Nogales Port of Entry Offers Helpful Traveling Tips for Holiday Season
Nogales, Ariz. - With the holidays upon us, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Nogales ports of entry are gearing up for a busy season. In order to facilitate your travel and expedite your wait time at the border, CBP is offering the following helpful tips:
- Prepare for inspection: Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Travelers should have their crossing documents readily at hand to present to CBP officer for inspection. Passport/passport cards will be required.
- Declare: Travelers should declare all items acquired abroad. There are many agricultural products that are permitted into the United States; however, there are some products that can be very harmful to our nation's agriculture production and are of serious concern. If travelers are not certain if certain items are prohibited it is best if they ask an officer. It is also recommended that travelers consult the U.S. Department of Agriculture before traveling abroad to ensure they have the most up to date information available. Travelers should familiarize themselves with this information to avoid penalties and delays with their travels.
- Plan accordingly: Avoid crossing during peak hours. Members of the traveling public should consult the CBP Web site to Wait Times - Airport and Border. Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light use/short waits. If peak hours cannot be avoided, travelers should plan to build extra time into their trip to prepare for the heavy traffic.
- For those traveling with non-U.S. citizens that will require I-94 travel permits, it is recommended that they visit the port of entry to obtain I-94 travel documents in advance of the busiest holiday travel periods. This will allow travelers who require I-94 documents (those planning to travel beyond the border zone or stay in the U.S. for more than 30 days) to bypass those lines when they formally enter the U.S. They will still be subject to the inspection process.
- Finally, we encourage the traveling public to familiarize themselves with the "Know Before You Go" section of the CBP Web site. This will help the traveler avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of prohibited items. "Know Before You Go" brochures are also available at border ports.
Customs and Border Protection takes its mission of protecting the American people and securing our nation's borders very seriously; however, at the same time we need to facilitate the entry of legitimate travelers. In an effort to accomplish our mission, we ask the assistance and the cooperation of the traveling public. We ask the travelers for their patience and understanding while we facilitate travel and continue with our law enforcement efforts.
Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. Their mission also includes carrying out traditional border-related responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.
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.