Douglas, Arizona, USA to Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico | Customs and Immigration

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--I nto Mexico Douglas/Agua Prieta

Need Tourist Visa (FMM) and TIP. Some exemptions apply in border zones. Need mandatory Mexican liability insurance .

After leaving the Mexican checkpoint, the Immigration and Vehicle registration is an immediate right and another right through the yellow guard-operated gates. Go in through the unmarked beige door and you'll find everything you need. It's helpful to have two copies of your passport and vehicle registration. You'll need to make copies of the Immigration visa anyway so have some pesos on hand to give.

Standard procedure applies - Know quarantine requirements, what entry requirements apply to you, have documents ready, obey instructions, and answer questions asked.

INTO USA:

Pretty tough if you're not holding a USA passport. as a couple if foreigners trying to do the right thing and take our vehicle out of México before it's rego expired we were rejected. We were told we could fly in but not drive in.

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Tried to cross the border today into the USA (as an Australian and a Canadian) and were rejected entry to the USA. The staff were unsympathetic to our plight ,- our vehicle is registered in California and needs to be smogged to be re-registered. Without physically visiting California with the vehicle there is no way to keep it legally circulating in Mexico.

We spoke to the most superior officer there and were told there was nothing they could do. That we could come and try again the following day (Monday) when there would be a higher ranking officer there that could perhaps help us.

I will update tomorrow.

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Good place to cross into Mexico. Small, no line up. Aduana and immigration in the same building.
Just don't miss the building. Turn right as soon as you can after crossing the border, then right again into a gated entryway. Park and walk up the ramp and into the door.

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Exit Mexico/Enter USA. Very quick crossing. Passports exit stamp and tvip refund at the Banjercito which is marked on IOverlander. 10 minutes. Skipped passed the cars in the right hand express lane and cut through the barriers to the correct lane on the US entry. Took half an hour for a quick bag search and our entry visa exemption. Courteous professional staff on both sides. Happy days.

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To give back the I94 paper, go down G Avenue and turn right on 1st Street. Parking allowed along the Street for 30minutes. Go by feet to the US customs.
Give the paper back, then back into the car, take back G Avenue, turn left on 6th Street and again left on Pan American Avenue.
Take right on 5th avenue, follow the signs to the mexican border.
Easy crossing. Friendly mexican staff.

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When enter to Mexico, keep te bank receipts for the Tourist Cards (25$ each) to avoid paying again when leaving Mexico. This is a big scam... when leaving they call that exit fee.

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--Into Mexico 
Douglas/Agua Prieta is a very easy border crossing. Coming south from AZ 80 (Bisbee) or US 191 is the typical way to get to Douglas.  If you don't need to stop in Douglas, It's best to make a right at Chino Road (Just past US 191).  A Border Patrol agent told me this shortcut.  Follow Chino Road and it will lead you straight into the Border crossing.
After leaving the Mexican checkpoint, the Immigration and Vehicle registration is an immediate right and another right through the yellow guard-operated gates.  The parking is safe.  You'll be fine.  Go in through the unmarked beige door and you'll find everything you need.  It's fast, easy and efficient.  It's helpful to have two copies of your passport and vehicle registration.  You'll need to make copies of the Immigration visa anyway so have some pesos on hand to give.  It took me 10 minutes, in and out.

If you need a place to stay or eat, the Plaza Hotel is very good.  It has secure parking and a great restaurant.  Go straight down the Panamericana road through the double arches and make a right on Calle 7.  look for the 5 story brick building.  Keep heading away from the border until you get to the main highway to find Pemex Stations.  They are on either side of town and have Premium (Red/Rojo) fuel.

--Leaving Mexico

Get to Calle Primera Avenida.  It's well marked.  On motorcycles, Get in the right cargo lane and sweep past the sign in the middle of the street.  once you make a right, you're in the US.  There are no special lanes for motorbikes, but you can split lanes on the Mexico side.  The US Customs agents aren't as gracious to motorcycles.  It took 20-25 minutes on Saturday at 1pm to get through.  The BP agent was very professional.  Asked for my passport and just wanted to know where I was coming from.  He quickly looked through my luggage. Go to the same Immigration office described above before leaving Mexico. All in all, an easy border crossing.  If you want to eat in AZ, follow AZ 80 to Bisbee.  It's a neat town with lots of good dining choices.

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