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Exclamation Locations for temporary import in Baja, Mexico please????

Hey folks, anyone out there that has gone through the paperwork of temporarily importing their bike in Baja, anywhere south of the border. I came over the border at a quieter spot, east of Tijuana, and I couldn't do it there (or so they told me at least). I was told I could do it in Ensenada but now I'm here and now they tell me I can't do it here... I don't want to try and do it at the madness that is the Tijuana border crossing (backtracking involved too, no me gusta), anyone else know where else I can do it. I know La Paz in southern Baja is an option, might not drive down that far though before I hit over to the mainland. Got a friend that swears to me there's somewhere in between here and La Paz I can do it, but he can't remember the spot, anyone know of this one??
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Believe it's either La Paz or Tijuana (or Mexicali, Agua Prieta, Nogales, etc.). If I was in Ensenada, I'd suck it up and backtrack.
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back you go!

We did a similar thing but after getting to ensenada realised that we would have to go back.

Does not take long at the border - you don't have to go back into America unless of course you get in the wrong road queue like we did!!!!!!!

Everything you need at the border crossing and really helpful people too.
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Yup, ok, all settled, just being lazy really, back to Tijuana I go. I'm waiting on my title to be delivered though, can I do it with my registration does anyone know, or do I need both??
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Yup, ok, all settled, just being lazy really, back to Tijuana I go. I'm waiting on my title to be delivered though, can I do it with my registration does anyone know, or do I need both??
I would just try it with the registration but don't tell them that there is also a title. I did it with my registration on the mainland (Agua Prieta) and it wasn't an issue. In fact, as a Canadian ...or at least as a British Columbian I don't even have a title. It's not something our provincial government makes available to us. All we get are the registration papers. This got me across all Central and North American borders. But one cop did give me a hard time while trying to extract a bribe ...I won in the end!


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Don't ever let on that there is a missing piece of paper. No one knows. Registration will be fine throughout, and if it's not just tell them that your state/province/country doesn't issue titles.

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We crossed at Tijuana yesterday and did the bike paperwork there as well. The place is a block away from the border, just behind the McDonalds. Go through the roundabout, McD. on the left. At the next stop, take a left and the place is a block down on the right. It is signposted, so hard to miss once on the street. Enter into a parking lot, and go straight to the bank if you already have your tourist card. 10mins later, we walked out. Tijuana crossing was a breeze as well.
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Nice one! I'm here waiting on the title which is being couriered down here, but as that may take a few days I'd be happier if I can have the temporary import out of the way already. Just didn't want to drive back up to Tijuana with just reg if it wasn't going to work. Cheers folks, I'll give it a go, then kick back & relax and wait for the title, no problem!
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Tijuana:
You can get to the Bancjercito /Aduana offices without waiting in line for hours to cross back into USA. No need to do this. Its all in Mexico. At those offices you can get both your TVIP and Tourist visa.

La Paz
Also, last I was there (one year ago) you can still get your TVIP in La Paz. The Aduana/Bancjercito offices are at/near the Ferry terminal. So, unless something has changed (always possible in Mexico) then you can get your TVIP in La Paz if you like. No vehicle permits needed for all of Baja.

Unless prices have gone UP, the TVIP is "about" $34 usd (good for 6 months) Tourist Visa, "about" $20 usd (6 months) They generally raise these fees every year or two to go along with Mexico's 15% to 20% inflation rate.

Tourist Visa:
The tourist visa is for you, not the bike. Riding down Baja on road there is sometimes a check point at Guerrero Negro. This is the border between Baja Norte and Baja Sur, huge flag and big military base there.

Last time I was there it was unmanned, but most times they check for the tourist visa there.

For Baja you do not need any sort of import Vehicle paperwork. They won't ask for you TVIP. That is for the Mainland Mexico only. But you DO need a tourist visa for YOU. So the folks at the check point may sell you a Tourist Visa at the Guerrero Negro check point if you don't already have one. You can most likely also get the tourist visa in La Paz.

NOTE: They will not let you board the Ferry without your TVIP for your bike.
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You will most likely have TVI by the time you read this but I would like to know also if it can be gotten in La Paz. Where it is not required in Baja I was told that you could get it in La Paz before you take the ferry to the main land.
Can anyone confirm this.
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Yes you can arrange your TVIP in La PAZ at the ferry docks customs facilities .
If you are just entering Mexico it is no big deal to get all this paperwork out of the way in Tijuana if you cross from the San Ysidro California USA side, (NOT the eastern Otay Mesa crossing) one less worry for you.
The border crossing at Tecate I understand no longer does TVIP s because there is too little traffic to warrant carrying the Banjercito staff there. They know you can do it in La Paz.
All of Baja is considered Frontier Zone so you do not need a TVIP until you cross to the mainland by ferry or exit into Sonora at San Luis Rio Colorado


Click on this related post where the same question is answered in detail with brand new info.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...g/mexico-52712
It seems that the customs terminal 23km south of Nogales is till in operation but there is , or will be soon ? , a brand new customs terminal on Mex 15 just southeast of Guaymas - Empalme where the toll buypass around Guaymas rejoins the older highway south to Cd Obregon.And you can now take the ferry to Guaymas and get the TVIP at the new terminal .

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