Spring Break Tavelers

Be prepared with documents when returning back to the U.S.

By Xavier Zaragoza
The Daily Dispatch

If you’re going to Rocky Point this Spring Break, the US Customs and Border Protection is asking you to be prepared on your way back to the U.S.

“We expect to see an increase in the amount of traffic during Spring Break,” said Rick Gill, port director at Lukeville, Ariz. “We are asking the traveling public to be prepared before coming to the port.”

Travelers will be reminded of the document requirements for all US and Canadian citizens that went into effect in Jan. 31, 2008.

Travelers who are 19 years of age or older will be asked for a combination of government-issued photo ID and proof of citizenship.

Those 18 or younger will be asked for proof of citizenship.

CBP asks that everyone have their documents ready before approaching an officer, answer all questions truthfully, and declare all items acquired while outside the US.

Travelers are also advised to plan their return trips around peak days and times, which typically occur between noon and 7:00 pm on Sundays and Mondays.

CBP will be working with their counterparts in Mexico every Sunday and Monday, to segregate and direct all recreational vehicles and vehicles towing trailers into the commercial facility, which will afford them more room, making it easier for them to drive the longer vehicles through the port of entry.

Passenger vehicles will continue to use the normal lanes.

“We have a dual mission of law enforcement and facilitation at the ports of entry,” said David Higgerson, Director of Field Operations, “and while we won’t sacrifice our enforcement operations, we are continually looking at ways of improving our ability to facilitate legitimate international travel.”

For additional information on what to expect at a port of entry, document requirements, and prohibited or restricted items, travelers can visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website at www.cbp.gov.

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