Your Trip Across the Border Just Got Easier
U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) today launched the Border Wait Time app making it easier for
travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait
times and open lane status at land ports of entry allowing travelers to make an
informed decision of where and when to cross the border. Wait times for
pedestrian and passenger and commercial vehicle crossings are broken down by
lane type (standard, SENTRI, NEXUS, FAST, Ready Lane, etc.). Travelers can
download the app for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
“CBP continues to deploy
technology that enhances the travel experience at all of our ports of entry,”
said Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske. “The launch of this app will provide
travelers crossing the land border with more information when and where they
The app is a one-stop shop for
cross border travel. Travelers can locate the three ports of entry closest to
their location and then map the best route to the crossing of their choice. For
example, the app allows travelers in the Buffalo, New York area to compare wait
times at the Peace Bridge, Rainbow Bridge and Lewiston Queenston Bridge and
will then direct them to whichever crossing they chose.
The app was developed by CBP and does not require individuals to register or provide any personal information. CBP does not store or have access to any information regarding travelers using the app.
The Border Wait Time app is just one example of CBP’s effort to create a traveler-friendly processing environment. CBP has deployed Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks to more than 25 airports, including most recently at preclearance locations in Edmonton, Canada and Aruba. Much like APC, CBP launched Mobile Passport Control, the first authorized app to expedite a traveler’s entry into the United States, at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this summer. CBP has also enrolled more than three million travelers in trusted traveler programs such as Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI. These programs allow CBP officers to process travelers safely and efficiently while enhancing security and reducing operational costs.