Border Busier Than Usual This Long Weekend

By Sarah Klein

The Canada Border Services Agency searches a vehicle. (CBSA / HANDOUT)
The Canada Border Services Agency searches a vehicle. (CBSA / HANDOUT)

If a trip across the border is in your May long weekend plans, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is offering up tips to make it as smooth as possible.

As with every long weekend, border traffic increases and Victoria Day is the busiest day of the year for the CBSA. Mornings are generally a quieter time to cross, but officers are reminding travellers to still keep track of their personal exemptions.

Staying in the U.S. 24 hours or more allows you to bring back $200 worth of goods, while 48 hours allows for $800.

The CBSA says to declare all purchases made — including duty-free — and have your receipts totaled and readily available upon your return to Canada.

Border wait times for the Emerson crossing can be found online or via Twitter by following @CBSA_EMR.

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

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