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CBP Releases 4th of July Holiday Travel Advisory

Release Date: 
July 2, 2019

DETROIT - U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations reminds travelers planning trips across the Detroit, Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie border crossings to anticipate heavy traffic and to have their approved travel documents during the 4th of July holiday.

In compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, need to present an approved travel document to enter the U.S. by land, air and sea. Air travelers need a passport while those traveling by land or sea may use a variety of documents to include a Passport, Passport card, Trusted Traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST), an Enhanced Driver’s License, Enhanced Identification Card or approved Tribal Documents. U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 can present an original or certified copy of their birth certificate. Please visit the WHTI website for additional information. Use of WHTI compliant, radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled documents helps reduce the time it takes to process travelers at the border.

Blue Water Bridge
Blue Water Bridge

U.S. lawful permanent residents are reminded that their I-551 form is acceptable for land and sea travel into the U.S.

Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged to obtain (RFID)-enabled travel document such as a U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver’s License/Enhanced Identification Card or Trusted Traveler Program card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST) to expedite their entry and make crossing the border more efficient.  Each land port of entry has a READY lane to process RFID enabled cards for smoother travel.

With the upcoming holiday, travelers should expect increased traffic at border crossings and are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ when crossing the border.   

Tip #1 – Travelers should familiarize themselves with the “Know Before You Go” section of the CBP Web site to avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of prohibited items.

Tip #2 – Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Travelers should have their crossing documents available for inspection and should be prepared to declare all items acquired abroad.

Tip #3 – Members of the traveling public should consult the CBP Web site to monitor border wait times at ports of entry. Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light traffic/short waits. Travelers are also encouraged to download the CBP Border Wait Times (BWT) app so travelers can make informed decisions on when and where to cross the border.  The BWT app is a free service provided by the Department of Homeland Security/ U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Tip #4 – During periods of heavy travel, border crossers should consider traveling outside of peak times which normally occur between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

Tip #5 – Travelers should plan to build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic like holiday weekends which may include construction advisories, major sporting events and concerts.

Tip #6 – Know the difference between goods for personal use vs. commercial use.

Tip #7 – Personal importation of fireworks are prohibited.

Tip #8 – Marijuana and cannabis products are illegal under federal law. Seizure, penalty and/or arrest could result from the attempted entry of these drugs.

Tip #9 –Do not attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and firewood into the United States from Canada without first checking whether they are permitted.   

Last modified: 
July 2, 2019