How to Know USA Border Wait Time

This guide will assist travelers in determining us border wait times when they’re crossing into Mexico or Canada.


Step # 1 – Accessing the Website

Go to “http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/”. Scroll down the page and you will see blue, gray and white charts. These charts help you locate the border nearest you, as well as your expected wait time when crossing.

The Border Wait Times site

Step # 2 – Finding a Border Crossing

For this tutorial, we will be using Brownsville, Texas as an example. Scroll down the page, to the section which says “Mexican Border Ports of Entry.” Under this section, look for the area which says “Brownsville Gateway.”

Ports of entry to the US for Mexico

Step # 3 – Determining Passenger Wait Time

In the “Brownsville Gateway” section, look under “Passenger Vehicles.” There are two sections, “STANDARD” and “READYLANE.” Under each heading you can see the current wait times, these can vary significantly depending on numerous factors.

Information about car wait times

Step # 4 – Determining Pedestrian Wait Time

To the right of “Passenger Vehicles,” there is a section called “Pedestrian.” Under “Pedestrian” we can see the us border wait times again. As for cars these figures will tend to vary.

Wait times for pedestrians