Traveling between the United States (U.S.) and Mexico requires travelers to have proper documentation, make a declaration of all goods and a payment of the border crossing fare. Please review the following information to prepare for your next trip.
Required Documents for Travel
Mexican citizens, including children, must present a passport with visa, or a Border Crossing Card when entering the U.S.
U.S. citizens can present the following valid documents for admission into the U.S.:
Enhanced Driver’s License
Trusted Traveler Program card: SENTRI or FAST (See Trusted Traveler Program below for more information)
U.S. Military I.D., accompanied by official orders
Form I-872 American Indian Card or Enhanced Tribal Card
U.S. citizen children under 16 can present a birth certificate or other proof of citizenship.
Prohibited and Restricted Items
Travelers are prohibited from transporting the following items between the U.S. and Mexico:
Drugs and drug paraphernalia (excluding doctor-prescribed drugs like insulin)
The following items may be subject to restriction due to quantity or potential transfer of pests and diseases:
Plants and seeds
For complete information about Prohibited and Restricted Items, please visit the U.S. and Customs Border Protection website regarding the topic.
When entering the U.S., all travelers are required to declare meats, fruits, vegetables, seeds, plants, soil, animals and any plant or animal products. Prohibited items that are not declared will be confiscated and destroyed and a fine may be levied against the offender. The country of origin of the agricultural products will help determine admissibility. For a general guideline on the permissibility of agricultural products, animal products and live animals, visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.
Travelers must declare possession of currency in excess of $10,000.