Rules on Crossing the Border to Mexico

All minors traveling to Mexico must have valid proof of citizenship. Mexico requires children over the age of 2 to travel with an FMM tourism permit. To obtain an MMF, they must have a valid passport or passport card (passport cards can only be used to cross the border by land). Travel across the border to the United States often takes 1-3 hours. The U.S. border often has long lines for entry. ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and CBP, Customs and Border Protection, are the two entities that monitor border crossings into the United States. They are conscientious in the application of border protection. ICE and CBP mainly deal with border crossing requirements for: Nothing to declare If you don`t have anything to declare, you can use the “Nothing to report – Nada que Declara” track. You advance to the line and wait for the traffic light to give you a green or red light. If you get the green light, you can go through the border crossing.

At some border crossings, there are Mexican customs officers after passing the traffic light, and they may signal you to go to a secondary inspection even if you have passed a green light. If you get a red light, you need to do the second inspection. In November 2012, the new “El Chaparral” border crossing was opened at the San Ysidro border crossing for southbound traffic to Mexico. This is one of the first steps in a major expansion of border crossings south and north at San Ysidro. The project is expected to be fully completed in 2016 and will help reduce border wait times and improve border security. An up-to-date guide to everything you need to cross the Mexican border. If you enter Mexico by means other than airlines or cruise ships and stay more than 72 hours and/or travel more than 20 miles across the border, you will need a tourist card or FM-M (formerly known as FM-T). Learn more about immigration authorities in Rosarito Beach Area. U.S. citizens living along the U.S.-Mexico border can apply for their U.S. passport in the U.S. or Mexico.

U.S. citizens living in Mexico can apply for their passports at the nearest U.S. consulate. U.S. citizens living in the U.S. can apply at more than 7,000 locations, including post offices, libraries, and clerks. If you are a U.S. citizen entering the U.S. from Mexico by land without a U.S. passport, you may be slowing down the lines and extending your wait time. If you are crossing the border between Baja and San Diego, you will need a valid passport or other acceptable identification.

When entering the U.S., U.S. citizens must present a passport, U.S. passport card, trusted traveler program (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST) card, or extended driver`s license. Resident foreigners must have a green card. Knowing what ID you need to bring depends on your mode of travel (air, land or sea). Voter card, military ID card, driver`s license, and social security cards are not considered valid forms of citizenship identification. For more information about the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing, see Smart Border Coalition. The U.S.-Mexico border stretches nearly 2,000 miles, from Imperial Beach, California, to Brownsville, Texas. Along the way, the border is marked by guarded walls, fences and checkpoints. But more often than not, the border is invisible: An existing Department of Homeland Security (DHS) line announced that non-citizens who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have proper documentation will be allowed to enter the United States through land ports (POEs) and ferry terminals starting November 8, 2021.

This change facilitates ordering and is in line with the air needs of non-citizens. Upon arrival at a border, non-citizens (foreign citizens with visas) must be prepared to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with the CDC and verbally confirm the reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status at border control. When travel resumes, expect travel volume and wait times to increase. Take appropriate measures and allow for longer than normal wait times. To reduce wait times, travelers can use the CBP ONE mobile app and report arrival and receive an I-94 in advance. The regulation does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Do I need a tourist permit? If you are not a Mexican citizen, you will need an FMM tourist permit. We are pleased to announce that Discover Baja members can now avoid the hassle of obtaining their tourist card at the border by obtaining it in advance via DBTC. For more information, please visit our FMM Tourist Permit page. Passport holders from countries on Mexico`s visa waiver list do not need to apply for an official visa to visit Mexico.

The maximum period during which a visitor is allowed to stay in Mexico without an official visa is six months. Pedestrians entering Tijuana at the San Ysidro intersection must complete a Mexico Visitor Permit (FMM – FREE if the trip lasts 7 days or less and you are crossing by land) and present a passport. This form is provided by the airline or at the port of entry. You can also fill out this online form here. If you travel beyond the 22-mile/35 km “free trade zone” after crossing a land border into Mexico, you will have to pay a fee of approximately $22. Your U.S. tourist visa is sufficient to return to the United States after visiting Mexico. In most cases, travellers do not have to pay a fee to bring them to the U.S. if they collectively fall below the personal limit of $800. However, some items, such as wine, cigarettes, cigars, and perfume, may still have tariffs. (Expert tip: Keep your receipts while travelling to easily document your purchases when you arrive at the border).

You cannot get a driver`s license at the San Ysidro border post. Tecate, Otay Mesa, Mexicali and Nogales at km 21 are the best places to get a permit. They are not allowed to bring extra gasoline across the border. You can bring an empty can and refill it once in Mexico, but extra containers filled with fuel are not allowed. If you bring more than $10,000 per person in cash, other currencies, cheques or money orders, you must report the amount over $10,000. You do not have to pay duty, but you must stop at the border to declare the amount on a customs declaration form. If you are traveling from the United States to Mexico and then back to the United States, it is assumed that you have all of the items recommended above to cross the border. In addition to the points above, consider the following tips for a smooth return to the United States. Banjercito is the government agency that issues vehicle permits. The process can be done online, at the Mexican border or at select Mexican consulates in the United States.

The process involves the deposit of a cash deposit, which will be refunded upon revocation of the vehicle license upon departure from Mexico. The many new lanes make it possible to handle more cars for faster entry. The temporarily cumbersome route is moving as well as expected and as it will be needed until the U.S. diverts I-5 to this new El Chaparral junction in 2015. There are weight restrictions for vehicles that are not RVs and receive vehicle TIP for the mainland: GVWR cannot exceed 7,716 pounds (3.5 tons) if the vehicle is not an RV. Baja Sur will NOT issue advice for non-RV vehicles above this weight. It is possible that they will issue the vehicle`s TIP along the California-Baja California border, but this depends on the customs clearance of the vehicle. A TIP on the California-Baja California border does not guarantee that if you leave and re-enter Mexico, you will reissue a TIP if your vehicle is overweight. Registration forms can be found at the border or online.

As of January 2022, all foreign travelers passing through U.S. ports of entry or ferry terminals – whether for physical or non-essential reasons – must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination. The new crossing from San Ysidro to Tijuana is relatively easy to manage. On our Directions page, you will find detailed photos and maps to cross the border without indication and directions to stop at the entrance if you have an MMF that needs to be stamped or has something to declare. As you might suspect (or even experience), the reality is that it`s usually much easier to cross the border into Mexico than it is to cross the border into the United States – even if you`re a U.S. citizen. Temporary import permits for U.S.-registered cars are required to travel beyond border areas in Mexico. Permits are applied when driving about 20 kilometers to Mexico. No permits are required on the Baja Peninsula. SENTRI stands for Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection.These passes are useful for travelers who cross the border often, as they turn a frustrating three-hour wait in traffic into a ten-minute delay. How can I avoid long border wait times? There are three special lanes (in addition to regular border lanes) at the San Ysidro border that allow expedited border crossing: SENTRI Lane, Ready Lane, and Fast Pass Lane.

Please see our Special Entry Pathways page for details on how to access these lanes. You can also visit the CBP website or download the smartphone app to find out about current border wait times. If you are traveling from Mexico to the United States and then back to Mexico, you should keep in mind the tips listed below for a smooth border crossing, but you should also collect the appropriate items listed above for your return to Mexico.

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