Here’s how to avoid long Canada-U.S. border wait times so you don’t waste hours in the line.

So once the Canada-U.S. border opens, don’t forget to check wait times for your side of the border so you don’t get stuck in line for hours on your way over or on your way back.

On November 8, one of the major border crossings on the U.S.-Canada border on the Montana-Alberta state line had wait times of THREE HOURS. Luckily, you can check wait times at all land and air Canadian ports of entry online to plan your trip accordingly!

The two countries also have a way for you to check country border wait times before you actually get in line — something that many Canadians might not be aware of when traveling with their car.

New Brunswick from the Canadian side of the Canadian-US border. Border wait times used to be infrequent and had long lines, but it’s becoming more frequent for Canadians trying to get in the U.S., increasing wait times from 15 minutes to a few hours. The Canadian government is releasing updated updates on its website every hour with specific numbers for different ports of entries into the US that will let you stay informed and plan accordingly.

The average wait time for each border crossing is automatically computed on this site, giving you an estimate on how long the wait will be for your kind of vehicle.

Non-essential border crossings are still permitted by the Canada Border Services Agency on behalf of the US, but travellers on either side should be aware of the procedures. On entering the United States, a COVID-19 test is necessary and when returning to Canada, a pre-arrival test is needed.

 

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