Border delays expected during Labor Day weekend

27 Aug 14

CANADA, UNITED STATES

U.S. Customs and Border Control (CBP) is warning travelers about heavy traffic and longer lines at border crossings during the Labor Day weekend from Aug. 29 through Sept. 1, observed in both Canada and the United States.

Frequent travelers are encouraged to enroll in a Trusted Traveler program, which provides fast-track clearance through automated airport kiosks and dedicated vehicle lanes at land borders as well as expedited domestic travel through pre-check security screening lines. Eligible travelers may enroll in one of the programs – NEXUS, FAST, SENTRI or Global Entry – at the Global Online Enrollment System registration page. The CBP is also reminding travelers to plan for extra time and consider alternate entry points that are less popular. Other tips to speed up border inspections include preparing for inspections before arriving at the booth and contacting the local CBP office for information about prohibited food items.

BAL Analysis: International travelers should expect delays at border controls, but may expedite arrival and departure by enrolling in one of the Trusted Traveler programs.

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