U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the El Paso port of entry and other area international crossings are providing guidance to assist those travelers who intend to travel between the U.S. from Mexico in the days before the Easter holiday.
The tips are designed to ease the crossing process as CBP officers maintain their principal anti-terror mission.
Tip #1 – Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth.
Tip #2 – Travelers should declare all items acquired abroad. In addition, individuals should end cellular phone conversations before arriving at the inspection booth.
Tip #3 – Travelers should build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic.
Tip #4 – Travelers who do have RFID enabled documents may wish to consider using the designated “Ready Lanes” at area crossings.
These lanes are for use only by those with the appropriate documents and generally provide a shorter wait.
Tip #5 – Pedestrian crossers at the Paso Del Norte inspection station should use the pedestrian SENTRI lane if they hold a SENTRI card.
This lane never has a wait and is open to people of all nationalities who obtain a SENTRI document.
Tip #6 – Travelers are encouraged to visit the “Know Before You Go” section of the CBP website to avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of prohibited items.
“Know Before You Go” brochures are available at border ports.
Tip #7 – Consult the CBP website site to monitor border crossing times.
Tip #8 – During periods of heavy travel, border crossers may wish to consider alternative entry routes. For example, they may want to use the nearby and less heavily traveled Fabens or Santa Teresa ports of entry instead of the El Paso port.
Tip #9 – Visit the port of entry to obtain I-94 travel documents in advance of the busiest holiday travel periods.
Tip #10 – Travelers approaching an interior Border Patrol checkpoint should have their documents ready to present to the U.S. Border Patrol agent if asked. This will save time.
Tip #11 – Drivers should insure that their vehicles are properly maintained and mechanically sound and that occupants avoid riding in areas of vehicles not specifically designed to carry passengers.
Failure to follow these steps can expose crossers/passengers to carbon monoxide.