With the relocation of the “Only Sonora” vehicle checkpoint, visitors to
the state will no longer have to obtain a car permit in order to travel
south of Nogales. Effective December 15, 2005 paperwork to obtain the
decal for visiting the interior will be done at a new checkpoint on
Highway 15, just south of the Guaymas-bypass on the road to Ciudad
Visitors to the interior of Sonora are now able to drive
directly to such cities as Guaymas, San Carlos, Hermosillo, Kino Bay,
Magdalena and Santa Ana without the time-consuming process of obtaining
a car permit.
For the next six months, Sonora will continue to staff a
booth at kilometer 21 checkpoint that will collect paperwork from
vehicles that are returning to the US.
Minimally, the elimination of this paperwork means a savings of 15
minutes to travelers. However, around certain holidays, the measure may
save visitors up to several hours. The “Only Sonora” program, unique in
Mexico, allows Americans to visit Sonora without paying the customary
(federal) fee of $27.00.
Travelers intending to go beyond Sonora will still have to
obtain a “Banjercito” federal permit. A permit is not required for
travel to Rocky Point and other border cities, which are classified as
“free-zones.” Required for a permit: proof of US residency, a driver’s
license and proof of vehicle ownership.
The “Only Sonora” program, unique in Mexico, allows Americans to
visit the State of Sonora without paying the customary (federal) vehicle
registry fee of $27.00, “Only Sonora” requires motorists to show proof
of US residency; a visa to visit Mexico; a driver’s license and proof of
Americans going beyond the Kilometer 21 Checkpoint into
Mexico’s interior will still be required to obtain a visa, which is
valid for up to 6 months and good for multiple entries. The Banjercito
will remain at KM 21.
Travelers to regions of Mexico that do not use Highway 15 will still be
required to obtain either “Only Sonora” or Banjercito permits.