land or sea. All travelers must have a valid passport book for international air travel.
One of the best ways to ensure smooth and easy entry into the U.S. is to sign up for one of our Trusted Traveler Programs and to be familiar with the CBP travel checklist.
NEXUS members using the Port of Highgate Springs will enter the United States through the commercial vehicle lane on Friday July 17, and every Friday through Labor Day weekend.
Directing NEXUS members to the commercial vehicle lane allows CBP the use of all passenger vehicle lanes to handle the anticipated high volume of passenger vehicles during peak traffic times.
The commercial vehicle lane is clearly marked and is located to the far right as you approach the Port. This commercial vehicle lane will be open to all NEXUS participants during normal operating hours of 6:30 am to 8:30 am and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
NEXUS currently provides more than one million members expedited processing at dedicated lanes at the border, at NEXUS kiosks at preclearance airports in Canada, and at maritime reporting locations.
Trusted Traveler Programs
Trusted Traveler Programs (NEXUS, FAST, SENTRI and Global Entry) provide expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk international travelers and members of these programs can expect expedited processing when entering the United States through dedicated vehicle lanes at land borders or by using automated kiosks at airports. Members are also eligible to expedite their domestic travels by using TSA’s pre-check trusted traveler security screening lines. Travelers interested in enrolling in one of CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs can learn more about the programs and apply online using the CBP Global Online Enrollment System (GOES).
Have all the required travel documents for the country you are visiting, as well as identification for re-entry to the United States. Passports are required for air travel. Passport books are required for all international travel by air. Other options such as the U.S. passport card, trusted traveler cards, border crossing card and permanent resident card can be used to enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land or sea ports of entry. Visit the Dept. of State website for country-specific information.
For citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries, make sure that you have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before entering the United States.
Declare everything you are bringing from abroad, even if you bought it in a duty-free shop. Know that things bought abroad for personal use or as gifts may be eligible for duty exemptions. If you are bringing them back for resale, they are not.
Know the difference between prohibited merchandise (which is forbidden by law to enter the U.S.) and restricted merchandise (items needing special permit to be allowed into the U.S.).
Do not attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and/or firewood into the United States without first checking whether they are permitted. For more information, please visit the section of the CBP website.
Build additional time into trips during busy travel seasons and understand that CBP must conduct a thorough inspection of the nearly one million travelers entering the country each day.
Understand that CBP officers can inspect you and your personal belongings without a warrant. This may include your luggage, vehicle, and personal searches and is meant to enforce our laws as well as protect legitimate travelers.
Monitor border wait timesfor various ports of entry. Travelers are encouraged to plan their trips during periods of lighter traffic or to use an alternate, less heavily traveled port of entry. For more information, travelers can find up to date Advisories and Wait Times on the CBP website.
If you are a frequent international traveler and haven’t already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now. For more information, please visit the section of the CBP website.
Familiarize yourself with the “Know Before You Go” brochure or section of the CBP website.
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.