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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Del Rio Port of Entry Opens SENTRI Lane

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Del Rio Port of Entry has begun operating the much-awaited SENTRI (Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection) lane. From October 2, the hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

SENTRI lane participants will utilize the same lane as commercial trucks but will continue towards primary inspection lane 2 (second lane from the southernmost primary lane) which has been designated as the dedicated SENTRI lane. Delineators and signage will be visible to guide participants to their dedicated lane.

“Although the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic has tested our port with trying times and challenges, the opening of the SENTRI lane at the Del Rio Port of Entry is a momentous occasion. The SENTRI lane provides CBP with an effective means of facilitating lawful travel and benefits the Del Rio community tremendously by expediting low-risk traffic and improving customer service for our daily cross-border travelers,” said Port Director Liliana Flores, Del Rio Port of Entry.  

SENTRI is a CBP Trusted-Traveler Program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers entering the United States. Participants may enter the U.S. using dedicated lanes at participating southern land-border ports. Travelers must be pre-approved for the SENTRI program and undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview as part of the enrollment process. 

Prospective SENTRI participants may apply online as well as pay application and other program fees online. Participants also have the option to apply in person at the Del Rio Port of Entry Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center. The cost for participation in the SENTRI program is $122.25 per person (children 14 and under are free) and is valid for five years. Air travelers that are interested in the Global Entry program, a Trusted Traveler Program in the international airport environment, that apply online may also have their in-person interviews conducted at the enrollment center. The hours of operation for the Del Rio Port of Entry Trusted Traveler Enrollment Center are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

As a reminder to travelers, travel restrictions are still in effect and must be adhered to when also utilizing the SENTRI lane. 

Read the announcement at CBP

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