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Tips for Crossing

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Crossing the Border 


Traversing the Peace Bridge for many people is as natural as crossing the street. Because the Peace Bridge has been a part of the area for so long, many people lose sight of the fact that every time you cross the bridge you are entering a different country. Following these tips will make your crossing more efficient:

1.) Enroll in NEXUS and E-ZPass to expedite your border crossing.

NEXUS expedites the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travelers  into Canada and the United States. NEXUS dedicated customs inspection lanes are available in the Niagara Region at the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge, in addition to the Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge which can only be used by NEXUS holders. Please note, the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge does not have dedicated NEXUS lanes.
E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection technology that makes traveling more convenient, helps reduce traffic congestion, and saves you money at the Peace Bridge by reducing fuel consumption and saving you 10% off the cash toll rate.

2.) Choose which bridge to take.  Make an informed decision when deciding which bridge to cross by checking the Peace Bridge Traffic Web Cams before traveling or checking the CBSA website or CBP website to see what their posted wait times are for Niagara Region international bridges. While traveling go to mobile.peacebridge.com on your web-enabled mobile device or call 1-800-715-6722 to get the wait times for Niagara Region international bridges. These options are updated hourly. Have proper identification ready to present to the Customs agent. Click here to view border identification requirements.

3.) If traveling with children who are not part of your immediate family, have a note from the parents that their child has permission to cross the border with you. The note should include telephone numbers where the children’s parents can be reached.

4.) Turn off radios and cell phones when talking to Customs agents.

5.) Declare all fruits, vegetables, plants and plant products, animals, birds, eggs, meat and meat products.

6.) Declare all items acquired for personal use.

7.) Do not fool around. Customs and Immigration agents on both sides of the border are law enforcement officials who take their duties very seriously. Approach inspection booths slowly and follow signage instructions.

8.) Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

9.) Be patient. Customs agents are responsible for protecting our nations’ borders and public safety.

For more detailed questions, contact information is noted below.

Canada - CBSA - (905) 994-6330 - www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

United States - CBP - (716) 881-4447 or toll-free 1-877-227-5511 - www.cbp.gov  


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