Dr. MEXICO – Tijuana Dentist Center, easy to get to. We have two locations in Tijuana, the main clinic is in Zona Rio, and our branch office is right by the Chaparral Border Crossing, across the border from Plaza de Las Americas Outlet Mall. Both are easy to get to, within minutes of the crossing the border. We provide a shuttle to pick you up and take you to the main clinic, but the Border clinic is just two blocks, walking from where you enter Mexico.
How to get to the Border:
For going to the Border Clinic, it is best to cross at the Chaparral border crossing, by the Outlet Mall, because we are just 2 blocks from there. If you are driving, you can park on the US side. Go down Interstate 5 or 805 to the last exit, before crossing into Mexico. You can most easily park at Border Station parking, which is right off the freeway, first entrance to your right.
If you come in by flying to San Diego Airport, the easiest way to get to the border is via UBER, cost is just $25. They you would walk across the border, where our driver can pick you up. Or, if you want to be picked up at the airport, and brought straight to the clinic, our patient coordinator can make those arrangements for you.
If you want to drive across the border, there is an EASY PARK, multi-story parking structure, right by the border. Cost is just $.60 per hour (60 cents). If you are going to the Border clinic, it ids straight across the street. If you are going to the main clinic, our driver can pick you up there.
DR. MEXICO – Border Dental Clinic:
As we have continued to grow, we decided to open a new branch office, within easy walking distance from the border. This is a very nice, modern facility, although not as large as the main Corporate office clinic. It is very visible, and easy to find. We are located across the street from the EASY PARK, parking structure, as well as across the street from the new SIMSA Medical Center, that is currently in the finishing stages of construction.
If you are walking across the border from the Outlet Mall, you can easily see the 8 story EAZY PARK building. You just walk the two blocks toward there, and you will find us. If you are driving over the border, you will take the first right turn, after leaving Mexican Customs, and we will are in the last building on your left. Just go park in the EASY PARK, and as you walk out of the paring structure, you will see us across the street. (For those who drive over the border, we do have Medical Lane passes available). Even if your appointment is in the main clinic, you may wait for the driver at the Branch Clinic.
Walking Instructions from the Border
Driving Instructions from the Border
New Border Crossing Regulations:
1.- You must now have a US passport to cross the border:
Just like the US Government requires everyone crossing the border into the US to have passports, the Mexican Government also now requires all persons crossing into Mexico to have a passport. Things have historically been a little lax, but now they are tightening up on the regulations. Make sure you get your passport before crossing into Mexico, to avoid any delays or hassle, by the US Customs, as well as Mexican Customs.
If you haven’t yet gotten a US Passport, we strongly recommend that you get the “Passport Card”, rather than the “Passport Book”. You can actually apply for both, or either one. But the reason the Passport Card works better than the Book, is because it has the RFID electronic chip, which qualifies you to use the faster moving “Ready Lanes” either as a pedestrian or riding in a car. Here is a link to the government website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/apply.html
2.- You will need to get a Tourist Visa at the border:
Pedestrian Crossing: If leave your car parked at the border, and are walking into Mexico, you will need to present your US passport, and fill out a tourist permit form. It will just take 5 minutes. However, make sure you keep your tourist permit on your person. In case you are stopped in Mexico for any reason, you will now have proof that you entered into the country legally. The cost of a tourist permit, to visit Tijuana for a week, is free. But, if you plan to stay for more than a week, plan to return for a second trip, or are thinking of going on to Rosarito or Ensenada, you will need to get the 180 day permit, costing $25.
Crossing the border by car: If you are stopped in Tijuana, you will need to show that you have legally crossed the border. So, even though you could just drive through Mexican Customs, and they don’t ask you for any documents, don’t neglect to first stop and get your tourist permit. The process will just take a few minutes.
When you first cross into Mexico, do NOT get into the lines of cars that are going through the lanes through for inspection. Rather, keep to the right, and go straight ahead to the area for Voluntary Declaration. Most of the cars going in here, and parking, are stopping to declare products that they purchased in the US, so they can pay the “Importation Tax”. But this is the same area where you will find the “Immigration” office, in order to get your tourist permit. Just park your car next to the others, and go into the building. Inside you will find the Immigration office, and tell them you want a tourist permit. It will be easiest if you just tell them you are coming to visit and shop, otherwise they will ask you for the exact address of the clinic, and hotel address where you are staying. Just a little less hassle.