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Border Crossings During The Holiday Season

CBSA advises travellers and World Junior hockey fans to plan their border crossings during the holiday season

December 21, 2017, Niagara Falls, Ontario - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is anticipating higher-than-normal vehicle volumes at border crossings in the Southern Ontario Region (SOR) during the holiday season and the World Junior Hockey Championship tournament.

Increased volumes at ports of entry are expected during the tournament being held in Buffalo, New York, from December 26, 2017 until January 5, 2018, especially during peak travel times after games.

When entering or returning to Canada following a World Juniors game, travellers are encouraged to plan ahead and cross at the least-busy of the four border crossings in the area: the Peace Bridge, the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, the Rainbow Bridge and the NEXUS-only Whirlpool Bridge. The CBSA will make every effort to effectively manage higher volumes and minimize delays.

During high-volume periods, we ask travellers to be patient, allow for extra travel time and to use the following tips to cross the border faster:

  • Plan your border crossing – Check border wait times using the CanBorder App and cross at the least-busy port of entry in the area.
  • NEXUS members can cross faster by using the Canada-bound NEXUS lanes at the Peace Bridge, the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge or the NEXUS-only Whirlpool Bridge. The Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is a dedicated NEXUS crossing for members only, resulting in minimal to no delays. Note – all individuals travelling together in one vehicle must be members of NEXUS and be in possession of their NEXUS card in order to use a NEXUS lane.
  • Be prepared – Have proper identification for you and everyone, including children, in the vehicle and be ready to present it to the border services officer. Acceptable forms of identification for entry into Canada include a passport, a NEXUS card and an enhanced driver's license. If you are travelling with children that you either have or share custody of, have copies of all relevant legal documents, such as custody rights, on hand.
  • Declare all purchases, acquisitions, and gifts received when returning to Canada—refer to I Declare on the CBSA website for information on personal exemptions, including alcohol or tobacco. Keep your receipts readily available.
  • Know the contents of your vehicle and declare any weapons or firearms in your possession when entering Canada—consult the CBSA’s website for information on firearms and other restricted and prohibited goods.
  • Not sure? Ask the CBSA officer – The single best thing you can do to save time when entering Canada is to simply be open and honest with the CBSA officer. If you are not sure about what to declare, don’t hesitate to ask. The officers are there to help you.

For more information, visit the Travel Tips section of the CBSA website or contact the Border Information Service at 1‑800‑461-9999.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 December 2017 11:57:10 AM EST

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