Travel Tip of the Day: Changes at the Border

Tom-Calicchio-Mexico-2009-9Changes at the Border
As the AP recently reported, there’s been a big change at the US-Mexico border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana—the San Ysidro crossing, the busiest of all. And if you plan on walking into Mexico anytime in the future, you should be aware of it.

Starting last Wednesday (August 19), Americans walking into Mexico at the San Ysidro crossing “must show a passport, fill out a form and—if staying more than a week—pay 322 pesos, or roughly $20, for a six-month permit.

Travelers have long followed similar protocol at Mexican airports, but the new border procedure marks a big change at land crossings that weren’t designed to question everyone. Pedestrians and motorists have generally entered Mexico unencumbered along the 1,954-mile border with the United States.”

Apparently, it shouldn’t add much time to a walking trip to Mexico, but it’s still different—and good to know ahead of time. Read more about the changes here.

 

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3 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: Changes at the Border"

  1. Your comment on entry to Mexico was faintly amusing. But you omitted one significant thing: Today, no-one in their right mind should enter Mexico, whether by land, sea or air.

    With the exception of Venezuela, Mexico is the most corrupt nation in the Western Hemisphere, and that’s saying a lot. From local police to the office of the President, corruption rules. Drug cartels control substantial regions (including tourist areas), and not only locals have wound up dead — tourists have got caught in the cross-fire. From time to time even our State Department has issued travel warnings.

    So the next time you give rosy advice on entering Mexico, or on “special” travel deals, warn your readers — “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here!”.

  2. Jean-Luc Picard | August 25, 2015 at 7:52 am | Reply

    Maybe we ought to require the same of Mexicans crossing our border into the USA (HaHaHaHaHaHaetc.etc.etc.)

  3. @Len Frank – That’s factually incorrect, although, if you rely on sensationalized stories in the corporate press, you might get that impression.

    Truth is, Mexico is corrupt. It’s just that it’s not nearly the MOST corrupt.

    Here are the countries in the Western Hemisphere that are more corrupt:
    Argentina
    Ecuador
    Dominican Republic
    Guatemala
    Guyana
    Honduras
    Nicaragua
    Paraguay
    Haiti
    Venezuela

    (Source: Transparency International – http://www.transparency.org/cpi2014)

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