BLAINE, Wash. — With the easing of many COVID-19 related travel restrictions at the northern border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeing an increase in travelers at our ports of entry. To reduce wait times, CBP is urging travelers who need an I-94 to apply and prepay online before arriving at the land border.
A Form I-94 is required for all visitors except U.S. citizens, returning resident aliens, aliens on immigrant visas, and most Canadian citizens visiting or transiting. Travelers will receive an I-94 during the admission process at the port of entry. If you are traveling via a land border, you can request an I-94 in advance at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home, which will save you time at the port of entry later.
“With summer approaching and people starting to feel more comfortable traveling, we will inevitably see wait times increase,” said Harmit Gill, Manager, Area Port of Blaine. “Travelers who request an I-94 online before arriving at a port of entry can save a lot of time at the border.”
Travelers are also encouraged to follow the advice below:
- Check the CBP information website
The CBP site has been completely redesigned to help users quickly access the content they need. It is also optimized for access via smart phones and uses a new content delivery network that will improve access internationally.
- Defeat the Border Rush
Cross during off-peak hours, such as before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Most border lines start building in the morning and continue until early afternoon.
Monitor wait times through CBP’s “Border Wait Times” website. The information is updated hourly and is useful for planning trips and identifying periods of light usage/short waits.
- Keep your travel documents handy
Make sure each passenger has the correct travel document accessible and ready to hand to the CBP officer.
If you are a frequent international traveler and not yet a member of a trusted traveler program, join now. For more information, please visit CBP’s Trusted Traveler site.
- Know the contents of your vehicles and be prepared to declare all items
Travelers are required to declare all items imported into the United States from Canada. If you’re not sure what to report, don’t hesitate to ask the CBP officer.
- Know which food products can be imported
Many fruits, meats, dairy products and poultry are prohibited from being imported into the United States from Canada. For more information, see Prohibited and Restricted Items.
- Declare all firearms
Travelers are reminded that specific requirements must be met to import or export firearms and ammunition to/from the United States. For more information on importing or exporting firearms and ammunition, visit the ATF website.
- Leave Marijuana at Home
Although marijuana is legal in many US states and Canada, the sale, possession, production, and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under federal law.
For more information on international travel to the United States, visit the CBP travel site.