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Hi im scheduled for surgery in Tijuana 25 Nov. Im traveling from South africa to San Diego airport. Is there anyone here who traveled to tijuana on their own by Taxi/cab. I have to arrange my own transport and im not sure how it works at the border cause i know there is a medical lane but not sure if i will be able to use it? We dont have taxi/cab in south africa so i have no idea how it works and will i be ok getting my own cab at the airport? Will they be able to take me to my hotel in Tijuana?

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Can’t help but saw your user name and was wondering if you were a South African - I used to live there before I emigrated to Australia.

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Normally who you are having surgery with will pick you up in San Diego. Contact them to see if they do. They would have a better chance of having medical badge. I doubt regular taxis would have medical badges or credentials for that lane. I used BariatricPal and was picked up and returned with no issues.

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Who is your Doctor? You usually go through a medical group like Mexico Bariatric Center or The Renew Advantage or one of the other group's but they arrange for you to be picked up at the airport and they take you across the boarder to your hotel and do all the transportation of going to hospital and hotel and return to airport.

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They will do it but at extra cost of 100 USD so im trying to see if i can find more information and trying to arrange my own transport that will be alot cheaper

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You need to reconsider just biting the bullet and pay the fee especially if it includes all transportation during your stay. Not sure the group you're using but I used Mexico Bariatric Center & you're picked up at airport then taken to hotel 1st night then they pick you up the next morning (after you check out of hotel and must take your belongings with you) to carry you to the hospital where you stay for a couple of nights then they take you back to the hotel where you're there 2 night's then they take you back across the border to airport. It will be well worth the $100. investment plus just the security of using a reputable company that you can trust and know you'll get to where you need to be.

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I second the recommendation to just pay the $100. Driving across the border is a huge pain. You've come all this way and will probably be a bundle of nerves and jet lagged. You will be happy for this seamless transportation. All the best. I'm having mine in TJ on November 18th.

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Remember safety first

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16 hours ago, Mikeyy said:

Remember safety first

21 hours ago, lientjie said:

They will do it but at extra cost of 100 USD so im trying to see if i can find more information and trying to arrange my own transport that will be alot cheaper

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@lientjie I agree with the above post. Your main concern should be safety.

Since you are fine with having surgery in Tijuana you might want to consider having your surgery with Dr. Selim Jalil Illan. https://hospitalbc.com/dr-jalil-illan/

Dr. Selim Jalil Illan has been designated as a Master Surgeon in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, by the Surgical Review Corporation based out of Raleigh, North Carolina United States of America.

Dr. Illan is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), Member, Latin American Association of Endoscopic Surgery along with Mexican College for the Surgery of Obesity, Mexican Association of Endoscopic Surgery, Mexican Association of General Surgery, International Society of Surgery. Dr. Illan held the position of Director of Emergency Trauma Surgery for nine years at IMSS Hospital #1.

All of Dr. Illan’s surgeries are performed at Hospital BC which is designated as an International Center of Excellence Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for by the Surgical Review Corporation, one of the few outside of the United States and one of four in all of Mexico! Also, Hospital BC is the only US owned hospital in Mexico!

Please feel free calling me 619-900-7808 or emailing me Bill@hospitalbc.com if you have any questions.

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