Border Wait Times

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Border Wait Times
Canada Border Services Agency Border Wait Times

Passport Information:

All persons, including U.S. citizens, travelling between the United States and Canada are required to present a valid passport, or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. Recent legislative changes have introduced new documentation (alternative to a passport) that are accepted at land or sea border crossings from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda. These include a Passport Card and/or an Enhanced Driver’s License, issued by the following states: Michigan, Washington state, Vermont and New York. For further information on all of these documents under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, please visit www.GetYouHome.gov for more information.

If you have additional questions, please call 313-393-3793 ext 0 for U.S. Customs or call 519-257-6473 for Canadian Customs.

What You Can Bring Back:

For Canadians Returning to Canada:
After being away, you can bring back goods, tax and duty free, worth up to:

  • 24 hours or more CAN$200
  • 48 hours or more CAN$800
  • 7 days or more CAN$800

Note that there are no personal exemptions for stays of less than 24 hours.

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products may be included in your 48-hour or seven-day exemption, provided you are of legal age, but certain restrictions apply.

Exemption chart on alcohol and tobacco
Only one of the following amounts of alcoholic beverages may be imported free of duty and taxes (when stays are more than 48 hours):
1.14 L (40 oz.) of liquor; or 1.5 L of wine; or 24 X 355 ml (8.5 L) containers of beer. You must be of legal age in the province of importation.

The following amounts of tobacco products may be imported free of duty and taxes (when stays are more than 48 hours):
200 cigarettes; 50 cigars or cigarillos; 200 tobacco sticks; and 200 g (7 oz.) of manufactured tobacco (a special duty fee might be applicable).

For more information, click here.

For Americans returning from Canada:
You may bring back more than your exemption, but you will have to pay duty on it. In most cases, the personal exemption is US$800.
The exemption is only US$200 if either of the following conditions apply:

  • You have been outside of the U.S. for less than 48 hours.
  • You have used your personal exemption on a previous trip outside the U.S. within the previous 30 days.

Family members who live in the same house may combine their exemptions into what is called a Joint Declaration. Children and infants are allowed the same exemption as adults, except for alcoholic beverages.

For more information, click here.

NEXUS:

About NEXUS

NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are cooperating in this joint venture to simplify border crossings for members, while enhancing security.
To become a member in this program, you must:

  • submit an application and go through a registration process;
  • satisfy the eligibility criteria;
  • be admissible in Canada and the United States; and
  • pass risk assessments by both countries.

Program benefits

If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a membership identification card to use when entering Canada or the United States at all participating NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.
Membership will allow you to save time by:

  • crossing the border more quickly, using automated NEXUS self-serve kiosks in designated areas at participating international airports;
  • a quick and simplified entry process while travelling back and forth between Canada and the U.S., using dedicated lanes at land borders; and
  • reporting to border officials by phone in the marine mode.

What is the difference between CANPASS Air and NEXUS?

CANPASS Air is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) program. Members can clear the border faster when they arrive in Canada.
NEXUS is a partnership program between the CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Members can clear the border faster when travelling to the United States and Canada.

Eligibility

You may qualify to participate in NEXUS if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the U.S. and have lived in one of these countries continuously for the last three years.
You may not qualify if you:

  • are inadmissible to Canada or the United States under applicable immigration laws;
  • provide false or incomplete information on your application;
  • have been convicted of a criminal offence, in any country, for which you have not received a pardon (for U.S. background checks you may be questioned about full criminal history, including arrests and pardons, which may exclude you from NEXUS);
  • have been found in violation of customs or immigration law; or
  • fail to meet other requirements of NEXUS.

Both countries must approve your application for you to become a member of NEXUS. If you do not meet any of the requirements, your application will be denied.

Children

Children under the age of 18 will need the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enroll in NEXUS. At the interview, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by at least one custodial parent or guardian with documentary evidence of custody with no restrictions on removal from the custodial jurisdiction. The documents presented to the officer at the NEXUS enrollment centre have to establish that the adult or adults are the parents or legal guardians of the child.

Nexus is now offered at the following border crossings in Southern Ontario/Michigan/New York:

  • The Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia/Port Huron
  • The Ambassador Bridge in Windsor/Detroit
  • The Peace Bridge in Fort Erie/Buffalo
  • The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in Windsor/Detroit
  • The Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ontario/Niagara Falls, New York (NEXUS available U.S. bound only)
  • The Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ontario/Niagara Falls, New York

Ambassador Bridge

More than 40,000 commuters, tourists and truck drivers carrying $323 million worth of goods cross the Windsor-Detroit border each day.
AMBASSADOR BRIDGE
http://www.ambassadorbridge.com

Toll (passenger vehicle):
$6.25 CDN.
$5.00 U.S.
For detailed information regarding toll rates, please visit www.ambassadorbridge.com/Auto/Auto.aspx

Crossing into Canada, the Ambassador Bridge is your most direct link to:

  • Highway 3
  • Highway 401
  • E.C. Row Expressway

Crossing into the U.S., the Ambassador Bridge is a direct link to many major arteries/destinations, including:

  • I-96
  • I-94
  • I-75 (easy access to Southbound I-75)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport
  • Duty Free Shopping

Shopping “duty free” means no GST, no federal tax, no manufacturing tax, no excise tax and no provincial tax. It all adds up to huge savings for you!

