|The international border between Mexico and the United States runs from San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Baja California, in the west to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and Brownsville, Texas, in the east. It traverses a variety of terrains, ranging from major urban areas to inhospitable deserts. From the border crossing at El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, to the east, it follows the course of the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte) to the Gulf of Mexico; from the same binational conurbation westward to the Pacific Ocean, it crosses vast tracts of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts, the Colorado River Delta, and the northernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula.
The border's total length is 1,951 miles (3,141 km), according to figures given by the International Boundary and Water Commission It is the most frequently crossed international border in the world, with some 350 million people crossing legally from one country to the other every year.
The U.S. states along the border, from west to east, are California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The Mexican states are
Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. Visitors to the northern part of Baja California do not need passports or tourist cards if staying in the country for 72 hours or less. If you plan to stay longer or travel beyond Ensenada, you'll need to obtain a tourist card. This document is free of charge; proof of U.S. citizenship is required. The Borders in Mexico are listed below US border are listed first followed by Mexican Borders:
• San Ysidro Station: (619) 639-7100 (open 24 hours)
• Otay Mesa Station: (619) 661-3249 (6AM-10PM)
• Tecate Station: (619) 478-5545 (6AM-Midnight)
• Calexico: (open 24 hours)
Arizona / Mexico
• Douglas/Agua Prieta (open 24 hours)
• Lukeville/Sonoita (6AM-Midnight)
• Nogales (open 24 hours)
Texas / Mexico
• Brownsville/Matamoros (open 24 hours)
• Del Rio/ Ciudad Acuna (open 24 hours)
• Eagle Pass/Piedras Negras (Mon – Fri. 8am – 8pm, Sat 10am – 2pm)
• El Paso/Ciudad Juarez (open 24 hours)
• Laredo/Nuevo Laredo (open 24 hours)
• McAllen/Reynosa (open 24 hours)
When calling Mexico from the United States, dial the international code and country code, 011-52, then the 2 digit city code ( ) and 6 digit local phone number.
• Medical Emergency: 91 (800) 633-42
• Mexican Consulate: (619) 231-8414
• Mexican Government Tourism Office: (310) 203-8191
• Mexican Ministry of Tourism: (800) 482-9832
• Within Mexico: 91 (800) 903-92
• San Ysidro Border Station Tourist Information:
4570 Camino de la Plaza San Ysidro, CA 92173
The San Ysidro parking facility houses an information center for Tijuana/Baja California bound travelers and also serves as a Tijuana shuttle terminal.
To check current border traffic from San Diego, call (619) 690-8999. From Tijuana, call 01 (664) 700-7000. Or check border traffic online. Click here