Where and How to Use Your Nexus Card

NEXUS Lanes at Canada / U.S. border
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The NEXUS frequent traveler program is jointly run by the Canadian and U.S. governments in order to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travelers between Canada and the United States. Only U.S. and Canadian citizens can apply to have a NEXUS card. 

NEXUS card holders may use their cards and take advantage of faster, more convenient border crossings at vehicle crossings across Canada, eight Canadian airports, as well as various waterway locations. Instead of lining up in the regular border crossing lane, NEXUS cardholders use a separate NEXUS-only lane in which they simply either present their NEXUS card or have their retinas scanned to pass through border security. Sometimes cardholders will need to talk briefly to a border agent, but often, especially at airports, the whole process is automated.

Multiple Passengers and NEXUS

All the people in your vehicle must be NEXUS card holders for your vehicle to use the NEXUS lane. Sign up your children for the NEXUS card program if you are getting a card for yourself. They can sign up at no cost so there is really no reason not to get their cards. However, you'll need to get older children to a NEXUS center for the required interview, fingerprinting, and retina scan. 

NEXUS Vehicle Land Crossings

Vehicle crossings at the border may have different hours of service. Consult the Canada Border Services Agency for details. The website Ezbordercrossing.com lists NEXUS lane hours for the U.S. and Canada. The following border crossings are Canada-bound only. A NEXUS lane at a Canada-bound crossing does not necessarily mean the reciprocal U.S.-bound crossing will also have a NEXUS lane.

  • Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Blaine, Washington (Pacific Highway)
  • Blaine, Washington (Peace Arch)
  • Buffalo, New York (Peace Bridge)
  • Calais, Maine
  • Champlain, New York
  • Detroit, Michigan (Ambassador Bridge)
  • Detroit, Michigan (Detroit-Windsor Tunnel)
  • Highgate Springs, Vermont
  • Houlton, Maine
  • Niagara Falls, New York (Lewiston Bridge)
  • Niagara Falls, New York (Whirlpool Bridge)
  • Pembina, North Dakota
  • Point Roberts, Washington
  • Port Huron, Michigan (Blue Water Bridge)
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (International Bridge)
  • Sweetgrass, Montana
  • Sumas, Washington

U.S-bound crossings with NEXUS lanes are listed on the Canadian government site including hours of operation. 

NEXUS Airport Locations

The following airports in Canada have NEXUS kiosks where NEXUS Cardholders can by bypass regular customs lineups.

  • Calgary International Airport (YYC)
  • Edmonton International Airport (YEG)
  • Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
  • Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)
  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)

NEXUS Waterway Arrivals

NEXUS card holders arriving in Canada from the U.S. by water must call ahead to the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987) at least 30 minutes (minimum) and up to four hours (maximum) prior to arriving in Canada.

If arriving by boat, all passengers must be NEXUS members in order to take advantage of NEXUS reporting procedures.

The Canada Border Services Agency website provides additional information and details.

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