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Map of the Free Zones in Mexico (reference for driving to Mexico)
« on: September 24, 2015, 10:11:27 AM »

http://www.scribblemaps.com/create/#id=lRepMorkwW

I finally finished mapping out the free zones (garitas and aduanas) in Mexico. Red paddles mean that a TIP and FMM is required to travel past that point and green paddles mean that only an FMM is required to travel past that point. Any questions let me know. Everything north of the red and green paddles means that only Mexican auto insurance is required. A TIP costs about $50, an 180 day FMM costs $20, and a 7 day FMM is free. There are also Sonora Only Permits if you travel south of MX 2 and east of MX 15. Those cost around $30. Sonora Only Permits are only valid in Sonora. Do not drive to Chihuahua or Sinaloa without an "all-Mexico" TIP. You also have to pay a $200 - $400 deposit which will be given back when you cancel the permit. Make sure to turn in both your FMM and TIP before you leave Mexico.

Based on the mapping Mexican Highway 2 (both east and west segments) is entirely within the hassle free zone. A FMM however is required to travel on the route between Cananea and Sonoyta.

All of the Baja Peninsula and everything west of MX 15 (down to Guaymas) are part of the free zone, which means you will not need a TIP. You will need a FMM if you travel south of the green paddles on the map.
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Re: Map of the Free Zones in Mexico (reference for driving to Mexico)
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 03:18:17 PM »

This thread was formerly called "Mapping out Banjercito locations in Mexico" until I changed it today. A link for those locations can be found here. http://www.sanbornsinsurance.com/banjercito.php

Banjercitos not listed on the Sanborns website.

New Mexico / Chihuahua: There is a Banjercito at the Puerto Palomas / Columbus, NM POE that is open 8am to 12am (midnight) all week. On GSV there also appears to be an INM office on MX 2 on the west side of Janos and a Banjercito at the Garita south of Janos on MX 10 for those that use the Antelope Wells POE. I have no idea what the hours are for the INM and Banjercito in (near) Janos. I imagine the Banjercito on MX 10 is probably open 24 hours per day.

Arizona / Sonora: There is a Banjercito in Cananea that is open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and open 8am-1pm on weekends. You get the FMM in Naco.

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To get a FMM you need just your passport.

To get a TIP you need your vehicle registration, passport, drivers license, and FMM; plus 2 copies of each.

Note: There are free 7 day FMM's at certain locations. Not all INMs have them. If they don't you will have to get the 180 day $20 FMM. Allende (Piedras Negras / Acuna) and Naco do not have them. Colombia (Laredo) and Ojinaga apparently do have them. If anyone has any more info on other crossings let us know!  :sombrero: If you get the 7 day FMM your TIP will probably only be valid for 7 days as well since they typically match them.

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Credits to those on the forum that have given me some very useful information on entering Mexico.

Kphoger told me that Colombia has the free 7 day FMM. He also told me Allende does not. He said that an official told him that the free FMM was available at Eagle Pass Int'l 2 Bridge.

JN Winkler told me that a title is not required to get a TIP and that all you need is your vehicle registration. The name on the registration just has to match the name on your passport (and credit card if you don't use cash).
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Re: Map of the Free Zones in Mexico (reference for driving to Mexico)
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 08:34:18 PM »

I heard there are new rules when driving into Mexico requiring that all visitors need an FMM.  Is that correct?   (For 7 days or less it's free and for up to 180 days it's about 500 pesos.)
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Re: Map of the Free Zones in Mexico (reference for driving to Mexico)
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2017, 09:02:17 PM »

I heard there are new rules when driving into Mexico requiring that all visitors need an FMM.  Is that correct?   (For 7 days or less it's free and for up to 180 days it's about 500 pesos.)

Do mean past the border zone or within the border zone?

You cannot drive past the border zone without a TIP, and you cannot obtain a TIP without an FMM.
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Re: Map of the Free Zones in Mexico (reference for driving to Mexico)
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2017, 11:52:41 AM »

I've been working on this mostly for my future use, but I decided to post this on here too for anyone that may end up going to Mexico in the future. I divided up the border crossing into Preferred (little to no wait), Medium Wait (15-45 minutes), and Long Wait (1+ hours). The preferred and medium wait crossings have border crossing hours, Mexican insurance info, Banjercito hours and info, and toll prices. If you want to use a long wait crossing you can look up insurance yourself. I only posted them if for some reason there is no other way to go or if it is late at night and you want to cross back into the US at 3 in the morning. Hopefully this comes in handy for someone besides me in the future.

