U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Blue Water Bridge want to remind the traveling public to have proper travel documents, and plan for a possible increase in traffic over the Victoria Day (May 17-20) and Memorial Day (May 24-27) weekends.
“During the holiday weekends, we will continually monitor traffic and wait times and adjust staffing accordingly to help with traffic flow while upholding our border security mission” said Port Director David Dusellier.
In compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, all travelers, including U.S. and Canadian citizens, need to present documentary proof of citizenship. These documents include a Passport, U.S. Passport Card, trusted traveler card (NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI or FAST) or an Enhanced Driver’s License. Children under the age of 16 can present an original or copy of their birth certificate. During the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. travelers who travel with a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-enabled travel document may receive the benefits of utilizing a Ready Lane which is a dedicated primary vehicle lane for travelers entering the United States at land border ports of entry. Please visit the WHTI Web site for additional information. ( getyouhome.gov )
Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program, which allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada. Also, those traveling can also use an alternate crossing such as the Marine City or Algonac Ports of Entry however added delays are also expected there.
CBP expects higher traffic volume between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and anticipates less of a delay for travelers crossing outside of those hours.
Travelers can also check the CBP website for hourly updates on wait times and numbers of lanes open. ( Border Wait Times )
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.