With the long weekend coming up people are planning on travelling to the states. 

"We are expecting a busy long weekend coming up for Labor Day, last year officers in Southeast Saskatchewan processed more than 7,800 travelers over the long weekend. Some tips that we have for Canadians returning is to consider crossing in the morning, if you arrive at the border in the morning rather than in the afternoon or evening it gives you the best chance of avoiding line ups," explained Luke Reimer with CBSA.

"We recommend for Saskatchewan using the North Portal boarder crossing during peak travel time. North Portal is the busiest boarder crossing, last year there were more than 3,700 travelers crossing through over the long weekend but it also has the greatest capacity to process large volumes of traffic. The wait times can be monitored as well on the CBSA website or by downloading the CanBorder App on your smartphone."

"We also remind travelers to keep your ID handy and having a passport is the best bet, make sure to do your homework before you return to Canada. If you're not sure if an item is allowed back into Canada or not check our website, you can also call our border services at 1-800-461-9999 and if you still have question at the time of when you arrive at the border make sure to ask our officers," he stated. 

"The number one advice is to make a full declaration when you arrive at border. We know that the vast majority of returning travelers want to follow the rules and honesty really is the best policy. When you declare your purchases and goods that you have required outside of the country at the first opportunity you will eliminate the risk of penalties and charges."

"Also in terms of the border experience we just remind travelers that being referred for a secondary examination is a completely normal part of the boarder crossing experience, it doesn't mean you have done anything wrong. You can be referred for further examination for any number of reasons even for a random check. So just anticipate that there could be a busier long weekend in terms of traffic coming through and follow these and you'll save yourself some time at the border," expressed Reimer.

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