Date Posted

July 23, 2020

SWEETGRASS, Mont. ― U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will continue to operate six ports of entry in Montana and one in Idaho at reduced hours through Aug. 20, unless otherwise rescinded by the Department of Homeland Security.

In order to limit the further spread of COVID-19 the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Working closely and collaboratively, the Department of Homeland Security is part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus.

The affected ports of entry (POE) include: Raymond, Opheim, Morgan, Turner, Del Bonita and Piegan in Montana, and Porthill in Idaho. The listed ports will continue to operate on the following temporary reduced hours:

-Raymond, Montana POE:  6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week

-Opheim, Montana POE:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

-Morgan, Montana POE:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

-Turner, Montana POE:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

-Del Bonita, Montana POE:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

-Piegan, Montana POE:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

-Porthill, Idaho POE:  7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

Additionally, CBP delayed the resumption of the summer hours schedule at the port of Wild Horse, Montana. Wild Horse will continue to operate on the winter schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

The opening of the seasonal Port of Chief Mountain, Montana, has also been delayed due to the current travel restrictions.

“Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

The Department of Homeland Security will ensure that the measures taken at our borders will protect America from all threats, including threats against the health and safety of our citizens. Based on the success of the existing restrictions and the emergence of additional global COVID-19 hotspots, the Department will continue to limit non-essential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico. This extension protects Americans while keeping essential trade and travel flowing as we reopen the American economy.

The Department of Homeland Security is in close contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts regarding this extension, and they agree on the need to extend their non-essential travel restrictions as well. I look forward to continue working with our neighbors to maintain essential trade and travel while protecting the health of our respective citizenry.