FMM Visa

U.S. / Mexico Border

1) Mexico Entry Requirements -

Government issued ID may be required from ALL individuals in private vehicles.  It WILL be required, however, from all travelers if you enter on a commercial bus via the San Ysidro/Tijuana crossing.  Accepted documents for entry to Mexico are:


A U.S. passport book, or


A U.S. passport card.


Enhanced Driver's Licenses are not accepted for entry into Mexico.

In addition, commercial bus passengers will be required to fill out an FMM Visa entry form at the border.  You can do so when you arrive at the border, OR you can fill it out online, and print it ahead of time.  You will present this printed form with your ID at the entry point.  It is much faster doing the latter, and filling it out online.  Here is a link to the online FMM Visa form, and instructions on how to fill it out.

2) U.S. Re-Entry Requirements -

The same ID's listed above are REQUIRED to re-enter the U.S. by Land.   Note that you CAN use an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) for re-entry into the US, but it is not accepted as a valid ID for entry into Mexico.

3) Border Crossings -

Our Mobile Web Site has a plethora of maps that will guide to you to and from the Ranch and the border crossings.  We recommend you enter Mexico via the TECATE border crossing. 

NOTE: The Tecate border is only open from 6am to 2pm weekdays, and 8am to 4pm weekends.  Lines on weekends are particulary LONG.  CBP WILL shut the border at the designated time even though there are still cars queued in line.

4) Border Wait Times -

A real-time listing (as updated by CBP every hour) of US border entry wait times at the Tecate, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro border crossings:
Tecate Border Wait Times
Otay Mesa Border Wait Times
San Ysidro Border Wait Times

You can also download the official Border Wait Time application for your smart phone from the Google Play store at this link.  

Caveat Emptor - Border wait times vary widely, and are not always reported accurately on the CBP website or in their smart phone application.  Oh well.


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Last modified: July 23, 2021