The Morses Line border crossing is one of the least traveled ports in Vermont, averaging around 80 vehicles per day. It is only five miles west of the Highgate Springs – St. Armand border crossing. This crossing connects the community of Franklin, Vermont with Saint-Armand, Quebec.
Starting January 16, the CBSA implemented a remote traveller processing pilot which enables them to keep the port open 24/7 to certain travelers. The Canadian border station remains staffed from 8 am to 4 pm. Afterward, an officer from the Hamilton port will be processing US and Canadian citizens and permanent residents through a kiosk that is equipped with one-way video and two-way audio. Upon arriving at the border, these travelers will be asked to drive their car into the kiosk’s garage. A door will then come down, enclosing the vehicle inside the kiosk. The off-site officer will then ask questions, require the traveler to scan his or her passport, and use the cameras inside the kiosk to visibly inspect the vehicle. If a secondary inspection is necessary, a customs officer from the nearby Highgate Springs – St. Armand crossing may be sent to the Morses Line port. Another outcome would be that the driver will be asked to go to a different port. Or, he or she will be denied entry and asked to return to the US. If the off-site officer finds nothing amiss, a garage-like door on the other side of the kiosk will open, allowing the vehicle to leave the building and continue into Canada.
Hours of Operations & Wait Times
The US port of entry is open daily from 8 am to midnight. The Canadian port of entry is open daily to all passenger vehicles from 8 am to 4pm. From 4pm to 8 am, only citizens and permanent residents of Canada and the United States are allowed entry. Commercial vehicles, on the other hand, can only enter Canada through this port on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm, except on holidays. Delays are rare at the Morses Line border crossing. Travelers can check current wait times by downloading the CanBorder app and the CBP Border Wait Times app (Google Play or iTunes).
Weather, Traffic & Road Conditions
Traffic is typically light at the Morses Line border crossing though it is often a recommended alternative to the Highgate VT port of entry when congested. Travelers who can check traffic and road conditions in Vermont by visiting the New England 511 website or following the Twitter account @511VT for updates.
Visitors to Quebec can use the Quebec 511 program which provides the public with reports on traffic, weather, road conditions, constructions, and incidents along the province’s highways. Travelers can receive the updates by calling 511 or 1-888-355-0511, downloading the program’s mobile app, or following the Twitter account @Qc511_Mtl.
Contact & Directions for Your Trip
Travelers who want to learn more about the Morses Line border crossing can use the phone numbers below to get in touch with the customs officials at this location. Those who plan to cross the border at this port of entry can use the directions and the map below as a guide.
Find Directions to the Border Crossing on the Map
Address & Phone Numbers
- U.S.: 4475 Morses Line Road Franklin, Vermont 05457
- US Customs: (802) 285-2224
- Canada: 10 Route 133, St-Armand QC J0J 1T0
- Canadian Customs: (514) 248-2757
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Things to Know About the Morses Line Border Crossing:
- The US border station at the Morses Line crossing was built in 1934 and is the oldest customs facility that is still in use.
- The border crossing is named after the line store owned by J. Morse that was located directly on the boundary line back in 1871.
- Morses Line used to be a tiny but thriving hamlet surrounded by farmhouses and several businesses including a bar, an apiary, and a blacksmith. Today, only one farmhouse is located on the east side of the road north of the border and the Rainville farm on the west side of the Morses Line Road.
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