Pembina – Emerson Border Crossing

Pembina Emerson border crossing

Pembina Emerson border crossing

The Pembina – Emerson border crossing is the busiest port of entry in North Dakota and the fifth busiest along the US-Canada border. Over 1 million automobiles and trucks pass through this port in both directions. 60% of the traffic is made up of passenger vehicles, 40% is made up of commercial vehicles.



Hours of Operations & Wait Times

Border Wait times - Pembina -

Last Checked: 2017-10-23, At Noon CDT
Vehicle TypeCanada -> USAUSA -> Canada
Personal vehiclesLanes open: 2Status: no delay - 0mNexus: Lanes ClosedReady Lanes: N/Ano delay
Commercial vehiclesLanes open: 2Status: no delay - 0mFAST LaneN/Ano delay

Passenger and commercial vehicles can use the Pembina – Emerson border crossing 24/7. The NEXUS lanes, however, have a different schedule. Going into the US, NEXUS lanes are open daily from 6:30 am to 8 am, except for holidays. Going into Canada, they are open only during weekdays from 3 pm to 5 pm, except for holidays.

Wait times are typically less than 15 minutes on a regular day. Line-ups usually start to build in the afternoon, carrying on throughout the evening. You can check here for current and forecasted wait times going into Canada. You can also follow @CBSA_EMR to get updates on border delays on the go. If you’re going to the US, visit here to get the current wait times at the US port.

If you plan on crossing the border frequently, you might want to stay updated on wait times by downloading the CanBorder app or the CBP Border Wait Times app on iTunes and Google Play.

Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions

Find more about Weather in Pembina, ND

Expect delays of 15 minutes or less most of the time. Traffic can get heavy during peak hours, starting in the late afternoon. If you want to get updates regarding traffic, weather, and road conditions along I-29, you have several options. You can check the travel information map or call 511. You can also download the North Dakota Travel app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

The province of Manitoba also offers several ways for you to stay on top of traffic on its roads. Their Interactive Highway Map gives you traffic updates as well as road conditions. Travelers can also dial 511 to get travel information.  Follow their Twitter account @MBGovRoads to get updates on the go.

Contact & Directions for Your Trip

To learn more information about the Pembina – Emerson border crossing, you can call the US or Canadian Border Office using the phone numbers listed below. To reach this port of entry, check the map and follow the directions we’ve provided.

Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map

How to Get to the Border?
Head north on I-29, past Pembina, until you reach the Canadian port of entry. To use this border crossing to enter the US, follow Provincial Trunk Highway 75 (PTH 75) south until you arrive at the US Customs Office.

Address & Phone Numbers


  • U.S.: 10980 Hwy 29, Pembina, ND 58271
  • US Customs: 1 (701) 825-5800


  • Canada: Highway 75, Emerson MB  R0A 0L0
  • Canadian Customs: 1 (204) 373-2524
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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Links of Interest

Recent News & Updates about Pembina – Emerson Border Crossing

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Wire Service Canada (press release) - 4 days ago
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