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BORDER CROSSING INFORMATION

Effective June 1, 2009, regulations for crossing the United States / Canadian border changed, requiring a passport from all travelers over the age of 16 to enter either country.

Take a look at the list below to find out what identification is needed, tips for crossing quickly and the traffic outlook at the bridge – so you’re not stuck at the border on your way to the game this season.

IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

AGE AMERICAN AND CANADIAN CITIZENS
16 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER Enhanced Driver's License (US / CAN)
Enhanced Non-Driver Identification (US / CAN)
FAST Card
NEXUS Card (US / CAN)
Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) (US / CAN)
Passport (US / CAN)
US Passport Card
15 YEARS OF AGE AND YOUNGER Original or copy of birth certificate or proof of citizenship such as naturalization certificate or Canadian citizenship card
UNDER 19 YEARS OF AGE
(TRAVELING WITH A SCHOOL / RELIGIOUS / YOUTH GROUP)
Original or copy of birth certificate or proof of citizenship such as naturalization certificate or Canadian citizenship card


OTHER CITIZENS: A passport is required; other documents may be required. Check with the Canada Border Services Agency or the US Department of State prior to traveling.

BRIDGES

Peace Bridge Lewiston-Queenston Bridge Rainbow Bridge Whirlpool Bridge

PEACE BRIDGE

U.S. INFO CANADIAN INFO TRAFFIC
1 Peace Bridge Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14213
716-884-6744 (phone)
716-884-2089 (fax)

100 Queen Street
Fort Erie, ON L2A 3S6
905-871-1608 phone
905-871-9940 fax
Traffic Conditions:
1-800-715-6722
Website
Webcam


LEWISTON-QUEENSTON BRIDGE

U.S. INFO CANADIAN INFO TRAFFIC
5300 Lewiston Rd.
Lewiston, NY 14092
716-285-6322 (phone)

716-282-3292 (fax)
1451 Niagara River Parkway
Queenston Heights
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
905-354-5641 (phone)
905-353-6644 (fax)
Traffic Conditions:
1-800-715-6722
Website
Webcam

RAINBOW BRIDGE


U.S. INFO CANADIAN INFO TRAFFIC
Niagara Street at River Way
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
716-285-6322 (phone)
716-282-3292 (fax)
5781 River Rd.
Niagara Falls, ON. L2E 3K9
716-285-6322 (phone)
716-282-3292 (fax)
Traffic Conditions:
1-800-715-6722
Website
Webcam


WHIRLPOOL BRIDGE


U.S. INFO CANADIAN INFO TRAFFIC
615 Mill St.
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
716-285-6322 (phone)
716-282-3292 (fax)
4451 River Rd.
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 3E8
716-285-6322 (phone)
716-282-3292 (fax)
Traffic Conditions:
1-800-715-6722
Website


*Whirlpool Bridge Restrictions:
  • Commercial vehicles (trucks) are not permitted.
  • The Whirlpool Bridge is reserved for subscribers to NEXUS (US / CAN), a program for pre-approved clearance.
  • Hours of Operation from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

TIPS FOR CROSSING
(Courtesy of the Peace Bridge Authority)
  
  • Enroll in NEXUS and E-ZPass to help expedite your border crossing.

    NEXUS expedites the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States. NEXUS dedicated customs inspection lanes are available in the Niagara Region at the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge, in addition to the Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge which can only be used by NEXUS holders. Please note that the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge does not have dedicated NEXUS lanes.

    E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection technology that makes traveling more convenient, helps reduce traffic congestion, and saves you money at the Peace Bridge by reducing fuel consumption and saving you 10% off the cash toll rate.\Choose which bridge to take. Make an informed decision when deciding which bridge to cross by checking the Peace Bridge Traffic Web Cams before traveling or checking the CBSA website or CBP website to see what their posted wait times are for Niagara Region international bridges. While traveling go to mobile.peacebridge.com on your web-enabled mobile device or call 1-800-715-6722 to get the wait times for Niagara Region international bridges. These options are updated hourly.
  • Have proper identification ready to present to the Customs agent. Click here to view the border crossing identification requirements.
  • If traveling with children who are not part of your immediate family, have a note from the parents that their child has permission to cross the border with you. The note should include telephone numbers where the children’s parents can be reached.
  • Turn off radios and cell phones when talking to Customs agents.
  • Declare all fruits, vegetables, plants and plant products, animals, birds, eggs, meat and meat products.
  • Declare all items acquired for personal use.
  • Do not fool around. Customs and Immigration agents on both sides of the border are law enforcement officials who take their duties very seriously. Approach inspection booths slowly and follow signage instructions.
  • Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Be patient. Customs agents are responsible for protecting our nations’ borders and public safety.

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