On our first try, we blew past the Aduanas/Customs office at the US Mexico border in Tijuana, so we had to go back and try again to get our Banjercito vehicle permit. In this video, we’re sitting in line in Tijuana waiting to return to the U.S. to give it another go. John talks through the Banjercito car permit process and the basic concept behind it: you’re declaring your car so you have to stop at the “Aduanas” (Customs) offices even if they don’t flag you to stop. Most vehicles don’t need the permit. Only people who plan to take their vehicle a certain number of miles outside of the Baja peninsula must get a vehicle permit. (Read more about the car permit for Mexico). At any rate, if you’re in a hurry, or even if you just want to only do the Tijuana border crossing ONCE, it’s important to know where to stop on your way through…otherwise you’ll have to go back and try again!
Links to video footage of us driving in Mexico :