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Crossing the Border This Weekend? Plan Ahead

September 2, 2011 7:54 AM | News

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is advising travellers to plan ahead if they’re heading south of the border this weekend.

The Labour Day long weekend generally brings increased traffic flows through the border, and officials are reminding Canadians to have proper documentation ready to speed up the process.

Photo ID is required for all travellers, including minors. While a passport isn’t required to re-enter Canada, it’s the preferred method of identification. Other acceptable documents includes an enhanced driver’s license, a birth certificate with accompanying photo ID such as a regular driver’s license, a permanent residence card, a citizenship card, a certificate of Indian Status or a NEXUS card or Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card.

The CBSA says there is the potential for delays at the Emerson, Manitoba port of entry on Sunday, September 4 between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., when border wait times may exceed 30 minutes, and on Monday, September 5 between 12 p.m. and 9 p.m., when border wait times may exceed 45 minutes. To see the latest wait times, click here or follow @CBSA_EMR on Twitter.

For border wait times entering the U.S., click here and scroll down to Pembina, ND if you’re entering North Dakota.