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 being recognized as a premium destination 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 top board-certified surgeons, well-equipped hospitals (according to International standards of excellence), and 4.5 star hotels in Tijuana, Mexico. We hope to make this experience as smooth as possible. Whether your 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 Guide - Mexico Bariatric Center

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

See the patient coordinators Karla, Jose Luis, Jesus, Henry and the drivers Victor. Ricardo and Willie below. Our team has a culmination of over fifteen years of experience in medical tourism. MBC offers quality all-inclusive packages for a safe Mexico weight loss surgery in Tijuana.

We highly recommend passport card or passport book to cross to 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

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 are arriving late at night, or your departure is early in the morning, you can book with the Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown, Located blocks from the San Diego International Airport.

Another option is with 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.

To Mexico and Back, Our Staff is Here to Help

We have hired Karla and Luis, our Patient Advocates in Tijuana, Mexico. From the second you arrive until the second you depart, Karla, Luis, Henry, Jesus, and Art will be there to help you. Jesus will greet you at the hotel and will inform you about your stay and time of your next day hospital arrival.

All of our patient advocates are very familiar with bariatric surgery patients. As a matter of fact, Jose Luis has had gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Louisiana Valenzuela and has lost over 130 lbs in the year to date (07/21/2015). Art, our driver, will put a smile on your face and show Tijuana to you. The MBC staff in Tijuana, Mexico are extremely friendly, and they are working so hard to make your experience from this journey a memorable one!

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 Drivers

Victor, Henry, Ricardo, and Willie are MBC’s bi-lingual drivers who pick you up on the American side (San Diego) and transport you to (Tijuana). Patients fall in love with Victor!

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 Peso 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.