New “Only Sonora” vehicle checkpoint location makes it easier to visit Sonora.
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
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 vehicle ownership.
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.
Sonora" moves south and it's easier to visit Sonora
The "Only Sonora" program, unique in Mexico, allows Americans to visit Sonora without paying the customary (federal) fee of $27. "Our intention here is to make it easier for Americans to visit Sonora," said Gov. Eduardo Bours. "This measure should cut anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour off a trip to Hermosillo or San Carlos.
As importantly, it removes psychological barriers -- the less paperwork required for people to get from one place to another, the better. Sonora --and other "free zones" in Mexico's border areas --have experienced incredible growth when we eliminate paperwork. By moving "Only Sonora" south, we're confident that we'll inspire new visitors and bring our states closer together."
Neither a permit nor a visa is required to visit Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) and other border cities which are classified as "free-zones".