About Columbus Border Crossing
Columbus port of entry is approximately 30 miles south of Deming and 65 miles west of the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week the Columbus port is New Mexico's full service port of entry. Bustling with activity and with many tourists and locals crossing daily, this recently remodeled POE remains a well-situated choice for travelers.
Palomas (pop. 5,000) is a popular tourist destination for tourists shopping for the many arts and crafts products unique to Mexico or in search of dental and optical services and pharmacies or simply seeking cultural exchange at the ever-popular "Tienda Rosa" restaurant. Visitors to Palomas can drive across the border or park for free in Columbus and walk to Palomas.
For travelers heading further into Mexico, such as to Ascension, Janos, Chihuahua City, or Casas Grandes, all necessary Mexican agencies are located at the Palomas port. It's a one-stop location to obtain Mexican tourists visas, temporary vehicle permits, and other necessary travel documentation.
Border Wait Time Phone Numbers
To check on waiting time at the U.S./Mexico checkpoints, call the corresponding numbers:
San Ysidro, California : (619) 690-8999
Otay, California : (619) 671-8999
In Mexico : 700-7000
Border Wait Times
Border Crossing Cams