Medical Tourism in Mexico

Travel Guide

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Travel Guide: Patient Checklist

Important travel information including what to pack for surgery and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

  • BRING PASSPORT, passport card, or your U.S. legal resident card (required for re-entry back into the U.S.)
  • TAKE COVID-19 PCR TEST 3 days prior to entering Mexico. Bring test results with you to surgery for doctor review (name on test results must match name on photo ID). Visit our COVID-19 Policy page for more information.
  • CALL YOUR BANK and let them know you’re travelling to Mexico (to prevent blocked charges during your stay)
  • CALL YOUR PHONE PROVIDER to setup an international plan throughout your stay in Mexico. Your standard U.S. cell service will not work in Mexico otherwise.
  • DOWNLOAD WHATSAPP to stay in touch with the TreVita team and loved ones back home (when connected to wifi).
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Travel Guide: What to Pack

Clothes to Pack


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  • Sweatpants
  • T-shirts
  • Jacket or sweatshirt
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Sports bra (for women)
  • Cell phone
  • Tablet (optional)
  • Chargers for all devices
  • Extension cord


Vitamins and Supplements


  • Body lotion
  • Alcohol pads or oil to remove adhesive
  • Comb or hair brush
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Gas-X Strips
  • Money to buy Omeperazole
  • Chapstick
  • Daily pads
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Travel Guide: How to Get Around

Ground Transportation

San Diego, CA -> Tijuana, MX

When booking bariatric surgery though TreVita, you will be picked up from the San Diego International Airport and provided ground transportation across the border to your chosen hotel in Tijuana, Mexico.


Getting around Tijuana

Transportation to and from the hospital back to your hotel is included in the surgery price. For additional trips, we highly recommend booking rides from Uber vs. local taxis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all rooms are equipped with a sleeper sofa to accommodate a guest throughout your stay. Your patient coordinator will let him or her know of the local resources available and make sure to introduce them to all staff members should you need anything. Please keep in mind that your companion can stay for free, but their meals are not included.

Travel Companion Policy: You may bring one travel companion with you whom is welcome to stay overnight with you in the hospital room and the hotel room for no additional fees!

This person is to provide support for you, they are not to ask the nurses for coffee, expect nursing staff to make their bed or wait on them.   

If you travel with more than one support person you are responsible for their accommodations, ground transport to and from the hotel, hospital etc. You are financially responsible for ground transportation fees to and from shopping or sightseeing excursions.

You will need to present a credit card when you check into the hotel; all phone calls, laundry fees and room service will be billed to your card. If you request the driver to purchase articles for you, you will be responsible for reimbursing those costs. 

Thankfully, no! The facilities we work with are issued a special medical tourism pass to ensure a hassle-free border crossing. Our private medical transport van will easily and safely drive you across the border both to and from Tijuana.

Unfortunately, no we do not provide that service. You are responsible for your travel to San Diego. Once you have your flight info, you send it to us so we can pick you up at the airport and take you to your chosen surgical facility in Tijuana.

We believe so. While Mexico faces a variety of challenges like any other developing nation, the country is unique in its proximity and familiarity with Americans and American customs and has benefitted greatly from decades of favorable trade. The result is a generally friendly and welcoming neighbor to the South with a massive infrastructure for providing lower priced medical procedures specifically to Americans. We believe the service and quality of care meet or exceed those found in the U.S., with customer service and overall experience often far exceeding U.S. standards.

All of our patient coordinators and surgeons speak English and there is always a fluent English-speaking staff member on the floor at all times (even after hours). People often forget how close Tijuana is to the U.S. and how intertwined the two communities and economies are. The result is a local population with many proficient English speakers. Between our dedicated English-speaking staff and others at the hospital, you’ll always find yourself with someone thoughtful to speak to.

TreVita brings a new level of innovation to an already innovative industry. We’ve been in business since 2018, but our team and our subject matter experts have many decades of combined experience. Our partner facilities are some of the best available with long track records of success and quality patient care.