News & Announcements
Ensenada, BC, Mexico – February 7, 2007 - There is great news for those traveling by land from the United States to Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico this year. Possession of a valid passport is not required.
Spanish immersion students are only required to have a government photo ID, such as a driver’s license, if they use the bus system or drive their personal motor vehicle.
"This is really good news for our students", expressed Keith Rolle, president of the Baja California Language College in Ensenada. "About half of our students fly into San Diego and then use public transportation to get to our Ensenada campus. The other half drive their own cars. These students don’t need passports to study with us this year."
However, as soon January 2008, land and sea travelers to the region may need a passport or a new form of identification card. A less expensive, wallet-size passport card is currently being developed for travel between the US and Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. It should be available next year.
Passports Required for Air Travelers to Mexico
The rules are different for those who fly into Mexico. Travelers with airline tickets to Mexico may be in for a shock when they learn that they now must have valid passports for air travel between the US and Mexico. This change formally took effect on January 23, 2007.
The US State Department is being swamped with applications for new passports. They estimate that at currently staffing levels it can take up to 6 weeks for applications to be processed and passports mailed to applicants.
More information on international travel and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) can be found in the travel section of the US Department of State website.