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CBP’s Laredo Port of Entry Encourages SENTRI Enrollment as Summer Vacation Period Starts in Mexico

Release Date: 
July 9, 2018

LAREDO, Texas –As the school year in Tamaulipas state is set to finish this week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Laredo Port of Entry is strongly encouraging frequent cross border travelers to enroll in the SENTRI program.

“With the school year summer recess period in Tamaulipas slated to commence on July 10, and the annual surge in vehicular traffic that comes with it, we are advising our daily commuters that now is the time to enroll in the SENTRI program and to enjoy the benefits of the dedicated lanes and reduced wait times at Gateway to the Americas Bridge,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.

SENTRI Lanes at Gateway to the Americas Bridge in Laredo, Texas
SENTRI Lanes at Gateway to the
Americas Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

The Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) is a trusted traveler program that provides dedicated lanes for known low risk travelers. Currently there are about 96,000 participants enrolled in both SENTRI and Global Entry programs in the Laredo Enrollment Office area. Global Entry offers similar expedited processing benefits but in the air environment.

Those who enroll in the SENTRI program are afforded the exclusive use of dedicated lanes at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge. CBP currently processes about 4,000 vehicles daily in the SENTRI lanes at Gateway to the Americas Bridge and wait times are much less than the regular vehicle lanes.

To enroll in SENTRI, applicants first need to fill out the application through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). CBP officers at the SENTRI Enrollment Center at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge can also assist applicants who questions regarding the application process. It is recommended that prospective enrollees bring smartphones equipped with email service so that the online application can be made and the follow up appointment notice can be sent to the applicant’s email address.

Due to the ongoing construction, those seeking to access the Laredo SENTRI Enrollment Office are encouraged to park alongside San Francisco Ave. and walk toward the SENTRI Enrollment Office.

For more information, please visit https://ttp.cbp.dhs.gov/ for complete information about CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs. 

Last modified: 
July 10, 2018