Fast Track Pass available in Mexico
New Border Fast Pass/Fast Track Lane Open for Tourists
How to Find the Border Fast Pass Lane
Save Time Crossing Back into the U.S.
A new border lane has been officially opened at the Tijuana/San Ysidro border crossing and it isn't a SENTRI lane
. The Baja California Secretary of Tourism
together with the Tijuana Convention and Visitors Bureau
and the Secretary of Economic Development in Tijuana have designated a
lane for tourists (vacationers, business people and medical tourism)
who have visited certain merchants in Baja. Until now, this lane had
been dedicated to medical tourism and has now been expanded.
What is the Border Fast Pass?
The border fast pass program,
called Fast Track, is a single-use coupon that gives you access to a
special lane designated for tourists. You will still need to present
the necessary documentation to U.S. border officials. As of June 1, 2009 you will need a passport.
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How much time can I save by using Fast Track?
This lane will significantly reduce your wait time to get back into the
U.S. Reports say the wait on average is 30 minutes or so, but officials
say the goal is a 15 minute wait.
How do I get a Fast Track pass?
Certain merchants in the city
of Rosarito, Ensenada and Tijuana carry the Border Fast Pass. As the
program develops, more will be added.
- If you are visiting Rosarito, you may obtain your Fast Track pass by visiting these establishments:
Check with the hotel for specific requirements. Some will offer the
pass with a package and others for visiting the spa, restaurants, etc.
at the hotel and spending about U.S. $70 ($1000 pesos).
- If you are visiting Ensenada, first obtain your Ensenada Distinguished Visitor Card.
The card is $12, but the discounts you will receive will pay back the
cost of the card quickly. The Ensenada Distinguished Visitor Card may
be purchased from our website. You may then obtain the Border Fast Pass
by visiting the merchants who are participating in the Fast Track
program and spending about U.S. $70 ($1000 pesos). We advise to confirm
with the hotel or venue first that they offer the Fast Track and how to
get it once you are there.
- Establishments in Tijuana:
What border crossings have a Fast Track lane?
Only the San Ysidro border crossing has special Border Fast Pass lane at this time.
Where is the Fast Track lane located?
If you are heading to the border from the scenic toll road, once you
are near the border line on Calle Segunda, you will take the far right
lane that is sectioned off by concrete dividers and parallels the
regular border line. Look for the blue signs that say "With Pass Only"
and the blue signs that say "Medical Services." After going up the
bridge, you will see a booth with an official who will take your Fast
Track pass and give you access to the lane. What a breeze!
See our pictorial
on how to get to the special Fast Track lane.
How much does it cost to get a Fast Track pass?
The pass is free
once you have met the requirements mentioned above.
Will there be more Fast Track lanes in the future?
Currently the Border Fast Pass program is a pilot program. If the lane is a success, more lanes will be added.
Is the Fast Track lane like the SENTRI?
It is similar to the SENTRI
in that you can cross the border faster, however there is no background check and the pass is only good for one crossing.
This page will be updated as the program is further developed. Visit the official Fast Track/Fast Pass site.
Have you used the lane already? Please let us know your experience by
emailing us at service(at)bajabound.com. Thank you for your comments.