Seasonal Alaska port of entry to be open May 17 to Sept. 15

Poker Creek, Alaska Port of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced recently the Poker Creek Port of Entry will re-open for the summer 2024 season.

The port of entry is scheduled to open on May 17, and will close on Sept. 15. The opening and closing dates are predicated on weather allowing access, and the dates may be modified with short notice. Travelers seeking to enter through the port of entry during those dates should plan accordingly, according to the CBP.

The port will be open from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Alaska Standard Time (9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Yukon Standard Time).  Travelers are reminded that Alaska is one hour behind Yukon, Canada time. 

CBP encourages travelers requiring an I-94 (non-US or Canadian citizens) to use the CBP One mobile app or visit the CBP I-94 website - - to apply. Travelers will receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online.  If not applied for in advance, travelers must have exact change ($6 USD) available upon arrival at the Poker Creek Port of Entry. 

Additionally, Visa Waiver Program travelers intending to enter to the U.S. by land must receive a travel authorization prior to application for admission to the U.S. The ESTA authorization is generally valid for multiple trips over a period of two years, beginning the date of approval or until expiration of the traveler’s passport, whichever comes first. This means that as long as you received an ESTA authorization to travel, you do not need to reapply during the validity period.  Official ESTA Application Website, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (