Laredo Port of Entry prepares for increased holiday traffic

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The Holy Week holiday in Mexico began on Friday, and Customs and Border Protection expects an increase in visitors to this border, mainly from the states of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.

In a release sent out by CBP Office of Field Operations Laredo Port of Entry this week, CBP said it will soon begin to process larger volumes of international travelers to the United States through the South Texas border. 

CBP has said that this period is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and advised travelers to get their tourist permits in advance.

“Our frontline CBP officers and agriculture specialists are preparing for the wave of Holy Week holiday passenger vehicle traffic,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “We strongly encourage travelers to utilize the CBP One app to obtain tourist permits in advance, consult the border wait times before they travel and choose their border crossing port location accordingly.”

Also, the Laredo Port of Entry will implement a variety of effective measures to facilitate a smooth, orderly traffic flow, including electronic tourist permits, and a satellite, off-site I-94 processing facility, located on the second floor of The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo from March 26 – April 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. 

“CBP at Juarez- Lincoln Bridge will be opening additional lanes at the old CBP Import Lot (located below the bridge) starting Friday, March 31 on an as-needed basis to process given amounts of vehicular traffic,” the statement said.

CBP recommends that in order to help reduce wait times and long lines, travelers can take advantage of facial biometrics and the CBP One, which is a single portal for CBP mobile applications and services.

Members of the traveling public can monitor Border Wait Times and obtain the BWT app on their smartphones so that they can observe the wait times and make an informed decision on which bridge to use. These wait times are updated on an hourly basis.

CBP encourages all travelers to have their Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant entry documents in hand as they approach primary inspection booths and to declare all agricultural items, liquor and currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000.

Gabriela Leon, a Laredo resident, said she often crosses into Nuevo Laredo to do various activities.

“I usually go to the supermarket, the doctor, the drug store, the dry cleaners and the ironing shop, among others, at least once a week,” Leon said.

Leon said that she is a user of the SENTRI program, so it is not difficult for her to cross to Nuevo Laredo, since it takes about 10 minutes to cross.

“However, during the holiday season, even with SENTRI, I spend more time because during the Holy Week holiday, there are more people who come to Laredo from Nuevo Laredo who have SENTRI or people from Laredo, like me, who cross because we have days off,” Leon said. “But I like that on the Mexican side, since they are on vacation, there is no traffic in Nuevo Laredo.”

She said that if she did not have SENTRI, she would not go to Nuevo Laredo during the holiday period.

“I think the line 7on the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge would take 1-2 hours or more because many people come from Nuevo Laredo or other parts of Mexico that do not have SENTRI.”

Griselda Hernandez, who lives in Monterrey, usually comes to Laredo to shop during the year, but during this vacation period, she will go to South Padre Island with her family.

“Normally I go to Laredo, although I have gotten up to five hours on its bridge to cross to Laredo,” she said. “Now with this trip to South Padre Island, we will cross through Reynosa, and I hope it won’t take us that long to cross the bridge to McAllen and continue to Padre Island.” 

She said that there will be a lot of people from Monterrey on Padre Island, since it is one of the favorite destinations for people who live in this city and there are no longer restrictions due to the pandemic.

“But I think we’ll have a good time enjoying the family and doing some shopping.”

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Laredo Port of Entry prepares for increased holiday traffic

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The Holy Week holiday in Mexico began on Friday, and Customs and Border Protection expects an increase in visitors to this border, mainly from the states of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila.

In a release sent out by CBP Office of Field Operations Laredo Port of Entry this week, CBP said it will soon begin to process larger volumes of international travelers to the United States through the South Texas border. 

CBP has said that this period is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and advised travelers to get their tourist permits in advance.

“Our frontline CBP officers and agriculture specialists are preparing for the wave of Holy Week holiday passenger vehicle traffic,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “We strongly encourage travelers to utilize the CBP One app to obtain tourist permits in advance, consult the border wait times before they travel and choose their border crossing port location accordingly.”

Also, the Laredo Port of Entry will implement a variety of effective measures to facilitate a smooth, orderly traffic flow, including electronic tourist permits, and a satellite, off-site I-94 processing facility, located on the second floor of The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo from March 26 – April 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. 

“CBP at Juarez- Lincoln Bridge will be opening additional lanes at the old CBP Import Lot (located below the bridge) starting Friday, March 31 on an as-needed basis to process given amounts of vehicular traffic,” the statement said.

CBP recommends that in order to help reduce wait times and long lines, travelers can take advantage of facial biometrics and the CBP One, which is a single portal for CBP mobile applications and services.

Members of the traveling public can monitor Border Wait Times and obtain the BWT app on their smartphones so that they can observe the wait times and make an informed decision on which bridge to use. These wait times are updated on an hourly basis.

CBP encourages all travelers to have their Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant entry documents in hand as they approach primary inspection booths and to declare all agricultural items, liquor and currency or monetary instruments in excess of $10,000.

Gabriela Leon, a Laredo resident, said she often crosses into Nuevo Laredo to do various activities.

“I usually go to the supermarket, the doctor, the drug store, the dry cleaners and the ironing shop, among others, at least once a week,” Leon said.

Leon said that she is a user of the SENTRI program, so it is not difficult for her to cross to Nuevo Laredo, since it takes about 10 minutes to cross.

“However, during the holiday season, even with SENTRI, I spend more time because during the Holy Week holiday, there are more people who come to Laredo from Nuevo Laredo who have SENTRI or people from Laredo, like me, who cross because we have days off,” Leon said. “But I like that on the Mexican side, since they are on vacation, there is no traffic in Nuevo Laredo.”

She said that if she did not have SENTRI, she would not go to Nuevo Laredo during the holiday period.

“I think the line 7on the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge would take 1-2 hours or more because many people come from Nuevo Laredo or other parts of Mexico that do not have SENTRI.”

Griselda Hernandez, who lives in Monterrey, usually comes to Laredo to shop during the year, but during this vacation period, she will go to South Padre Island with her family.

“Normally I go to Laredo, although I have gotten up to five hours on its bridge to cross to Laredo,” she said. “Now with this trip to South Padre Island, we will cross through Reynosa, and I hope it won’t take us that long to cross the bridge to McAllen and continue to Padre Island.” 

She said that there will be a lot of people from Monterrey on Padre Island, since it is one of the favorite destinations for people who live in this city and there are no longer restrictions due to the pandemic.

“But I think we’ll have a good time enjoying the family and doing some shopping.”

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