On HWY 35, prior to turning off to Colombia, there are several motels in Cotulla, Texas and a few restaurants. Pearsall has more choices for motels and restaurants.
You cross the bridge at the border and immediately are Aduana/Customs and Banjercito building. They are on the right, with a small parking lot in front. Enter the building, and on the right is where you will obtain your FMM tourist card. You require your FMM before your car permit.
Photocopies are available in the center of the building. To the left, as you enter, is where you will find Banjercito for your TIP (car permit). It is best to have copies and keep one in your vehicle. The deposit for your permit is $400 for 2007 and newer vehicles, $300 for 2001 to 2006 vehicles and $200 for older vehicles. Your deposit may be paid for with cash or credit card.
After you have completed your FMM and TIP, you will drive your car to the inspection area. You may be asked to open the car doors and trunk. Dogs should be on a leash and removed from your vehicle. If you have GPS, please set it to your destination.
As you leave the inspection area, HWY 1 will lead you to HWY 2. This will bypass Nuevo Laredo. When you reach HWY 85D, that is a toll road to Monterrey. Toll roads have a “D” after the HWY number. If your destination is San Miguel, Queretaro, Mexico City, etc., you will find major signage that says MEXICO -meaning Mexico City.
If your destination is San Miguel, about 2 hours after SLP, turn off HWY 57D to Los Rodriguez. Or, for San Miguel, you may exit HWY 57D sooner at HWY 110 and bypass Dolores Hidalgo to the east and then HWY 51 to SMA.
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