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Current Information

1/18/17 Mainland Fuel Report. Vagabundos Information Safty Net Sources We just received a report from our caravan partners, Caravanas de Mexico, who is on Mainland Mexico now preparing for their upcoming caravans. They encountered some fuel shortages the first of the year but have had no problems for over a week. Space is still available on their February Copper Canyon 2017 caravan and they are taking reservations now. Space is also available on the October Yucatan 2017 trip. Yucatan 2018 is full at this time but if you are interested please contact us as participants may dropout. http://www.rvcaravans.net/index.php https://www.facebook.com/groups/143109509170788/

1/11/17 -
The Baja Direct Caravan checked in today while enjoying lunch in Santa Rosalia. They are enjoying the great weather and have not encounteed any problems on the road. They will enjoy the next few days on Santispac Beach.

Member Report -
We crossed 1/5 at Mexicali, no Magna there or San Felipe, no problems going south from there thru Bahia San Luis Gonzaga. The last 25 miles of Mex 5 to Mex 1, still in terrible condition. Drove it in 32 foot coach with tow. 2 hours, 18 wheelers, very rough, would not do it again. Looks like at least 2 years to finish. Thomas S. Knox

Fuel and Road Report 1/10/17
- The Baja Direct Caravan is on the road and reporting first hand on the roads and fuel in Baja. Follow us on Facebook or view our Baja HotBox for the latest report.

As of January 9, 2016 - The Caravan Arrived at Don Eddie's in San Quintin and reports:

They crossed the Tecate border around 10:00am with no problems. The gas station at Tecate was closed. The gas station at Ensenada has gas and they have not encountered any problems on the road with protesters. Road construction just south of Tecate and south of Santo Tomas still going on.

Baja Fuel Update 1/8/17 - San Quintin - Reports are that they have premium and diesel, are out of regular. There are long lines - from Don Eddie's in San Quintin.

Loreto - Reports are they still have fuel, but are not being resupplied as of now. - from Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington

Tijuana-Rosarito: Crossed the border early this am; around 6:30. Driving the free road into Tijuana, every gas station open from the peripheral highway to SENTRI. 5 minutes to cross. Then, Costco for gas, stop to get the mail with a treat at Starbucks. Driving back, around 7:15am via Chaparral easy access. Blvr International to the Peripheral Hwy to the free road to Rosarito. Every gas station open. Some with lines. RendiChicas stations long line of cars queued up. - from Richard Black

Tijuana border crossing is Open

Southbound traffic on Interstate 5 and Interstate 805 has reopened at the San Ysidro port of entry after closing for several hours Saturday evening.

The nationwide protests in Mexico over rising gas prices that have spread to Tijuana and other parts of Baja California caused Southbound I-5 and I-805 to close near the border Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The freeways closed around 6 p.m., and traffic was being rerouted to Interstate 905.

NBCSanDiego.com News Report Concerning Mexico Fuel Crisis: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Fuel-Crisis-Creates-Long-Lines-at-Tijuana-Gas-Station-409928685.html#ixzz4V95A9EYG

1/4/17 - Road Report - Thought I'd write to let you know that as of yesterday (1-3-17) there were road closures on the main highway 1 running down Baja. The through traffic was completely stopped going both ways in San Quintin and Cabo Colonett. The highway was blocked with tires and rocks by protesters. Also the Pemex stations were surrounded and closed by protesters as well. No gas or diesel was being sold. There were many trucks parked on the side of the highway in both directions awaiting the road to open. We were headed south in our Honda CRV and were able to detour around the closed off highway, but the detours were through river beds and back roads. No RV's would have been able to make the trip as the recent rain made them very muddy and slick in places. We almost ran out of gas as the above stations were closed in both towns by protesters. The police were nowhere to be found. We were lucky as a local told us that the gas station in the southern end of San Quintin (Los Pinos area) was still open and we just made it there. We proceeded to El Rosario and the only gas station there was open and selling gas. We were told that the hwy was blocked at Catavina and Guerrero Negro, but we passed both places today w/o incident and are staying in Viscaino tonight without any problems.

As a further note the hwy just north of Catavina has quite a few pot holes probably helped along by the rain and for two hours south of Catavina there are many pot holes as well, but no detours.
Steve Ticehurst

11/1/16 - Road Report - Hwy. 3 just south of Tecate to Ensenada 3 – 4 areas under construction, total of about 5 – 7 miles of dirt road.

In San Quintin, the road off of Hwy 1 (approximately 3 miles) to Don Eddie's and The Old Mill is now paved. This is a long awaited road improvement.

Mexicali to San Felipe the road is in good condition. San Felipe to Puerticitos the road is in good condition. However, there are many dips in the road, termed "vados." Sometimes it's difficult to see these ahead and you might be down in one or airborne before you know it. Driving 40 to 45 mph maximum is advised going through this area.

