How to Find the
Border Fast Track Lane
Save Time Crossing Back into the U.S.
A new border lane has been officially opened at the Tijuana/San
Ysidro border crossing and it isn't a SENTRI lane. The Baja
California Secretary of Tourism together with the
Convention and Visitors Bureau
and the Secretary of Economic
Development in Tijuana have designated a lane for tourists
(vacationers, business people and medical tourism) who have
visited certain merchants in Baja. Until now, this lane had been
dedicated to medical tourism and has now been expanded. Update:
The program is now run by the Ayuntamiento of Tijuana.
What is the Border Fast Pass?
The border fast pass program, officially called FastLane,
but commonly called Fast Pass, is a single-use coupon that gives
you access to a special lane designated for tourists. You will
still need to present your passport book or passport card to U.S. border officials.
How much time can I save by using Fast Pass Lane?
This lane will significantly reduce your wait time to get back
into the U.S. Reports say the wait on average is 30 minutes or
so, but officials say the goal is a 15 minute wait.
How do I get a FastLane Pass?
Certain merchants carry the Border FastLane Pass. As the program develops, more
will be added.
- You may
obtain your Fast Pass pass by visiting these establishments:
Establishments in Puerto
What border crossings have a Fast Pass lane?
Only the San Ysidro border crossing has special Border Fast Pass
lane at this time.
Where is the Fast Pass lane located?
If you are heading to the border from the scenic toll road, once
you are near the border line on Calle Segunda, you will take the
far right lane that is sectioned off by concrete dividers and
parallels the regular border line. Look for the blue signs that
say "With Pass Only" and the blue signs that say "Medical
Services." After going up the bridge, you will see a booth with
an official who will take your Fast Track pass and give you
access to the lane. What a breeze!
on how to get to the special Fast Track lane.
How much does it cost to get a FastLane pass?
The pass is free
once you have met the
requirements mentioned above.
Will there be more Fast Pass lanes in the future?
Currently the Border Fast Pass program is a pilot program. If
the lane is a success, more lanes will be added.
Is the FastLane like the SENTRI lane?
It is similar to the
SENTRI in that you can cross the border faster, however
there is no background check and the pass is only good for one
Are there any other options to cross the border faster
besides the Fast Pass or SENTRI?
Yes. Recently a new lane was opened in Otay Mesa called the
Ready Lane. This lane requires you to have one of the
several types of RFID enabled cards like a passport card, SENTRI
card, enhanced drivers license, etc. Passports with chips do not
work in this lane however.
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