Tecate Border Crossing Wait Times & FAQ’s

This is considered a fairly minor port of entry. It is not used too much as a border crossing as the road into the US crossing is quite a narrow mountain road. You can see the wait at this border right now by viewing live Tecate crossing wait times below. Have you read our Tijuana border crossing guide?

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 requiredGarita wait times on this page remain accurate and are sourced from the US Customs & Border Patrol. You can view live and average Tecate Border wait times right now for the General, Ready, Sentri and Fast lanes below.

There is parking a 5-minute walk from the border crossing on the US side. With reasonable prices of $5 per day for cars. It is then straight forward to walk over the Tecate border.
Tecate is a straightforward land border crossing. This means that there is no fee for crossing over the border. You will need to get a tourist visa when you pass through the port of entry. However, if you intend to stay near the border, then there is no fee for this visa. If you intend to travel more than 18 miles from the border, you will need to pay a $22 fee. The fee is payable at any bank in Mexico. When you pay you will get a stamp on your visa. You will need to get the stamp before you try to return over the border.
The Tecate border crossing is open from 5 am to 11 pm. The average wait time is around 40 minutes. It is nearer an hour at peak times in the morning but drops to approximately 20 minutes at the end of the day.
There is a Baja duty-free store in Tecate. It is located just up the road from the border crossing, so is very easy to find. It is open every day of the week. Monday to Thursday it opens 10 am until 8 pm. On Fridays, it opens from 10 am until 9 pm, Saturdays from 9 am until 8 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm.
When crossing the border between Baja, Mexico and California, US, you need to show appropriate ID. Options include; • Passport • PASS card • Enhanced Driver’s License • Trusted Traveller cards.

Tecate border wait time data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Times may take a few seconds to load…

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