CHAMPLAIN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is warning people that construction at the Champlain Port of Entry, as well as the upcoming holiday and usual increased spring traffic, has the potential to cause delays at local crossings.Travelers to the United States should be aware of the potential longer wait times at the border crossing in Champlain.Customs and Border Protection officials advise that the extended Easter weekend, which spans today through Monday, has traditionally been a period of extremely heavy traffic and longer wait times.In addition to the anticipated high volume of traffic, travelers should be aware of the ongoing major construction at the Champlain Port of Entry.Some queuing space and inspection lanes will be temporarily closed and may significantly impact processing time.Also, Customs and Border Protection remains at a heightened state of alert and close scrutiny of vehicles and passengers can be expected.The agency has the following recommendations to minimize wait time at the border: Travel at non-peak hours, such as late at night or early in the morning. Do not assume wait times at smaller crossings in the vicinity will be shorter. Have travel documents ready to present to the officer.
Customs and Border Protection recommends that before trips, travelers access the Web site www.cbp.gov for travel alerts and other tips regarding border processing. The Questions tab will take you to a searchable database and provide answers to more than 500 questions regarding Customs and Border Protection policies and procedures.