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thespeaks
post Jul 4 2008, 03:18 PM
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This August (2008) we are flying from the UK to San Diego and after a 4 day stay we are entering Mexico via Tijuana and flying onto Mexico City. After a 6 day stay we are returning to San Diego via the same route followed by a short stay before returning to the UK.

I would like to hear about any recent experiences at the TJ border and in particular tips and advice. I am a little confused over how the tourist card is obtained and what the customs procedure is for our possessions (i.e.Lap top and cameras)

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post Jul 6 2008, 10:40 AM
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I have never done this crossing before. Hopefully someone who has will be more help.

What immediately comes to mind is the visa. I presume you are a UK citizens with a visa waiver. Check with your nearest US consulate regarding the rules for re-entry to the United States from Mexico.

Normally Mexican customs and immigration are quite accommodating for overseas visitors, but San Ysidro/Tijuana may be different considering the prevalence of smuggling. On the other hand it is the busiest crossing point between the U.S. and Mexico, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Keep me updated if you get any more advice.


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post Jul 6 2008, 11:41 AM
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Thanks for the advice.

From what I can gather (US Consulate- London) with the introduction of visa free travel to citizens of 27 countries, it is now possible for British citizens, to enter the United States without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (WVP) for a 90 day period.

If transiting the United States to Mexico, I may re-enter the United States on the return journey using any mode of transport, as long as the total visit, including both periods of time spent in transit and in Mexico exceed 90 days.
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post Oct 14 2008, 03:06 PM
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QUOTE(gogreen @ Oct 14 2008, 07:33 PM) *

Hi,

I live near the border and frequent the area often. Moving between California and Baja is not difficult at all. Tourist cards can be obtained in TJ just as you cross the border at the end of the walk way. Just look for the tourist office. In most cases you may not need a tourist card at all. From my experience is that if you are with a baja tour or don't go into Baja Sur no one will ever ask to see it. But, to be on the safe side it only takes a few minutes to get one.



Thanks for taking the time to post your thoughts.

We crossed the border back in August 2008 and the whole excercise went without a hitch! In fact it was a lot easier than expected as we found a bus which left the Sante Fe railway station in San Diego and travelled directly to TJ airport. Apart from stopping at customs, no problem at all (I was asked to get of the bus and press a large red button and then get back on the bus....to this day I haven't a clue what that was about!!!)

Before flying onto Mexico City I was able to pay the tourist tax to the airline (Aviscia) and once I had a receipt I was issued with a stamped tourist card.

The return was just as easy, catching the same bus back and disembarking at US customs. In fact the customs officer was more interested in talking about England and the cost of living over here!
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post Oct 15 2008, 09:40 AM
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Thanks for getting back to us with your experiences. I'm glad all went well.

Any chance of you setting up a travel blog relating your visit to Mexico and other past travels?


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post Dec 2 2008, 01:29 AM
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Tijuana is a nice place you can't miss when travel to Mexico. I found a very nice tour itinerary to Tijuana just costs $34. But the arrangement sounds very nice.
http://www.tours4fun.com/tijuana-tour.html
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The tourist card is only required for those traveling south of the immediate border region. What they consider the immediate border region varies from state to state, I know in Baja it's anywhere south of Ensenada (although as previously mentioned it's pretty rare for you to be asked for it, the only time I've been asked for my passport in Mexico other than when buying bus/plane tickets, was once when the bus I was on was stopped at a military checkpoint in Sinaloa. Of course that one time I was glad to have the paper in the passport so it is something you should get if you plan on going, or even just think you might want to go, further south than the border towns, which you should because the border towns kind of suck.
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