Puerticitos to Gonzaga Bay is best road in Baja. Just south west of Willard pavement ends, 24 miles of construction and dirt road on Highway # 5 to junction of Highway # 1 (average 6 – 8 mph).

Santos Tomas south there is road construction. Little by little they are widening the road and taking out some of the unsafe bridges. You'll have approximately 10 miles of bypassed dirt road. This bypass area is reasonably in good condition.

Ensenada to San Felipe takes over 4 hours now. Lots of pot holes.

Catavina to the Bay of LA there are some pot holes. Most have been repaired but be careful as they missed filling some.

On Highway #1 about 2 miles south of Loreto bridges are being replaced and road construction. There are a couple of miles driving on dirt road.

About 10 miles north on Highway # 1 out of La Paz is the most substantial construction. 

9/26/16 President Tony & Nancy Schuck Road Report - Mexicali to San Felipe the road is in good condition. San Felipe to Gonzaga Bay the road is in good condition. However, from San Felipe to Puerticitos there are many dips in the road, termed "vados." Sometimes it's difficult to see these ahead and you might be in down in one or airborne before you know it. Driving 40 to 45 mph maximum is advised going through this area.

Gonzaga Bay to Chapala (Mex. 1) the last 24 miles are unpaved and rough. That stretch took 2 hours traveling in a car without a towed unit. Below Catavina (Mex. 5 comes into Mex. 1 below Catavina) to about 5 miles before the LA Bay turnoff, there are 15 to 20 miles of real bad potholes, 2 to 3 feet across and 4 to 5 inches deep.

Guerrero Negro to Loreto the road is in excellent shape with just some washouts that have been repaired and not a problem. Road construction in Santa Rosalia is complete.

9/22/16 Road Report - Returned from La Bay. If you have a motor home you will bump a lot but will need to travel in many spots at 3-5 mph. If you are pulling a trailer of any kind you will be very unhappy with all the inside stuff you carry (plates, dishes, glassware, etc) because much of it will break. Not a good situation. I understand the road from Ensenada to San Felipe takes over 4 hours now. Lots of pot holes. The new road from San Felipe to Gonzaga Bay is almost finished to Route 1. Something to consider versus taking route 1 south from Ensenada.
Steven Gintel

 

3/2/16 Road Report - Check out Member Joe Bono's blog on his trip to Baja. Click here

FMM TOURIST CARDS PLEASE REMEMBER TO GET YOUR FMM TOURIST CARD VALIDATED AT THE BORDER WHEN YOU ENTER MEXICO.

If you do not get the prepaid FMM and you plan on getting it at the border, do not ask for a Visa because it is not a Visa, it is a TOURIST CARD. US and Canadian citizens do not need a Visa to get into Mexico, they need a TOURIST CARD.

Mexico will enforce rules requiring boaters to have immigration and fishing permits - See more at this Mexico News Daily link.

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10/30/13 A meeting was held Thursday, October 17, in San Diego regarding FMMs required for fishing on boats in Mexican waters in the 12 mile zone from land.
We received information from the CONAPESCA Office in San Diego as to the new procedure for these FMMs. Mexican officials presented a website in Spanish to process FMMs online at http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Pesca_Deportiva_Turismo_Nautico. With this new system in place fishermen will have access to an FMM confirmation without having to stop at any border to validate their FMM. This will not take the place for land or air entries.

The price is 390 pesos and it is valid for 180 days, single entry. The website is in Spanish. Land entry FMMs for Baja crossings can be purchased through the Vagabundos Office. Immigration requires that this service be provided only to Members. A copy of a valid passport is required. FMM Application

Fishing licenses are also offered through the office. Non-members can purchase them with a slightly higher service charge one time before having to become a Member.You can get an application at Fishing License Application

11/14/12 - El Chaperall Border Crossing into Tijauna Mexico Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKgKsfl1sn0&feature=plcp

Fuel Rates

Magna (87 octane) 13.57 pesos/liter, $3.35 /gal; Premium (93 octane) 14.38, $3.55; diesel 14.20, $3.50 scarce at Guerrero Negro. At Catavina Magna Sin and L.A. Bay Junction Magna & diesel from barrels - 5 gal minimum.

Travel Information

Temporary Import Permits:

Vehicle Permits

  • The new fee is $44 plus tax. People going to Baja north & south and part of Sonora do not need to have one.

  • Everyone is required to leave a deposit (if you pay by cash or credit card); the deposit is based on the vehicle year. If anyone fails to return their vehicle prior to the expiration date the deposit will be kept.

  • Banjercito will run a check on the vehicle before issuing the permit, if there is any theft report on the vehicle or if it is restricted or prohibited to operate in the US or Canada, the vehicle cannot be temporarily imported.

  • The temporary permit time is based on the person’s immigration status i.e. 180 days for tourist.

