Border crossing rules have changed at San Ysidro

This is a good discussion and I want to through something else out there. Although I do not really enjoy Tijuana, I know it is improving in certain areas. I really just don’t enjoy the crowds and all border cities are like that. I there were better cross-border relations, things could improve for both sides. I have traveled Baja for over 30 years. When I was younger, it was for surfing the coasts, eating lobster and drinking in Puerto Nuevo. Later it was for business in the Tuna industry in Ensenada. Later it was for dune buggies and relaxation in a trailer kept in Gonzaga Bay (we flew to La Paz for Mexican customs and then landed on the dirt runway in Gonzaga), and scuba diving. Now, it is mostly just to get away from San Diego without having to fly somewhere. In all the times, I travelled the locals or police never harassed me. Once I was stopped on the toll road for speed, and at 90 MPH, I deserved to be pulled over. I paid $20 cash and was on my way? It that a bad justice system? I say no, I paid my “fine” and didn’t have to go to driving school. My point is... like anywhere in the world... if you look for trouble, you will find it. If you keep your head and stay away from the bad parts of town, don’t walk down dark alleys at night, do not give the cops a hard time if they have some question and treat the locals with dignity, you will have no problems unless you are at the proverbial “wrong place, at the wrong time.” We have cities in the U.S., which are far more unsafe… D.C, Detroit, Miami. Be polite, obey their laws, respect their culture and traditions and you will be fine.
— October 9, 2015 6:52 p.m.

Border crossing rules have changed at San Ysidro

This is what the Mexican Diplomatic Mission says about a tourist visa. I think I read this while I was in (near) Ensenada. We stayed at a couple days at the Hotel Hacienda Guadalupe in the wine country, visited the Museo de la vid y el vino (Wine Museum), we also stayed at Hotel Punta Morro, right on the ocean. Both hotels were fantastic. We dined at both hotels and also Finca Altozano, in the Guadalupe Valley. All were excellent. Finca is a must see if you can get a table. We also visited and had lunch at the Encuentro Guadalupe property were the "eco pod" rooms overlook the valley. Entry Requirements for Mexico As of March 1, 2010, all U.S. citizens – including children -- must present a valid passport, book or card, for travel beyond the “border zone” into the interior of Mexico. Entry by any means, for example by plane or car, is included in this requirement. The “border zone” is generally defined as an area between 20 to 30 kilometers of the border with the U.S., depending on the location. Stays of less than 72 hours within the border zone do not require a visa or tourist card. U.S. citizens traveling as tourists beyond the border zone or entering Mexico by air must pay a fee to obtain a tourist card, also known as an FM-T, available from Mexican border crossing points, Mexican tourism offices, airports within the border zone and most airlines serving Mexico. http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_sheet.html
— October 9, 2015 6:32 p.m.

Border crossing rules have changed at San Ysidro

I visited Mexico recently, September 26th through the 30th. I crossed the border at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and was not required to stop. I went on to visit Rosarito (actually just drove through the town and did not stop). I headed south on the toll road to Ensenada, on my way to the Guadalupe Valley. It is a booming wine country now and they have good wines and a burgeoning olive oil industry. I got a flat tire on a dirt road off the Ruta Del Vino. Changed the tire and bought a new tire at Costco in Ensenada. I thought about the travel visa, but I didn’t bother to get one for my friend, figuring if we were asked we could just pay the fee then and me. You’ll notice many positive changes if you haven’t been to Baja for a while. There is an obvious improvement in the quality of construction, roads, and the hospitality of the people (who have always been friendly). There is a growing middle class and it shows in housing and the condition of most of the vehicles. My interests are in the Ensenada and towns and villages further south. I have no interest in staying, shopping dining or anything in Tijuana. I consider it unsafe, especially for the uninitiated and those who do not speak Spanish. On the other hand, I love Baja and enjoy many of the interior cities of Mexico. Enforcing the requirement for a travel visa is going to harm businesses in the long run. The government should permit visitors to border areas to travel for up to 72 hours without any documents, other than their passport. The United States doesn’t require them to get a visa for border area visits (that I know of).
— October 9, 2015 2:54 p.m.

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