Updated on December 4th, 2020
After it was announced that the USA and Mexico would restrict non-essential travel between the two countries, many people were left wondering what exactly that meant. With the news changing by the hour, it can be hard to keep up with the most current information. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding crossing the USA - Mexico border.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, essential travel through land ports of entry and ferry terminals includes, but is not limited to:
The Department of Homeland Security defines non-essential travel as individuals traveling for tourism purposes (e.g., sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events).
The restrictions are currently in place until December 21st, 2020.
Yes, American citizens returning to the US would be considered essential travel according to the Department of Homeland Security.
According to the Instituto Nacional de Migración, people entering Mexico may be subject to:
What's going on in Baja?
As of June 1, 2020 Mexico has begun its phase “Nueva Normalidad” or the New Normal, allowing for a gradual, orderly and cautious reopening of the country. Every week, each region in Mexico will be assigned a color which will determine the level of permissible activity.
The colors are as follows:
To check out Mexico's interactive map, click here.
Below you can find some of the latest info on what measures select cities in the Baja California Peninsula are taking.
Baja California hotels are now permitted to open at 50% capacity.
Tijuana is in phase two of their economic plan to reactivate the economy.
Tijuana restaurants have received national recognition for their effective implementation of the "Mesa Segura" protocol - food safety and sanitization measures set forth by Mexican authorities.
Rosarito hotels and restaurants are open at 50% capacity. Masks are strongly encouraged in public.
Beaches are open Monday - Sunday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm for the following activities: walking and running, swimming, and surfing.
Due to the surge in COVID cases, the mayor stated it is likely he will implement another curfew and begin conducting random checkpoints throughout the city. Additional details have not yet been announced.
Restaurants and bars, casinos, gyms, and movie theaters are open with limited capacity..
Beaches are open at 50% capacity. The recreational hours are from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and for sporting activities, the hours are 6:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Guadalupe Wine Valley
Up to 90% of the wineries are back open at 50% capacity indoors. Check out the wineries, hotels, and restaurants that are certified by the Clean & Safe protocol.
On October 28th, Mexicali will begin setting up sanitary filters at the border and throughout the city to verify travelers are there for essential reasons.
Restaurants in Mexicali and San Felipe are open at 50% capacity.
Did your FMM expire while you were waiting things out in Baja California Sur? If so, you can get a new one at the Mexican Immigration offices. Just bring your passport and your expired FMM. Many offices have limited hours from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; it is recommended to arrive as early as possible.
Loreto has begun its reopening plan. Hotels and restaurants are open at 30% capacity. Aquatic and land tourism is back open. Masks are required in public.
The following restrictions are in place:
La Paz Municipality
All commercial activity is allowed to resume in La Paz.
Beaches and the boardwalk are back open at 30% capacity! Masks are required.
Los Cabos is following the guidelines set forth by the Baja California Sur State Government.
Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point
Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point is allowing visitors, although there are restrictions. For more detailed information, check out the Entry Protocol for Tourists.