Pembina, N.D.- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into the U.S. to make sure they have their proper documents and to anticipate heavy traffic during the upcoming spring break.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, area schools are expected to recess from Monday, March 28 to Friday, April 1, for spring break. Border traffic volumes are expected to increase during this time period and all travelers are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ to cross the border more efficiently.
Plan your trip, avoid peak travel times typically between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and consider alternate ports of entry. If bringing presents across the border, ensure that any festive wrappings do not obstruct inspection of the items. Simple alternatives are to leave one end open for inspection or wrap the gift item at your final destination.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, implemented on June 1, 2009, requires U.S. and Canadian citizens, age 16 and older to present a valid, acceptable document that denotes both identity and citizenship when entering the U.S. by land or sea. WHTI-approved travel documents include a passport, U.S. passport card, enhanced driver's licenses or a trusted traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST).
CBP strongly encourages travelers to obtain a radio frequency identification-enabled travel document such as a U.S. passport card, enhanced driver's license, enhanced identification card or trusted traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST/EXPRES) to expedite their entry and make crossing the border more efficient.
Do not attempt to bring unauthorized fruits, meats and dairy/poultry products into the United States from Canada without first checking whether they are permitted. Review the "Know Before You Go" tip sheet for additional information concerning your trip into the U.S.
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.