Updated on July 8th, 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).
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.
On March 26th, the mayor of Tijuana signed the Emergency Declaration of Sanitary Risks in which the city outlined steps to take in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All residents are encouraged to stay home and to avoid going out in public. Essential businesses are open, which include: hospitals, pharmacies, medical clinics, financial services, markets, supermarkets, restaurants (take-out or delivery only), among others.
Rosarito hotels and restaurants are open at 30% capacity. Restricted activities include going to the beach, hiking, and aquatic sports. Masks are required in public.
Restaurants are open at 30% capacity and alcoholic beverages may only be sold until 8:59 pm. Public and recreational spaces, including beaches, are still closed. The curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am is still in effect.
Mexicali is following the guidelines set forth by the state and Mexican Federal Government.
On June 1st the following sectors may open: construction and mining as well as federal, state and municipal offices. It is still recommended to stay at home if possible. Only two people are allowed per vehicle, the passenger must ride in the backseat.
Loreto has begun its reopening plan. Private and public construction may resume as well as indispensable businesses for its operation. Municipal offices will also reopen. All other non-essential activities must continue to socially distance.
The following restrictions are in place:
La Paz Municipality
On June 1st, construction and mining operations were allowed to resume, as well as indispensable businesses for its operation. Starting June 15th, the following realms of businesses were permitted to open:
All municipal beaches are once again closed to the public and alcohol may only be sold until 6:00 pm.