Taking a Rental Car into Mexico

If you plan on taking a rental car into Mexico, it is crucial to be familiar with any terms and conditions, and regulations and restrictions that may be set out by your preferred provider.

Below is information on travel with your car rental into Mexico that I have researched for you.  Policy information is included for the following providers:

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.

Make sure to always check with the rental company directly about policies, as many companies only allow travel into Mexico with a rental car for specified vehicle types and from select locations only. 


According to Alamo.com (opens in a new window) their vehicles are not allowed to travel into Mexico.

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*updated Nov/09

According to Avis.com (opens in a new window) "Driving U.S.-owned cars into Mexico always is prohibited."

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According to information on Budget.com (opens in a new window):

Taking a rental car into Mexico is permitted by United States residents only if you purchase Mexican Automobile Liability Insurance at the U.S. rental location. You cannot purchase this insurance in Mexico. This insurance is available only at specific locations in Texas, Arizona and California.

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According to Dollar.com (opens in a new window) :

Dollar does not allow their vehicles to travel into Mexico.
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Their website was not very specific; it states: "Some office will allow their vehicles to cross international boundaries."

A renter would have to contact the office that they plan to rent from to see if that particular location will allow travel into Mexico with a rental car." 

You can find local contact information for a specific location at Enterprise.com (opens in a new window)

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According to FoxRentaCar.com (opens in a new window)

Vehicles rented from Fox are allowed into Mexico cities/states closest to the California and Arizona boarders, ONLY if the renter has purchased Mexico Insurance at their rental counter. Renters should refer to the Mexico Insurance section of their reservation for the area of coverage that is allowed.

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According to Hertz.com Travel into Mexico is forbidden, UNLESS specifically indicated by the location that you are renting from.

For more information, when you are checking rates on Hertz.com click on "Reservations" on the navigation menu on the left hand side, next click on "Qualifications & Requirements". Then enter pickup location, next choose "Rental Restrictions" from the topic drop down menu.

The customer must check at the renting location at the time of pickup for authorization and to purchase a mandatory Mexican Insurance Policy (prices vary by vehicle type). This basic Mexican insurance coverage only allows travel up to 250 miles into Mexico and only applies to Economy Car, Compact Car, Intermediate Car, Standard Car, Fullsize Car, Premium Car, Standard SUV, Premium Van, Compact SUV, Minivan, Fullsize SUV, Standard Recreational Vehicle.

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National provided no information about crossing borders on their website.


According to PaylessCar.com (opens in a new window) geographic restrictions may apply and are location specific. In order to determine if a vehicle is permitted to leave the state in which it's rented, you must check the "Location Policies" (during the reservation process - bottom of the page on step 3 of the reservation process, before booking) to determine what geographic restrictions may apply for rentals from that specific location.


I could find no information about travel into Mexico on >Thrifty.com (opens in a new window)

Renters should contact a specific location to determine its' policy.

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*Note: Car rental companies can modify policy at any time; I make every attempt to maintain up-to-date info, but always check with an individual company to verify any policy. See: Disclaimer

Note: Border Crossing Policies provided on Car Rental websites generally cover only US or Canadian residents. Residents of other countries must contact their specific rental pickup location to get permission to take the rental car across the border.

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