Updated on September 25th, 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 October 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. Restaurants and hotels are open at 30% capacity.
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 30% capacity. Masks are strongly encouraged in public.
Beaches have slowly begun to reopen. Permitted activities are: walking and running, swimming, and surfing during the limited hours of Monday - Friday from 6:00 am to 10:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Beaches are still closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
Restaurants, casinos, gyms, and movie theaters are open at 30% capacity. Alcoholic beverages may only be sold until 8:59 pm. Beaches are still closed to the public. The curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am is still in effect.
The municipal government of Ensenada signed an agreement with SCORE International confirming that the Baja 1000 will take place this November 17th - 22nd! Safely protocols established by the Health Secretary will need to be adhered to at all times during the event.
Recreational spaces are slowly starting to open to the public for physical activity only. Juan Rodríguez Sullivan, Vida Digna (Francisco Villa) and Valle Dorado (Ciudad Deportiva) are open from 6am to 11am and 3pm to 6pm.
Playa Hermosa is open for physical activities like walking, jogging, and surfing from 6am to 9 am only. Each person should not remain on the beach for more than two hours. When not in the water, masks are required.
Guadalupe Wine Valley
Up to 90% of the wineries are back open at 30% capacity indoors. Check out the wineries, hotels, and restaurants that are certified by the Clean & Safe protocol.
Restaurants in Mexicali and San Felipe are open at 30% capacity for residents. Tourism is still not permitted.
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.