Rerouted Highway I-5 Southbound San Ysidro El Chaparral Entrance
The southbound I-5 freeway has been realigned to a newly-constructed roadway to access the San Ysidro El Chaparral border crossing heading into Mexico. The U.S. has constructed inspection booths (on the U.S. side) that are being operated sporadically. To avoid any delays, we recommend that travelers use the Otay Mesa or Tecate border crossings.
FMM Tourist Permit Site Back Up
The Mexican government website for FMM tourist permits is now up and working again so Discover Baja members can contact us to get prepaid FMMs. As a reminder, please always allow at least two weeks for processing time.
Protesting at Tollbooths in Northern Baja
There has been protesting taking place at the three toll booths along the Mexico 1 tollroad from Tijuana to Ensenada. The protestors are collecting donations, however, travelers do not need to pay a toll at this time.
The Passing of Surfing Legend Mike Doyle
Surfing icon Mike Doyle passed away on April 30th at the age of 78 at his home in San José del Cabo. Doyle was born in Lawndale CA in 1941 and was a champion surfer in the 1960s. He moved to Baja Sur in 1980 where he picked up painting and opened his eponymous surf school in the 90s. He died from ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Extension on Expired SENTRI Cards
The CBP continues to be backlogged on SENTRI renewals. Many card holders that have already applied for renewal will now find that they will receive an extension to use their card up to a year (formerly six months) past their expiration date. The extra six-month extension is not necessarily applied to all SENTRI holders. Members will need to log into the SENTRI website once they are six months past their original card expiration date. If there’s still a green approved box on your account (as in the photo), then your SENTRI card is valid for the additional six months. In order for any extension on your SENTRI card to be valid, you must submit your application for renewal before your card expires. You may apply for SENTRI renewal anytime within the 12 months before your card expires.
Join Baja Test Kitchen’s Baja Tasting Club
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