HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2012) - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) encourages travellers to plan ahead for the upcoming long weekend as the Agency anticipates all ports of entry to be very busy due to additional cross-border travelling.
"The borders will be busy. We encourage travellers to plan their trips back home to arrive at the border crossings outside of peak hours which tend to be from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.," says Andrew LeFrank, Regional Director General of the CBSA in the Atlantic Region. "Our officers will be closely monitoring border wait times, and will make every effort to manage these larger traffic volumes while ensuring safety and security at the border."
Travellers can plan ahead by following these travel tips:
- Cross at the least busy border crossing in the area by checking border wait times on the CBSA Web site, on your Web-enabled mobile device at www.wap.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter for hourly border wait time updates at BWT_CBSA.
- To reduce your wait time, consider using a less busy border crossing. One example is the new Third Bridge crossing in St. Stephen, New Brunswick which is an alternative to the Ferry Point or Milltown crossings that most travellers currently use.
- Ensure that you have proper identification for everyone in the vehicle readily available when you arrive at the border. Acceptable forms of identification for entry into both the United States and Canada include a passport, U.S. passport card, a NEXUS card and an enhanced driver's licence.
- The CBSA reminds all travellers to truthfully declare all purchases when returning to Canada and to be mindful of the following: after an absence of 24 hours, you may bring back $200 worth of goods duty- and tax-free; after 48 hours, your personal exemption is $800.
It is important to note that:
- There are no personal exemptions for same-day (less than 24 hours) purchases; and
- If the value of your goods exceeds $200 for a stay of between 24 and 48 hours, you will not receive any exemption.
Further information on these tips and more can be found on our Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca/traveltips.
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