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Morses Line

 

Photo of Morses Line Border Crossing StationMorses Line – VT State Route 235, Morses Line Road, / QC 235, Chemin Dutch

This is a very sleepy border crossing that averages about 80 vehicles per day.  This port is outdated and so little used that the U.S. is moving forward with plans to close it in 2012.  At this time, trucks using the port have to be inspected as they sit on Morses Line Road because the building overhang in the inspection land isn’t tall enough to handle most of them.  The nearest alternative port is Armand / Phillisburg.

Update March 2015: The Canadian port at Morses Line is part of a 5 year  pilot project which will allow a border services officer located at another office to process certain types of after-hours travelers. Fencing, gates, lighting and video cameras have also been installed to prevent travelers from crossing the border illegally.

Between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., travelers may pass through the border and be interviewed by an officer in the normal fashion.  During the off hours of 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. travelers will be processed by an officer off-site who communicates through a kiosk equipped with two-way audio and one way video.  Here is the process:

  • When the driver approaches the border crossing the officer sees the vehicle via an on-site video camera.
  • The officer will direct the motorist to drive inside a building, and a garage like door closes behind the car, closing it in the building. The driver and any passengers interact with the officer using the audio-video system at the kiosk.
  • There are video cameras, a microphone and speakers as well as a scanner. The officer then asks questions and directs the driver to scan his or her passport.
  • The kiosk has a credit card reader, in case the driver or passenger owes duty on goods or taxes.
  • If the driver is allowed entry by the officer, the garage door on the other side of the building will open, giving him or her access to Canada.
  • If the officer determines that driver or passengers need further examination, one of the following may happen: a border patrol officer from the port of entry at St. Armand, Quebec could be sent over to assess the situation, the driver may be asked to report to alternate Canadian port of entry,  or they may be denied entry and directed to return to the U.S.

Morses Line Port Information

  • Note: Canadian hours of operation may not match US hours.
  • Hours of Operation  – The US port is open 8am to midnight 7 days a week.
  • Effective 4/1/2011 Canada reduced it’s hours to 8 am to 4pm.
  • More limited hours for commercial services so confirm availability by calling border officials.
  • No NEXUS or FAST lanes.

Map of Morses Line Border Crossing Area

Current traffic conditions are shown in color if data is available. You can toggle traffic on or off by clicking the “Traffic” button. This map is interactive so you may zoom in or out.  Drag the orange “man” to the map to see a street view if available in this area. You can get directions to this port by clicking on the “Directions” link under the map.

Current Road Conditions in Vermont and Quebec

We have special pages showing all current road advisories for the State of Vermont and the Province of Quebec. These pages show problems such as roadway accidents, snow or ice, lane closures or blockages, construction, road restrictions, traffic problems, and roadwork around the border crossing.

Morses Line Border Crossing Travel Tips

  • You can get 24 x 7 information on weather-related road conditions, construction and congestion by calling 5-1-1 within Vermont or by dialing 1-800-ICY-ROAD.
  • Québec also has the 511 telephone service, available 24/7, which provides road conditions information.  From within Quebec Province call 511 on any phone.  You can also reach it from anywhere in North America by calling 1 888 355-0511 toll free.
  • Send us YOUR tips about this port!

Telephone Numbers for the Border Customs Offices at Morses Line

  • Morses Line U.S. Customs Office Telephone Number: (802) 285-2224
  • You will need to call the Canadian Border Information Service (CBIS) for information on the Canadian port as they discourage calls directly to the border patrol office.

Morses Line GPS coordinates – Latitude & Longitude: 45°0’49″N 72°58’41″W