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 Track?
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.
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?
If you are a guest or Marina tennant at the Hotel Coral, 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: •Grand Baja Resort •Las Rocas •Rosarito Beach Hotel •Festival Plaza •Calafia Hotel •Brisas del Mar Hotel •La Casa de la Langosta restaurant •Puerto Nuevo II restaurant •Fausto Polanco hacienda furniture
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.
Current Program participants in Ensenada:
•Posada El Rey Sol •Estero Beach Hotel •Adobe Guadalupe Hotel •Desert Inn Hotel •Best Western El Cid •El Cortez Baja Inn •Hotel Santo Tomas Baja Inn •El Rey Sol restaurant •Sano's Steak House •Playitas Club del Mar Current Establishments in Tijuana: •La Casa del Mole - Playas de Tijuana •Real del Rio •Corona Plaza Hotel •La Carnicería •Vivamex Health Care •Caliente •Vita Spa
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? (Map)
If you are heading to the border from the scenic toll road, once you are near the US/Mexico border on the street Calle Segunda, you will take the far right lane that is sectioned off by concrete dividers and parallels the regular border line. (see Step #1)
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. Average wait times are
between 20 - 60 minutes depending on the day and time you cross the border.