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Long waits expected at border this week

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Posted at 6:28 AM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 06:28:12-04

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting an increase in border traffic over the next week, as travelers take trips for Easter break, officials say.

"The Easter holiday brings a lot more travelers to the border - our agriculture specialists are on the lookout to prevent harmful pests and diseases from becoming established in the U.S.," said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling.

Travelers bringing plants should expect the longest wait time, and additional screening to make sure pests are not traveling across the border.

CBP has released a list of precautions you can take to speed up your crossing:

  1. Have your travel documents in order. Passports, U.S. passports, and enhanced driver's licenses will be accepted.
  2. Sign up for NEXUS. NEXUS allows pre-screened, low risk travelers to cross with shorter wait times. You can apply through the Canada Border Services Agency.
  3. Travel at off-peak times. That means making it to a crossing before 9 a.m., or after 5 p.m..
  4. Before arriving at the inspection booth, remove hats, sunglasses, and any clothing that could obscure your face. Roll down your windows, and have your passports ready to go.