Essential travel across the US-Mexico border: What does it mean?

The United States, together with the Government of Mexico, has temporarily limit inbound land border crossings only to essential travel. The Andrade/Los Algodones border crossing remains open from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm. California time.

This action does not prevent U.S. citizens from returning home and does not prevent passengers from crossing the border for essential needs, including medical/dental appointments. 

These restrictions are temporary and go into effect on March 21, 2020. They will remain in effect through 11:59 pm on November 21, 2020

Who is considered an “essential” traveler?

−Citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States.

−Individuals traveling for medical purposes (to receive treatment in the United States or Mexico).

−Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions.

−Individuals traveling to work in the United States or Mexico

−Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes

−Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada and Mexico).

−Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel.

−Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.

−The following categories do not fall within the definition of “essential travel:” Individuals traveling for tourism purposes, such as sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events in the United States.


The United States and Mexico agree on the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border.

The U.S. and Mexican governments further recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare, and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day. Essential travel must, therefore, continue unimpeded during this time. 

At Sani Dental Group, we will do our best to continue attending the dental needs of patients, and their safety.

For those interested in receiving a dental procedure, or want to continue with their treatment, we will supply you with a letter from our facility mentioning the reason and duration of the visit, specifying the dental treatment received. This, to facilitate their return to the States.

We will continue monitoring and communicating only official information regarding the U.S./Mexico International border.

To keep track of updates and more information regarding the U.S./Mexico International Border, check out this link of the official site of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.

We also have a team of patients coordinators who are receiving calls, and emails to answer any questions or doubts, please reach us at (928)-257-1307.