U.S. Customs and Border Protection is starting simultaneous construction projects completely renovating the existing pedestrian building as well as modernizing the I-94 permit processing area at the Port of Douglas (Raul Hector Castro POE) beginning April 8.
The construction projects will commence on April 8 and are anticipated to continue through August 2018.
The pedestrian project will require closure of one primary vehicle lane in order to convert it into a pedestrian lane while the existing pedestrian building is renovated.
A second project will improve the I-94 permit area currently located near the vehicle secondary inspection lot. ll I-94 applicants will be temporarily re-routed to the main building while the existing area receives its modernization.
In order to minimize the impact, travelers are requested to familiarize themselves with the technology, rules, and regulations relating to international travel before crossing the border into the U.S. CBP also reminds travelers to plan ahead and to declare everything brought from Mexico, even if purchased at a duty-free shop.
Travelers needing an I-94 permit are encouraged to apply early instead of waiting until the day of their travel to avoid congestion and potential delays.
The Port of Douglas recommends foreign travelers apply for their tourist permits online via https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home. Travelers will now receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online. To finalize the I-94 process, travelers must present themselves at a port of entry within seven days of their application to be interviewed by a CBP officer, submit biometric fingerscans and take a photo.