August 2019 Baja Bulletin

Phone Number Dialing Changing in Mexico

Starting August 9th, all phone numbers in Mexico will be dialed using just a 10-digit number. The prefixes 044, 045, and 01 will be eliminated even for cell phones and Mexican toll-free numbers. To dial Mexico from the U.S. or Canada, you will dial +52 and the 10-digit phone number (the extra 1 between the country code and phone number has been eliminated). Dialing a foreign country from Mexico will not change.


Conservation Passport

Discover Baja Now Processing Annual Conservation Passports for Biospheres

The Mexican Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) governs the protected biospheres of Mexico and requires visitors who are in these areas for any recreational activities (such as fishing the Coronado Islands) to purchase either a Biosphere Bracelet that is good for one day’s use, or an annual Conservation Passport, valid for one year. Discover Baja can now process the annual Conservation Passports for DBTC members. Learn more.


valle de guadalupe paella fest

Concurso de Paellas Tickets for Sale!

Discover Baja is selling tickets for one of the most popular events of Valle de Guadalupe’s Fiestas de la Vendimia wine harvest festival—the Concurso de Paellas. Click on the individual link for more information and an application for tickets or read more about the 2019 Fiesta de la Vendimia.


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 protests originally began years ago over the fact that residents of Playas de Tijuana have no way to access the municipality of Tijuana without paying a toll. The protests have recently morphed into protesting over the fact that the toll was initially collected to help pay for the construction of the road, but the road has been paid for in full for years and a toll is still being collected. There are various groups and individuals (all unofficial) who are currently protesting at the toll booth. Travelers do not need to pay an official toll at this time and you should not feel obligated to donate to the protestors either. A smile and a wave will suffice. The issue is expected to resolve in four months when a new government takes office.


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.


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