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Always visit Nuevo Progreso, Mexico
What You Need to Cross
U.S. citizens can visit within the Frontera area, a 26-mile border area of Mexico, for up to 72 hours without a permit. Naturalized U.S. citizens must carry their proof of citizenship, which means a passport.
If you plan to go beyond the limit of the Frontera, you will need to acquire tourist permits for yourself and your car. These are available in Nuevo Progreso just after you cross the bridge.
You must have a U.S. passport or passport card to cross back into the U.S. if you are an American citizen.
A toll is collected when crossing, both going and coming. This is 50¢ for each person going (if walking) and you’ll need a 50¢ in change for the turnstile on the U.S. side. Be sure to save some money for the return trip, which is 30¢.
Option 1: Park & Walk
Parking is located on both sides of FM 1015 before you enter the toll gate. Parking is nominal and the lots are paved and there’s someone on duty during all daylight hours, so you can park, lock, and walk. The walk across will take about five minutes and you get a magnificent view of the river, and take a picture.
Option 2: Drive & Park
You can drive across the bridge for a $2.00 toll, required when traveling in either direction per vehicle. After crossing the bridge wait until you’re directed to enter the Customs.
Parking in Progreso is free on the main street and helpful, friendly parking guides will stop the traffic and help you into and out of the parking spaces, when available. (A small tip is appropriate, but not required.) Parking lots are available on the streets that run parallel within the first two blocks.
A small number are stopped at the border by Immigration Service for random vehicle checks. All drivers and passengers are asked their citizenship and asked to declare items they are bringing form Mexico.
If you walked over, you walk back on the other side of the bridge. Pay the toll and go through the turnstile. When you get to the U.S. side you will have to go through the border station and submit to a brief interview with the Immigration Officer who will ask for citizenship status and what you’re bringing back.
What You CAN NOT Take Into Mexico
- Do not attempt to take knives, guns, ammunition, and/or any dangerous or illegal substances into Mexico.
What You CAN Bring Back from Mexico
- Each visitor is allowed $400.00 worth of duty-free goods for personal use every 30 days. Thereafter, every $100.00 is taxed at a flat rate of 10%.
Restrictions on Items Being Brought into the United States
A person must be 18 years of age to import cigarettes. However, regulations change, and it is recommended that you contact the U.S. Customs office before buying any quantity of cigarettes for importation. The tax on cigarettes is $15.00 per carton of ten.
Texas Residents are allowed 1 Quart or liter of distilled spirits, 3 Gallons of wine, or 24-12 oz containers of beer. Non-Texas Residents are allowed 1 Gallon of distilled spirits or wine (or any combination of the two), or 24-12 oz containers of beer.
- Prescription Drugs
Certain prescriptions may be purchased in Mexico and brought into the U.S. if you have a valid U.S. Doctor’s prescription for a reasonable amount. A reasonable amount means up to 90 days’ supply. U.S. Customs may exercise judgment in allowing the transport of prescription drugs. Do not bring any type of diet pills across the border.
There are exchange houses (Casas de Cambio) on both sides of the border that will exchange dollars into pesos, however that is not necessary. Most stores, restaurants, and hotels in Nuevo Progreso charge for goods and services in U.S. dollars.
Security and Friendliness
A recent study by the University of Texas-Pan American found that Nuevo Progreso is ranked as a place with a high feeling of personal security. This is one of the major factors that makes Nuevo Progreso the border crossing of choice. Friendliness is also a major attribute of the folks in Nuevo Progreso and had the highest rating.
You will find handicrafts, clothing, jewelry, leather goods, blankets, and more! Just cross the border and you’re right there in a shopper’s paradise.
This begins with pharmacies and dentists in the first block and then stores, both large and small, selling all sorts of Mexican products from all over the Republic. Vendors selling jewelry, sunglasses, carved novelties, anything, and everything, are located along the sidewalks.
Prices are clearly marked on goods in the shops, and this is the price that you can expect to pay unless you’re buying in volume. Prices on the street are subject to negotiation.
There are many restaurants in Nuevo Progreso, where you will find quality food at great prices.