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Travel Advisory: Document Requirements for Visitors to the International Peace Garden

Release Date: 
March 16, 2015

DUNSEITH, N.D. –- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) reminds U.S. citizens, traveling to the International Peace Garden from within the United States, that they may present a State issued photo-id when exiting the park into the U.S. and children under the age of 18-years travelling with their parents do not require any form of identification.

While WHTI-compliant documents are not required of U.S. citizens visiting the Peace Garden, the approved-travel documents are highly recommended for all travelers, as they greatly facilitate inspection and reduce wait times at the border.  WHTI-compliant documents include a valid passport, U.S. Passport Card, Trusted Traveler Card (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST, or Global Entry) or an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) available in the states of New York, Michigan, Washington, Minnesota and Vermont and in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

All non-U.S. citizens departing south from the Peace Garden will be considered applicants for admission to the United States and will be required to present an approved travel document such as a valid passport, NEXUS/FAST Card, Enhanced Driver’s License or a U.S. Permanent Resident Card.

Some additional step traveler can employ for more efficient cross border travel are as follows:

  1. Check out the new CBP informational website

The CBP site has been completely redesigned to help users quickly access the content they need.  It also is optimized for access by smart phones and makes use of a new content delivery network that will improve access internationally.

  1. Beat the border rush

Cross during off-peak times, such as before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m.  Most lines at the border start building in the morning and carry on into early afternoon.

Monitor wait times for the ports of International Falls, Minnesota, and Pembina, North Dakota, here.  Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light use/short waits.

  1. Keep travel documents handy

Make sure each passenger has the correct travel document accessible and ready to give to the CBP officer. If you are a frequent international traveler and have not already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now.  For more information, please visit CBP’s Trusted Traveler site.

  1. Know the contents of your vehicles and be prepared to declare all items

Travelers are required to declare all items being imported into the United States from Canada.  If you are not sure about what to declare, do not hesitate to ask the CBP officer.

  1. Know what food products can be imported

Many fruits, meats, dairy, and poultry products are prohibited from being imported into the United States from Canada. For more information, view Prohibited and Restricted Items.

  1. Declare all firearms

Travelers are reminded that specific requirements must be met to import or export firearms and ammunition to/from the United States.  For more information on the importation or exportation of firearms and ammunition visit ATFState Dept., and Commerce Dept. websites or contact CBP at 701-825-5800.

The International Peace Garden established in 1932, was designed to symbolize friendship between the United States and Canada.  The gardens are located on the 49th Parallel, between the ports of Dunseith, North Dakota, and Boissevain, Manitoba.  Reflecting pools and dazzling colorful floral displays of over 150,000 flowers splash across the grounds of the Formal Gardens and terraced walkways.  The park is open year round but experiences the highest traffic volume in the summer.  In past years, the International Peace Garden has received approximately 150,000 visitors annually.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017