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Want to Have Your General Dentistry or Dental Implants in Mexico?

Getting From the San Diego Airport to the Mexican Border

slide_1If you love the idea of saving up to 70 percent on dental care but are intimidated by the idea of traveling a long way for dental implants in Mexico, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to visit us at Implant Art Center in Tijuana. Not only is our dentist in Mexico right across the border from San Diego, but the new border crossing, along with the special dental pass we issue to expedite your return crossing, makes it incredibly easy to get your general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or dental implants in Mexico.

Directions to Our Dentist in Mexico

From the San Diego airport, proceed through baggage claim and take the sidewalk to the MTS bus stop. Get on the 992 bus to downtown San Diego, paying $5 for a bus/trolley pass, and ask the driver to let you off at the American Plaza Trolley Station. Get off at the appropriate stop and cross the street toward the trolley station, walking on the right-hand platform. From here you’ll take the Blue Line trolley marked “San Ysidro/Tijuana” for a 45-minute ride. You’ll get off just a short way from the U.S. Customs building.
From this point, crossing the border is as simple as walking — but please call us first, to give our dentist in Mexico a heads-up that you’re on your way. You’ll notice a McDonalds on the left side of the trolley tracks; your pedestrian pathway lies just behind that building. Follow this pathway, entering a gate that says “Welcome to Mexico”, continuing into the Mexican Customs Building. Be prepared with your passport, and to fill out a tourist entry form. Exiting Mexican Customs, follow the path straight ahead. The sidewalk will take you up to a street, where there are a lot of Taxi’s, but you will ignore them, and follow the sidewalk as it turns to your right. Continue ahead, and as you cross over the bridge, you will see the MEDAC building straight ahead. Walk into the main entry of the MEDAC Building and go up the stairs two floors. As you get to the second floor, turn to the right and enter Suite 202. That’s it — you’ve reached our dentist in Mexico!


Of course, no one wants to endure a lengthy return trip right after receiving dental implants in Mexico, which is why our Tijuana location, so close to San Diego, is convenient for dental patients. Our dentist makes the return journey even easier by giving you a special medical/dental pass that can get you back across the border in as little as 20 minutes.

You also have the option of very reasonable local accommodations if you’d like to stay in Tijuana while receiving dental implants in Mexico. For example, we frequently recommend the Pueblo Amigo Hotel to our patients. This four-star hotel is just five minutes from our clinic, and if you let us book the room for you can get a special rate of just $81 per night.


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New Border Crossing Regulations:

1.- You must now have a US passport to cross the border:

Just like the US Government requires everyone crossing the border into the US to have passports, the Mexican Government also now requires all persons crossing into Mexico to have a passport. Things have historically been a little lax, but now they are tightening up on the regulations. Make sure you get your passport before crossing into Mexico, to avoid any delays or hassle, by the US Customs, as well as Mexican Customs.

If you haven’t yet gotten a US Passport, we strongly recommend that you get the “Passport Card”, rather than the “Passport Book”. You can actually apply for both, or either one. But the reason the Passport Card works better than the Book, is because it has the RFID electronic chip, which qualifies you to use the faster moving “Ready Lanes” either as a pedestrian or riding in a car. Here is a link to the government website:

2.- You will need to get a Tourist Visa at the border:

Pedestrian Crossing: If leave your car parked at the border, and are walking into Mexico, you will need to present your US passport, and fill out a tourist permit form. It will just take 5 minutes. However, make sure you keep your tourist permit on your person. In case you are stopped in Mexico for any reason, you will now have proof that you entered into the country legally. The cost of a tourist permit, to visit Tijuana for a week, is free. But, if you plan to stay for more than a week, plan to return for a second trip, or are thinking of going on to Rosarito or Ensenada, you will need to get the 180 day permit, costing $25.

Crossing the border by car: If you are stopped in Tijuana, you will need to show that you have legally crossed the border. So, even though you could just drive through Mexican Customs, and they don’t ask you for any documents, don’t neglect to first stop and get your tourist permit. The process will just take a few minutes.

When you first cross into Mexico, do NOT get into the lines of cars that are going through the lanes through for inspection. Rather, keep to the right, and go straight ahead to the area for Voluntary Declaration. Most of the cars going in here, and parking, are stopping to declare products that they purchased in the US, so they can pay the “Importation Tax”. But this is the same area where you will find the “Immigration” office, in order to get your tourist permit. Just park your car next to the others, and go into the building. Inside you will find the Immigration office, and tell them you want a tourist permit. It will be easiest if you just tell them you are coming to visit and shop, otherwise they will ask you for the exact address of the clinic, and hotel address where you are staying. Just a little less hassle.