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Crossing the Border

Specializing in Orthopedic Surgery and Oncology

Hospital Address

Paseo Estrella Del Mar # 919 Playas de Tijuana, B.C., Mexico


Crossing the San Ysidro Border

Hospital Telephone Numbers

Paseo Estrella Del Mar # 919 Playas de Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Main Number (MX)

011 52 (664) 631- 8716 (Call from USA)

Call or Text for Appointments

1 (619) 601- 7381 (USA)
1 (619) 735- 1277 (USA)

Call or Text for Test Results

1 (619)763- 7812 (USA)


Gladys Viramontes (USA)
1(619) 601-7381

Hospital hours

Normal Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Emergency or After-Hours Care

Monday – Friday: 7:00 pm – 12 Midnight Saturday: 6:00 pm – 12 Midnight
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 12 Midnight

we are open every day of the year except Christmas and New Year’s day.

The lobby is open every day until midnight

Crossing the Border
with your Pet

“It's easier than you think!”

Crossing-Border Pet Taxi Availble

Pet Taxi into Mexico

Don’t have time to make the trek down to Mexico? Don’t worry! MexiVet Express is San Diego’s federally-licenced and insured cross-border pet courier. They provide a door to door transportation service for pets to and from Vet Playas.

Phone: 619-782-4747

Driving into Mexico

The good news, you do not need any documentation for your pet driving into Mexico. The majority of our clients drive into Mexico and find it to be safe and easy.

 Take the 5 Fwy or 805 Fwy to the end. That will funnel you into the San Ysidro border crossing.

Once you reach the Mexican Border Agents you will just drive though. The agents will stop about 1 in 20 cars. They are mainly looking for items being brought into Mexico for sale.

If you are stopped, don’t worry. The agent will look inside your vehicle and the truck.

They do not ask for your passport or information on your pet. That is not their focus.

Mexican Insurance Companies

 Baja BoundMexican Insurance

Auto Mexican Insurance

Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance

Walking into Mexico

San Ysidro Border Crossing

 Late in 2015 the Mexican Government opened the new San Ysidro Border facility. Now people crossing are separated into two lines, one for Mexican Citizens and the other for Foreigners.

If you are a foreigner, you may be asked to show your passport and to fill out a form. They will also ask you how long you plan on staying. If it is 7 days or more you will be asked to pay a fee of 330 pesos or about $17.00. At that time they may also ask for your pet’s records.

I have found from my own personal experience and asking our clients that walk across that your shot records more than suffice.

Ground Transportation from the border to Vet Playas:

Taxi: 200 to 350 pesos or about $11.00 to $20.00

Make sure you ask the cost before leaving.

Uber: 150 to 200 pesos or about $8.00 to $11.00

Crossing back into the USA with your Pet

Vet Playas Veterinary Hospital will supply you with a Health Certificate for your pet. This document will supersede the need for any other documentation.

We also have available the Medical Fast Pass to help you cross back into the USA faster.

If you have any questions and, or comments please do not hesitate to contact Ronald Richards at (619) 552-9658 or email at For our head supervisor, Gladys Viramontes, (619) 601-7381.