Crossing the Border | Just Plane Easy

Located a short drive from both the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, many international travelers cross the Canada-USA border when traveling to or from Windsor International Airport.

Current local information on border wait times is available at:


Canada Border Services
Canada Border Services Agency


US Customs and Border Protection

Proof of citizenship is required when crossing the international Windsor-Detroit border. Accepted proof (original documentation, no photocopies) includes either:

  • a birth certificate or certificate of citizenship or naturalization (original or certified copy), as well as a government- issued photo ID such as driver’s licence, OR
  • a valid passport, OR
  • a NEXUS or a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card, OR
  • an enhanced driver’s licence, OR • a Certificate of Indian Status (CIS), OR
  • for those 18 years and under, a birth certificate

If you are a permanent resident of the U.S., you should bring your Permanent Resident Card (i.e. green card) with you.


For more information visit:


U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department Of State


Canada Border Services

Canada Border Services Agency


NEXUS is a joint program between Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the United States.

When crossing at a land border, as a NEXUS member, you have access to dedicated NEXUS lanes that allow you to bypass line-ups and enjoy a quick and simplified entry process when traveling back and forth between Canada and the U.S.

The NEXUS card may also be used at a NEXUS kiosk at participating airports as an alternative to a passport when entering the United States and Canada by air. At this time, Windsor International Airport does not currently participate in the NEXUS program for customs clearance.

For additional information on the NEXUS program, and to obtain an application, please consult the Canada Border Services website.




Frequent international flyers who are Canadian or U.S. residents may be eligible to acquire a biometric CANPASS membership that allows expedited customs and immigration clearance into Canada. For additional information on the CANPASS program, and to obtain an application, please consult the Canada Border Services website.

Detroit Windsor Tunnel
Recognized as one of the great engineering wonders of the world, the Detroit-Windsor tunnel is the only underwater-tunnel that crosses international borders in the entire world. The tunnel, less than a mile in length, connects the downtown cores of the City of Windsor and Detroit.

For additional information, please visit the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel website at

Ambassador Bridge
A distinctive landmark on the Windsor-Detroit skyline, the Ambassador Bridge provides a convenient link to US interstate highway and Ontario’s highway 401.

For additional information, please visit the Ambassador Bridge website at

Transit Windsor
Transit Windsor operates a cross-border service through the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, seven days a week. Transit schedules, maps and routes are available at