Fort Kent – Clair Border Crossing

Fort Kent Clair border crossing

Fort Kent Clair border crossing

The Fort Kent – Clair border crossing is an international bridge that links the town of Clair, New Brunswick and Fort Kent, Maine. The crossing was first opened in 1905, but the bridge was only built in 1930. Before that, travelers crossed the border using a cable ferry and a footbridge.

In 2014, the old bridge was replaced to accommodate the 1,900 vehicles that pass through each day. The bridge is the northern terminus of US Route 1, a two-lane highway that goes all the way south to Florida.

Hours of Operations & Wait Times

The US port of entry is open on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm except for holidays. The Canadian border station, on the other hand, is open 24/7 to passenger vehicles and on weekdays from 8 am until 4 pm to commercial vehicles except on holidays.

Get updates on border wait times for the Fort Kent ME border crossing through the CanBorder app or the CBP Border Wait Times app on Google Play or iTunes.

Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions

Find more about Weather in Fort Kent, MEAround 2,000 vehicles pass through the Fort Kent International Bridge daily. Expect traffic to get a bit heavy during peak hours. If you want to get updates on traffic and weather conditions in Fort Kent and the surrounding area, you can get in touch with the travel information service hotline by calling 511 or 866-282-7578. You can also follow @MaineDOT to get weather-related traffic and road construction reports. New Brunswick also participates in the North American initiative of providing travel information through 511 hotline.


Contact & Directions for Your Trip

To find out more about the Fort Kent – Clair border crossing, travelers can reach out to the border officials at this location by calling the numbers listed below. To use this port of entry, you can follow the directions and the map posted below.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
To get to the Fort Kent International Bridge from the US, take the Maine State Route 161 or US Route 1 to Fort Kent. To get to the bridge from Canada, take the NB 161 or NB 205 to reach Clair.

Address & Phone Numbers


  • U.S.: 401 West Main Street, Fort Kent, Maine 04743
  • US Customs: (207) 834-5255


  • Canada: 790 Principale Street, Clair NB  E7A 2H6
  • Canadian Customs: (506) 992-2124

Useful information for travelers

On your way to crossing the border hotels are available, compare best hotels prices available on the US side and Canadian side. Bed and breakfast can be found here and here. If you are looking to find cheap cars for rent check this website for comparision of car rent prices. Check best car rental deals from Hertz, Avis, National Car Hire and Alamo.

Are you heading for camping, check for this fantastic campgrounds, or search for the best RV parking places. Need an RV hired, check this website. Boats and canoes are available for rent if you are crossing the border for some fun and hiking check these accommodation options. Are you going for golf – see the top golf courses and tee times here. Hiking options.

Did you car break down middle of the road, call for car help get emergency services. Do you need travel insurance – visit our partners here. You pets can be insured as well here. Visiting Canada for medical reasons, check this website.

Documentation needs to be all ready, for find the necessary legal forms here.

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