Should Canadian snowbirds get NEXUS cards?

07/08/2019
Question:

We have been spending the past few winters in the U.S. and everyone keeps telling us we should get NEXUS cards. Is it really worth it?

Answer:

While everyone's situation is different, the short answer is generally YES! 

The NEXUS program allows members to travel between Canada and the U.S. much more quickly by using automated self-serve kiosks and dedicated lines for security and customs at airports, and dedicated lanes for cars at border crossings.

Depending on how busy an airport or border crossing is, having a NEXUS card can sometimes save you hours when travelling

However, it's important to keep a few things in mind:

  1. Everyone travelling with you must have their own NEXUS card, including minors under the age of 18.
  2. There are very strict compliance rules for NEXIS cardholders, including updating the personal information associated with your NEXUS card and complying with all customs declaration rules. Even a minor or unintentional infraction can result in you being kicked out of the NEXUS program for life, so be very careful to know and follow all the rules.

Canadians can apply for the NEXUS program online through the Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) website operated by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). You can also find information about applying for the NEXUS program on the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website.

Paper applications for the NEXUS program are no longer available.