Living & Lifestyle

Mexico Newsletter —
July 2021

This month: Land border update; Easy summer living; new free eBooks; Special residency procedure; Skills for expats; Practical tips for better living in Mexico

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — July 2021

Land border restrictions have been extended to July 21st, 2021

Mexico’s land border restrictions have been extended again; however, we are hearing that American citizens are driving and walking into Mexico without hindrance.  Tourist permits (FMMs) and temporary vehicle import permits (TIPs) are being issued as normal.  This article summarizes the restrictions and the comments section contains anecdotal notes left by local travelers. Note that Flights between the US and Mexico are not affected by this restriction, although international passengers flying to the US need to get tested and Canada has introduced testing requirements for people entering the country via its land border.

July highlights in Mexico

Summer has arrived in Mexico, the seasonal rains are providing welcome refreshment to the landscape, and our team has been busy preparing new content to help you discover and explore more of Mexico.

We’ve just published a new eBook about Money & Banking Services in Mexico —available as a free download from our eBooks Library— in which you can find a complete overview about the country’s currency, and lots of practical information about using banking and financial services here.

Mexico’s immigration office announced a special residency application procedure for anyone holding an immigration document that expired before Jan 1, 2020—details in the immigration updates section of this newsletter, below.

July is the start of the peak-visitor season to the Copper Canyon, a time when the rains fall, the rivers swell and everything comes to life in the area.  You can learn more about the canyons and remarkable train ride here on Mexperience.

In this month’s newsletter, you’ll find a collection of articles that give you insights and practical tips for summer living and leisure in Mexico.  We wish you and yours a very enjoyable summer season!

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.


  • If you’re thirsty for a cold refreshing beer, consider the growing range of Mexican craft beers when you visit your local restaurant or bar.  For those long warm summer evenings whiled away with friends on a terrace, learn about the difference between tequila, mezcal and pulque
  • For special summer get-togethers, when you’re looking for that exceptional bottle of wine or special ingredient that’s not generally available, discover Mexico’s specialist retailers
  • To absorb maximum enjoyment from those restful summer afternoons, learn about the secrets of choosing a good, comfortable, Mexican hammock
  • Mexico has been inspiring writers for centuries.  Foreign Native delves into the history of some famous writers, past and present, who visited or lived in Mexico


Immigration Assistance

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


  • Mexico’s bread shops are an important part of its cultural history and continue to bake a wide assortment of sweet and savory breads to enjoy on a range of occasions
  • Some foreign residents discover that it’s possible to live well in Mexico without owning a car and also discover that Mexico provides ample opportunity for living more simply
  • Prepare for your new lifestyle in Mexico with lots of helpful practical insights shared in our Essential Skills for Expats series





Mexico’s gradual and phased reopening

Mexico continues to undergo a phased reopening of its economic, cultural, educational, and social activities.  Each region and municipality is implementing a custom reopening plan based on a color-coded ‘traffic light’ system so the restrictions vary depending on each region and/or locality.

Helpful Services

Connect to helpful services that enable you to realize your Mexico plans.


  • Our redesigned eBooks Library offers you a collection of carefully composed eBooks with helpful insights and local knowledge about Mexico—download free eBooks today!


  • 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.




  • Discover this unique online course that will help you to improve your Spanish language skills in everyday lifestyle situations
  • For an immersive experience, attend a Spanish school in Mexico, where small classes and personalized attention will boost your learning.


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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Driving to Mexico?

Mexperience offers a wide range of articles that will help you to plan your road trip in Mexico.  Our article about bringing your foreign-plated car to Mexico covers key points you need to know, and our (updated) article on Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) shares valuable information about ensuring your vehicle remains legal here. Don’t forget to insure your vehicle before you cross the border as your US or Canadian policy won’t cover you for third party liabilities.  Our guides and articles about Driving in Mexico are filled with practical advice for drivers.

Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience

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