Sault Ste Marie, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations today announced the openings of both the Drummond Island and Mackinac Island reporting stations for the 2011 summer boating season.
With the Memorial Day holiday weekend approaching and an anticipated busy summer, CBP OFO in Sault Ste Marie is staffing the Drummond Island reporting station at Yacht Haven seven days a week from 12pm to 8pm. Boaters arriving at Mackinac Island can contact CBP via the Outlying Area Reporting System video phone twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
The OARS program uses videophones which boaters may use to report to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. The system is comprised of an AutoDial telephone, a video transceiver, a monitor, a facial camera and a document camera. To operate the system, the traveler either picks up the handset or pushes the call button. This system allows both the traveler and the officer to view one another as the inspection is taking place. Typically, OARS reporting satisfies the in-person inspection requirement, but a CBP Officer may direct a boater to report to a port-of-entry or designated location for an in-person inspection.
The only other authorized reporting site in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is located in Sault Ste Marie at George Kemp Marina. Contact numbers are (906) 632-8822 for George Kemp Marina and (906) 493-5232 option six for Yacht Haven.
U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada entering the United States by land or sea are required to present a valid WHTI-compliant document, which include:
U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from a contiguous territory may present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
Native American United States and Canadian citizens may continue to present their current tribal documents, including the current Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card, as proof of identity and citizenship when entering by land or sea, provided the document is affixed with a photo.
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.