LAREDO, Texas –As the summer travel season rapidly approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is advising the traveling public of another option that can help expedite their crossing, a Secure Electronic Network for Travelers’ Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) lane at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.
“Summer is a peak travel season for CBP, and this season will be even busier with two parallel port improvement construction projects at our downtown international bridges,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “We would like to inform the traveling public of a SENTRI lane at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge that will help expedite their crossing and may be a worthwhile option for local travelers to consider, especially during peak periods.”
SENTRI is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Participants may enter the United States by using dedicated primary lanes into the United States at southern land border ports. Travelers must be pre-approved for the SENTRI program. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment.
The SENTRI lane at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge is located at the westernmost vehicular primary inspection lane and is open from 8 a.m. to midnight every day.
Travelers wishing to enroll in SENTRI can apply at the Global Online Enrollment System website. Additional information about the SENTRI program including program costs, benefits and more can be found on the CBP website.
There are currently more than 56,000 people enrolled in the SENTRI program in Laredo. Approximately 10,600 locally approved Global Entry members can also use the SENTRI lanes.
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.