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Mexico Newsletter —
December 2021

This month: Christmas in Mexico; Immigration procedures updates; Agreeable winter climates; Monarch butterflies; Driving season; Living well in Mexico ...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — December 2021

December highlights in Mexico

As the final storms of the rainy season peter out, gardeners across Mexico are recommencing their weekly watering routines to keep plants from drying out in the gardens, and on patios and terraces as we enter the dry season.

The fall clock changes have created an exchange from ‘lighter evenings’ to ‘lighter mornings’ although as this article about Mexico’s long daylight hours describes, you’ll enjoy plenty of daylight through the winter and the quality of the light here is extraordinary.  Fall will yield to winter on December 21st.

Christmas preparations are underway. The festivity period known in Mexico as Guadalupe-Reyes will begin on December 12th, Día de Guadalupe, and end on January 6th, Dia de Los Reyes Magos.  This month’s newsletter helps you to learn about preparing for and enjoying Christmas and New Year in Mexico.

Two significant recent developments from Mexico’s immigration institute include a change to the pattern of time granted to visitors arriving in Mexico using a FMM (visitor permit), and the extension of a special program that allows some people with expired FMMs to apply to exchange these for temporary residency.  Further details are shared in the articles and in the updates below.

The Monarch Butterflies are arriving to overwinter in the mountains west of Mexico City, and now’s the time to make plans: learn about the butterflies and contact our travel associate if you’d like to arrange an excursion to one of the sanctuaries.

As the year draws to a close, we’re making preparations to publish the 2022 editions of our Mexico eBooks —all available free— and we’re also at work composing additional titles for the new year.

If you’re driving your foreign-plated car to Mexico this winter, remember to cancel your vehicle’s import permit (TIP) when you leave, and ensure that your vehicle is adequately covered by auto insurance that’s valid in Mexico.

We wish you a very cheerful Christmas holiday season and a New Year filled with joy and abundance.

Mexico lifestyle & leisure

Our guides and articles to living and lifestyle help you to explore and realize your lifestyle plans and we also help you to discover leisure opportunities in Mexico.

Christmas in Mexico

Immigration updates

Planning note: Immigration offices in Mexico will be closed starting December 18th and will reopen on Monday, January 3rd.  Mexican consulates abroad will be closed December 24th, (25th), and 31st; and reopen on Monday January 3rd.

Immigration Assistance

When you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service.

Locations to live in Mexico

  • When you’re short-listing potential locations to live in, our section about places to live in Mexico offers you local knowledge that helps you to discover potential locations, as well as local insights that can help you make informed choices.
  • Our Places to Live locations guides offer you insights and practical information about specific locations.
  • When you’re seeking to buy a home in Mexico, our Home Finders associates can help.

Living well in Mexico

  • When you’re short-listing potential locations to live in, our section about places to live in Mexico offers you local knowledge that helps you to discover potential locations, as well as local insights that can help you make informed choices.
  • Mexico offers plenty of year-round daylight—regardless of the clock changes in the spring and fall—and the light here is also outstanding.
  • Fall yields to winter in Mexico on December 21.  Our article about winter climates describes what to expect and where to find extra warmth this time of year.
  • If you live in Mexico, don’t forget to pay the aguinaldos —the annual Christmas bonus— to anyone who helps you at home, e.g. maids, gardeners, regular delivery people, among others.
  • Mexican cell phone plans offer unlimited calling and generous data allowances across Mexico, the US, and Canada—it’s never been more affordable to keep in touch.
  • Hot coasts, cool colonial cities: practical advice about short-listing locations in Mexico that offer a climate you’ll feel comfortable living in through the seasons.
  • Whether your tap water is drink-able in Mexico depends on several factors; most people use filtered or bottled water, some are confident drinking tap water.
  • Our summary of insurance services in Mexico helps you to consider coverages that can support your lifestyle here and mitigate the costs caused by unforeseen mishaps.

Property matters

Your leisure time

Driving in Mexico this winter

Mexico-US land border phased reopening

Entering the US from Mexico: The land border restrictions imposed by the US on visitors by land from Mexico, introduced in March 2020 due to Covid-19, will begin to be lifted from November 2021—but only for visitors who can show an approved vaccination certificate. This article describes the phased reopening of the US land border.

Entering Mexico: Mexico does not require visitors to show proof of vaccination to enter the country.  Tourist permits (FMMs) and temporary import permits for vehicles (TIPs) are being issued as normal.

Spanish language study

Spanish Language Courses

Improve your Spanish conversation capabilities with this online course tailored to your current skill level and goals.

For an immersive experience, attend a Spanish school in Mexico, where small classes and personalized attention will boost your learning.

If you want to improve your Spanish specifically for living in Mexico, this language for lifestyle course can help.

Mexico Assistance Services

Connect to helpful Mexico Assistance Services that enable you to realize your Mexico plans.


  • When you need help applying for residency, or help renewing your existing residency permit (or working through a ‘regularization’ procedure after a mishap), consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service, that offers detailed consultancy, personalized advice, and practical help through the process.


  • Our Mexico eBooks Library offers you a collection of carefully composed eBooks with helpful insights and local knowledge about Mexico—all titles are offered as free downloads.






More Mexperience

Explore Mexico beyond the cookie-cutter and find experiences to enjoy that reflect the true spirit of Mexico.

Discover Mexico through articles and features written by people who know Mexico intimately.

When you’re considering Mexico as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share helps you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with helpful lifestyle services and property choices.

When you want to discover Mexico on leisure a trip that’s defined by authenticity, we highlight choices to explore and we can help you to plan your trip.

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Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience

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