El Chaparral

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Puerto Fronterizo El Chaparral

The El Chaparral port of entry or border crossing (Puerto Fronterizo El Chaparral) is as of 2012 the main vehicle crossing point from San Diego into Tijuana, Mexico, replacing the former entry point known as Puerta México which stood immediately east of El Chaparral. It is roughly in the same location as the former Virginia Avenue crossing, where trucks entering the US from Mexico prior to 1983, was located. The opening of El Chaparral roughly tripled the number of traffic lanes to 22, reducing wait times for vehicles entering Mexico.

CBP checkpoint

Access is via a four-lane, temporary access road that is 0.2 miles (0.32 km) long and leads west from the end of Interstate 5.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Mexico's El Chaparral crossing officially opens Thursday". U-T San Diego. October 30, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  2. ^ ""El Chaparral" abre oficialmente sus puertas". SanDiegoRed.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Abre EU y México nueva garita El Chaparral". Elgolfo.info. October 24, 2012. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014.