May 22, 2013 by Paul C. McTaggart
Waiting in line for hours to get back into the Unite States is crazy frustrating. I know because I’ve spent hours at the Mexico/US border waiting to get back to the United States on my quest to find the top dentists in Mexico.
Here are four tips I’ve learned over the years to avoid long Mexico border wait times:
- Ready Lane: Head over to the Ready Lane to get preferred entry for you and your vehicle. This lane lets you and your passengers who have Sentri, Global Entry, Fast (for truckers), the U.S. Passport Card; the Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL); the Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC); the new Enhanced Permanent Resident Card (PRC) or new Border Crossing Card (BCC) to jump to the front of the border lines. Here are the border crossings with Ready Lanes.
- Avoid peak hours: Avoid peak hours for the crossing to the United States. Avoid 7-10am and 4-8pm which are generally the peak wait times for Mexican residents to enter/exit the United States for work. Check the US Customs and Border Protection web site to get the latest Mexico border wait times
- Grab a Red Bus for San Ysidro: If you are entering the United States via the San Ysidro border crossing take the Red Bus run by MexiCoach to cut ahead of the lines. For only $3 the Red Bus will drop you off right at the border and you will be walked to the front of the lines for the pedestrian border entry.
- Ask for a Medical Lane pass: If you are in Tijuana or Mexicali you can ask you Mexico dentist or doctor for a Medical Lane pass. This Medical Lane pass is free to you and with a dedicated lane at the US border..you will breeze right through in no time!
Mexican border wait times can be a hassle after a long day in Mexico. I’ve had several times where I am completely exhausted from visiting Mexico dental clinics for 12 hours and the last thing I needed was a ridiculously long border wait time. These 4 tips have saved me the hot, draining experience of standing in line for hours at the Mexican border: I hope these tips help you avoid the same fate!