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How long are the lineups coming back to the U.S.?It depends. At the busiest intenational land crossing in the world, you can expect anything from 10 minutes to 2 hours. Driving back using Dr. Sigler's car service puts you in a special line dedicated to medical transport vehicles. This line moves faster than the other lines but wait times can vary between 10 minutes on up to 60+ minutes, depending upon the day, time and traffic. Walking back through the PedWest has speeded up the lines too. Previously, 2-3 hours was usual but now the times can vary from 10 minutes up to 60 minutes. On heavier holidays and weekends, waits can extend up to 2 hours.
Can I drive across the border?Yes, you can drive across to Dr. Sigler's clinic, but the long lineups at the border returning to the U.S. don't really justify it. It is far more convenient to walk across and take a taxi or Uber, or to hire the private car service provided through Dr. Sigler's clinic if you are coming in for surgery and/or carrying luggage for an overnight stay.
Does everyone speak English?The majority of people you will interact with are bilingual and speak English and Spanish. All taxi and Uber drivers speak English, as well as staff at Dr. Sigler's clinic.
Is the clinic close to the border?Dr. Sigler's clinic is a little less than 3 miles from the international border and is a quick 5+ minute taxi or Uber ride, costing approximately $10.
What about phone use in Tijuana—does this cost more?Most cell phone carriers have some type of international plan that you can use while in Mexico as phones now are considered 'world devices.' Often these plans kick in automatically once you cross the border. Check with your carrier for more information.
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