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
EASY SUMMER LIVING
- 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
- If you hold an immigration document that expired before Jan 1, 2020, you can apply for temporary residency in Mexico under a special procedure
- Learn about the difference between Temporary and Permanent residency permits
- A reminder about the need to exchange your residency visa sticker for a card when you arrive in Mexico
- Our free 2021 Mexico Immigration Guide encapsulates everything you need to know about visas and residency permits and our latest articles about visas and immigration keep you apprised of current situations including financial criteria for residency, fees, and procedures.
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
- Download our comprehensive free guides to Real Estate in Mexico and working with Realty Agents in Mexico.
- The shared space rentals market is booming in Mexico, and the demand is being met by people using online marketplaces to rent space in their homes—but there’s more involved to renting space in your home than you might imagine.
- Protect your home: Download our free guide to home maintenance and security and read about property insurance coverages available in Mexico.
- Discover remarkable residential properties on the market for sale in Mexico by browsing our Mexico Home Life section.
- Download our free guide to Money & Banking Services in Mexico. It’s our comprehensive eBook about Mexico’s currency, how to manage your money, and practical knowledge like opening a bank account and using financial services here
- Driving to Mexico this summer? Learn about Temporary Import Permits, get tips for driving in Mexico, and don’t forget to arrange your Mexico auto insurance
- Travel documents: A reminder about the documentation that is required for travel and entry to Mexico whether you are visiting or resident here
- Summer brings out the mosquitoes and is also peak breeding season for the arachnids—learn about three spiders to be mindful of in Mexico
- The hottest days of the year bring the refreshing rains and late summer can bring hurricanes to affected areas. Learn about summer climates in Mexico
- Traveling with kitty or fido? Mexico has specific rules and procedures for the import of animals, including domestic pets
- Treading in a grammatical minefield: an exploration of the complexities that exist in Spanish surrounding the use of the terms “there is,” “there are,” and “to have”
- Our insightful PinPoint Spanish series helps you to get acquainted with the nuances of Mexican Spanish in everyday situations.
- The rains return to the Copper Canyon in July, when the rivers swell and the flora bloom, making summer the most popular time of year for visitors to take a journey on the Copper Canyon train. Learn about the Copper Canyon and arrange a tour to get the most from your visit.
- Discover extraordinary travel experiences, with inspiration, tips, and advice to plan and enjoy your leisure time in Mexico.
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.
Connect to helpful services that enable you to realize your Mexico plans.
MEXICO EBOOKS LIBRARY
- 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.
- Learn about the range of Mexico-related insurance services that exist to mitigate the effect and expense of unforeseen events and mishaps when you’re here including auto, home, health and trip coverages.
- Our extensive guides and articles about insurance help you to make informed choices.
REAL ESTATE SERVICES
- Mexico Home Life highlights remarkable residential properties for sale in Mexico
- Learn about insuring your home in Mexico
- 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.
- Find services that help you to discover, plan, and arrange leisure & travel experiences in Mexico.
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.
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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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