A van transporting medical tourists from Las Vegas was the first vehicle to go through the new medical tourism lane in a special inaugural run that was held at noon on April 29 2012. An employee with Mexicali's tourism board stationed at the border crossing took away the orange cones in front of the designated lane when the van pulled up, and then opened a yellow gate to let the van pass. As the medical lane was empty, the van rushed past the bumper-to-bumper traffic stuck in the two regular lanes.
Towards the end of the special lane, the medical tourists waited approximately 20 minutes to be inspected by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent.
"Unbelievable," said Walt Michaels, a 62-year old patient on board the first vehicle who was going back to Las Vegas after seeing an eye doctor in Mexicali. "We just saved ourselves three hours."
But the shortcut only applies to the waiting time on the Mexican side, since medical tourists can still be subjected to delays from U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The group from Las Vegas waited over forty minutes for American agents to complete a secondary inspection.
The new lane is based on an established tourism lane at the San Ysidro Port of Entry linking Tijuana and San Diego.It is just past this established special medical tourism lane at the San Ysidro Port in Tijuana that Angeles Health is located it. As Mexico’s largest private hospital network we are able to offer you excellent patient care, expert doctors and a safe, secure transportation service directly from your preferred location in San Diego to inside our hospital complex. To learn about the procedure and services available here please contact us using the form on the right.