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Tips for Traveling over a Long Weekend to the U.S. –


Tips for Smooth Travel across the U.S. Border this Easter Long Weekend

Traveling across the U.S. border can be a stressful experience, especially during peak times like the upcoming Easter long weekend. To ensure a smooth journey, follow these tips provided by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA):

Plan Ahead and Check Wait Times

When crossing the border by land, it’s best to plan ahead and expect delays. Try to cross during non-peak hours, such as early mornings, to avoid longer wait times. Keep in mind that the Monday of holiday long weekends tends to be the busiest, so plan accordingly.

Traveling with Children

If you are traveling with children and are not the parent or legal guardian, make sure to have a consent letter authorizing you to travel with the child. Border services officers are vigilant about missing children, so having the necessary documentation can help expedite the process.

Have Your Travel Documents Ready

Whether you’re traveling by land, air, or water, always have your travel documents handy. This includes passports, visas, and any other relevant paperwork to speed up processing times.

Use Advance Declaration

Consider using the Advance Declaration tool to make your customs and immigration declaration up to 72 hours in advance. This can reduce time at a kiosk or eGate by up to 50%, making your entry into Canada smoother and quicker.

Declare Your Goods

All travelers must declare their goods upon entry into Canada. Make sure to have receipts for any goods purchased or received outside of Canada. Be aware of items inside your vehicle and be prepared to declare everything to avoid any issues.

Know Your Exemption Limits

Be aware of your personal exemption limits, including alcohol, tobacco, and other goods purchased abroad. Use the CBSA duty and taxes estimator to calculate any monies owed on items brought into Canada.

Be Honest and Open

Lastly, remember to be open and honest with CBSA officers. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. You can also call their toll-free line for assistance.

By following these tips and being prepared, you can make your travel across the U.S. border this Easter long weekend a smooth and stress-free experience. Happy travels!

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