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Crossing into Mexico is generally as simple as passing through the turnstile. Before you leave the U.S., make sure you have the proper documentation to facilitate an easy crossing back to the United States.
U.S. citizens should bring one of the following documents:
- U.S. passport - This is the internationally recognized travel document that verifies a person's identity and nationality, accepted for travel by air, land and sea.
- U.S. passport card - This new, limited-use travel document fits into your wallet and costs less than a passport, but is only valid for travel by land and sea.
- Enhanced drivers license - Some states and Canadian provinces are issuing special drivers licenses that denote both identity and citizenship specifically for cross-border travel by land or sea. Visit cbp.gov for more information.
- Trusted traveler program cards - Enrollment cards from the NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST programs are issued to approved, low-risk travelers for travel by land or sea or to airports with a NEXUS kiosk. Supported at DeConcini port of entry in downtown Nogales.
- Visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/whti-program-background for more information.
Citizens of Canada and other countries should bring passports from their country of origin plus a visa if one was required for your original entry into the United States. For Mexico travel information, navigate your web browser to visitarizona.com/Arizona-travel-info/travel-to-mexico.
The following items are prohibited to bring to Mexico from the United States:
- Weapons and ammunition
- Narcotics/illegal drugs
- Live fish
- Protected or endangered species of flora and wildlife, as well as articles of these species
- Any kind of images of children representing them in a degrading or ridiculous way; or on attitudes of incitement to violence or destruction
- Used clothing that is not part of your personal baggage
What to declare when crossing into Mexico from the United States:
- Vegetable or animal origin products
- Money, checks or other negotiable instruments totaling more than $10,000 USD (United States Dollars)
- For more information, visit: http://www2.sat.gob.mx/BienvenidoaMexico
The following items are prohibited to bring to the United States from Mexico:
- Narcotics/illegal drugs
- Protected or endangered species of flora and wildlife
- Pork meat, both raw and cooked
- Cuban cigars
- Switchblade knives
- Sea turtle boots or any other articles of endangered species
- Most fruits and prohibited
- Do not take US fruits and meats to Mexico. You cannot bring them back.
- Fines may result it you fail to declare agricultural items. Before you go to Mexico, ask a US Customs Officer for a list of items you can bring back.
What to declare when crossing into the United States from Mexico:
- All items you purchased and are carrying with you upon return to the United States
- Repairs or alterations to any items you took abroad and then brought back, even if the repairs/alterations were performed free of charge
- items you brought home for someone else
- You must state on the CBP declaration, in US Currency, what you actually paid for each item. The price must include all taxes. If you don't know for sure, estimate. If you did not buy the item yourself--a gift for example, estimate its fair retail value in teh country where you received it.
- Money, checks, or other negotiable instruments totaling more than $10,000 USD (United States Dollars)
- $800 exemption for gifts and personal articles, including one liter of alcoholic beverages per person over 21 years old every 30 days
- For more information, please visit: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/canada-mexico-travel
What medications you can bring back to the United States: