U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into the United States during the upcoming holiday to make sure they have proper documents and to anticipate heavy traffic.
Border traffic volumes are expected to significantly increase between the dates of Thursday, June 30 through July 5 for the observance of both Canada Day and Independence Day.
CBP encourages travelers to plan trips in advance and to obtain a valid, acceptable travel document, such as a passport, a U.S. passport card, a trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES), a permanent resident card, or an enhanced driver’s license.
CBP is urging all foreign travelers requiring I-94 or I-94W entry documents processing to obtain the required document as much as a week in advance for faster and more convenient processing.
Other advice from the CBP includes:
- Cross during off-peak times, such as before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Most lines at the border start building in the morning and carry on into early afternoon.
- Keep travel documents handy
- Know the contents of your vehicles and be prepared to declare all items
- Know what food products can be imported as many fruits, meats, dairy, and poultry products are prohibited from being imported into the United States from Canada.
- Only heat-treated firewood from Canada is allowed into the United States.
- Declare all firearms