Lots of folks in Arizona travel to Mexico. Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) is within easy driving distance from Phoenix and Tucson and an absolutely lovely vacation destination. (Our last trip to Rocky Point.)
And as we’ve seen recently, lots of folks from Canada travel to Phoenix!
To get into Mexico, all you need is any official US ID. Passports are not required. (Source: Mexican Foreign Ministry)
But it is really kind of important to make sure that once you get into Mexico, you can get back into the United States!
The rules for entry into the US change this Thursday, Jan 31 2008. Note: this includes driving into/out of Mexico, not just plane flights!
In the past, an ID and oral declaration of US citizenship was all that was required.
Effective Jan 31, 2008 you have to provide proof of identity and proof of US citizenship to enter the US.
From the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site:
Effective January 31, 2008, U.S. and Canadian citizens ages 19 and older should no longer expect that they will be able to prove identity and citizenship by relying on an oral declaration alone.
These regulations apply to both US and Canadian citizens for entry into the United States.
There are two options for documentation:
Single Document Option – one of the following meets the requirements to prove both identity and citizenship:
- U.S. or Canadian Passport
- U.S. Passport Card (Available spring 2008)
- Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)
- State or Provincial Issued Enhanced Driver’s License (when available – this secure driver’s license will denote identity and citizenship.)
- Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available)
- U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Document
- Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card
- Form I-872 American Indian Card
- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Card
Two Document Option – If you don’t have one of the above documents, you must present BOTH an identification and citizenship document:
Identification Documents (must have a photo, name and date of birth)
- Driver’s license or identification card issued by a federal, state, provincial, county, territory, or municipal authority
- U.S. or Canadian military identification card
- U.S. or Canadian birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county, territory or municipal authority
- U.S. Consular report of birth abroad
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship
- U.S. Citizen Identification Card
- Canadian Citizenship Card
- Canadian certificate of citizenship without photo
Procedures for Children – U.S. and Canadian citizen children ages 18 and under will be expected to present a birth certificate issued by a federal, state, provincial, county or municipal authority.
Experts are saying these requirements will likely increase border crossing wait times (and trust me, they are already lengthy) — at least until people get used to the new requirements.
For a printable version of these requirements (and additional info if you are a citizen of a country other than the United States or Canada) please click here.
[tags]Mexico, Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point, border crossing requirements[/tags]