Road Conditions

UPDATED Nov. 30, 2020:



As Mexico reopens, the country is using a national “stoplight” system to begin reintroducing non-essential activity region by region as deemed safe. The stoplight designations are reassessed and updated on a weekly basis. For the week of Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, the state of Baja California Sur is rated “yellow (level 3)” and hotels, restaurants, beaches will be operating at 50% capacity. Specific rules vary from municipality to municipality. The state of Baja California (norte) is rated “orange” and hotels, restaurants, parks and beaches, retail shops, museums/theaters/movie theaters, will be operating at 50% capacity. Large events and bars are still closed until further notice.



The U.S.-Mexico land borders are currently deemed open for only essential travel until at least December 21, 2020. U.S. citizens and permanent citizens will still be allowed back into the U.S. from Mexico during this time and there have been no reported cases of people being stopped from entering into Mexico. We have heard multiple stories about Canadians being allowed to cross into the U.S. from Mexico as well. 

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: 5am-2pm daily
Calexico West: open 24 hours
Calexico East: open 6am-2pm
Andrade: open 6am-2pm



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

  • 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.
  • Eight miles south of Loreto in Nopolo, they are working on widening the road. Periodic road closures are occurring for up to hours at a time. Expect delays.


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