Preferred Mexican Border Crossings
(These crossing typically have little to no wait.)
*INM and Banjercito are located at the border crossing unless otherwise noted.

Los Indios (West of Brownsville, TX)
Hours: Open 6AM - 12 AM all week
Toll $3.25 USD
Banjercito Hours: Open 9AM - 6PM Mon - Fri; Open 9AM - 4PM Saturday
MXN Ins: Direct Auto Insurance, 1818 W Tyler Ave (located east of the I-69 / I-2 interchange) Harlingen, TX, (956)-421-2525, Open 9:30 - 6 Mon-Fri, Open 9-3 Saturday

Ciudad Miguel Aleman (Roma, TX)
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: $3.50 USD
Banjercito Hours: Open 24 Hours per day, 7 days per week
MXN Ins: Direct Auto Insurance, 2787 E Grant St (US 83) Roma, TX, (956)-849-4999, Open 9:30 - 6 Mon-Fri, Open 10-3 Saturday

Colombia (West of Laredo, TX)
Hours: Open 8AM - 12AM all week
Toll: $3.50 USD
Banjercito Hours: Open 8AM - 12AM, 7 days per week
MXN Ins: Sanborns Mexico Insurance, 2212 Santa Ursula Ave (right off I-35 at Exit 1B), Laredo, TX, (956)-723-3657, Open 8-5 Mon - Fri, Open 9-12 Saturday

Amistad Dam (northwest of Del Rio, TX)
Hours: Open 10AM - 6PM all week
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito (Allende) Hours: Open 24/7 (see info below)
MXN Ins in Del Rio, TX: Arreolas Insurance Agency (Sanborns), 1801 Veterans Blvd. (US 90), Del Rio, TX, (830)-775-3252, Open 9-6 Mon - Fri, Open 9-1 Saturday
*The Allende checkpoint on MX Hwy 57 issues the FMM and TIP. See link for map. https://goo.gl/maps/kQ4ktmGKHns
**The Del Rio Int'l Bridge is open 24/7 and is usually not very busy and is a good option whenever the Amistad Dam POE is not open. The toll for the bridge is $3.75.

Ojinaga (Presidio, TX)
Hours: Open 24 Hours
Tolls: $24 MXN Northbound only. No toll for southbound traffic.
Banjercito Hours: Open 24/7
MXN Ins: La Junta Insurance, 170 O'Reilly St (BR 67), Presidio, TX, (432)-229-4621, Open 9-5 Mon - Fri

Puerto Palomas (Columbus, NM)
Hours: Open 24/7
Tolls: None ($0)
Banjercito Hours: 8AM - 12AM, 7 days per week
MXN Ins: AW Pollard Agency, 118 W Pine St (located on BR 10 just west of the BR 10 / NM 11 intersection), Deming, NM, (575)-546-2666, Open 8:30-5 Mon-Fri

Naco
Hours: Open 24/7
Tolls: None ($0)
Banjercito Naco Hours: Open 4PM - 10PM Thursday; Open 10AM - 10PM Friday - Sunday
Banjercito Cananea Hours: Open 8AM - 6PM Mon - Fri; Open 8AM - 4PM Sat - Sun
MXN Ins: Bisbee Insurance Center, 832 AZ-92, Bisbee, AZ, (520)-432-3662, Open 8-3 Mon-Fri
* FMMs are issued in Naco. See link for map from Naco to the Banjercito in Cananea. https://goo.gl/maps/yNU2DkqHsNK2

Sonoyta (Lukeville, AZ)
Hours: Open 6AM - 12AM all week
Tolls: None ($0)
Banjercito Pitiquito Hours:  Open 24 Hours, 7 days per week.
MXN Ins: Mexico Insurance Center, 3641 N Hwy 85, Ajo, AZ, (800)-404-1088, Open 8-5 all week
* FMMs are issued in Sonoyta at the POE. See link for directions to the Banjercito in Pitiquito.  https://goo.gl/maps/ZD8zSaGkmF42
** All of Baja California (Norte and Sur) are in the hassle free zone, meaning that no TIP is necessary for American vehicles. A lot (but not all) of Sonora is also in the hassle free zone. An FMM is still required to travel past the border zone even though a TIP is not required. http://www.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/vehiculos/importacion_temporal/Paginas/sonora_ingles.aspx

Medium Wait Mexico Border Crossings
(Lines typically range from 15-45 minutes, depending on time of day.)
*INM and Banjercito are located at the border crossing unless otherwise noted.

