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U.S. Consulate General Tijuana

History

The U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana advances the bilateral relationship in the Baja peninsula – the most populous and interconnected area along the U.S.-Mexico border. Strong social, linguistic, historical, and business ties contribute to extensive cross-border cooperation in many areas and to a broad sentiment that northern Baja/southern California is one integrated, dynamic region where economic well-being is interdependent.

U.S. consular representation in Baja California began on August 24, 1886, when the U.S. Government appointed Francis Andonargui to the new Consular Agency in the port of Ensenada under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Consulate in La Paz (now Baja California Sur). The following year, the Ensenada Consular Agency was elevated to the status of a Consulate.  Official dispatches from this era addressed a variety of subjects including U.S. vessels shipwrecked off the Mexican coast, extradition of criminals, border crossings, and consular protection for American citizens arrested abroad.

The Consulate in Ensenada was replaced by the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana in 1940, which was elevated to Consulate General status in 1960.  The Consulate moved to Colonia Hipódromo in Tijuana in 1964; this building remained as the home base for U.S. diplomacy in the region until July 2011 when consular staff moved to a newly constructed state-of-the-art building in Otay Mesa, Tijuana.

The U.S. Consulate General, through more than 125 years of cooperation in the Baja peninsula, has become an integral part of the community and a vital actor in the US-Mexico relationship.

Sections and Offices

Thomas E. Reott
U.S. Consul General in Tijuana
Thomas E. Reott is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with 20 years’ experience in the Department of State, at both headquarters and overseas. He previously served as Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

In Washington DC, Mr. Reott served as Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and as Deputy Director in the Office of Afghanistan Affairs. In addition to Mexico, he has held overseas assignments in Spain, India, Colombia, Afghanistan, and in Belgium at the U.S. Mission to the European Union.

Prior to government service, Mr. Reott worked in the private sector, beginning his career at Procter & Gamble, and then launching a start-up marketing company in Boston. From 1993-1995, Tom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lithuania, advising entrepreneurs adapting to a post-Soviet, market-based economy. He holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University in Ohio.

U.S. Citizen Services
The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of U.S. Consulate General Tijuana provides a wide range of services to U.S. citizens visiting or residing in the Baja California region of Mexico.  The ACS Unit issues passports, registers U.S. citizens born in Mexico, performs notarials, and provides assistance to U.S. citizens arrested in Mexico and to the families of Americans who pass away in our consular district, which includes the Mexican States of Baja California and Baja California Sur.  Our Consular Agency in Cabo San Lucas handles services for U.S. citizens in the Cabo San Lucas/ La Paz region.

Non-Immigrant Visas Section
The visa unit processes all categories of visa applications for temporary travel to the United States including travel for tourism, business and study.  Mission Mexico has ten visa issuing posts that combined process nearly 2 million visa applications a year.

Public Affairs Office
The Office of Public Affairs handles all press, cultural, information, and educational programs of the U.S. government in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora and Sinaloa in order to build greater understanding of an appreciation for the United States and its policies.

Kim Scrivner
Public Affairs Officer

For media related issues, please contact:
Lorena Blanco

For cultural and educational programs, please contact:
José María Noriega

Political and Economic Section
The Political/Economic Section monitors political, economic, environmental, scientific, technological and health issues in the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. Officers from the Political/Economic Section frequently represent the United States in meetings with local government officials. The section serves as the point of contact for official U.S. government delegations visiting the region. Officers brief visiting delegations and provide background information on the political and economic climate in Baja California and Baja California Sur.

Chris McHone
Political and Economic Affairs Section Chief