U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Laredo Field Office (LFO) and its South Texas ports of entry are preparing to open available lanes as needed, encouraging travelers to obtain tourist permits early, use Ready Lanes or consider enrolling in trusted traveler programs in anticipation of the expected surge in northbound traffic at the ports of entry during the approaching summer travel season, one of the busiest times of the year.
“Our ports of entry have been conducting outreach campaigns to inform the public of the various trusted traveler programs available, as well as coordinating with their local partners to establish mobile I-94 sites. These initiatives encourage travelers to get their I-94s early, urge frequent border crossers to enroll in SENTRI and those with RFID-enabled documents to use the Ready Lanes in addition to operational facilitation measures,” said Director, Field Operations David P. Higgerson, Laredo Field Office.
The radio-frequency identification technology (RFID)-equipped travel documents such as U.S. passport cards and the newer versions of the border crossing card and resident alien card gives travelers access to the Ready Lanes. This technology coupled with the travelers’ readiness by having their entry documents ready as they approach the booth facilitates their processing.