US-Mexico Border Reopening
The Los Algodones border crossing hours have returned to their normal schedule opening at 06:00 AM and closing at 10:00 PM California time for all travelers, including non-essential travelers. If you have any questions or doubts about how this could affect your dental appointment, please call us at (928)-257-1307
At Sani Dental Group, we understand the concern among those who are thinking about traveling nowadays. The Years of experience and our commitment to our patients has helped us to adapt during these uncertain times.
Is it worth to travel to Mexico for dental treatment? What are the risks or complications that can occur? Are there travel restrictions for American citizens? Or any foreign citizen?
In the following blog, these and other questions will be answered, which will hopefully give you a better picture of how does travel to Mexico look these days and the changes you might experience during your next dental visit.
1. Before Getting to Mexico
Before mentioning the restrictions and requirements, we believe it’s important to point out some aspects to consider before your travel.
Authorities recommend avoiding travel if you are sick or if you have been around some who has been. Also, it’s very important to review the current situation at your destination before traveling.
Patients can reach both of our locations traveling by plane or car.
- Air Travel: Social distancing on planes can be difficult. However, most viruses and bacteria do not spread easily because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes.
If you decide to travel by plane, consider how you get to and from the airport. This decreases any chances of being exposed to the virus.
Sani Dental Group is up to date with the new U.S. Government requirements for all air passengers entering the United States, to present a negative COVID-19 test. Committed to continuing to provide dental care to our patients, Sani Dental Group can support you in this matter to facilitate your return to the States.
- Car Travel: For many of our patients who visit us at our Los Algodones location, it's easier to drive to Yuma, and get to our clinic by crossing the Andrade/Los Algodones border.
Many choose to leave their cars in the U.S. and walk across the international border. This way they can avoid long lines and waiting times.
2. Who can travel to Mexico These days
As of November 8th, 2021, both American and Mexican authorities have announced that the border is now open to non-essential travelers crossing by land. The times for the Andrade/Los Algodones border crossing have been extended to their normal [JGV1] schedule: 06:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
These measures will continue up until authorities state otherwise. Border crossing restrictions are subject to any decision that authorities take, as they could be applied at any time if they think it is necessary to do so.
According to information that U.S border crossing authorities have shared, U.S citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States are not required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if they’re crossing at a land port of entry or ferry terminal.
When entering Mexico by land, travelers might not need to show their passport but they will need it when crossing back to their home country. Our patients who are U.S citizens or permanent residents have not had any problems crossing back to their country by showing their driver’s license, birth certificate card, or original birth certificate.
If you’re a Canadian or American citizen who has decided to travel by air, we recommend you to have a valid vaccination certificate as airport authorities could ask you for one. Depending on the place that you’ll be traveling from or arriving to, you might also need to show a negative COVID test result. Please consult your airline's policies. and COVID-19 restrictions.
We recommend our patients have their vaccination information up-to-date as border officials could ask for it at any given time; authorities have stated that they could ask for it randomly.
We’ll inform our patients about any changes or modifications to these restrictions through our social media and website posts using official information from reliable sources.
If you’d like to read more about border crossing restrictions, please click here.
3. Do I need more than a Passport to travel to Mexico?
Visitors are asked to present a valid passport. The border patrol authorities identify a passport as the best form of id. However, US citizens or permanent residents cross the border every day with these forms of ID:
- Driver’s license
- Birth certificate card.
Even when American citizens usually are not asked to show their passport to enter Mexico, they will need it to enter the States.
*To this day, none of Sani Dental Group patients have had any trouble returning to the States.
4. Is it Safe to Travel Right Now for dental work?
Our newest dental clinic located in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo is open and ready to welcome patients from the U.S. and Canada in the safest environment possible.
Thanks to the quick response of authorities and the implementation of preventive measures, the State of Quintana Roo has achieved to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19. Tourism activity has started in a limited and gradual way.
Besides, being located in one of the exclusive areas of Playacar, our dental clinic provides a completely safe experience from the arrival all the way through the end of our patient’s dental journey.
On the other hand, both of our dental clinics located in Los Algodones have remained open to receiving patients. Los Algodones, Mexico is a safe place thanks to its location and population size. There are no downtown or tourist sites where many people can get close contact.
Call us today (928)-257-1307, we will gladly answer any of your questions and doubts about all the dental treatments available at our clinic, travel to Mexico, and more.
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Sani Dental Group team is looking forward to taking care of your oral and overall health.