Border Crossings Near Las Gaviotas

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Border Crossings Near Las Gaviotas

About the United States – Mexico Border

The international border between the United States and Mexico runs from Imperial Beach, California and Tijuana, Baja California in the west, to Matamoros, Tamaulipas and Brownsville, Texas in the east, and traverses a variety of terrains, ranging from major urban areas to inhospitable deserts. The border’s total length is 3,169 km (1,969 mi) according to figures given by the International Boundary and Water Commission. It is the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with approximately three hundred fifty million (350,000,000) crossings per year.

Border Crossing Locations and Wait Times

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San Ysidro – Tijuana Border Crossing

The San Ysidro Border Crossing at San Diego is home to the world’s busiest land border crossing. It is where U.S. Interstate 5 crosses into Mexico at Tijuana. The San Ysidro Border Crossing is one of three ports of entry in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region.

 

San Ysidro Border Wait Times Phone Numbers

To check on waiting time at the U.S./Mexico checkpoints, call the corresponding numbers:

From the U.S. : (619) 690-8999

From Mexico : 700-7000

Check border wait times online for pedestrian, standard, ready lane and sentri:

SAN YSIDRO BORDER WAIT TIMES


Otay Mesa Border Crossing

The Otay Mesa Border Crossing is one three ports of entry in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region. Otay Mesa Port of Entry is primarily commercial in function and trucks are generally instructed to cross there as opposed to the San Ysidro Border Crossing. Commercial crossing through the port accounts for billions of dollars worth of freight.

Otay Mesa Border Wait Times Phone Numbers

To check on waiting time at the U.S./Mexico checkpoints, call the corresponding numbers:

From the U.S.: (619) 671-8999

From Mexico : 700-7000

Check border wait times online for pedestrian, standard, ready lane and sentri:

OTAY MESA BORDER WAIT TIMES

READY LANE

Ready lane is a vehicle lane for travelers entering into the US who have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled travel document.

The RFID technology allows information in a wireless “tag” to be read from a distance, thus enabling officers to process travelers crossing into the US more quickly.

RFID-enabled documents include the following:

  • U.S. Passport Card
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL). Available from the US states of Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. (California is now issuing what they call “enhanced Driver’s Licenses” but these are NOT compliant with RFID and will not work in the Ready Lane).
  • Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC)
  • Trusted Traveler Cards: Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST cards
  • Enhanced Permanent Resident Card (PRC)
  • Border Crossing Card (BCC)

All travelers in the vehicle over the age of 16 must have a RFID-enabled card in order to use the Ready Lane.

See our Ready Lane Directions for step-by-step photo directions to arrive at the Tijuana San Ysidro Ready Lanes from the toll road.

USING THE READY LANE

In order to use the Ready Lane, make sure that each passenger has their RFID card out at the beginning of the lane. When it is your turn, drive slowly through the lane and hold all cards so that the flat face of the cards show through any window on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Then stop at the officer’s booth and hand him the cards.

Getting an RFID-enabled card:
Passport Card:
You can get a Passport Card from the US Department of State for $30 if you already have a Passport Book or $55 if you’re a first-time applicant. They’re valid for 10 years. If you already have a Passport Book, you may apply through the mail. If you do not currently have a Passport Book, you must apply in person at a Passport Office. For processing times, see here.

 DB insider’s tip:

  • The San Diego Passport Agency is able to offer expedited service to receive a Passport Card without requiring proof of travel (most Passport Agencies require proof of travel for any expedited service). You must call the Passport Agency reservation line to make an appointment, 1-877-487-2778. Be prepared to pay $90 ($30 for the Passport Card plus $60 for the expedited fee). Make sure you have your passport book with you, a passport photo (we recommend Costco if you have a membership – $4.99 for 4 photos), and the proper forms completed. Passport Cards will generally be issued within 5 business days of applying. If you are traveling within 5 days, take proof of travel (your Discover Baja Mexican Auto Insurance policy will work – it must be printed out, showing the policy on your smartphone is not sufficient). If necessary, they are generally able to issue a Passport Card on the same day.
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