Anzalduas (West Reynosa / McAllen)
 Hours: Open 6AM - 10PM all week
Toll: $3 USD
Banjercito Hours: Open 6AM - 10PM all week
MX Ins: Sanborns Mexico Insurance, 2009 S 10th St, McAllen, TX,  (956) 686-0711, Open 8-5:30 Mon-Fri, Open 9-1 Saturday

Piedras Negras / Eagle Pass
Bridge 1 (North) Hours: Open 7AM - 11PM all week
Bridge 2 (South) Hours: Open 24/7
Banjercito (Allende) Hours: Open 24/7
MX Ins: Capitol Insurance Servives (Sanborns), 1115 Main St, Eagle Pass, TX, (830)-773-2341, Open 8-5 Mon - Fri
*The Allende checkpoint on MX Hwy 57 issues the FMM and TIP. See link for map. https://goo.gl/maps/sm5XvpyoDkz

Santa Teresa (West of El Paso / Juarez in NM)
Hours: Open 6AM - 12AM, all week
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito (Santa Teresa) Hours: Open 6AM - 10PM all week
Banjercito MX 45 KM 30 (south of MX 2/45 interchange) Hours: Open 24/7
MX Ins: Palms Mexico Insurance, 6205 Upper Valley Suite B
El Paso, TX, (915)-877-4100, Open 8:30-6 Mon-Fri, Open 9-3 Saturday
*Both offices issue FMM's and TIP's. See link for map to KM 30. https://goo.gl/maps/7Q8EPPMoez12

Agua Prieta
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito Hours: Open 24/7
MX Ins: Douglas Insurance, 303 E 16th St, Douglas, AZ, (520) 364-3241

Tecate
Hours: Open 5AM - 11PM
Tolls: None ($0)
Banjercito Hours: 8AM - 8PM Mon - Fri; Open 8AM - 4PM Sat & Sun.
MXN Ins: Baja-Mex Insurance, 443 Tecate Rd (CA Hwy 188), Tecate, CA, (619)-478-5060, Open 8AM - 8PM all week
** All of Baja California (Norte and Sur) are in the hassle free zone, meaning that no TIP is necessary for American vehicles. A lot (but not all) of Sonora is also in the hassle free zone. An FMM is still required to travel past the border zone even though a TIP is not required. http://www.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/vehiculos/importacion_temporal/Paginas/sonora_ingles.aspx

Long Wait Mexico Border Crossings
(Waits typically last 1-4 hours. MX Insurance not noted because these crossings are only good options if planning on crossing back into the US at night and there are no other choices.)

Brownsville / Matamoros (Middle Crossing)
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: $3.25
Banjercito Hours: Open 24/7

Reynosa (Hidalgo)
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: $3.50
Banjercito Hours: Open 24/7

Bridge #2 Nuevo Laredo / Laredo
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: $3.50
Banjercito Hours: Open 24/7

Ciudad Juarez / El Paso (I-110 / MX 45 Bridge)
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito MX 45 KM 30 (issues both TIP and FMM) Hours: Open 24/7

Nogales (Downtown crossing)
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito MX 15 KM 21 (issues both TIP and FMM) Hours: Open 24/7
*Turning in a TIP might not be necessary from Nogales to Tijuana due to the Western Sonora and Baja Peninsula free zones. INM will probably be open all night, even if the Banjercito is not.

San Luis Rio Colorado
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito Hours: Open 8AM - 12AM all week

Mexicali (West)
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito Hours: No Banjercito at this crossing.

Tijuana (West)
Hours: Open 24/7
Toll: None ($0)
Banjercito Hours: Open 7AM - 11PM all week
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