Crossing the U.S.–Mexico Border: Flying vs. Driving
The international border between Mexico and the United States can seem intimidating to the first-time traveler. The specifics required to pass the border might be subject to change, and there is always the concern of safety while crossing borders. Currently, the process for American citizens to enter Mexico is often more streamlined and faster than traveling into the United States from the Mexican side of the border.
So, just how strict is border security procedures on both ends? Does your method of traveling have an impact on the relative convenience of passing through the border?
Review the travel guidelines below if you are considering traveling between Mexico and the United States.
|Travel by Plane|
|Flying from the U.S. to Mexico||Flying back to the U.S. from Mexico|
|Traveling to Mexico by airplane means that you must provide proof of citizenship from the U.S. The most common document shown at the airport is a passport. You will also need to fill out the paperwork for a Visitor’s Visa (FMM) before you have landed on Mexican soil.||
The following documents are options to present when you are flying back into the United States from Mexico:
|Travel by Car|
|Driving to Mexico from the U.S.||Driving back to the U.S. from Mexico|
Though most tourists enter Mexico via air travel, if you are in a neighboring state and intend to visit by car, here’s what you will need to have on hand:
When driving back into the U.S., you should present all of the documentation that you were given when you entered Mexico. If you are a Mexican citizen, you can display the following forms of ID to cross the border: