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Ottawa, Ontario, December 14, 2006 -- Today, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, announced the amalgamation of the NEXUS traveller programs. NEXUS Air, NEXUS Highway and NEXUS Marine will now be streamlined into one trusted traveller program, known simply as “NEXUS”.
“Whether you travel by boat, airplane or car, NEXUS members can enjoy the benefits of simplified travel by crossing the border quickly and easily,” said Minister Day. “Canada’s New Government is taking action to facilitate the smooth flow of legitimate travel across our border with the United States. At the same time, we will continue to implement measures that protect Canadians from terrorists, criminals and other threats to our health and safety,” he added.
New applicants will use one application and pay one processing fee for all modes of travel. Current members’ privileges will automatically expand to include all modes.
NEXUS members have access to designated NEXUS highway lanes and self-service kiosks at participating airports, and are able to call a telephone reporting centre in advance to report entry at participating marine ports.
A NEXUS Air membership will be recognized as an alternative to a passport under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) air rules. The WHTI is a new U.S. law that will require Canadians, among other travellers, to carry a valid passport when travelling to the United States. This new U.S. law comes into effect for air travel on January 23, 2007.
NEXUS is a joint Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program. NEXUS simplifies border crossings for pre-approved, low-risk travellers, while allowing both countries to focus efforts on unknown and potentially higher-risk travellers and goods. CBSA and CBP strive to achieve an improved inspection process for people travelling between the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, please visit the NEXUS Web site at www.nexus.gc.ca.
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