Los Algodones Travel Tips- Dental Tourism in Mexico
Los Algodones is one of the famous border cities people go to for medical care. Here are simple Los Algodones travel tips that will help you enjoy the diverse dental (and safety) culture of Los Algodones, starting from what you should do when you cross the border until you head home. Come and be a part of Los Algodones’ enriching dental travel experience!
- Do not forget your passport.
- When you arrive at the airport, avoid losing the color departure or arrival form.
- Schedule your dental appointment if you plan to visit your dentist during peak season (December-March). This saves time, and avoids border and clinic waits.
- Los Algodones is not a resort or tourist destination. It is a typical, small, and shabby town in Mexico providing one of the best dental services in the world.
- Street vendors are a common sight especially at the border crossing. They are not hurtful, but they can be insistent.
- During peak season (December-March), expect that border wait times can be as long as 1-2 hours. To avoid this scenario, schedule a morning dental appointment, or come during the fall, spring or summer (the slowest time in Los Algodones).
- Take advantage of what Los Algodones can offer besides dental care. If you need to visit an optical shop or purchase prescription drugs, do so because their prices are a lot cheaper compared to the US.
- Besides healthcare needs and services, Los Algodones has souvenir shops, restaurants, curio shops, and liquor stores you can explore.
- You can purchase temporary car insurance in Yuma, Arizona just in case you don’t have one.
- Tourists going to Mexico who brought in goods other than their personal belongings should declare the goods and pay the taxes.
- Mexican regulations limit the value of goods brought into their territory by US citizens:
- US Citizens and tourists arriving by land can bring goods valued up to USD $50 per person.
- Tourists arriving by sea or air can bring into Mexico merchandises valued up to USD $300 per person.
- The amount that exceeds the duty-free limit will be subjected to a 32.8 tax percentage.
- Items you should not take away from Mexico:
- Wild animals and plants
- Historic documents and objects
- Archeological treasures
- Items prohibited to be brought in Mexican territory:
- Fire weapons
- Explosives and other chemical substances
- Recreational drugs
- Psychotropic and illegal substances
Note: Any illegal purchase, preparation, transportation, introduction, sale or removal of the above items from Mexican territory will be considered a crime punishable by Mexican law by 10 to 25 years in prison.
- Not all dental clinics in Los Algodones offer sedation, only local anesthetics are used. If you think you may need one, find a dentist or clinic who can offer or refer an anesthesiologist.
- Most clinics provide 2 years full warranty in dental procedures and lab works so you need not to worry just in case your crowns fell off.
If you have other questions regarding availing or travelling for Los Algodones for dental care, please do not hesitate to contact us! Here at Mexico Border Dentist, we are willing to assist you in all your dental care concerns!