Entering Tijuana :
Visitors to Tijuana Mexico or Ensenada only need to walk (or drive)
across the border. Since Tijuana Mexico Thrives on tourism (being
the most touristed city in the world), the authorities in Tijuana
try to make entering Mexico as quick and easy as possible. There
are no declarations to make, and no questions will be asked. If you
want to visit Tijuana, just come on in. If, however, you are planning
on staying for more than 72 hours, you will need to get a tourist
card on your way in (ask for directions at the border).
Police Advisory :
A trip to Tijuana Mexico can be a great time for everyone if you
bear in mind that Tijuana Mexico is the busiest border crossing in
the world, and a party crowd that big is bound to have its share
of rabble rousers. You will find the Tijuana Police Officers to be
very friendly and helpful. But they do have a job to do, so here
are a few tips to make sure that your visit to Tijuana is pleasant
If you choose to drive across the border make sure that you get Mexican
auto insurance before you do. It is not required (by Mexican
law), but if you get into an accident and you cannot show proof
of Mexican auto insurance, you will be held in jail until blame
can be accessed and damages are paid in full. You can obtain Mexican
auto insurance (which may be purchased by the day at a very reasonable
rate) but we highly suggest that you get some before driving across
The "NO SYMBOL" over an "E" is the same as the "NO SYMBOL" over
a "P" in America; it means NO PARKING. If you park in a no parking
zone, don't be surprised to return to your car and find that it has
been towed away. If your car has been towed you will need to go to
the Police Station (8th & Constitution) and pay your fine before
the vehicle can be released.
The Tijuana police advise tourists not to travel below Third Street
on foot after dark. So if you walked across the border and are planning
on returning after dark, you are advised to take a taxi and avoid
Carrying a knife in Tijuana with a blade of 4" or more on your person
is considered carrying a concealed weapon. Knives in shopping bags,
however, are OK.
Drinking on the street or carrying an open container in Tijuana
may be considered public intoxication. Such activity is not legal,
and the police try to keep the tourist areas safe for everyone, so
don't be ignorant.
Prostitution is something that can be found in any large city. Some
Americans are under the mistaken impression that it is legal in Tijuana
Mexico (as in Nevada) -- Be advised that it is not legal,
and that you should try to keep any extra-curricular activities discrete.
- That being said, I will also remind you that a condom may not be
guaranteed protection against communicable diseases such as aids,
but it is the safest option, so keep a rain coat in your pocket or
keep it in your pants.