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A Quick Trip to Mexico – Nuevo Progreso — 9 Comments

  1. Great information! I was working in Edinburg, TX last month (flew into Harlingen) and considered border crossing. Reynosa was closer and I didn’t get good vibes from the reviews I read online. Not to mention that it snowed while I was there! (first snow in 13 years) If I ever go back I will try to cross at Nuevo Progresso as you did. I also found the US side of the Rio Grande Valley quite interesting and unique in its own way compared to the rest of Texas. Thanks again for the great info!

    • Jeff, Yes good move. During our 3 week stay in the Mission area last year we were advised to stay away from Reynosa unless we really knew what we were doing. Also, I don’t believe you can easily walk across there so that means driving which opens up a lot of other potential issues, like insurance, etc. In Neuvo Progresso there are easy access parking lots just this side of the border.

  2. We are in Corpus Christy and would like to take a day trip to to Neuvo Progresso. We don’t have passports. Is that possible?

    • We had passports, but I think there are other options for limited access. See here
      and here.

      Looks like however there is still a lengthy process to go thru. Advise you confirm the above info with an official on the US side of the border before crossing. Good luck and have fun!

  3. We plan to visit Progreso next month. Our 12 year old granddaughter will be with us. Do you think it’s safe to take her?

    • Our visit was a little over a year ago but I doubt much has changed. We felt 100% safe and were in the company of lots of other US citizens, many traveling there for dental work besides the shopping. We don’t remember encountering anything that would be inappropriate for a 12 year old, or any kind of criminal activity. Of all the US folks we talked with there, many make multiple visits per year and no one conveyed anything negative. Just make sure you all have passports or the equivalent. Also we would recommend parking on the US side and walking across.

  4. We travel down for our dental needs to Nuevo Progreso and never have we ever not felt safe, there is alot of police and soldiers present so don’t be surprised when you see a policeman with an assault rifle( all police officers carry them in Mexico) enjoy it and don’t forget to tip the locals as they are very friendly, helpful and courteous. make sure you have your passport on hand or a state issued id with proof of u.s citizenship for crossing back. park on the u.s side and walk across or do as i do and drive over and park in a public parking lot for $3, the drive back takes a little long on saturdays but is not as bad on weekdays, if you want to bring back liquor it’s $3.50 u.s tax for a gallon same for a case of beer

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