US-Mexico Border Reopening: What You Need to Know
The U.S government, in collaboration with the Mexican government, has lifted all restrictions to non-essential tourists who want to cross by land to the United States as of November 8th, The Andrade/Los Algodones border crossing times have been extended back to their normal schedule; 06:00 am to 10:00 pm California Time.
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.
These measures will stay in effect until authorities say otherwise. Border restrictions are subject to be applied again if authorities think it is necessary to do so.
What does non-essential travel mean?
Authorities recognize the following people as essential travelers:
- 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.
Whoever travels to the United States to do any other activity than the ones mentioned before is considered to be a non-essential traveler. Those people include:
- People who travel to the United States for recreational activities.
- People who travel to the United States to attend cultural events.
- People who travel to the United States to gamble.
- Anyone who crosses for tourism purposes.
Required Documents for Border Crossing
According to information that U.S border crossing authorities have shared, both U.S citizens and legal permanent residents are not required to show a COVID-19 vaccination certificate if crossing at a land port of entry or ferry terminal.
If travelers enter Mexico by land, they might not need to show their passport but they’ll need it when crossing back to their home country. Our patients that are U.S citizens have stated to not have any problems showing their driver’s license, birth certification card, or original birth certificate to cross back to the United States.
If you’re a Canadian or American citizen traveling by air, airport authorities could ask for a valid vaccination certificate. Depending on the place that you are departing from or traveling to and the rules established by the particular airline that you’ll be traveling on, you might also need to show a negative COVID test result.
Medical/dental appointments will continue unimpeded during this time.
We’ll keep our patients updated with official information taken from reliable sources. For more information regarding your appointments and the updates of the Los Algodones border and crossing restrictions, call us at (928) 257-1307.