the United States
Border wait and duty-free shopping
into Mexico is one thing, but getting back into the United
States is something else. The bad news is that the border
wait to re-enter can be anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours.
current border traffic from San Diego, call (619) 690-8999.
From Tijuana, call 01 (664) 700-7000. Or check border traffic
news is that all of Baja California is a duty-free zone. This
means imported European perfumes and cosmetics, along with
those expensive collectibles like Hummel, Lladro, Lalique,
Baccarat and even Waterford crystal, are priced at approximately
20 percent less than in the United States. And there's no
state sales tax.
bring back $400 per person duty-free, including 1 liter of
alcohol. Mexican arts and crafts are duty-free and don't count
toward your $400 limit. If traveling by common carrier (bus,
cruise ship, plane or train), more than 1 liter of alcohol
is allowed; however, only the first is duty-free.
prescription pharmaceuticals, from Premarin to Retin A to
blood-pressure and heart medications, are available over the
counter in Mexico at considerable savings. Most tourist areas
have several high-volume pharmacies per block. Amounts purchased
must be for personal use, not for resale.
cigars are legal in Mexico and readily available everywhere
in the border area, but cannot be brought into the United
States. Also legal in Mexico, but prohibited in the United
states, are turtle products, switchblades, butterfly knives