(Highlighting medical tourism in the Baja region)
This guide is for United States citizens who wish to cross to Tijuana and back for the first time, with the purpose of receiving medical attention. As the world’s most visited border city, and a prime example of excellent medical care and medical tourism, it has become easy to ask and receive information from passersby, be it directions or dining advice, which makes the experience easier, whether you speak Spanish or not.
For most living in the city of Tijuana with a VISA, crossing to the United States has become not so much an Odyssey as it is a task that precedes any other further action, be it crossing on foot or in a vehicle.
But for a medical traveler, it will require proper attention and planning with your accorded medical facilitator to arrive smoothly to your destination.
The easiest way to travel to Tijuana is by means of the San Diego Trolley. You can take the Blue Line trolley from Downtown San Diego, and its last stop (San Ysidro/Intl Border) will leave you just steps away from the border crossing. At the moment, it is being modernized to suit the enlarging crowds that have been passing through on a daily basis. After stepping into Mexican soil, your hospital of choice would have sent at an accorded meeting place a transportation method to be taken to your destination.
Medical centers that are especially accommodated to medical travelers are self-contained, meaning the patient need not step out of the hospital premises for any reason, given the fact that you are served in all essential aspects (living space, food, facilities).
Your stay in the hospital will depend on the operation received, and you are usually offered stay at a partner hotel until you are approved for travel.
Returning to the United States would require you to present a Passport or Passport Card, and the transference is usually as simple as taking a five dollar shuttle at the border crossing, which will leave you to continue your path in the United States. In most cases you’ll still be in contact with the appropriate medical authorities in a follow up to the procedures you underwent in Tijuana.