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Changes for American pedestrians walking into Mexico are here

Earlier this week on a business day trip across the border I was completely caught off guard.  Not only because there is literally millions of dollars of construction projects happening along the U.S. Mexico border in the San Diego/Tijuana region right now, but out of nowhere it seems, U.S. Citizens are required to get a visa now even if only crossing into Mexico for the day.

All your personal information is recorded (hand written) on a the visa and your passport stamped entering the country.   There is currently no fee but I suspect this will change.  Agents confirmed this is only happening for foot traffic, not vehicles, yet.



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On the return back into the U.S. the wait was minimal (40 minutes or so) and once you enter the temporary building, that's it -- you are in.  (Unlike in previous years.  Once inside the U.S. Customs and Inspection building there was about another hour-long wait).

I always find joy crossing into "TJ" as we call it here.  Life in this border region is special. Upon my exit from the Customs building -- look what I found!  A row of pay phones.

I thought I'd snap a picture, realizing there are still children out there who don't even know what these machines are used for, how much they cost to use, or how they work.

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