The long weekend will see many people from Saskatchewan travelling into the United States — and travellers are urged to know the rules before crossing the border.
Luca Furnare is the Port Director at the Sweetgrass Montana Port of Entry. He says the most important thing for travellers is to remember to have all documents ready.
“There’s a couple of different items in the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that are authorized for crossing the border,” Furnare said. “A passport book, passport card, trusted traveller card, Global Entry or Nexus card, permanent residence card or an enhanced driver’s licence.”
Furnare says expect long wait times, especially if you’re travelling at common times. He suggests to try and cross the border before 8 A.M. and after 4 P.M.
“We do get some long wait-times, particularly on long weekends,” Furnare said. “Particularly the long weekend coming up is probably our second-busiest weekend of the year. So there will be longer wait times.”
Furnare reminds people to know what’s in your vehicle and take the steps necessary to declare large amounts of cash, or firearms.
“The important thing there is that you know what’s in your vehicle and you declare what is coming into the U-S.,” Furnare said. “Obviously, things like narcotics are prohibited. Other things require paperwork.”