Knowing land border wait times at the various ports of entry into the United States from both Canada and Mexico can aid the traveler in making an informed decision on when and where to cross the border. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Border Wait Time (BWT) app provides estimated wait times and open lane status 24/7 at ports of entry that process commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles, and pedestrians. The BWT app breaks down wait times at each crossing by lane type (Standard, Sentri, FAST, Ready Lane, Nexus, etc.). The BWT app is a free service provided by the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- Spanish language support.
- Minor bug fixes.
Ratings and Reviews
Handy. Web version has more info and more timely.
BWT -APP- has current wait times and historic usage wait graphs (still showing non-covid wait times).
BWT -WEB- has current wait times, near term historic wait times (showed covid times), summary of crossing waits near each other (eg Niagara), some real-time camera views, and a bit more location info.
Both are geared toward frequent crossers.
If you are an infrequent crosser, both are really lacking in location info. Except in a few cases, you cant even tell what state the crossing is in or its location. Look up the name beforehand - warning: it may have multiple names, but BWT only uses one. Even a general map would be useful, the ability to list by state, or just the state listed near the name. Being able to quickly choose alternatives crossings would help.
Even without that, the data is accurate and not hard, but not quick if the crossings are new to you. Just a bit too much unnecessary goofing around when tiny changes would help.
This is garbage that caused me so much lost time
I’m literally writing this review while waiting in line at the Ysleta border crossing in Juarez and I’ve been looking up the the wait times before and during my wait but it was totally inaccurate! It said wait time would be 25 minutes and I’ve literally been waiting here over 1 and a half hours and i estimate another 35 minutes!!! I’m so livid right now and i just hope i will make it over the bridge with less than 1/8 tank of gas! I will never rely on this app again. I don’t think they have any sort of mechanism to confirm the wait times from the beginning of the line to the end as I don’t think they have the technology in place. You would be better off looking at Google maps and looking at the traffic patterns there!
The App crashes when choosing favs or other options.
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- 24.6 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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