U.S. - MEXICO BORDER CROSSING INFORMATION DURING COVID-19
November 1, 2021.
DHS Announces Details for Fully Vaccinated, Non-Citizen Travelers to Enter the U.S. at Land Border Crossings.
Temporary Land Border Crossing Restrictions for Non-essential Travel in effect through January 21, 2022
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the United States via land ports of entry (POE) and ferry terminals starting on November 8, 2021. This shift eases the order and will be consistent with air requirements for non-citizen travelers. When arriving to a border entry, non-citizen (foreign citizens with visa) should be prepared to, provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as outlined by CDC, and verbally attest to their reason for travel and COVID-19 vaccination status during border inspection.
As travel begins to resume, expect travel volumes and wait time to increase. Take appropriate measures and plan for a longer than normal wait times. To reduce wait times travelers can take advantage of CBP ONE mobile application and report arrival and obtain an I-94 in advance.
The Order does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. lawful permanent residents.
The United States and Mexico governments are working to fight against this pandemic together. U.S. - Mexico border restrictions announced March 21, 2020 have been extended every month and are in place until at least January 21, 2022. However, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced his intention to lift these limitations for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (as defined by CDC) to align with anticipated changes to international travel by air. The land border restrictions by joint agreement are to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus by reducing the mobility of our shared border.
The U.S. limits inbound land border crossing from Mexico to only "essential travel, and does not prevent U.S. citizens from returning to the U.S.
Mexico is open to international travel, encouraging only "essential travel" at the land border crossings. Air travel is not affected by these restrictions.
US Citizens, US legal residents, dual citizens, Mexico Legal Residents, are allowed to enter Mexico, and will be allowed to cross back to the US. If you need to travel to Mexico, plan your route, check your destination's mobility restrictions, pack your sanitizing essentials, including face-mask, disinfectants and disinfectant gel for everyone in your vehicle. If you have any questions, give us a call (800) 222 0158.
Please be advice that you might experience long waiting crossing back to the U.S. CBP is operating under reduced number of border crossing lanes. Check border wait times here.
Temporary Vehicle Importation Permits Update
It is important that you return your temporary vehicle importation permit at the border upon your return to the U.S. - Mexican consulates in the U.S. do not have the service to cancel permits.
If you are not able to drive to the border to return your temporary vehicle importation permit, contact Customs office (Aduanas de Mexico) for information to cancel a permit when you are not able to go to the border, call1 (877) 448-8728 chose options 7,8 or email CIITEV_ADUANAMEXICO@SAT.GOB.MX
To start the process to obtain a new permit, or verify the status of your permit, visit Banjercito Registro de Vehiculos
Driving to Mexico. Entry and Exit Requirements during restriction period
- Mexico has implemented temperature-screening measures at most of the land border ports of entry. You may be asked to fill out a form to disclose symptoms, and places you have visited in the last 14 days.
- Facemask is mandatory in Mexico.
- Several states and municipalities have imposed curfews and movement restrictions on non-essential activities including checkpoints between cities and have required citizens to wear masks when outside the home. Please confirm directly with government and other local trusted sources for more information on closures and restrictions in different Mexican states and municipalities.
Learn more about Driving to Mexico in times of COVID. To Quote, Buy and Print your Mexico Auto insurance online, click here.
Is a Negative Covid-19 Test required for entry to Mexico?
Mexico does not require a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country, neither by air nor land.
Is a Negative Covid-19 Test required for entry to the U.S.?
The U.S. does not require a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country by land. However, starting on January 26, 2021 a negative Covid-19 test or recovery from Covid-19 is required when entering by air. You can find detailed information on this policy here.
Quarantine and Healthcare information
Quarantine is not required. Mexican government encourages people experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home for 14 days, consult with, and follow the instructions of your local healthcare provider.
Where can I get a Covid-19 Test in Mexico
Travelers that need to take a Covid-19 test while in Mexico can find information for locations here.
Resources and Links
The U.S Embassy in Mexico recommends that you enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
Returning to the U.S. by land
U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents will be allowed into the country. They will receive the same processing, evaluation and potential CDC medical screening that all entrants undergo at U.S. Ports of Entry. As of January 26, 2021, all air travelers flying to the U.S. will be required a negative viral test prior to boarding a flight.
If you must travel, be sure to take steps to help prevent, getting and spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases during travel. For the most up-to-date COVID-19 travel information, visit CDC COVID-19 Travel page.