Nexus Card Benefits
NEXUS is a joint program between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canada designed to facilitate the border crossing for low-risk, well-vetted travelers. Members enjoy fast and simplified customs and immigration processing by using dedicated lanes and self-serve kiosks at land, air and marine border crossing.
Below you can find in detail NEXUS card benefits:
As a result you can benefit from:
- NEXUS lanes at 21 designated land border crossings; NEXUS members who travel by land can use the fast
- use the automated self-serve NEXUS kiosks when arriving in Canada at nine major international airports and U.S. Global Entry kiosks when entering into the U.S; NEXUS members who travel by air can NEXUS members who travel by boat can report by phone to a Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at around 450 reporting sites;
- dedicated SENTRI lanes when entering the U.S. from Mexico.(*Note that passengers must travel in a vehicle registered in the SENTRI program); NEXUS members can use the
- NEXUS members are eligible to use TSA PreCheck on all participating airlines, for domestic US flights; US and Canadian nationals who are
quick and efficient entry process expedited clearance reduced wait time without long line-ups
Once you arrive at the entry port, use the dedicated NEXUS lane. You will need to stop and hold your NEXUS card in front of the proximity card reader. Then, proceed to the inspection booth where the border officer will verify your identity. Then they will either direct you to the inspection area or will allow you to enter into the U.S. or Canada.
*NOTE: If you are travelling into the U.S. or Canada with non-NEXUS member, you are required to use the regular lanes. The driver is responsible for making sure that all passengers in the vehicle are NEXUS members. If the driver enters the dedicated lanes with a non-NEXUS member, they may lose their NEXUS card benefits
NEXUS lanes are currently available in 21 border crossings:
- 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
When using air mode of transportation, NEXUS members can take advantage of the NEXUS self-serve kiosks, regardless of where they are coming from when entering Canada. When entering into the U.S. travelers enrolled in the program can use Global Entry kiosks via Canadian Preclearance airports without any additional cost. Travelers who arrive in the U.S. are also required to fill a Customs Declaration Form. Remember, if you are traveling with individuals who are not NEXUS members into the United States or Canada, you must use the regular lanes.
NEXUS self-serve kiosks are available at:
- Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport
- Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
- Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
- Calgary International Airport
- Edmonton International Airport
- Vancouver International Airport
- Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, for incoming flights only.
NEXUS is available at approximately 450 reporting sites across Canada and at all marine crossings southbound into the U.S. Boat masters are obliged to present themselves and the passengers to the border officers, as well as to report all goods on behalf of the NEXUS members on board. They need to report to the NEXUS TRC between 30 minutes and four hours before they arrive. In order to take advantage of the NEXUS reporting procedures, everyone on board must be a NEXUS member.
NEXUS and TSA PreCheck
Canadian and US residents with NEXUS membership are permitted to use TSA PreCheck on all participating airlines, for domestic US flights. To do that, NEXUS members need to enter their Customs and Border Protection PASS ID / KTN (Known Traveler Number) from their membership card into their flight reservation information or into their frequent flyer account. Travelers will then be eligible to receive expedited clearance through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration Pre-Check lines.
NEXUS card as Proof of Identity
One of the many benefits of NEXUS card is that it is recognized as a valid secured document in the U.S. under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Thus, it can serve as proof of identity and as legal document that indicates citizenship when entering Canada at all land border crossings. This means that Canadian and US citizens participating in NEXUS, are no longer required to bring other supplementary documents such as passports or birth certificates with them if they carry their valid membership card when using non-NEXUS lanes to enter into Canada. This applies only for NEXUS cards issued after SEPTEMBER 2010. It’s worth noting that on the airport you will be required to present a passport in addition to the NEXUS card in the event of a secondary inspection.
September 19th, 2017