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Old Feb 1, 12, 3:02 pm   #1
 
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how many times are you allowed to cross the US/Canada border by car each day?

I recently visited Detroit but stayed at a Windsor hotel. It was the only hotel with reward stay availability for my entire stay.

The drive from Windsor to Detroit was pretty short, sort of like from New Jersey to New York City. The only slow part is getting past the US and Canadian border agent. I ended up crossing over only once a day, except for one day when I crossed back and forth 4 times. That apparently me got me noticed because they made me go to secondary. Since I had nothing to hide, I wasn't worried. I just explained the reason for so many crossings that day and I was allowed to go on my way. However, something the CBP agent said stuck in my mind. Exact quote: "you are only allowed to cross the border twice every 24 hours"

Is there really a law or regulation that says that?
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No way is that correct. Friends have a house in Thousand Islands, on the Canadian side, and they often do shopping, go to dinner, etc., on the US side. People cross back and forth many, many times during one day.

There are also people in Vermont who do shopping in Canada, and I'd bet there are some settlements along the Texas/ Mexico border where people cross multiple times.
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Old Feb 1, 12, 5:23 pm   #3
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I ended up crossing over only once a day, except for one day when I crossed back and forth 4 times.

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"you are only allowed to cross the border twice every 24 hours"

Is there really a law or regulation that says that?
If that is the regulation, then how did you cross 4 times?

My guess is that he meant to say that you are only allowed to cross the border twice every 24 hours without a secondary screening.
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He made it up.
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He made it up.
a government employee making up stuff? how is that even possible?
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I've crossed 6 times in a day without consequence...
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I've crossed the San Diego/Tijuana border by foot four times in one day (once there, once back, then there again when I realized I'd left my cell phone at a TJ restaurant, then back) without incident.
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I've crossed the San Diego/Tijuana border by foot four times in one day (once there, once back, then there again when I realized I'd left my cell phone at a TJ restaurant, then back) without incident.
Devil's Advocacy: you are both US citizens or LPRs right? So you have an absolute right to cross as often as you want. I gather OP is not a citizen or LPR of the US.
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Yes, I am a US citizen. I could see things being different if one is here on a visa.
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Devil's Advocacy: you are both US citizens or LPRs right? So you have an absolute right to cross as often as you want. I gather OP is not a citizen or LPR of the US.
OP here.... I'm a US citizen with a US passport(book & card).
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Devil's Advocacy: you are both US citizens or LPRs right? So you have an absolute right to cross as often as you want. I gather OP is not a citizen or LPR of the US.
US citizen, but I verbally declare Puerto Rican citizenship if asked by CBP every time I re enter US soil as a moral and political point.
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US citizen, but I verbally declare Puerto Rican citizenship if asked by CBP every time I re enter US soil as a moral and political point.
Good for you, I do the same thing but say Republic of Texas.


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Good for you, I do the same thing but say Republic of Texas.


This is a good question for Firebug? Is there a reg on that and if so, where is it?
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Can I declare that I'm a citizen of the USA and a subject of the Kingdom of Hawai'i? (just like Texas... another country annexed by the United States)
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Can I declare that I'm a citizen of the USA and a subject of the Kingdom of Hawai'i? (just like Texas... another country annexed by the United States)
I've seen people do it twice. I saw quite the heated exchange at ATL once with a Hawai'ian citizen over the issue.

I have talked to CBP agents in Texas who see it all the time and don't bat an eyelash over it. Notoriously horrid CBP locations like MIA, or DET might be different.
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OP here.... I'm a US citizen with a US passport(book & card).
Lol. Then you should have told the American CBP officer to pound sand. You've an absolute right to enter your country.

No doubt FB will explain why I am wrong. Lol.
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