Know Before Travel

    Below are some key points that will be helpful for you to know before traveling to Mexico.




When visiting Baja California is important to have the following documents:

  • Valid US passport, in case any Mexican authority asks for it.
  • Don’t forget, when returning to the United States, that you need to prove your nationality with your passport or other accepted electronic crossing card, such as SENTRI.
What cannot be brought into Mexico

All weapons and drugs, including medical marijuana.

What cannot be brought back to the United States

Meat or any product containing:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetable
  • Seeds
  • Plants
What to declare when you cross the border
  • Cash of $10,000 or more
  • Animals
  • Agricultural products
  • Medicines
Declarng all medicine and/or medication

United States to Mexico: It is important to consider that drugs are only allowed for personal use, it is necessary that you have the prescriptions to check, and declare them. To cross medications you must have a prescription from a US licensed doctor. You can enter up to 50 doses of the drug (approximately supply for three months) in their original packaging.

Traveling with pets

Visitors can bring into Mexico cats and dogs older than three months, with a health certificate. This document indicates that the pet is healthy, has rabies vaccine and it has been dewormed.

The pet must enter Mexico on a suitable clean conveyor, which does not contain a bed or other accessories. Additionally, you can bring in 22 kg (50 pounds) of dry food in bulk.

Auto ensurance

Always purchase a Mexican policy to cover you while driving in Mexico. A U.S. policy alone is not sufficient. Such policies are available at many outlets on the U.S. side of the border, as well as at other locations.


Cities and tourist destinations generally accept U.S. dollars and pesos, as well as credit cards. It is, however, a good idea to carry pesos for use in businesses and areas that do not. ATM machines are plentiful in busy areas. Most will dispense pesos, although a few give the option of withdrawing U.S. dollars


Distances are given in kilometers in Mexico (about 6/10 of a mile; for example, 100 kilometers equal 60 miles). Kilometer markers on major roads often list locations. For example, a famous surf spot in Rosarito Beach is known as K38.


The following maps provide information about the towns and cities located in Baja California.

Emergency telephone numbers

In Baja, the state Ministry of Tourism provides a 24-hour assistance number for visitors: 078. Emergency services can be accessed by calling 066 (the equivalent of 911 in the United States).

From Mexico, the U.S Consulate can be reached by calling 664-977-2000 or, in emergency nights and weekends 001-619-692-2154.

If you have more specific questions, please consult appropriate websites, such as U.S. Customs (www.cbp.gov), Mexican customs (www.aduanas.sat.gob.mx) or the Baja state Ministry of Tourism (www.descubrebajacalifornia.com).