Typical border crossing traffic.
SEE INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM FOR PASSPORTS!
(Dr. Levi's father in law)
Our shuttle driver
assists with check-in,
translating, etc and works directly with the hospital /doctors.
He drives a clean / large personal van for a gentle ride and friendly
McAllen to Rio Bravo -
$135 roundtrip |
Harlingen to Rio Bravo -
Fees are per patient.
One guest traveling with patient rides free.
Additional fee per extra guest of $50.
Making shuttle arrangements:
make arrangements in advance by emailing our office.
Please send this to set up your shuttle:
Name / Date of surgery
Date / Time / Location of pick up
Cell number (if the driver needs to call you)
Number of persons traveling
Any special notes:
driver is available between 8am-8pm. Your service includes pick
up the day you arrive and the
day you are released from the hospital.
If you need to make other stops or wish to go
shopping, ask the
driver. A fee may apply. If you are staying extra days or arriving earlier
than your pick up date, other
arrangements for transport (rental car, etc) will
be necessary. If you do not fly home
on your release date, you may need a hotel room near your airport. Most hotels provide
free shuttling to the airport.
Flights should arrive before 8pm
(McAllen) or 7pm (Harlingen).
You should be at the hospital about 4hrs before surgery
& allow 4hrs between hospital release
and flight home in case of border delays.
Do's and don'ts of travel:
- pack only what you need for the trip. Border agents are strict - do not
bring anything that may look suspicious (large duffle bags,
unmarked medications, etc). It will save time / decrease delays getting
back into the states.
DO NOT go to
pharmacies, markets, or other places and purchase medications or other items
not allowed to be transported into the US. Shopping is a great
idea, but purchases should reviewed before leaving for the border
so be sure to ask questions about your purchases. Transporting illegal items could result in the
shuttle being confiscated and our driver & other passengers detained or arrested.
Delays at the border and flight delays of other
patients may cause the shuttle to arrive a little
late, this is unavoidable but does not
occur often. It will NOT cause you to miss
your surgery. Our staff will work around the delays to make
sure you are able to have your surgery.
Border delays can cause you to miss your return
flight if you have not scheduled properly.
You will meet the driver
at the main entrance to the airport. Don't
forget to ask for a receipt for your taxes.
Jan 01, 2014 - ALL patients
must apply for a
passport (we recommend the
passport card because it is
only approximately $45 - and is all
that is required to cross US borders by
land). You can apply normally the local
post office or the passport office in
your city. If you apply for a
passport and will not receive it in time,
you can cross the border with
proof of application (receipt) 2) birth certificate
(certified- see note below) 3) driver's license.
Note** When you apply for your passport
they will keep the birth certificate and return it with your
passport. In this case, you need two
birth certificates - one to send with
the passport application and one to cross the border.
You can obtain additional birth
certificates online at
It can be expedited to receive in about 2-3 weeks.
You can sometimes go to the courthouse in the
area you were born and pick up one. You can
never use photocopies of
any identification documents to cross
the border - all documents must be original and/or
Remember!! If you
are detained for any reason at the
border...so are the
driver and any other patients in the
shuttle. You will not be
allowed to use the shuttle if you do not
have the proper ID / documents.
If you have any questions, please email!!
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