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Crossing the border at Nogales

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Crossing the border at Nogales

My husband and I just returned home from a visit to Arizona Dec 3010 2011. After reading many posts on Trip advisor about "whether it is safe to cross at the nogales border into Mexico or not", we decided to go. Not only were there alot of other people crossing to and from, along with many border patrol officers (who were very nice to us), there were alot of Mexican Policio to be seen. You could not help but feel safe. There were a fair amount of stores open, depends on what you are looking for. You can definately tell they are wanting tourism $$. We found that you had to barter for a good price for a purchase. Most were accomodating, but some not so much. Needless to say we would go back again. If you are not looking for trouble, you won"t find it there. We also were there in the daytime hours.

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1. Re: Crossing the border at Nogales

good to know, thanks! And, where did you stay? where did you park the car? and is there only 1 main crossing point?

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We stayed at Tucson Hotel City Centre Conference Suite Resort. ( I gave a trip advisor report on this hotel. You cannot beat the perks this hotel has to offer> They call it a 2 star but it really is not, it is much better than that, for where we stayed and was $46.00 night). It is a nice 65 mile drive to Nogales from Tucson. We did have a rental car and approximately 3 short blocks away from the border crossing is a pay parking lot at the top of the hill. You don"t really know you are there until you miss the lot ( on the corner) and start going down a small hill into the town of Nogales, then have to double back to parking. We went with that lot because we thought it would be more secure. It cost $4. There is street parking also which is free, but was pretty filled up already, and you may have more of a walk to the border. There is 1 main crossing point and you cannot miss it as you will see all people filtering toward it so you just follow the flow. You also will see the high fence that separates USA and Mexico which will also show you the direction to go. It's kind of a "funny" border crossing where you walk down a corridor, push a button ( this button lets you know whether you have been selected for secondary screening) I was selected but they were not interested in me for whatever reason and told me to go. There are border officers all over the place and they are very friendly. On the way back the crossing into USA is about a block from the crossing into Mexico, just follow the people and there are signs. Couple of guards sitting and scanning passports. Asked me nothing, asked my husband if he was bringing and pharmaceuticals back with him. The Mexico side is infamous for pharmaceuticals and dental work. Do barter for the right price ( for you). They will start very high and you can get the price that you are willing to pay or walk away, they will change their mind. Hope this helps, please do not hesitate to contact me if you want more information. Have a great trip

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thank you! What is the situation with bringing pharmaceuticals back? if it is a supply appropriate for 1 person for 1 month is that ok?

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We didn't enquire about the pharamaceuticals ( how much you can bring back etc...) as neither of us are taking anything. In talking to people in the park we stayed in Mesa, Arizona, it is well known that it is the thing to do in Arizona as it is considerably cheaper. I was told you can get exactly what you are currently using as far as pharmaceuticals, how much you can bring back, you'd be better to contact US border services on that. The thing with them is, although it is exactly what you are currently using, the packaging will be in Spanish, so you'll have to have a copy of your current med instructions to be able to read the bottle, unless you speak Spanish. As soon as you cross into Mexico, the guys ar right there asking if you want pharmaceuticals and there are many of them which leads me to believe you can shop for the best deal ( for you) If you let me know when you are planning to go, I can email my friend in Mesa who was telling us about the pharmacueticals in Mexico.

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Thanks, TC, I appreciate the information and offer of advice. I don't think I'm going to bring too many drugs back....I'll lay low for awhile and figure out things as I'll be there for about 6 months. I don't trust the Arizona cops/sheriffs and I don't want to anger the US Border Patrol nor get blacklisted on any international alert list!

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Bad attitude lasflores The AZ law enforcement folks are the only ones you can trust. It's the Feds who are suspect.

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"Arizona cops/sheriffs" have nothing to do with crossing the border and no jurisdiction over what prescription drugs can be brought in by a person. I do not know all the rules, but you can search for them online. You must have a prescription, and you must have the prescription with you. It is illegal to buy drugs that do not require prescriptions in Mexico and bring them into the US (examples, Viagra, other ED medications, some antibiotics, and some remedies such as codeine based cough syrups can be purchased without a prescription in Mexico but require a prescription in the US). Some pharmacies in Mexico also require that you have a prescription from a Mexican doctor. In addition you can be arrested in Mexico if you have prescription drugs and do not have a doctor-signed copy of the prescription with you.

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A question about taking my daily meds into Mexico - will the need to see the actual bottles? I have about 8 that I have to take at lunch time and 5 at dinner.

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Bring the bottles and your ID and passport, or bring copies of the actual prescription forms. Or be prepared to have your unidentifiable drugs confiscated.

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10. Re: Crossing the border at Nogales

Thanks for the info!

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