By - mediocre-penis
The wait is a lot longer now. But if you come back between, 10 am to 2:30pm during weekday , there aren't much of a wait. Avoid the 4pm to 7pm window if possible. 4pm to 9 pm on weekends also bad.
Honestly even with avoiding these time slots it’s still insane, we almost always cross between 11am-1:30pm. Going back to Canada lately seems to be what I used to deal with on the rare nights I returned the same time a Tigers game ended.
Nexus pass is worth it
I’m starting to see that!
Good luck getting one right now.
My renewal has been in process since June...no interviews in Canada for the foreseeable future.
They have opened additional interview slots in Detroit now. They are doing overtime till 9 pm every day. Try looking for interview slots often you’ll definitely get it. I found one in 3 days
Been waiting since November for an interview for Nexus :(
Things generally seem worst. Especially at the tunnel. If your a commuter who uses the tunnel u can get into really nasty situations where the entire tunnel is clogged up coming back into Canada.
If you have a nexus card I found the bridge to be pretty decent since they are better about maintaining a nexus lane. For whatever reason the nexus lane in the tunnel is closed half the time.
Thanks for the tip about the bridge being better about having the nexus lane open! I just assumed it was as bad as the tunnel. I might finally look into a nexus card to get a break from all this!
Same experience here. Americans have been very relaxed while the Canadians have turned into giant pricks 4 out of 5 days a week. The wait times going back into Canada have been ridiculous, the near-constant shift changes are annoying and they never have enough booths open.
I’m glad I’m not the only one struggling with this, it’s been so frustrating! I’m nothing but respectful to the border guards, I’m sure they deal with enough assholes in a days work, but holy cow has it been such a struggle with some of the attitude we’ve been getting.
Fuck these guys...they work for us.
I'm a Canadian born citizen coming home? With nothing to declare or hide?
They can fuck right off....I have every right to come home in an expedient manner and without a shit ton of bad attitude.
Hopefully I can shed a bit of light on the tunnel situation:
CBSA (Canada customs) are facing a staff shortage right now. Not sure why they're unable to fill those positions considering they have plenty of applicants, I'm sure.
That being said, the officers tend to be overworked and often working overtime shifts so that may explain their demeanor. I'm sure they're dealing with many complaints regarding wait times. I know the tunnel staff often find themselves dealing with angry tunnel-goers.
No one is having a good time with all this. I really hope it changes soon but just do your best to travel during slower times. Take the bridge if you really wanna avoid the tunnel and hopefully we all treat each other with a little more dignity.
Thank you for the insight, but I find it incredible that they’re having staffing shortages, they’ve been complaining of understaffing since before the pandemic.
I would like to say I do go out of my way to be kind and respectful when I cross, I’m not sure if your comment was in general or more directly aimed at me. I always great them with a smile and wish them well on my way out, I answer all questions and have never missed filling out the app prior to crossing. I mentioned in another comment that I’m sure they already deal with enough assholes.
We’ve travelled the bridge a couple times when there was an incredibly quicker travel time posted on the ezbordingcrossing site, it definitely can be faster at times, but again the border guards have been rough.
No/low hiring during pandemic plus front line people pulled away to new jobs that sprung up when traffic died off. Now can’t deal with increased volumes.
Sorry if I wasn't clear, but my comment was meant in a general sense and not directly targeted towards you.
I'm hoping your travel times get a little less stressful moving forward. I'm crossing tomorrow so I'll be hoping the same for myself!
Safe travels! I hope your return travel goes fast 😊
Part of there staffing problem probably stems from the fact it takes forever to hire someone. I know someone who applied and has had multiple interviews then background checks etc. Its a been over a year long process.
Wow that is incredibly long! I knew it was an intense process, didn’t realize the length. Thank you for your comment!
Can attest to this; I've applied some time ago and have yet to hear anything.
I’m an American with a nexus. I come over periodically to spend a night or two at the casino. Haven’t noticed anything that far out of the prepandemic normal range. Tunnel gets backed up sometimes, but the nexus always moves fine. Canadian guards ask fewer questions than they used to, probably because it shows them the ArriveCAN info. American guards searched my trunk twice in a row, which was weird but didn’t cause any issue.
Having worked in Michigan before the whole covid thing, I never felt it was that bad. Now it seems the Canadian side is much slower and unfriendly.
Since the border has been open i have crossed about 10 to 15 times.
Almost every guard have have had interaction with on both sides has been fairly young(before it seems most were 40-50yoa ), somewhere in their 20s.
I have no had one with an attitude, even when one friend of mine forgot to fill out his arriveCan app.
However, i do agree with you that it seems like only 4 or 3 booths are usually opened and now more- that may be due to staffing issues.
That’s an interesting observation; I’ve also definitely been getting younger guards compared to before. Maybe the pandemic pushed some of the more senior staff into retirement and we’ve got some new staff with something to prove.
Understood. I only offer my passport, put both hands back on the steering wheel and answer the questions I'm asked. I never try to be helpful or offer any information I'm not asked to provide. If they ask for a receipt, I give it to them. I've been searched the odd time and it's part of the process unfortunately.
I know a couple agents, I think since the border opening, they got alot more frequent US visitors that dont understand the rules to canada (or outta town canadians). With the shortage of staff, theyve resorted to full on questions when dealing with infrequent travelers. Frequent travelers, its usually pretty chill. Nexus does help alot.
ps. find out when the shift changes times are.. I feel like they ask less as they know theyre ready to gtfo of there lol
Thanks for the tip about the shift changes! This is what’s frustrating is the two of us cross about 2-3 times a week minimum, sometimes 3-4, and have done for years prior to the closure, we’re very frequent crossers and have never done anything to give them a hard time.
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I've had no issues. Can someone give me an example of being barked at? I just crossed at bridge Thursday night after being away 3 days. I'm a frequent crosser. Previously, I helped my brother in law import a vehicle at the bridge. No issues. Officers really good. In fact , I've never had a prick at the canadian border pre or post pandemic.
My most recent negative interaction was on a trip back from target; I’m not a big shopper and even though I cross 3-4 times a week I rarely bring back goods to declare. The last time I had anything to declare was prior to the border closure so I was doing what I used to.
I had the app filled out, was kind as always, and when I informed the guard the amount and purchases from target. I held out the receipt for her to confirm, as soon as I put my hand out with the receipt you would have thought I showed a weapon. She immediately started chastising me about not needing my receipt just the amounts and purchases and then ended up sending me to secondary where I waited for 40 minutes and had the entire car searched just to be told I’m all good. In total it was about an extra hour on top of the wait times. An incredible waste of time and I honestly don’t get why it set the guard off. I can understand them not wanting to be handed things since Covid, but all she had to do was tell me it wasn’t necessary, not treat me like a criminal. I’m always open and honest with them so this really confused me because as I said all I did was inform her of what I bought, the total amount, and reach out with the receipt.
*editing to also clarify the amount was about $218.00 and after the car search and 40 minutes waiting after to see someone they didn’t charge me any duty anyway, leading me to be even more confused.
As long as I know. They act super ride with people that show them some attitudes.
As I’ve said in two previous comments now, I’m sure they already deal with enough assholes, so I’m nothing but nice. This is why it’s getting frustrating, I never used to have a problem.
I drove with my dad onr day and my dad told the officer while asking us "non of your business lol" they ended up sending us to immigration
Went across today at 1pm.. took 5mins.. came back around 8:30.. took maybe 10mins.
I cross for work. Have your arrive can complete. You should have no issues.
I always have it completed prior to crossing, like I said it takes two seconds to fill out.
I’ve been over a few time and never had an issue