The city of El Paso is expecting to host a large number of college football fans from around the country who will be in town to attend the annual Sun Bowl football game Dec. 31. Historically some college football fans visit neighboring Juarez, Mexico during their time in El Paso.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Miami Hurricanes fan base that there are a number of border crossing requirements they need to be aware before venturing across the international boundary.
U.S. citizens returning at an international land border crossing like El Paso must present a U.S. passport, U.S. passport card, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document to enter the United States.
CBP is also reminding out of town visitors that there are a number of items available in Mexico which are prohibited in the U.S. There are also import limits on legal items like alcohol and tobacco.
Fans should also note that the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning in September to inform citizens of the risks in travel to Mexico. Noting that more than half of all Americans killed in Mexico in 2009 whose deaths were reported to the U.S. Embassy were killed in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana.