Mexico Travel Information
Driving across the Mexican border is perfectly safe, but there are some rules you must follow. The five resources below contain insider tips to make Mexican border crossing faster and easier.
SENTRI Passes: The Quickest Way Across the Border
SENTRI stands for Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection. These passes are useful for travelers who cross the border often because they transform a frustrating three-hour wait in congested traffic into a ten-minute turn around. Learn how you can apply for a SENTRI pass here.
You’ll need a valid U.S. passport to reenter the U.S. after a Mexican sojourn. Obtaining one isn’t difficult, but it isn’t an overnight process, and you’ll need the proper documentation. Find out more about obtaining a passport for Mexican travel here.
You’ll need more than personal identification and money if you’re driving into Mexico. You may need to obtain a Mexican driving permit and secure valid Mexican insurance for your vehicle. Picking up a few maps of the area you are intending on traveling around is highly recommended for smooth traveling in addition to the necessary driving documentation. Find out how fulfill Mexican driving requirements here.
If you’re bringing merchandise back from Mexico, you’ll need to go through Customs upon your return to the U.S. Find out which items you can bring into the U.S. legally and which are absolutely forbidden here.
While visitors to Baja and other border towns like Rocky Point can drive without a permit, driving deper in Mexico requires one. Click here to learn about the Mexican Vehicle Permit