When we first heard about the Beyond the Border Action Plan launched by the US/Canada collaboration back in February 2014, we urged you to start counting your border crossings. Now, there’s a database available to Canadian travellers to help you keep better count.

You can track your US border crossings from the last five years through an online database, courtesy of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This website allows you to enter details like your name and Canadian passport number to pull up your US border crossing history from the past 5 years.

  1. If you travel to the US frequently, it will be easier to stay on top of your border crossings. Although you should still maintain your own records, this online database is a great tool to verify your own count.
  2. It allows you to keep an eye on possible errors. The CBP, although highly accurate, can still make mistakes sometimes. This online database allows you to check your records and ensure their accuracy before it’s too late.
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How to Access the Cross-Border Database

Accessing the database and pulling up your border crossing history is simple. All you have to do is visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection I-94 request page, and input your full name, date of birth and passport number. You’ll be able to see a history of your US ins and outs.

Should I still track my ins and outs?

We recommend keeping a personal record of your coming and goings through the US-Canada border, and comparing from time to time to ensure there are no discrepancies. If there are, have them corrected to avoid any issues crossing the border. The last thing you want is to have the US government thinking you’ve been in the US for longer than you have!

Remember Your Travel Insurance When Crossing the Border

Many Canadians don’t bother with travel insurance when crossing the border for a short stay. However, the US has some of the highest hospital costs in the world; a visit to the doctor for a minor ailment can set you back thousands of dollars. For frequent cross-border shoppers, we recommend an annual (or multi trip) travel insurance plan so you can drive across the border without the extra worry.

RELATED: Cross-border Shopping – How Much Can I Bring Back to Canada?

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Happy travels,

Melissa

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