  • People traveling in the eastern part of Sonora need to have a “Sonora Only Permit”

Boat Permits

  • Temporary Boat Importation Permits (TIP) are required if you are towing a boat of more than 15 feet. Marinas in Mexico have an obligation by law to keep a copy of a tourist visa, vessel TIP, insurance and certificate of documentation on file. The TIP is for recreational or sport boats for all people legally residing outside of Mexico no matter what your immigration status.

Travel Buddies Calendar

In keeping with today's internet reliance and the Vagabundos code to travel with a buddy, our Travel Buddies Calendar is now online - a great tool to find a buddy to caravan with. Members traveling to Mexico can post trips, find other members who are traveling, find Vag sponsored events, and use the interactive map. Regardless of your driving experience the easy-to-use calendar will allow you to find a buddy. For more information and to login click on http://www.vagabundos.com/TBC.html

Prepaid FMM's and Fishing Licenses

FMM's are for Vag Members only, and are on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain these by filling out an Application and sending it in along with a copy of your passport to our office. Contact us at HQVDM for more information on obtaining these documents call (800) 474-2252.

PREPAID FMM'S (VISITOR CARDS)

These replace the former FMT's. Vagabundos members can obtain an FMM from our office, saving you from having to wait in line at a bank. We now process FMM's online and are now able to email you your FMM. Payment by debit or credit cards only. Card will be charged by Mexican Immigration.

 

FMM's AT TECATE: It is easier to park on the U.S. side, walk across to Immigration in the building on your right.

FISHING LICENSE

FISHING LICENSE APPLICATION

CURRENT RATES (subject to change without notice)
We are currently out of yearly fishing license.

 

Weekly*   $23.20*
Monthly*   $34.80*
Yearly   $46.40*
*Plus a handling fee

* Must specify date on weekly and monthly licenses. Annual fishing licenses must be dated within the month of issue.

Requirements for Sport Fishing within 12 miles from seashore

1. Fishing License
2. FMM's
3. Temporary Import Permit (TIP)

You may obtain your fishing licenses through our office. (Every person aboard will need their
own).

To obtain your FMM follow the link https://www.banjercito.com.mx/registroEmbarques/ . This is going to direct you to Banjercito's website where you can apply for the Marine FMM (your port of entry will be Ensenada). Each person needs their own. The cost is 360 pesos. Make sure you print your FMM and receipt. You will need to send copies to bcpescadeportiva@ inami.gob.mx. Keep a copy with you at all
times.

To obtain your TIP follow the link https://www.banjercito.com.mx/registroVehiculos/ . The cost is about 51 dollars. The permit is good for 10 years. If you don't receive your permit within a month go to the border or a Mexican Consulate to finish the process. Make sure you print
copies of all the documents. Have your passport/passport card, and registration/proof of ownership with you. We recommend to take the credit card statement showing the charges made by Banjersito.

You are not required to have In-water boat liability insurance but it is recommended.

For more information go to http://www.sportfishinginmexico.com/.

PROHIBITED AND PERMITTED ITEMS

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Agricultural items are prohibited If they can carry plant pests or animal diseases.

Fruits and Vegetables
All fruit not on the permitted list below is prohibited. Sugarcane is prohibited. Potatoes are prohibited, including Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. (Exceptions: Cooked potatoes are permitted. Avocados without seeds are permitted, except in California.)

Plants, Seeds, and Soil.
Plants and seeds require special permits. Soil and some plants are prohibited. Check in advance with agricultural inspectors. (Exception: Some dried plant parts, such as for medicinal purposes, are permitted.)

Meat and Game Pork
-raw and cooked, including sausages, cold cuts, skins, and pork tacos, is prohibited. (Exceptions: Shelf-stable, canned pork and hard cooked pork skins [cracklings] are permitted.) Poultry-raw meat from both domesticated and game fowl is prohibited. (Exception: Thoroughly cooked poultry is permitted.) Game - Check with agricultural inspectors in advance. Other restrictions may apply; check in advance with agricultural inspectors.

Eggs
Prohibited. (Exceptions: Boiled and cooked eggs are permitted.)

Live Birds
Wild and domesticated birds, including poultry, are prohibited.
To import personally owned pet birds, contact agricultural inspectors in advance.

Straw
Generally prohibited. This includes wheat straw, seeds, animal feed, and all articles made from this material.

 

PERMITTED ITEMS

In addition to the excepted items listed above, many agricultural items are permitted if they pass inspection to be sure they are free of pests, soil and sand.

Fruits and Vegetables
Permitted fruits are bananas, blackberries, cactus fruits, dates, dewberries, grapes, lemons, limes (sour), lychees, melons, papayas, pineapples, and strawberries. Vegetables are permitted, except for those on the prohibited list above. Okra, however, is subject to certain restrictions.

Nuts Permitted items are atoms, almonds, cocoa beans, chestnuts, coconuts (without husks or milk}, peanuts, pecans, pinons (pine nuts), tamarind beans, walnuts, and water nuts.

   
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