BOQUILLAS PORT OF ENTRY CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR

The official Boquillas Port of Entry crossing, providing access to Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico, as well as the protected areas of Maderas del Carmen, Ocampo, and Cañon de Santa Elena, will celebrate its first year of operations April 19th at 11:00 AM. The village of Boquillas, Mexico, will also celebrate the same day, with music and food available at several restaurants.

The celebration will include a short presentation followed by refreshments, and will conclude about noon. Visitors coming for the celebration only, and not crossing into Mexico, are asked to park at the Rio Grande Village Store and parking lot starting at 10:00 AM. A short shuttle will be provided to the Boquillas Port of Entry from the Rio Grande Village Store. A return shuttle will be provided after the celebration. On the day of the celebration, visitors wishing to cross over to Boquillas, Mexico, are invited to park at the Port of Entry.

Normal operating hours for the Port of Entry are Wednesday through Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. While the facility is open until 6:00 pm, visitors to Boquillas should return to the river crossing by 5:30 for timely processing.

A passport is required to visit Boquillas, Mexico. Travelers returning from Boquillas need a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document to return through the Boquillas Port of Entry. Information about WHTI compliant documents can be found at the following website http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/whti-program-background.

Visitors returning from Boquillas will have access to two kiosks which transmit travel document and identification information to Customs and Border Patrol. As part of the return process, a Customs and Border Patrol officer will interview each traveler via a remote link at the Port of Entry kiosk.

Security for the port and the surrounding area is provided by National Park Service rangers and U.S. Border Patrol agents. National Park Service personnel will be on hand during the hours of port operation to provide information.

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