UPDATED Sept. 17, 2020:
COVID-19 AND LIMITS ON NON-ESSENTIAL ACTIVITY
As Mexico begins to reopen, the country has started 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 Sept. 13th-19th, the state of Baja California Sur is rated “orange (level 4)” and hotels, restaurants, beaches will be operating at 40% capacity. Specific rules vary from municipality to municipality. The state of Baja California (norte) is rated “red,” closed to non-essential activities. The waters of Northern Baja are open to private vessels, which includes fishing at the Coronado Islands.
The U.S.-Mexico land borders are temporarily restricting non-essential travel until at least October 21, 2020. U.S. citizens and permanent citizens will still be allowed back into the U.S. from Mexico during this time. 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
While Highway Mexico 1 is open for through travel, certain towns along the peninsula have closed access for non-residents. They are stopping all southbound cars entering Ensenada, so expect delays. Travelers who are not residents of Ensenada (or farther south along the peninsula) may be turned around. Highway Mexico 5 is open and now completely paved. Residents or homeowners in Baja should carry current proof of residency (a current utility bill or fideicomiso).
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.
- 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.
- There is road work being done on Mex 1 south of Santo Tomás. Expect delays.
- Mex 1 has recently had repairs done and is in good condition from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro.
- 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 just north of Santa Rosalía near the dump.
- 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.
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