NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are cooperating in this joint venture to simplify border crossing for members while enhancing security.

To become a member in this program, you must do the following:

  • submit an application and go through a registration process;
  • satisfy the eligibility criteria;
  • be admissible in Canada and the United States; and
  • pass risk assessments by both countries.

Program benefits

If you are approved to participate in NEXUS, you will receive a membership identification card to use when entering Canada or the United States at all designated NEXUS air, land and marine ports of entry.

Membership will enable you to save time by:

  • using automated self-serve kiosks in dedicated areas at designated international airports;
  • using designated lanes at the land border;
  • reporting to border officers by phone in advance of your arrival in the marine mode of transportation; and
  • using the Trusted Traveller Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) Security Line at major and select medium-sized Canadian airports to expedite airport pre boarding security screening. For detailed information, please visit the CATSA Web site.

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)

For Canadian and U.S. citizens, NEXUS membership cards also fulfill the travel document requirements of the U.S. WHTI. A NEXUS membership card may be used as an alternative to a passport when entering the United States:

  • by air when used at kiosks at designated airports; and
  • at all land and marine ports of entry.

For detailed information on the U.S. WHTI, visit the Homeland Security Web Site.

NEXUS members using the air mode of transportation can enter Canada using the self-serve kiosks regardless of where they are arriving from. For example, a NEXUS member returning to Canada from overseas and arriving in Montréal can use the self-serve kiosk in Montréal.

What is the difference between CANPASS Air and NEXUS?

CANPASS Air is a CBSA program. This program enables members to cross the border faster when they arrive in Canada.

NEXUS is a binational program jointly administered by the CBSA and U.S. CBP. This program enables members to cross the border faster when travelling to Canada and the United States.

The self-serve kiosks located in the Canadian inspection services area are for use by both CANPASS Air members and NEXUS members, while the self-serve kiosks located in the U.S. preclearance area are to be used by NEXUS members only.

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