Road Conditions

UPDATED May 4, 2022:

BORDER CROSSINGS

As of November 8, 2021 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 should be prepared 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. Children under 18 years of age will be excepted from the vaccination requirement. U.S. citizens will not have to show proof of vaccination to re-enter the U.S., the vaccination requirements apply only to non-U.S. citizens. More information can be found on the Department of Homeland Security website.

Some of the California/Baja land borders are currently operating on reduced hours:
San Ysidro: open 24 hours
(PedWest is closed but PedEast remains open 24 hours)
Otay Mesa: open 24 hours
Tecate: 6am-10pm
Mexicali West: open 24 hours
Mexicali East: open 6am-10pm

 

COVID-19 AND LIMITS ON NON-ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY

Mexico is using a national “stoplight” system to rate the COVID and safety levels in the country region by region. The stoplight designations are reassessed and updated on a weekly basis. Both Baja California (norte) and Baja California Sur are currently rated “green.” We recommend that you call ahead to any business that you plan on visiting to find out about current hours and COVID regulations.

 

COVID TEST REQUIRED TO FLY BACK TO THE U.S. FROM MEXICO

As of December 6, 2021, the CDC is requiring all passengers arriving into the U.S. by air to show proof of a negative COVID test administered within one day of flight departure. Even passengers that have been vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative COVID test taken in the past 24 hours. You can find more information on the Los Cabos tourism websiteWe have a list of testing facilities in Los Cabos, La Paz, and Loreto available on our COVID Testing in Baja Page.

A COVID test is NOT required to fly into Tijuana and to cross through CBX to get to the U.S.

At this time COVID tests are not required to fly INTO Mexico.

COVID tests are NOT required for driving into Mexico or for driving back into the U.S.

 

RESOURCES AND ASSISTANCE

For Emergency Assistance for U.S. citizens in Mexico, call 55-8526-2561 from Mexico or 1-844-528-6611 from the United States.

Baja California (norte) COVID-19 Page

Baja California Sur COVID-19 Page

U.S. Embassy Border Restrictions Fact Sheet

State Department COVID-19 Page

U.S. Embassy in Mexico COVID-19 Page

U.S. Customs and Border Protection website

 

Baja Norte

  • There are new lane configurations at the Tijuana San Ysidro Ready Lane entrance. Stay in the two left lanes to get to the Ready Lane
  • Highway Mexico 5 is now paved all the way to Highway Mexico 1 and in good condition.
  • The Mexico 1 toll road between Rosarito and Ensenada is currently under construction from around Km. 61-63 and again at Km. 95-98 around Salsipuedes. Drive slowly and with caution.
  • Mexico 1 through Maneadero has many potholes. Expect to drive slowly.
  • The road work around Santo Tomás is now complete and the road is in great condition.
  • Mex 1 has recently had repairs done and is in good condition from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro. 

Baja Sur

  • The road out to Abreojos has a number of potholes.
  • The north road into Scorpion Bay is passable with a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance.
  • The road from San Ignacio to Laguna San Ignacio is now paved almost all the way out to the lagoon. There are a few stretches where they are doing road maintenance.
  • Highway Mexico 1 has a lot of pot holes and washouts from north of Santa Rosalía near the dump, to south of town going up the hill.
  • 30 miles north of Ciudad Insurgentes there are dirt detours while they are constructing bridges.
  • The road out to San Javier is now paved all the way. The road is in good condition but the passes through a number of arroyos where vehicles will need to go through water. Be careful after rains. Inquire in Loreto about the latest conditions.
  • There is construction on Highway Mexico 1 heading south of La Paz near the UABC campus. Expect minor delays.

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