NEXUS is a program jointly run by the Canadian and U.S. governments that aims to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travellers 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 card holders 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 card holders will need to talk briefly to a border agent, but often, especially at airports, the whole process is automated.
NOTE: All the people in your vehicle must be NEXUS card holders for your vehicle to use the NEXUS lane.
Be sure to sign up your children for the NEXUS card program if you are getting a card for yourself. They are free to sign up and at no cost, there is really no reason not to get their as well other than the hassle of getting them to a NEXUS centre for the required interview, fingerprinting and retina scan (for older children only).
NEXUS Vehicle Land Crossings:
Note that vehicle crossings may have different hours of service. Consult the Canada Border Services Agency for details.
Also note that 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.
1. Boundary Bay/Point Roberts 2. Abbotsford/Sumas 3. Aldergrove/Lynden 4. Pacific Highway/Blaine 5.
Surrey/Blaine (Peace Arch)
1. Sweetgrass/Coutts (note that some lanes into Canada are designated NEXUS only, but all lanes into the U.S. are designated NEXUS)
1. Sault Ste. Marie/Sault Ste. Marie 2. Fort Frances/International Falls
Southern Ontario/Michigan, New York
1. Sarnia/Port Huron (Blue Water Bridge) 2. Windsor/Detroit (Ambassador Bridge) 3. Fort Erie/Buffalo (Peace Bridge) 4. Windsor-Detroit Tunnel 5. Whirlpool Bridge, Niagara Falls (this is a NEXUS-only crossing, a great option for NEXUS holders) 6. Queenston/Lewiston (Canada-bound only) 7. Landsdowne/Alexandria Bay
1. St. Bernard-de-Lacolle/Champlain 2. St. Armand-Philipsburg/Highgate Springs 3. Stanstead/Derby Line
1. St.Stephen/Calais 2. Woodstock/Houlton
NEXUS Airport Locations:
The following airports in Canada have NEXUS terminals where NEXUS Card holders can by bypass regular customs lineups.
- Vancouver International
- Toronto Pearson International
- Ottawa McDonald Cartier International
- Montreal Pierre Trudeau International
- Halifax International
- Calgary International
- Edmonton International
- Winnipeg International
NEXUS Waterway Arrivals:
NEXUS card holders arriving to 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.
For more details, see the Canada Border Services Agency.