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Garitas or Retenes (singular: retén) are federal inspection stations operated by the Mexican government. They are officially known as a "Garita de Revisión." They are usually located within 50 kilometers of a national border (with the United States, Belize, or Guatemala), and they function as immigration checkpoints, where documents and cargo are to be inspected.

The United States Border Patrol operates a similar series of checkpoints. These are also referred to as garitas by the Latin American community.

List of Garitas in Mexico

Garitas along the Mexico-U.S. Border (listed in order from West to East)

Garitas along the Mexico–Guatemala Border (listed in order from South to North)

Garitas in the Yucatán Peninsula


  • Aduana Mexico. 2007. Aduanas 25 de las Reglas de Caracter General en Materia de Comercio Exterior para 2007.
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