LAREDO, TX – As Paisano traffic from the United States to Mexico begins to grow and “Los Dos Laredos” prepares for Christmas, Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Customs Operations (OFO) at the Laredo Port of Entry encourages travelers to plan ahead, apply for I-94 travel permits online and utilize Ready Lanes as CBP prepares to implement measures to facilitate vacation traffic.
“As U.S. residents (paisanos) began traveling south to Mexico to visit family for Christmas and residents of Mexico travel north to take advantage of holiday sales and also see loved ones, CBP Laredo port of entry management is preparing for significant volumes of crossing. border traffic in both directions,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.
The Laredo Port of Entry strongly encouraged travelers to apply for their tourist permits online through the CBP One mobile app, available on Google Play or Apple App Store or through http://i94.cbp.dhs.gov. Travelers will receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online.
To finalize the I-94 process, travelers must appear at a port of entry within seven days of their application to be interviewed by a CBP officer, submit biometric scans and have a photo taken. The Laredo Port of Entry will extend front-line privileges to travelers who submit their I-94 applications electronically and present their provisional I-94 permit receipt.
Travelers who apply for their I-94 early will experience faster processing times to expedite entry.
In addition, CBP in collaboration with Outlet Shoppes in Laredo, has implemented a Mobile Enrollment Center for the issuance of I-94 tourist permits. The Mobile Enrollment Center will be available in December, and during the first few days of January from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
CBP reminded the traveling public that beginning Nov. 8, 2021, foreign nationals who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have proper documentation will be able to enter the United States through land ports of entry (POE) and ferry terminals for non-essential; reasons such as tourism.
Travelers were also encouraged to obtain and use travel documents equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, such as U.S. passport cards. and the most recent (i.e., since 2011) versions of the border crossing card and resident alien card to enable them to use Ready Lanes.
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