A Bridge Away
The enchantment of Mexico is but a bridge away. Alamo visitors have easy access to Mexico via the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge or the Progreso Bridge south of Weslaco.
Visitors find Mexican shops and markets colorful and fascinating, filled with a variety of gifts, handcraft and art items at attractive prices. And to top it off, the Mexican people are gracious and friendly.
Border crossings are very easy and simple: no visas, passports or other documents are required of U.S. citizens to visit the border cities of Mexico.
A statement to the Mexican Customs official (who meets your car or person at the bridge) that says you intend to visit only the border city is all that is required for entrance. There is a small bridge toll collected each time you cross the bridge. On returning from Mexico, a quick stop at U.S. Customs is all that's required, stating nationality and declaring which Mexican purchases you're bringing back.
Beyond the Border
If you're so inclined to travel into Mexico beyond the border, a Mexican tourist card is required. A card is also required if you're planning on staying in Mexico for longer than 72 hours. The free tourist cards are available from Mexican Immigration authorities at the border, and also from Mexican Consulates and Mexican Government Tourist Offices in the U.S. A birth certificate or other proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a voter's registration card, military I.D. showing place of birth, or a passport is required to obtain the tourist card.
Canadian citizens who visit Mexico from Texas should have a passport or birth certificate. Other foreign nationals should have a passport and appropriate visas both for entering Mexico and returning to the U.S.
Coming Back to the U.S.
Upon entering the U.S. from Mexico, certain articles are either prohibited or subject to various quarantines, limitations or special permit requirements. Those articles include all narcotics or drugs, weapons, certain trademark articles, most fruits, vegetables, plants, animals, birds and meats.
Hunting/Fishing in Mexico
Mexican authorities must be contacted for current regulations, hunting and fishing licenses, and procedures for taking firearms and ammunition into Mexico. Any game legally bagged in Mexico may be brought into Texas, but must be accompanied by a statement, issued by U.S. Customs at the border, that the game originated in Mexico.
There are no registrations on bringing fish caught in Mexico to Texas, but they must be declared at the Texas port-of-entry. A list may be obtained from the U.S. Customs office at the bridge prior to entering Mexico.
Alamo's proximity to Mexico can be felt in the Valley's bi-cultural community, in which the best of both worlds help add to the locale's flavorable mix.
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