Summer Travel Tips When Crossing the Border

POSTED: Friday, June 11, 2010 - 4:17pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 1:45pm

As the summer season is approaching border officials are expecting an increase in both vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the international bridges.

Newscenter 23 has some tips to help expedite the passing process.

Their goal is to expedite the travel process along the international bridges along the checkpoints here in the Valley.

By doing this, it will save you, the traveler, time but also allow Customs and Border Officials to focus in on a top priority-Security!

“We want to focus on that 1%, less than 1%, who are coming over for other than legitimate reasons.” Port Director Michael T. Freeman said.

Agents say they want to be able to focus in on that small percentage of travelers trying to circumvent the united states laws.

And you, the traveler can help them by being prepared once you hit the checkpoint.

A few tips: Whether on foot or behind the wheel, authorities recommend travelers have all documenation ready for inspection.

And if you're brining something into the u-s, officials say being up front and delcaring all items helps agents. Nancy Becker, Port Director at the Progresso Port of Entry says especially during the summer months, people like to bring in exotic fruits and vegetbales, having these ready for inspection will speed up your entry process into the states.

Officials also emphasize, even if you're just making a quick trip across the border, planning ahead will save you and border agents time. A little planning tool, www.cbp.gov.

“We encourage people to look at the internet postings to look at wait times, you can plan your trip accordingly and decide which port of entry would be best for you to use.” Port Direcor Hector Mancha said.

With over 100-thousand people passing through international bridges here in the valley on a dialy basis, being prepared to cross will help you and agents.