This week, travelers at land crossings of the U.S.-Canada border began needing a higher level of documentation, thanks to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
The CBP video on the new WHTI rules shows the proper protocol for presenting RFID-enabled documents.
Now, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted a video how to use their new WHTI-compliant documents as they cross the border.
Travelers now need passports, enhanced licenses or certain other documents to cross the northern frontier.
Many of the new travel documents are embedded with RFID technology and can be read automatically when travelers enter the United States, making border crossing more efficient. The next generation of Border Crossing Cards, for use by Mexican citizens to enter the U.S. border area to visit and shop, also are RFID-enabled.
CBP has a Web page, the “Learn To Use Your RFID-Enabled Travel Documents” page, with links to the videos that show travelers the simple steps to follow as they approach a U.S. land port of entry with their RFID-enabled travel cards.
Those steps include stopping at the entry to the inspection lane and waiting for a signal to move forward, removing travel cards from their protective sleeves and holding them up with the flat front faces of the cards toward windows on the driver’s side. The RFID-enabled cards will be read automatically while the vehicle proceeds to the inspection booth.
Then, travelers must stop at the inspection booth and be prepared to present documents for all travelers in the vehicle to the CBP officer.
WHTI-compliant, RFID-enabled documents help reduce the time it takes to process travelers at the border, CBP says.
As part of the June 1 implementation of WHTI, CBP has installed RFID reader technology in more than 350 lanes at 39 ports of entry on the northern and southern borders. These ports process more than 95 percent of land border traffic.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is a joint Department of Homeland Security-Department of State program that established document requirements for travelers entering the United States who were previously exempt, including citizens of the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.
WHTI document requirements for air travel went into effect in January 2007.