COVID-19 Updates for Baja California
-The U.S.-Mexico temporary land border restrictions were extended until at least July 21, 2021. U.S. Citizens and Canadian Citizens have been allowed to cross back north into the U.S. and have had no problems crossing south into Mexico from the U.S.
-Mexico has instated a national “stoplight” system which sets the safety levels for the region and is evaluated on a weekly basis. The state of Baja California (norte) is rated “green” with the exception of Mexicali which is currently rated “yellow.”
The state of Baja California Sur is rated “orange” (level 4) with businesses operating at 30% capacity. Specific rules vary from municipality to municipality. We recommend that you call ahead to any business that you plan on visiting to find out about current hours and COVID regulations.
-Some of the California/Baja land borders are operating on reduced hours. The following are the current hours for border crossings:
San Ysidro: open 24 hours
(PedWest is closed but PedEast remains open 24 hours)
Otay Mesa: open 24 hours
Tecate: 6am-2pm Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm Saturday-Sunday
Calexico West: open 24 hours
Calexico East: open 6am-2pm
Andrade: open 6am-2pm
-For up-to-date information about COVID-19 in the state of Baja California (norte) please visit the Baja California COVID-19 page. For up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Baja Sur, please visit the BCS COVID-19 website.
-For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has put together a COVID-19 webpage or you can follow them on Facebook for updates.
-You can find the latest updates on our Road Conditions Page. Call the DBTC office at 800-727-2252 for more information about U.S. travelers crossing the border.
Baja’s “Black Demon” Shark Explored on Shark Week
The ever popular “Shark Week” on Discovery Channel will feature a program on Baja’s El Demonio Negro (Black Demon), a 50-foot shark that legend claims has terrorized fisherman and tourists alike for generations off of the Baja coast. Host Forrest Galante will hunt for answers in the most rugged and remote parts of the peninsula on a program called “Mystery Of The Black Demon Shark” which will air on Discovery Channel on Friday, July 16th at 7pm Pacific Time.
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