Otay Mesa Border Crossing Wait Times & FAQ’s

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The crossing between Otay Mesa in San Diego, California with Otay Centenario borough of Tijuana in Mexico is an increasingly busy port of entry. The Otay Mesa – Tijuana border crossing is currently the third busiest crossing point on the Mexican-US border. Have you read our Tijuana border crossing guide?

There are two borders crossings, or garitas, at Otay Mesa – a pedestrian and passenger port of entry and a commercial port of entry. The commercial border crossing was built to ease traffic at the San Ysidro port of entry. How long is the Otay border wait? You can see the Otay border wait time right now today at the General, Ready and Sentri lanes by viewing the live crossing wait times tables below.

Please note during the COVID-19 situation some of the FAQ info below might be subject to change. Please let us know of any corrections requiredLive and average Otay wait times below remain accurate and are sourced from the US Customs & Border Patrol.

The passenger port of entry is open to pedestrians. Around 2.5 million pedestrians pass through the Otay Mesa border crossing every year. You can view Otay Mesa pedestrian crossing wait times below.
There is no toll for crossing here. There are only usually tolls at crossings where you need to cross over a bridge. You will need to complete some paperwork to get a tourist visa before you cross. As long as you are staying within the free area and for fewer than 7 days there is no fee attached to the visa. Otherwise, you will need to pay a $22 fee at a Mexican bank before you return over the border. When you do this make sure to get your visa stamped or you may find it difficult to cross the border.
The Otay Mesa border crossing is open 24 hours a day every day of the week. The wait time for crossing is generally quite short in the pedestrian line. Most of the time it is less than 10 minutes to get through the line. At morning rush hour, it is around 25 minutes. The commercial crossing at Otay Mesa is open 6 am until 8 pm. The wait time can be quite long and is often well over an hour.
The duty-free location for Otay Mesa, is a short distance from the crossing. The store is located at 2450 Roll Drive. The store is open 9 am to 9 pm Monday to Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays.
Crossing the Otay border requires you to have a valid form of proof of citizenship. A passport or a PASS card is the most common form of ID used to cross international borders. However, since only a small percentage of Americans have a passport, other types of ID can be used. Enhanced state-issued driver’s licenses are an option as are trusted traveller cards.

Otay border crossing wait time data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. General, Sentri and Ready lane wait times are below and may take a few seconds to load…

Otay Mesa pedestrian & passenger crossing

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Otay Mesa commercial crossing

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