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Information for Residents and Visitors

Emergency passport services for U.S. Citizens

In an emergency, a consular officer can usually issue a replacement passport within 24 hours.  However, the replacement passport will be limited in duration, and you will have to replace it with a full validity passport before traveling again. If you believe your passport has been stolen, first report the theft to the local police and obtain a copy of that report. Under routine circumstances, you must be a resident of Mexico to obtain a passport at the Consulate General Tijuana.

Help Finding Medical Assistance

If you get sick, you can contact a consular officer for a list of local doctors, dentists and medical specialists. We recommend that you obtain private medical insurance before you travel to cover the high cost of a medical evaluation in the event of an emergency.

Help Getting Funds

Should you lose all your money and other financial resources, a consular officer can help you contact your family, bank, or employer to arrange for them to send you funds.

Help In An Emergency

Your family may need to reach you in Baja California because of an emergency at home or because they are worried about your welfare. In such cases, concerned family members should call Tijuana Consulate General at 011-52 (664) 977-2000. After hours or on weekends, one can call the emergency answering service at (619) 692-2154 or, as a last resource, the Office of Overseas Citizens Services in the U.S. at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours) or 202-647-5225 (after hours).

Visit In Jail

If you are arrested, you should ask the authorities to notify the Consulate General. Consular officers cannot get you out of jail. When you are in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws. Consular officers can work to protect your legitimate interests and ensure that you are not discriminated against. They can provide you with a list of local attorneys, visit you, inform you generally about local laws, and contact your family and friends.

Arrangements after the death of an American

When an American dies abroad, a consular officer notifies the American's family and informs them about options and costs for the disposition of the remains. Costs for preparing and returning a body to the U.S. may be high and must be paid by the family. Often, local laws and procedures make returning a body to the U.S. for burial a lengthy process. A consular officer prepares a Report of Death based on the local death certificate. This is forwarded to the next of kin for use in estate and insurance matters.

Help in a Disaster/Evacuation

If you are caught up in a natural disaster or civil disturbance, you should let your relatives know as soon as possible that you are safe, or contact a consular officer who will pass that message to your family. Be resourceful. U.S. officials will do everything they can to contact you and advise you. However, they must give priority to helping Americans who have been hurt or are in immediate danger. In a disaster, consular officers face the same constraints as you: lack of electricity or fuel, interrupted phone lines, closed airports, etc.

Please Observe These Recommendations

  • When hiring a service or buying any product, verify the established conditions and require the corresponding invoice or receipt.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Do not bring firearms or narcotics into Baja California.
  • Always use your seatbelt.
  • Obey all road signs and traffic laws.
  • Don't leave valuables visible in your parked car.
  • Always carry a valid I.D.
  • No police officer is authorized to accept money.
  • Traffic fines must be paid at the nearest Police Department Office.
  • Be careful in the water. There are strong currents at some beaches. Use life vests, and don't eat or consume alcohol before swimming.
  • When buying medication, be sure there is no restriction on its purchase.
  • On your trip through Baja California highways, you will find military check points. They are for your own safety.
  • It is strongly recommended that during your visit to Baja California you purchase a full coverage insurance policy that includes bail. In case you are involved in an accident, call the insurance company and wait for its representative.
  • You do not need to pay any temporary importation fee for your car while visiting Baja California.
  • Remember that the laws in Baja California and Mexico are applied both to its nationals and foreigners. Do not forget to respect them.

You can be arrested for:

  • Disturbing the peace or being a public nuisance
  • Drinking in public
  • Fighting
  • Nudity or immoral conduct
  • Use, production, or sale of false documents
  • Possession, introduction, or use of any weapon
  • Possession, introduction, or consumption of restricted drugs (Note: Most drugs that are restricted in the U.S. are also restricted in Mexico.)
  • Drunk driving or driving under the influence of drugs
  • Causing an auto accident or injuring someone

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

  • Emergency Message: Severe Weather
    January 5, 2016

    The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana alerts U.S. citizens in Northern Baja California that a strong storm will bring moderate to heavy rain, the threat of flash flooding, and dangerous surf today through Friday, January 8th.  The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood warning, and high surf watch beginning today for nearby San Diego.  Please visit NWS’s website at or Protección Civil Tijuana at for updates, shelter locations, and to follow the storm’s path.  

    For more information. 

  • U.S. Consulate General Tijuana
    Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:
    Incident at U.S. Consulate in Tijuana
    January 1, 2016

    Early in the morning on January 1, a fire was set on the grounds of the US Consulate General in Tijuana. Firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries to personnel. However, several vehicles owned by the US Government were destroyed by the fire. We are working closely with Mexican authorities to determine the cause of the incident.

    For more information.

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

  • Holiday Travel Precautions December 11, 2015
    With the approaching holiday season, there is often an increase in highway robberies and carjackings on popular transit routes into the interior of Mexico, including on toll roads (“cuotas”). Criminals are aware that many travelers coming from the United States at this time of year are transporting gifts and monitor the highways to identify potential targets. They target individuals displaying valuable items or vehicles they believe likely to contain these items, including vehicles with U.S. license plates.

    For more information.

Sport Fishing in Baja

  • Sports Fishing in Baja U.S. citizens should be mindful of entry requirements and permits when traveling into Mexican waters by private boat. Likewise, the U.S. Consulate recommends that all individuals onboard vessels used for sport fishing, including passengers on commercial and charter boats, understand the entry requirements and permits needed before traveling. For more info

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