Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada: Western NY Border Crossings Closed

Message to U.S. Citizens in Canada: Western NY Border Crossings Closed

November 22, 2023

Event: Western New York Border Crossings Closed


  • All Western New York border crossings between the U.S. and Canada are closed until further notice.
  • Local authorities are currently responding to an explosion that occurred on or near the Rainbow Bridge.
  • Please monitor local media for updates.

Actions to Take:

Keep STEP Enrollment Active

  • Encourage U.S. citizen friends and family to enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so the U.S. Embassy and Consulates can contact them with updated information.  If you plan to remain in Canada beyond your previously planned travel dates, remember to modify your STEP profile in order to continue to receive information and emergency alerts.

Monitor the following U.S. Government websites

Monitor the following Canadian Government websites

Monitor the following additional suggested websites 

  • Airlines, buses, trains, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

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For Assistance: The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General are continually monitoring the current situation in Canada and continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.  To contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulates General please find the location closest to you here.