Ambassador Duty Free Store
www.ambassadordutyfree.com

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Located on the Canadian plaza at the base of the Ambassador Bridge
  • 15,000 square feet
  • Immaculately clean, spacious restrooms
  • Easily accessible for handicapped persons
  • Plenty of free parking including a large dedicated parking area for RV’s and tour buses
  • Currency exchange
  • Service in both of Canada’s official languages
  • Free coffee available

The Ambassador Duty Free Store offers a wide selection of goods including:

  • Perfume: Designer fragrances from around the world
  • Canadiana: Handcrafted treasures from local and national artists
  • Fine china and crystal: Elegant collection of porcelain and glassware
  • Jewelry and watches: Precision timepieces and exquisite fashion accessories
  • Liquor, vintage wine and beer: International brands and unique products including world-famous Canadian ice wine.
  • Cigars: Large humidor with a fine selection of cigars

Ammex Detroit Duty Free Shop
www.ammexglobalmarketplace.com

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Located on the U.S. side of the Ambassador Bridge
  • Lots of free parking
  • Currency exchange
  • Duty free gas and diesel fuel
  • Wide selection of goods including:
  • Designer fragrances from the top designers in Europe and North America
  • Elegant jewelry designed by renowned artists worldwide
  • Beer, wine and liquor – complete selection of favorite brands
  • Tobacco products, including premium cigars
  • Currency exchange
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff
  • Large parking lots and dedicated space for tour buses and RV’s
  • Free coffee
  • Delicious hot dogs and snacks at an outdoor snack bar at the Ammex store on Lafayette Street

DID YOU KNOW?
The Windsor-Detroit border is the busiest international crossing in North America
Ambassador Bridge

  •  Completed in 1929
  •  Took two years to build
  •  25% of all merchandise between the U.S. and Canada crosses the bridge
  •  Made up of 21,000 tons of steel
  •  Inscription: “The visible expression of friendship in the hearts of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.”
  •  152 feet (46.3 metres) above the Detroit River
  •  U.S. and Canadian terminals are 1.75 miles (2.8 kilometres) apart
  •  Twin silicon steel towers rise 386 feet (117.8 metres) above the ground
  •  Towers rest on bedrock 115 feet (35 metres) below the surface
  •  Main suspension cables contain close to 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) of cable

More than 40,000 commuters, tourists and truck drivers carrying $323 million worth of goods cross the Windsor-Detroit border each day.

DETROIT WINDSOR TUNNEL
http://www.dwtunnel.com

Toll (passenger vehicle):
Windsor to Detroit
- $5.00 CDN/U.S.
Detroit to Windsor
- $4.75 CDN/U.S.
For detailed information regarding toll rates, please visit http://www.dwtunnel.com/Rates.aspx

Crossing into Canada, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is a direct link to:

  • Downtown Windsor/Ouellette Avenue
  • Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino
  • Highway 401
  • Windsor International Airport
  • VIA Rail

Crossing into the U.S., the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is a direct link to:

  • Downtown Detroit
  • The Lodge Freeway (M-10)
  • I-75 (easy access to Northbound I-75)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport
  • Duty Free Shopping

Shopping “duty free” means no GST, no federal tax, no manufacturing tax, no excise tax and no provincial tax. It all adds up to huge savings for you!

The Tunnel Duty Free Shop
http://www.tunneldutyfree.com/http://www.dutyfreecanada.com/

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Located on the Canadian Tunnel Plaza at 465 Goyeau Street (keep right after paying toll, before entrance to tunnel)
  • Competitive exchange rates are offered for those wishing to convert U.S. dollars to Canadian, and vice versa
  • Ontario lottery tickets are also sold

The Tunnel Duty Free Shop offers a wide selection of goods including:

  • Designer fragrances from the top designers in Europe and North America
  • Elegant jewelry designed by renowned artists worldwide
  • Beer, wine and liquor – complete selection of favorite brands
  • Tobacco products, including premium cigars
  • Currency exchange
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff
  • Large parking lots and dedicated space for tour buses and RV’s

Ammex Detroit Duty Free Shop
www.ammexglobalmarketplace.com

Another Ammex store is located on the U.S. side of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Designer fragrances from the top designers in Europe and North America
  • Elegant jewelry designed by renowned artists worldwide
  • Beer, wine and liquor – complete selection of favorite brands
  • Tobacco products, including premium cigars
  • Currency exchange
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff

Tunnel Bus
The Tunnel Bus, operated by Transit Windsor, is an exclusive feature of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. It offers low cost transportation between downtown Windsor and Detroit – perfect for quick, easy trips and for special outings such as sports, entertainment, and cultural events in Windsor’s and Detroit’s core areas. Buses leave from the Windsor International Transit Terminal at 300 Chatham Street West.

Visit Transit Windsor or call 519-944-4111 or 311 for more details or to reserve your seat.

Tunnel Bus Fare: (Exact Fare Only)
One way (including service to Joe Louis & Cobo Center/Hall, Comerica Park & Ford Field) – $4.50 CDN/U.S. each way.
One way special event service to Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena Ford Field – $4.50 CDN/U.S. each way.

DID YOU KNOW?
The Windsor-Detroit border is the busiest international crossing in North America
Detroit-Windsor Tunnel

  • Second busiest international crossing in North America (after the Ambassador Bridge)
  • More than 20,000 vehicles travel the tunnel on an average day, almost 9 million per year
  • Completed in 1930
  • The first international vehicular subway
  • Construction took 26 months, and was completed almost a year ahead of schedule
  • Employed 600 labourers to build
  • Constructed of sections of steel tube floated into place and sunk into a trench dug in the river bottom
  • 5,160 feet (1.57 kilometres), just 120 feet short of a mile
  • At its lowest point the roadway is 75 feet (23 metres) below the river surface
  • 700,000 tons (635,000 metric tons) of earth was dredged from the river bed
  • Approximately 250,000 tiles line the walls
  • 1.5 million cubic feet (approx. 42,500 cubic metres) of air is pumped through the tunnel each minute
  • Air changes completely every 90 seconds




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