The Boquillas Port of Entry is closed indefinitely due to Covid-19 restrictions for “non-essential travel” across the entire US/Mexico border. It may re-open the last week of October, 2021, but that is uncertain as of this update. If the Port of Entry re-opens in late October, hours will likely be 9:00am-6:00 pm Friday-Monday. Normal days of operation beginning November 1 should be Wednesday through Sunday. US citizens must have a valid US Passport, passport card, or enhanced driver’s license. Birth certificates work for minors 15 and under if accompanied by parent with passport.
International travelers must have a valid passport and be registered with the ESTA visa waiver program
Boquillas del Carmen is the primary gateway to the Maderas del Carmen Natural Protected Area in Mexico. The National Commission of Natural Protect Areas charges $2 per person entrance fee. These fees help fund sustainable environmental projects in over 180 Natural Protected Areas in Mexico. Please stop by their office (if open) in Boquillas for more information on the Maderas del Carmen Natural Protected Area.
Ferry service round trip is $5 per person. Children 7 and under are free. Visitors may walk 3/4 miles to town, hire a burro or pick up truck for $5 per person, a horse for $8 per person. Those services usually include a town tour on foot and they wait while you eat lunch. Gratuities are appreciated for good service There are also guides available on foot who work for tips. YOU DO NOT NEED A GUIDE to walk in to town, eat a meal, and explore on your own.
Big Bend National Park rangers are on site to provide information and assist with the re-entry process.
Upon return to the US, documentation is scanned and transmitted to the US immigration office in El Paso, where an official views the document remotely as well as the person presenting. Via a telephone connection, the official asks the standard questions:
- What was the purpose of your trip?
- What are you bringing back?
Please note that visitors may not bring raw food products, alcohol, tobacco, rocks, minerals or anything made from animals or parts of animals