Plan your long weekend border crossing to minimize delays – CBSA

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Canada_Border_Services_AgencyFORT FRANCES – If you are headed stateside for the Victoria Day long weekend, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) would like to remind travelers to plan their border crossing to avoid delays. In anticipation of higher traffic volumes and limits to the volume of traffic that can be processed at some ports of entry this weekend, travelers are advised to consider the potential for delays at the Fort Frances port of entry for the following dates and times:

Fort Frances port of entry: Peak traffic volumes are anticipated between 2PM and 6PM on Thursday, May 17, and between 2PM and 6PM on Friday, May 18, when border wait times may exceed 30 minutes.

Travelers across Northwestern Ontario may also choose to enter Canada via the Pigeon River port of entry (peak traffic volumes are anticipated to be between 2PM and 6PM on Thursday, May 17 and between 2PM and 6PM on Friday, May 18) or the Rainy River port of entry (peak traffic volumes are anticipated to be between 2PM and 6PM on Thursday, May 17 and between 2PM and 6PM on Friday, May 18).

Peak traffic volume information and anticipated border wait times are based on historical data. The CBSA anticipates a 4.8 percent increase in traffic this weekend from previous years based on traffic volume trends to date in 2012. The traffic forecast volumes may vary depending on numerous factors, including weather conditions.

Reminder: The changes to the personal exemptions that were announced in the March 29, 2012 Federal Budget do not take effect until June 1, 2012. For more information, consult our fact sheet on New Personal Exemption Limits Effective June 1, 2012.

For more information on border wait times and for instructions on how to receive Twitter messages for border wait times at some ports of entry, visit the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca. You can also visit the Government of Canada Wireless Portal through your Web-enabled mobile device at www.wap.gc.ca or www.gc.ca.

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