U.S. Citizens Services

American Citizen Services is a unit of the Consulate General Tijuana.  ACS Unit and Consular Agency Los Cabos employees assist Americans across Baja California and Baja California Sur.

Services and information provided to American citizens by the Consulate General

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CONTACT US
American Citizens Services
U.S. Consulate General Tijuana
Paseo de las Culturas s/n
Mesa de Otay
Delegación Centenario C.P. 22425
Tijuana, Baja California

From Mexico
: 01-800-681-9374
From the U.S.: (844) 528-6611
Fax: 011 52 (619) 955-6053
Email: ACSTijuana@state.gov 

Business hours:  7:30 am to 4:15 pm

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
For after-hours emergencies regarding American Citizens, contact the duty officer at 01-800-681-9374.  If calling from the United States, dial (844) 528-6611.

Consular Agency Los Cabos

There is a Consular Agency in Los Cabos which can assist Americans in emergencies and with limited routine services due to staffing shortages.  The following is contact information for the Cabo San Lucas Consular Agency:

Consular Agency
Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur C.P. 23406

From Mexico: 01-800-681-9374
From the U.S.: (844) 528-6611
Fax:  011 52 (624) 143-6750
Email:  ConAgencyLosCabos@state.gov
Business hours:  8:30 am to 1:00 pm

Please Note: The Consulate General cannot represent U.S. citizens in court nor provide legal counsel.  Instead, you may wish to consult with an attorney in Mexico, who can provide advice on your options and remedies within the Mexican legal system.  The Consulate General in Tijuana maintains a list of local attorneys who speak English. However, the Consulate General cannot recommend a particular attorney and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided.

List of Lawyers

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Please Note: The Consulate General cannot recommend a particular physician and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided.

List of Doctors

List of Ambulances

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Please Note: The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana  assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms.  Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians and other service providers.

List of Funeral Homes and Related Services 

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  • Be careful in the water. Strong currents and large swells can lead to dangerous conditions for even the most experienced swimmer. Pay attention to flags and warning signs posted on the beach which indicate if it is safe to swim, and do not consume alcohol before swimming.  U.S. citizens have drowned in rip currents and tourists walking along the shore have lost their lives after being pulled off into the water by rouge waves.
  • Do not bring firearms, knives, or ammunition (even used shells) into Mexico—all are illegal and will result in an arrest.
  • Carrying any form of marijuana into Mexico, even with a prescription or medical marijuana license, is a Mexican federal offense and can be considered as international drug trafficking.
  • Vehicle accidents are commonplace. Always use your seatbelt.
  • Exercise extreme caution if participating in off-roading activities.
  • Remember that the laws in Mexico apply to both to its nationals and foreigners. You must respect them.
  • There are long stretches of roads with limited services across Baja California and Baja California Sur —plan for this and exercise caution when stopping in sparsely populated places for any reason.
  • Don’t leave valuables visible in your parked car.
  • Always carry a valid I.D.
  • No police officer is authorized to accept money.  Traffic fines must be paid at the nearest Police Department Office.
  • You may encounter military check points on the highways. They are for your own safety.
  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase a full coverage auto insurance policy during your visit to Mexico that includes funds for bail. If you are involved in an accident, call the insurance company and wait for its representative.
  • It is strongly recommended you purchase medical insurance that covers you while travelling abroad, including for medical evacuation.

U.S. citizens should be mindful of immigration and permit requirements when traveling into Mexican waters by private boat. Likewise, the U.S. Consulate General recommends that all individuals on board vessels used for sport fishing, including passengers on commercial and charter boats, understand the entry requirements and permits needed before traveling. Each individual is responsible for making sure they are in compliance.

The Government of Mexico is increasing enforcement actions as part of an effort to manage the environmental impacts of sport fishing along the Baja California peninsula.  U.S. citizens should expect inspection of the required immigration documents and fishing permits. Please be advised that the presence of fishing equipment onboard a vessel could be interpreted as intent to fish, which would trigger the requirement for a fishing license. Failure to comply could result in confiscation of vessels and possibly detention of travelers.

If you are planning a sports fishing excursion, or if you plan to be a passenger aboard a private, commercial or charter vessel used for sports fishing, please visit the following for permit information:

http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/sandiego/
http://www.sportfishinginmexico.com/
http://www.californiasportfishing.org/