[yapc] passport and tourism
waltman at pobox.com
Sun Jun 13 11:36:25 CDT 2004
On Sat, Jun 12, 2004 at 12:11:33PM -0400, James Keenan wrote:
> 3. The time needed to pass through Customs and Immigration varies
> maddeningly. I've driven into and out of Canada four times since 9/11.
> I never have a problem getting into Canada. I show them my passport
> and my license number is already in their system.
> Getting back into the U.S. is a different question. I've entered
> the U.S. via the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge (most direct route from Canada
> to northern Erie County and points east) three times since Sept 2001 --
> once just 3 weeks after the attacks. The first two times: no problem,
> no more than 15 minute waits, even though I was asked to open my trunk.
> But in early May, returning from Toronto (where, once again, I had a
> great time with to.pm), it took me 90 minutes to cross the Bridge and
> get through C&I -- and I don't really know why the processing was going
> so slowly. And the Q-L Bridge always had a reputation of being faster
> than the Peace Bridge!
> Implication: Be sure you take a bathroom break before approaching
> the border, particularly entering the US.
I think I did that border crossing yesterday. (Is it the one you hit
when taking I-190?) It only took me a few minutes. The Canadian
border guy asked me a few token questions and sent me on my way. He
didn't even ask to see any ID, not even a driver's license.
However, the other way was another story entirely. Traffic was backed
up quite a ways going back into the US.
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