Traveler Information

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.:

  • U.S. Passport
  • Passport Card
  • 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:

  • Firearms
  • 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:

  • Alcohol
  • Prepared food
  • Agricultural products
  • Animal products
  • Plants and seeds
  • Soil

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.

Texas Department of Public Safety
The Borderplex Alliance
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Juarez Municipality
Asociación de Maquiladoras
El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization
U.S. House of Representatives
Texas Department of Transportation
City of El Paso
El Paso International Bridges
FIDE Puentes
Texas A&M Transportation Institute