FAQ

 

Is it safe to cross the border into Mexico?
PedWest opened for northbound pedestrians in 2016/2017 and over 63,000 people pass through it each day.  The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the largest land border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, and one of the busiest land border crossings in the world.  Despite the headlines, life continues as normal at the border.  We will continue to monitor the situation, but barring any major changes or developments, we should be able to cross the border.

Is it safe to cross the border into Mexico?
To return to the U.S. from Mexico by land, sea or air, you must present a passport or PASS card (available to anyone) or Enhanced Driver's License (residents of some U.S. states can get these) at the border.  Please be aware that you can no longer use proof of U.S. citizenship, like an embossed birth certificate, with a government issued photo ID (more on those below) to get into or out of the country. Regardless of your ID choice, you will also need a Mexico tourist card, which you'll be given to fill out at the border. Guests are responsible for bringing the appropriate documentation.

Is it safe in Tijuana?
According to an article in USA Today published in 2018, Tijuana “has no travel advisories or restrictions. While true that it was, in the recent past, a hot spot for turf wars between rival cartel groups, much of that has decreased significantly, resulting in increasing numbers of people traveling to and choosing to live in Tijuana year after year.” Here are a few additional recent articles about Tijuana. Make your own decision. We will be traveling as a small group (20 people) and we will transported by private bus. Guests are expected to stay with the group.

Can I drive my own car?
We will be traveling together as a group in a bus and it’s all part of the experience.  Also, driving and parking in Tijuana are notoriously challenging. We do not advise that you drive your own vehicle.  Please park at the Border Station Parking lot and leave your car on the US side. There is 24-hour surveillance. Otherwise, take the Pacific Surfliner train from Los Angeles and a short Uber or tram ride from San Diego's Santa Fe Depot to the PedWest crossing. The ride from Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station is approximately three hours. Plan your train ride here.

What kind of vehicle will we be transported around in?
A 20-person Mercedes Benz mini bus driven by a professional driver. The professional transportation service is fully insured.

Should I bring cash?
The answer to this - as with any international travel - is YES. At least half of Mexican households still don’t have a bank account and rely entirely on the country’s cash-based economy for their trades. Online banking is gradually being taken up, but there still remains a cultural preference for cash. Cash remains a widely employed—and oftentimes preferred—form of payment in Mexico. Accommodations, food, most drinks, and transportation are all included in your registration fee but you should have a bit of cash on hand for extra snacks, shopping, and tipping.

What can I bring back with me?
You might be tempted to buy wine in Valle de Guadalupe.  You can bring back up to $800 in purchases duty-free from Tijuana, including up to one liter of alcohol per adult more than 21 years old.