Traveling to Tijuana, Mexico for Affordable Bariatric Surgery

Tijuana is one of the most popular destinations for bariatric surgery in North America and around the world. As the largest Mexican city in Baja, California, Tijuana is recognized as a major stop for medical tourists. Traveling to Tijuana is a short trip across the U.S./Mexico border, where the Mexico Bariatric Center’s hospital facilities and hotel accommodations are located.

Mexico Bariatric Center® uses A+ grade board-certified surgeons, well-equipped hospitals (according to International standards of excellence), and luxury hotels in Tijuana, Mexico. We hope to make this experience as smooth as possible. Whether you are traveling from the United States, Canada, Europe, or New Zealand – here is the guide to traveling to Mexico for weight loss surgery.

Travel to Tijuana Mexico for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

Meet Our Team in Tijuana

It all starts with our professional drivers (Ricardo’s team) who will pick you up in San Diego, and transport you to our Hospital and Hotel (your new home for the next four or five days). Our center will help assuage your trepidation about traveling abroad for healthcare.

Meet patient coordinator Karla, who works tirelessly to make sure your needs are taken care of during your stay. Our team has a culmination with over fifteen years of medical tourism experience. We highly recommend passport cards or passport books to cross to the U.S. border – see Passport Requirements.

Travel Itinerary

Here is the Travel Itinerary for gastric sleeve surgery. For gastric bypass, mini gastric bypass, duodenal switch, and some revision procedures you will stay an extra night in the hospital.

San Diego Airport

San Diego International Airport (SAN), formerly known as Lindbergh Field, is rather a small airport located northwest of Downtown San Diego. San Diego International Airport has three terminals:

Commuter Terminal Airlines – American Eagle (Los Angeles), SeaPort Airlines, SkyWest Airlines (Los Angeles), United Express (Los Angeles)

Terminal 1 Airlines – Alaska Airlines (Horizon Airlines), Southwest Airlines

Terminal 2 Airlines – Air Canada, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection (Salt Lake City), Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines (Terminal 2 East), Japan Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, US Airways Express (Mesa Airlines), Virgin America, Volaris, WestJet

As of 7/13/2020, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines are handling the COVID-19 pandemic the best. They are blocking middle seats and/or allowing free flight changes.

Our driver will cross you through the newly renovated San Ysidro port of entry to Tijuana. You might want to check out Border Traffic – where you can view the border traffic live at all of the different entry points in Mexico. We use the medical lane (Fastlane aka fast pass) for quick entry and exit through Mexico.

Staying in San Diego

If you arrive late at night or your departure is early in the morning, you can book with the Hampton Inn San Diego airport, Located blocks from the San Diego International Airport. Get a special rate of $129 per night as a Mexico Bariatric Center patient.

Hampton Inn San Diego Airport

Another option is the Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego, a four-star hotel with incredible views of the marina and ocean. Located a few blocks from the San Diego International Airport.

Sheraton Hotel and Marina in San Diego
Karla and Elena - Mexico Bariatric Center

To Mexico and Back, Our Staff is Here to Help

We hired Karla as the head of our Patient Coordination in Tijuana, Mexico, in 2014. From the second you arrive until the second you depart, Karla will be there to help you. You will be greeted at the hotel and will be informed about your stay and the time of your next day’s hospital arrival.

All of our patient advocates are very familiar with bariatric surgery patients. Anely is a caring patient advocate in the hospital, helping Karla serve our patients with hospitality. The MBC staff in the Mexican city of Tijuana is extremely friendly, and they are working hard to make your experience on this journey memorable!

Here’s Some of What We Provide to You, Our Patient

  • We will also accommodate a companion (family member or friend) that may come with you. Your companion will enjoy free breakfast.

  • We offer you Free Transportation from the San Diego airport to the Hotel and the Hospital, then back to the Airport.

  • We are available to answer questions and address any problems you may have.

  • If there is something you would like, and it is not there, the staff will do their best to take care of it or find it for you.

  • The hotel provides complimentary broth and jello during your stay.

  • A phone to call home and let loved ones know how you are.

  • City tour and shopping by our staff (based on availability). Uber is a safe way to get around while in Tijuana.

  • A doctor will be available to help with anything you need.

  • An on-staff doctor and night nurse to monitor your progress.

Meet Our Experienced Drivers

MBC’s professional medical tourism drivers,

  • Willie, Victor, and Adriana
  • Ricardo and his team

are bi-lingual drivers who pick you up on the American side (San Diego) and transport you to (Tijuana). They will be calling you the day before you depart from your home to arrange for your pickup.

In Tijuana transportation is done by Ricardo’s team of courteous drivers who go in between hotel and hospital.

Ricardo Romo Driver at Mexico Bariatric Center
Ricardo Romo Driver at Mexico Bariatric Center
Ricardo Romo Driver at Mexico Bariatric Center
Mexico Bariatric Center Driving Patients across border for weight loss surgery
Ricardo Romo Driver at Mexico Bariatric Center

Travel Guide to Tijuana, Mexico

Here are some general tips for your trip, we advise you to review these websites and articles for more detailed information on traveling to Tijuana, Baja California.

  • Convert and take some Mexican Pesos when you are traveling. Some local operators who accept US dollars may give poor exchange rates. View the current rate of USD to Mexico Pesos.

  • Try to use your credit card that has no or small foreign transaction fee, to make purchases in Mexico.