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CBP Ready for Busy Holiday Travel Season

Release Date: 
December 20, 2013

Washington U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is ready for the additional traffic at international airports, cruise terminals and land border ports of entry around the country and at preclearance facilities around the world.

CBP has introduced several initiatives to increase efficiencies while ensuring our complex security mission remains our highest priority.  Automating the I-94 form, implementing Active Lane Management, Ready Lanes and introducing Automatic Passport Control kiosks are examples where we have seen costs savings and decreased wait times.

Holiday travelers can looking for other ways to improve their travel experience should follow these tips:

Tip #1 – Travelers should have appropriate travel documents. Approved travel documents can be found at

Tip #2 – Travelers should declare all items acquired abroad.

Tip #3 – Travelers should build extra time into their trips.

Tip #4 – Travelers are encouraged to visit the “Know Before You Go” section of the CBP website to avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of prohibited items. 

Tip #5–  Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light use/short waits. 

Tip #6 – During periods of heavy travel, consider travelling during non-peak hours if schedule allows.

Travelers should expect heavy holiday traffic.  Planning ahead and following the tips can save time.

For more information, go to CBP Travel.


Last modified: 
February 9, 2017