April 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.

Fishing Licenses

Discover Baja is now able to issue Mexican fishing licenses again! Prices have increased to $23 for daily, $40 for weekly, $48 for monthly, and $60 for annual. For more information, please visit the DBTC Fishing Licenses page.

New Baja Gallery at San Diego Natural History Museum

A new gallery about Baja called “Expedition Baja” will be opening Memorial Day weekend at San Diego’s Natural History Museum. The bilingual exhibit will feature dioramas, native species specimens, and information about the peninsula’s habitats. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

New Border Podcast

Longtime San Diego Union Tribune reporter Sandra Dibble, who reported on Tijuana and the border region for 25 years, has a new podcast out called Border City. The podcast is an eight-episode narrative of Dibble’s time working and living on the border from 1994 to 2019. In a piece she recently wrote for the SD Union Tribune, Dibble commented “Reporting in Tijuana never gets old. Because it’s constantly evolving. Political parties, cuisine, art, music, migration, the maquiladora industry, drug trafficking, border enforcement — everything has changed over the past three decades. Except of course, for the things that stay the same: the city’s vibrant, entrepreneurial spirit and its ability to absorb a constant flow of newcomers and adapt to ever-shifting global winds.”

Rancho Pescadero Reopening as Hyatt Unbound Collection Property

The Cerritos hotel Rancho Pescadero will be reopening this summer as a Hyatt property. The once independent hotel has been closed for renovations since 2018. The property will feature new oceanfront rooms and villas, nine gardens, a new oceanfront restaurant, and a wellness center and spa. For more information, visit the Hyatt website.

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.

Santa Rosalía Ferry Service Discontinued Permanently

The ferry operation from Santa Rosalía to mainland Mexico is permanently discontinued. Service temporarily stopped in April 2021, but they have since announced that the closure is permanent and service will not resume. Ferry service between La Paz and mainland Mexico remains operational. Please visit the Baja Ferries website for more information.

La Paz Charity Yellowtail Fishing Tournament

The first annual La Paz Charity Yellowtail Tournament will be held April 29th with the awards dinner party on May 1. For more information, please visit the BajaMark website.

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