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Crossover to Mexico: Travel Tips

If you decide to include a trip to Mexico in your San Diego vacation, follow these tips:

If you plan to stay 75 miles of the border and return to the United States within 72 hours, you do bot need a visitor card. If your stay is longer or you plan to travel beyound Ensenada, you must obtain a visitor card at the Mexican consulate in the U.S. or any office of the National Institute of Immigration in Mexico. A fee of Approximately 150 pesos is also required and may be paid through your airline, cruise ship or at any Baja California bank .

When crossing back into San Diego, U.S. citizens may be required to show proof of citizenship ( passport or birth certificate –original or notarized – with a photo ID )and Resident aliens must have their green cards with them.

Voter’s registration card, military ID, driver’s license and social security card are not considered valid forms of citizenship ID. Citizens of other countries must carry a valid passport with a valid 1 – 94 or multiple entry visa or visa waiver to re – enter the U. S.; verify details with the Mexican Consulate before traveling.

Tijuana is a duty – free zone. You can pay with U.S. currency, pesos, traveler’s checks or major credit cards. U.S. residents may return home with up to $400 worth of merchandise, including one litre of alcoholic beverages ( if over 21 ), 100 cigars and 200 cigarettes . Some merchandise, such as certain fruits, vegetables and products from endangered species, is not permitted.

You can take the San Diego Trolley to the Mexican border, then simply walk across. You can also catch a shuttle or tour bus that will take you directly to the major shopping districts. If you plan to take your own car into Mexico, you must purchase Mexican auto insurance, since most U.S. policies are not valid south of the border, and may be required to pay a surcharge depending on your destination. You should also check with your car rental company for it’s requirement.

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 When crossing back into San Diego, U.S. citizens may be required to show proof of citizenship
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