Mexico Newsletter —
July 2020

This month: Summertime in Mexico; US-Mexico land border update; Monsoon rains, Tourism returns gradually; Finding your place in Mexico; Language study...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — July 2020

Summertime in Mexico: Summer has arrived and Mexico is slowly beginning to reopen following the Coronavirus shut-down.  Mexico announced a phased reopening of its economic, cultural, educational, and social activities starting June 1st.  Each municipality and region is implementing a custom reopening plan so the scheduling varies depending on each locality.  We have published an article that we are keeping regularly updated with material developments related travel and lifestyle in Mexico.  For all our Coronavirus-related articles, visit the Covid-19 section on Mexperience.

Travel restrictions continue on US-Mexico land border: Mexico’s land border restrictions have been extended again, until at least July 21.  The restrictions effectively keep the land border closed to all except ‘essential’ crossings.  This article summarizes the current restrictions and explains what is defined in the official Notice as an ‘essential crossing’—and what isn’t.  Flights to and from Mexico are not affected by this restriction.
See also: How busy in the US-Mexico land border?

Celebrating Mexico: Mexico remains one of the most vibrant and colorful places in the world to visit and to live in, as highlighted by these three articles from our library:  Take The Iguana shares reflections from author DBC Pierre’s remarkable childhood in Mexico; Discover Humanity: Mexico is an exploration of the country’s cultural traditions presented through a short ‘mosaic’ film; and Mexico Lindo y Querido shares insights about one of Mexico’s famous ballads featuring a remarkable version performed by musicians across the country.

Tourism is beginning to reopen in Mexico—gradually

Phased reopening: States and destinations that rely on tourists are setting-out phased plans to reopen leisure services in the months ahead.  A modest flow of domestic tourism is anticipated to resume this summer and it’s expected that international tourism will take longer to return.  States and regions are still working out the details of how hotels, restaurants, and other leisure activities can reopen.

Outdoor/Nature: We understand that Mexico’s Copper Canyon train will recommence a modified service this summer, and that the nature sanctuaries that receive the Monarch Butterflies hope to be able to host visitors this coming fall and winter.

Planning: If you’re planning to visit Mexico this summer/fall, we recommend you talk with your tour operator to ask about the latest developments and if you’re traveling independently, we suggest you contact the hotel(s) you intend to stay at to ask them about the current situation in their locality.  Flight schedules may be reduced and/or subject to sudden change: check with the airlines for details.

Customized tours: If you would like to book a custom tour in Mexico, our associates can help —they are in constant contact with the operators and destinations they work with, and will book travel itineraries as soon as it is possible to do so.

Inspiration: In the meantime, you can find inspiration for future visits to Mexico by browsing Extraordinary Travel Experiences, and Travel Destinations in Mexico.

Thank you for supporting your local Mexican community! Many foreign residents living in Mexico have actively stepped-up to help local people and traders during Coronavirus: Thank you to everyone who has!  We have compiled a list of practical tips and ideas for foreign residents in Mexico who want to actively support the local communities they love calling home, and what you can do to support your local Mexican economy.

Mexico visas and documentation: We have published and updated additional information about the documentation and visas required to visit or reside in Mexico.  These include: Documentation required for travel and entry Mexico; a description of the entry and exit procedures, guidance about Mexico’s Tourist permits, as well an article to help people with expiring or expired visitor or residency permits while Coronavirus continues to disrupt routine processing procedures.

Immigration Assistance

If you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, or troubleshooting with an expired permit, consider using the Mexico Immigration Assistance Service provided by our associates.

Summer climates and monsoon rains: The summer season brings high-heat, bursts of color and fragrances, and dramatic monsoon rains.  The hurricane season runs (generally) from July to October—the hottest months.  Although some people avoid Mexico in the wet season, we think that’s a mistake and our article about Mexico’s rainy season explains why.  You can read more useful insights about weather and seasons in Mexico here on Mexperience.

Health insurance in Mexico: Readers continue to ask us about how to get health insurance here.  If you’re considering healthcare coverages in Mexico, read about your choices for healthcare cover in Mexico and connect to relevant resources and contacts which include health insurance quotes and medical evacuation.

Matters of pecuniary interest: Trying times often prompt people to review their situations and, as part of that, their finances.  How safe is your cash in Mexico? discusses how Mexico’s banking system has evolved and how a federal insurance scheme protects some types of deposits to a certain level; predicting exchange rates is a reminder that the value of free-floating currencies like Mexico’s peso are subject to significant fluctuations; and if you’ve found some old Mexican banknotes lying around, this article explains how much they are worth.

Gentle Reminder: Please tip generously during this difficult time

Tipping is woven-in to the fabric of Mexican trading culture and, as we explain in our guide, tipping in Mexico must be practiced often and in a wide variety of situations.  During this exceptionally difficult economic period, please remember your generosity when tipping.

Seeking a new life in Mexico: We see continue to see strong interest from people researching a possible relocation to Mexico and, to this end, Finding Your Place in Mexico is an article that shares some personal and also practical considerations—all of which serve as a reminder that to settle well into a new life situation abroad calls for an abundance of patience, compromise, and acceptance.

Improve your Spanish: Spare time on your hands is an ideal opportunity to improve your language skills.  We have always reminded readers that speaking Spanish gives you invaluable access to Mexican life and culture that monolinguals miss out on.  Our PinPoint Spanish language series helps you to learn about Mexican Spanish and its nuances, with dozens of articles which share insightful concepts and practical examples.  Helpful to beginners and especially useful for intermediate and advanced study.

Useful Resources

Discover Mexico: Visit our Discover Mexico section for the latest stream of articles and features to help you get insights and connections to Mexico.

Mexico Features: Our features share ideas and connections for Travel, Lifestyle and Real Estate.

Immigration Assistance: 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 this Mexico Immigration Assistance Service, which offers personalized advice and practical help.

Mexico Insurance: Everything you need to know about Healthcare, Auto and Evacuation coverages in Mexico.

Mexico eBooks: Browse and download free eBooks which provide useful knowledge about Mexico including the 2020 editions of our Mexico Immigration Guide and Mexico Cost of Living Guide.

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Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience