(WKBW release) The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority has officially welcomed the summer season by offering motorists friendly advice on Can-Am border travel.
According to a news release:
“With the summer season upon us, it’s a great time to remind travelers that there are very convenient ways to obtain crossing information and streamline the border experience at the Peace Bridge and other Buffalo Niagara international bridge locations,” said PBA Chairman Sam Hoyt.
Travelers are encouraged to utilize the following travel tips when crossing the border:
Enroll in NEXUS and E-ZPass to help significantly expedite your border crossing. To learn more, visit www.nexusniagara.com and www.pbaezpass.com/.
Visit mobile.peacebridge.com on your web-enabled mobile device or call 1 (800) 715-6722 to obtain wait times for Buffalo/Niagara Region international crossings, including the Peace Bridge. These updates are revised hourly
Prior to arriving at the U.S. border have proper identification ready to present to Customs officers. Such documents include: Enhanced Driver’s licenses, Enhanced Non-Driver Identification, FAST Cards, NEXUS Cards, Permanent Resident Cards, Passports, and U.S. Passport Cards for travelers 16 years of age and older, and birth certificates, naturalization certificates, or Canadian citizenship cards which are acceptable forms of identification for most children 15 years of age and younger. For more information regarding entering the United States visit www.peacebridge.com/id; or for identification requirements for entering Canada visit http://cbsa.gc.ca/security-securite/admiss-eng.html.
If traveling with children less than 16 years of age who are not part of your immediate family, obtain and carry a parental note of permission regarding cross-border travel. The note should include each child’s parental contact information and telephone numbers.
Other than essential luggage, empty your trunk before the trip. Additional belongings in your car may add time to your crossing, as customs agents may perform a visual inspection of the belongings in your car.
Turn off radios and cell phones when approaching Customs inspection booths and speaking with officers.
Remember to roll down the driver and rear passenger windows, remove sunglasses, and make eye contact with Customs officers.
Be sure to declare all fruits, vegetables, plants and plant products, animals, birds, eggs, meat and meat products, as well as items acquired for personal use.
Avoid horseplay and do not fool around. Customs and Immigration officers on both sides of the border are law enforcement officials who take their duties very seriously. Approach inspection booths slowly and follow signage instructions
Be patient. Customs officers are responsible for protecting our nations’ borders and public safety.
Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.