Mexico Newsletter —
June 2020

This month: Mexico's phased reopening; US-Mexico land border update; Visitor and residency permits; Changing seasons; Countryside living, Tourism's return...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — June 2020

Changing seasons: The summer solstice is on the horizon, and spring is in full bloom here in Mexico: the trees’ branches are being redressed with beautiful colors, the swallows have returned, the cicadas are active during the day and the crickets chirp cheerfully at night.  Splashes of occasional rainstorm are beginning to break the dry season, with accompanying windstorms heralding change that will usher the monsoon rains.  On the mountain, the early morning air is fresh, days are very warm, and temperatures decline swiftly during the late afternoon to leave the enjoyment of cool and gentle evenings. Along the coasts, temperatures are rising boldly and the humidity is beginning make its presence felt—summertime is on the way.  See also: Hot coasts, cool colonial cities.

Thank you for supporting your local Mexican community! As the Coronavirus event continues to unfold, local communities are feeling the economic impact of these unprecedented times.  Many foreign residents living in Mexico have stepped-up to participate positively; 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.

Coronavirus updates: Mexico has announced a phased reopening of its economic, cultural, educational, and social activities starting June 1st.  We have published an article which 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: On the weekend of March 21, Mexico and the US announced land-border crossing ‘restrictions’ which prohibit crossings across the land border for tourism and recreation; the restrictions, originally set for 30 days, have been extended twice and the land border remains effectively closed to all except ‘essential’ crossings until at least June 23rd.  This article summarizes the current restrictions and explains what is defined in the official Notice as an ‘essential crossing’—and what isn’t.  How busy is the US-Mexico land border? We downloaded the US DOT’s stats and discovered it’s usually very busy.

Expiring Visas and Coronavirus: The Coronavirus event is causing some practical issues for people currently in Mexico under the auspice of a visitor permit (FMM), and for foreign residents holding expiring, or expired, residency permits.  Issues may also arise for people with residency visa stickers in their passport waiting to exchange them for a residency card.  To answer questions related to these matters, we have published an article about Coronavirus and Expiring Mexico Vistor and Residency permits.

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.

Countryside living in Mexico: The country house, the tree-shaded garden, the birds singing, the soothing tone of water trickling in a fountain, and a slower pace of life: idyllic romanticism or practical possibility?  Living in the Mexican countryside can offer some tangible benefits as part of a lifestyle plan, but it carries drawbacks, too.  Our article about countryside living in Mexico explores the charms and compromises.

Health insurance in Mexico: Many readers are asking 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.

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.

Liable to be overlooked: Storms can fell trees and destabilize walls causing structural damage to your home, your neighbors’ homes, or cause injury to your domestic help or passers-by.  These types of (often overlooked) third party liabilities can be mitigated with adequate insurance cover.

The return of tourism in Mexico: Mexican States and destinations that rely on tourists are beginning to set-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.  In the meantime, you can find inspiration for future visits to Mexico by browsing Extraordinary Travel Experiences, and Travel Destinations in Mexico.

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