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CBP to Staff Additional Lanes at El Paso Port During Spring Break

Release Date: 
March 6, 2015

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing that it will expand the All Lanes Open Initiative during the next two weeks. CBP is also advising travelers that the city of El Paso is providing additional public-private partnership funding to CBP during the next two weeks which will allow the agency to open even more lanes than usual during specific times at designated crossings at the El Paso port of entry.

CBP is also reminding travelers that they can download and use the free Border Wait Time app to monitor crossing times. The app is now available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play. The app is a one-stop shop for cross border travel and provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry. In addition to using the border wait time app travelers can observe view traffic conditions at the Paso Del Norte, Stanton and Ysleta bridges on the city of El Paso website.

“Spring break is a busy period at area ports,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “Knowing the times when all lanes will be open, being able to remotely check wait times, and viewing actual conditions at area ports will help travelers identify the best times to cross the border quickly,”

CBP introduced the ALOI at the El Paso port of entry more than two years ago. Under this successful initiative CBP normally staffs all vehicular and pedestrian lanes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. All lanes are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

In addition to the regular ALOI staffing CBP will also be able expand service and keep all lanes open at Bridge of the Americas from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. March 9-10, 13-14, 16, 18 and 20.

During the next two weeks the city of El Paso is also expanding the level of funding it provides to CBP which allows the agency to staff additional lanes at area border crossings. Those periods include vehicular lanes at the Paso Del Norte and Ysleta crossings from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 p.m. to midnight on Sunday; PDN vehicular lanes from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at pedestrian.

A full spring break period schedule follows at the end of release.

CBP is also encouraging travelers be a “Ready Traveler” by following these travel tips.

Travel Tips

  • 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. Visit www.travel.state.gov for country-specific information.
  • For citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries, make sure you have an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding. For those traveling by air or sea on a visa, CBP has automated the Form I-94 removing the need for travelers to fill out a paper copy. Travelers will still be able to obtain their I-94 number and/or a copy of their I-94 on the I-94 webpage.
  • Have a completed Customs Declaration form (6059b) upon reaching CBP processing or use the Automated Passport Control kiosks at participating airports. 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.). For more information, please visit the Restricted/Prohibited section of the CBP website.
  • 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 Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States section of the CBP website.
  • 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 times for 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 wait time information 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 Trusted Traveler section of the CBP website.
  • Familiarize yourself with the “Know Before You Go” brochure or section of the CBP website.
Paso Del Norte - Vehicular Processing
  Regular ALOI Hours 560-PPP Hours with City of El Paso
Sunday, March 8 1400-1800 2200-2400
Monday, March 9 0600-1000 0500-0600
Tuesday, March 10 0600-1000 1400-1800
Wednesday, March 11 0600-1000 1400-1800
Thursday, March 12 0600-1000  
Friday, March 13 0600-1000 1400-1800

Saturday, March 14

1000-1400 1400-1800
Sunday, March 15 1400-1800 2200-2400
Monday, March 16 0600-1000 0500-0600 and 1000-1400
Tuesday, March 17 0600-1000  
Wednesday, March 18 0600-1000  
Thursday, March 19 0600-1000  
Friday, March 20 0600-1000 1000-1400
Saturday, March 21 1000-1400 1400-1800
Paso Del Norte - Pedestrian Crossing
  Regular ALOI Hours 560-PPP Hours with City of El Paso
Sunday, March 8 1400-1800  
Monday, March 9 0600-1000 1400-1800
Tuesday, March 10 0600-1000  
Wednesday, March 11 0600-1000  
Thursday, March 12 0600-1000  
Friday, March 13 0600-1000  
Saturday, March 14 1000-1400  
Sunday, March 15 1400-1800  
Monday, March 16 0600-1000 1400-1800
Tuesday, March 17 0600-1000  
Wednesday, March 18 0600-1000  
Thursday, March 19 0600-1000  
Friday, March 20 0600-1000  
Saturday, March 21 1000-1400  
Yselta - Vehicular Processing
  Regular ALOI Hours 560-PPP Hours with City of El Paso
Sunday, March 8 1400-1800 2200-2400
Monday, March 9 0600-1000  
Tuesday, March 10 0600-1000 1400-1800
Wednesday, March 11 0600-1000 1400-1800
Thursday, March 12 0600-1000  
Friday, March 13 0600-1000 1400-1800
Saturday, March 14 1000-1400 1400-1800
Sunday, March 15 1400-1800 2200-2400
Monday, March 16 0600-1000 1000-1400
Tuesday, March 17 0600-1000  
Wednesday, March 18 0600-1000  
Thursday, March 19 0600-1000  
Friday, March 20 0600-1000  
Saturday, March 21 1000-1400 1400-1800
Bridge of the Americas - Vehicular Processing
  Regular ALOI Hours Additional ALOI Hours
Sunday, March 8 1400-1800  
Monday, March 9 0600-1000 1400-1800
Tuesday, March 10 0600-1000 1400-1800
Wednesday, March 11 0600-1000  
Thursday, March 12 0600-1000  
Friday, March 13 0600-1000 1400-1800
Saturday, March 14 1000-1400 1400-1800
Sunday, March 15 1400-1800  
Monday, March 16 0600-1000 1000-1400
Tuesday, March 17 0600-1000  
Wednesday, March 18 0600-1000 1000-1400
Thursday, March 19 0600-1000  
Friday, March 20 0600-1000 1000-1400
Saturday, March 21 1000-1400  

 

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017