March 2022 Baja Bulletin

COVID and Border Update

Non U.S. citizens who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation are permitted to enter the United States via land ports of entry. Non-essential travelers who are not U.S. citizens are required to (1) provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, as outlined on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website; and (2) verbally attest to their reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status during a border inspection. More information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.

Anyone flying back into the U.S. from Mexico regardless of citizenship or vaccination status must show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours. US citizens driving across the border or crossing through CBX are still allowed back into the US without proof of COVID vaccinations with no COVID test required.

Fire in Santiago

On March 4th, a large fire started in the Baja Sur town of Santiago, burning dozens of homes and acres of land. At this time, they have received plenty of food, water, and item donations and don’t need anything else. We will post links or more information if that changes in the future.

CBX Expands

Cross Border Xpress, the pedestrian bridge that connects San Diego directly to the Tijuana International Airport, has recently undergone a large expansion doubling the amount of northbound U.S. CBP processing lanes. There is currently construction underway on the Tijuana airport side that will nearly double the size of the facility to process southbound passengers using the CBX bridge.

Daylight Savings Time Changes

For the state of Baja California (norte) as well as California in the U.S., Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday, March 13th at 2am with clocks “springing forward” one hour. The state of Baja California Sur changes time to Daylight Savings three weeks later on Sunday, April 3rd.

Semana Santa 2022

A reminder that Semana Santa (Holy Week) takes place the week before Easter (April 9-17 this year) and is one of the busiest times for travel in Baja. Be sure to make hotel and travel reservations in advance.

Ciclovía in Cabo

Ciclovía has returned to downtown Cabo San Lucas on Sundays from 7am-11am with the main street being closed to vehicular traffic from Tesoro Hotel to Puerto Paraíso mall. For more information visit the Ciclovía Los Cabos facebook page.

Latino Film Festival in San Diego

The San Diego Latino Film Festival will take place at Mission Valley mall from March 10-20, 2022. In addition to a great selection of films that will be playing over the course of the festival, there will also be events throughout the festival such as the “Sabor Latino: Food, Beer & Wine Festival” on Saturday, March 19. For more information about the festival, a line-up of events, and tickets for films, visit the San Diego Latino Film Festival website.

San Felipe is Baja’s Newest Municipality

On January 1 of this year, San Felipe began the process of becoming its own municipality. Now socially and financially independent of Mexicali, it will become the seventh municipality in the state of Baja California

Cross Border Trolley Expected by 2024

A project to construct a cross border trolley between Tijuana and San Diego is expected to be completed by 2024. The trolley would offer service along existing railroad tracks in Tijuana and Tecate and would connect to the existing San Diego trolley system through a pedestrian tunnel. Other cross border transit proposals include a ferry between San Diego and Ensenada.

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