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Tips for Traveling Mexico, South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley


The Rio Grande Valley offers a variety of outdoor activities from Rio Grande City to South Padre Island. South Texas is also minutes from tasty margaritas, authentic Mexican food outdoor shopping and more with the unique culture that the Mexican border cities of Progreso, Reynosa and Matamoros have to offer.


Traveling to Mexico – Passport Information

As of January 1, 2008 the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires that all U.S. citizens have a passport or other accepted secure document to enter and re-enter the United States.

Don’t Have a Passport?

Other acceptable documentations are:

Border Crossing Card (BCC) – A ‘laser visa’ which serves as a passport/visa for citizens of Mexico traveling to the United States from contiguous territory.

Customs and Border Protection Secure Electronic Network For Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) – Provides expedited U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing of pre-approved travels, considered low-risk. Voluntarily applicants must undergo a thorough background check.

NEXUS – As of January 23, 2007, a membership that also fulfills the travel document requirements of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which will require a passport or other secure travel document by all U.S. and Canadian citizens seeking entry or re-entry into the U.S.

Free and Secure Trade program cards (FAST) – A joint Canada-U.S. involving the Canada Border Services Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The FAST program expedites border clearance and reduces delays for pre-approved, low-risk truck drivers, carriers, and importers. There are three major participant groups who are eligible for FAST – importers, carriers and drivers.

How to Get a Passport

In order to obtain a passport you must visit a location in your area where they are issued. For rules, regulations, application information and more, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

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