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Getting to Tecate by Land
Getting to Tecate from Interstate 5 and downtown San Diego/airport vicinity
Take Interstate 5 south to the Highway 94 turnoff. Go EAST 13.3 miles. Turn RIGHT onto CAMPO RD / CA-94. Continue to follow CA-94 for 23.6 miles. Bear RIGHT to go onto CA-188 / TECATE RD for 2 miles, to the border.

Getting to Tecate From north of La Jolla, via I-5 South to I-805
Merge onto I-805 South via the exit on the LEFT. Go 14.7 miles. Merge onto CA-94 East. Go 11.2 miles. Turn RIGHT onto CAMPO RD / CA-94. Continue to follow CA-94 for 23.6 miles. Bear RIGHT to go onto CA-188 / TECATE RD for 2 miles to the border.

Getting to Tecate Mexico Via Interstate 8 from Arizona
Near the summit after the climb on I-8 out of the desert into San Diego County’s mountains, take the CA-94 exit toward Boulevard/Manzanita. Turn LEFT onto CA-94/Ribbonwood Road. Continue to follow CA-94 0.6 miles. Turn RIGHT onto CA-94/Old Highway 80. Continue to follow CA-94 25.6 miles. Turn LEFT onto CA-188/Tecate Road. Go 2 miles to the border gate.

Tourist Visa for Driving into Tecate
U.S. citizens do not require a visa or a tourist card for tourist stays of 72 hours or less within “the border zone,” defined as an area between 20 to 30 kilometers of the border with the U.S., depending on the location.

The tourist corridors are as follows:
Tijuana – Ensenada
Sonoyta – Puerto Penasco
Cuidad Juarez – Paquime
Piedras Negras – Santarosa
Reynosa – China – Presa el Cuchillo

Ask border patrol officers where to park to purchase a tourist visa. The cost is $25 to $30 in US dollars (depending on the exchange rate). The visa office is open 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. If you arrive outside these hours, you can return to the visa office the next day

Immigration and Customs
Immigration and Customs offices at the border are open daily 6am til midnight

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Warning to Tourists: You should avoid demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities. Political activities by foreigners are prohibited by the Mexican constitution, and such actions may result in detention and/or deportation.


 

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