Los Algodones Border Crossing – PAPERS NEEDED TO CROSS THE BORDER

The border crossing at Andrade is open from 6AM to 10PM. When you arrive at the US-Mexico border, you might need any of the following documents.

Canadian citizens and other international tourists should bring their passports and a visa if it was required for their entry into the US.

US citizens are not required to have a visa, however, they can bring any of the following:

  • US PASSPORT: Accepted for travel by land, air and sea.
  • US PASSPORT CARD: A limited, new travel document that costs less than a US passport but valid only for travel by land and sea.
  • Tourist Card or FM-T: To obtain a FM-T card, you must pay a fee to border crossing points such as airports (airlines). Sometimes, an FM-T card fee is included in the airplane ticket fee. Tourists must be reminded to present their FM-T cards at the point of exit (from Mexico) or else, they may pay a fine from the Mexican Immigration authorities.
  • Non-Immigrant Right (DNI): Tourists going to Mexicoshould avail a non-immigrant right (DNI), which costs USD $200. The DNI allows tourists to be authorized as non-immigrants.
  • Enhanced Driver’s License: Some Canadian provinces and states have driver’s licenses that can indicate both citizenship and identity for border crossing travels either by land or sea.
  • Trusted traveler program cards: FAST, NEXUS and SENTRI offer these issued to approve enrollment cards for low-risk tourists who travel either by land, air or sea.

US PERMANENT RESIDENTS (LEGAL): Present your permanent resident card (FORM I-551) to show evidence of permanent residence status.

US and CANADIAN citizens under 16 years of age: You may present any of the following documents in original or copy form:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Naturalization Certificate
  • Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad


Los Algodones Border Crossing – Travel from Yuma and San Diego


Medical tourists (from Canada and Europe) who travel to Los Algodones for dental care usually board on a plane and arrive to either of these two airports – Yuma International and the San Diego International Airports.

From the airport, your journey continues by land to Los Algodones through taxis or car rentals. It is recommended to book a rented car online or a local taxi company to avoid delays. However, cars are available for rental services at the airport. Further, taxis at the airport or booked online can also take you straight to the border crossing.

Yuma International Airport is located 6 km south of Yuma’s central business district. It is the closest airport to Los Algodones. On the other hand, the San Diego International is the second busiest single-use runway in the US and in the world. Besides Yuma International, it is the next closest airport.


From Yuma International Airport to Los Algodones

Los Algodones Border Crossing from Yuma International Airport to Los Algodones will take only 14 miles. From Yuma International Airport, you must take I-8 W from S Pacific Avenue heading to CA-186 S in Imperial County. From there, take the exit toward Algodones Road (Andrade) to Calle 2 in Baja California, México. It will take you just 18 minutes to get to Los Algodones.

From San Diego International Airport to Los Algodones

Starting from San Diego International Airport, you must head on I-5 S from Airport Terminal Road and N Harbor Drive. It’s easy: drive straight on I-8 E towards CA-186 S/Algodones Road in Imperial County. Then, take the Algodones Road/California 186 exit from I-8 E to Calle 2 in Baja California, Mexico. Also, if you take the San Diego route, you will travel 174 miles for 3 hours and 21 minutes to Los Algodones.

Los Algodones Border Crossing – Traveling by Land

Most tourists enter Los Algodones through the US-Mexico border. Before Los Algodones Border Crossing use your car, rented vehicle, or taxi, you need to secure a Mexican Car Insurance.

Why do you need a Mexican Car Insurance?

  • Since January 1, 2012, the state of Baja (Norte) made it a mandatory regulation that all vehicles entering Mexico need to carry a proof of Mexican liability insurance.
  • Only underwritten Mexican Car Insurances will be recognized by Mexican authorities.
  • Your Canadian or US Car Insurance will not be recognized by Mexican authorities. And, it will not cover physical damages or theft to your motor vehicle while you are in Mexico.
  • Not having Mexican liability insurance is a liability itself. There may be a possibility that you may be prevented from leaving Mexico even if you will require medical care that might save your life.

Los Algodones Border Crossing

When securing Mexican Car Insurance, avail of a Full Coverage that includes road side assistance, and a third party liability amounting up to USD $300,000 (minimum). Most Car Insurance Carriers will require you to submit the following:

  • Vehicle Registration Certificate (Proof of ownership)
  • Driving license number – an international driving permit is not required.
  • Vin Number

You can access online insurance companies that can provide full coverage both for foreign and US-owned motor vehicles.

Some companies include:

  • Adventure Mexican Insurance Coverages
  • Mex Insure
  • Baja Bound
  • Sanborns

Los Algodones Border Crossing From the US

Driving using a car:

The City of Los Algodones is easily accessible via Interstate 8 (West of Yuma) and a short distance south bound along Route 186 for about 7 miles to get to the border at Andrade, California.

The Andrade, California border crossing is open from 6AM to 10PM.

From Andrade, majority of tourists park their vehicles at nearby parking lots for USD $5 or walk to cross over.

Traveling through a bus:

Probably the cheapest method to Los Algodones Border Crossing is the Americanos bus service. This special service offered by the Greyhound Bus Company is a direct trip to states in Mexico.

To ensure a faster trip, the service bypasses Greyhound’s traditional stopovers.

You can try booking online to travel aboard the Americanos and avail of this option if you have budget constraints.


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