FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2023
2023 Yokohama NORRA 500 Border Crossing Information
Link To Register Vehicles/Trailers
Cross at San Ysidro/El Chaparral Only Between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Attention NORRA racers! Mexican officials have asked NORRA and its racers to properly fill out the border crossing information and supply it by no later than 6 p.m. Pacific Time, October 15, 2023.
Aduanas (Mexico Customs) has asked us to provide vehicle information regarding team vehicles crossing the border. It is in your best interest to make sure all your team’s information is included and on the official list so that your crossing into Mexico for the NORRA race is as smooth and as fast as possible. We have added a link to the NORRA registration page to add all vehicles, including race vehicles (new for 2023). This may be the truck and trailer being used to transport your race car. This may be your chase truck(s).
It is critical that all vehicles and spare parts be listed. Spare parts must cross the border with the specific vehicle they are meant for.
Vehicles and spare parts may be listed from any NORRA account. Below is the link to list them:
NORRA Registration - List vehicles and spare parts
BORDER CROSSING TIPS FROM NORRA -
NEW INFORMATION FOR 2023!
This is an opportunity for convenience that will drastically improve the time for crossing vehicles on their way to NORRA registration. Please follow the rules below:
Please make sure that everyone in your party has passports or passport cards. Every one also must have an FMM or "tourist card." To get one, go to www.mexicotouristcard.com, and complete the information there. Then download and print the resulting form. (Note that all dates on the form are day/month/year.) You may also obtain one at the border. FMM cards are processed at Mexico customs in the blue SAT Aduanas building on the right, after the inspection area. Mexican official ask that you get it validated at the border crossing, rather than waiting to do it at the Port of Ensenada.
U.S. car insurance is not valid in Mexico. We recommend you get Mexican car insurance before you leave. Short-term insurance can be purchased online at Instant Mexican Car Insurance. Safari entries include basic liability insurance starting October 17 and ending at midnight on October 23. To add to your Safari policy, contact Miguel Rico at Instant Mexican Car Insurance, phone +52 664 120 9742, email@example.com.
Mexico customs advises that border crossings must be conducted at the San Ysidro/Tijuana "El Chaparral" location. Other border crossing locations will not have the vehicle and parts list. Crossing at Tecate is specifically not recommended because it cannot handle large vehicles and trailers.
All NORRA racers are to conduct El Chaparral border crossings in Lane #21 (Far right/Buses). NORRA racers may only cross between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. (morning preferred).
All race teams and support vehicles should have a NORRA sticker on the windshield or visible, printed, NORRA logo on the dashboard. Mexico Customs will be in charge of receiving racers through the border crossing.All vehicles should have the following documents in order and preferably in a folder ready for inspection:
- Vehicle registration.
- Proof of ownership, green sticker, invoice or DMV paperwork.
- If the owner of race car or support vehicle is not present during crossing, driver must show photocopy of owner’s ID along with paperwork.
- All vehicles need to have a license plate (except possibly race cars)
NORRA is working to help you get across the border as easily as possible. Have a list (and invoices) of all major spare parts (engine, transmission, wheel/tires). They must match the race car. The Mexican government has informed us that duty will be charged on spare engines and transmissions, however this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We have asked the government for clarification on this issue and we will put out an update if anything changes. Only four (4) spare tires per race or chase truck are allowed maximum duty free.
Vehicles with race car spare parts must go across the border simultaneously with race the car. No chase truck with spare parts will be allowed through the Mexican border duty free on its own.
Finally, No gas of any kind allowed through the border!
NORRA Tourist Assistance Helpline:
+52 (646) 137 1283 -or- (858) 400-7440 ext. 2
Tijuana State Tourism:
+52 (664) 973 0424 (until 6:00pm)
Print/Radio/Television Media Contact:
Phone: +1 858-400-7440 x5
Social Media Contact: