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Mexico Newsletter —
March 2021

This month: Land border update; 2021 clock-time changes; Spanish language for lifestyle; enjoying a Temazcal; coastal living vs highland living; Copper Canyon train ...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — March 2021

Land border restrictions have been extended to March 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 as as of January 26, 2021, international passengers flying to the US need to get tested.

March highlights in Mexico

As February’s unpredictable weather (enshrined in the Mexican saying Febrero loco…) gives way to the windy days of March, temperatures across Mexico are beginning to warm up, and already the purple flowers of the Jacaranda trees are beginning to bloom: a sure sign that spring is on the way. Springtime in Mexico begins on or around March 21. This article describes what you can typically expect from the weather this time of year.

The Monarch butterflies begin to leave their winter habitat this month; if they’re still on your bucket list they’ll be back in November.  It’s a good time of year to consider planning a journey on the Copper Canyon train.

The third Monday in March commemorates Benito Juarez with another long-weekend holiday, and the clocks move forward this month in places across northern Mexico, whereas most of the country will move its clocks forward on the first Sunday in April.

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.  Covid updates

Mexico living and lifestyle

Our guides and articles to living and lifestyle help you to explore and realize your Mexico lifestyle plans.

Mexico’s clock-time changes in 2021: Twenty-five years ago, Mexico started to move its clocks in the spring and the fall.  The daylight ‘savings’ argument is moot, as Mexico gets plenty of daylight year-round, although people have become accustomed to enjoying ‘lighter evenings’ in the spring and summer. Details about this year’s spring and fall clock-time changes, including states that don’t move their clocks, can be found here: Mexico’s clock-time changes in 2021.

Spanish language for lifestyle: This month we introduced a new online Spanish for Lifestyle course in partnership with Spanish55.  The course helps you to build Spanish language and vocabulary skills that enable you to converse confidently in lifestyle situations you’ll encounter when you’re here in Mexico.  Your initial consultation and lesson test-run is free.

Going where the weather suits your clothes: Choosing a location to live in Mexico is one of the most important decision points you’ll make.  Some people like to be by the sultry humid ocean, whereas others want to live in more temperature climes at one of Mexico’s highland towns or cities: learn about the distinctions between the hot coasts and cool colonial cities.

Mexico residency and immigration

We’re continually updating our information about matters related to residency and immigration in Mexico.

Guides and articles: Our free 2021 Mexico Immigration Guide encapsulates everything you need to know in one eBook, and our latest articles keep you apprised of current situations including financial criteria for residency, fees, and procedures.

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.

Your home in Mexico

We publish extensive guides and articles to help you learn about renting, buying, selling and owning a home here.

Ownership costs: When you buy a home in Mexico, you’ll need to take into account a range of costs that go beyond the purchase price.  Our article about the total cost of property ownership in Mexico describes the up-front costs as well ongoing costs and selling fees.

What are Mexican UDIs: UDIs were introduced as an inflation-protected unit to address a banking crisis in 1995, and are still used today for mortgages, bonds, and some financial calculations, including allowances on capital gains tax when you sell your Mexican home.

Who’s renting your Mexican home? A reminder to homeowners renting out their home in Mexico that it’s important to know who’s occupying your dwelling space: if you rent to someone who uses the property for illicit purposes, you could forfeit your house.

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.  Please remember your generosity when tipping during this exceptionally difficult economic period.

Enjoying your leisure time

Your spare time is precious, and our travel guides and articles provide inspiration and advice to plan and arrange your leisure time in Mexico

Enter the Temazcal: Discover Temazcal: an ancient steam-bath ritual that offers an invigorating physical experience combined with ceremonial elements that support the mind and spirit.

The train journey that takes your breath away: One of the country’s most remarkable areas of natural beauty is the Copper Canyon—actually a series of twenty canyons, formed over the years by six rivers.  The train that traverses the canyons is an engineering marvel that carries travelers across breath-taking rugged natural scenery and offers an extraordinary travel experience along the way.  Learn about the Copper Canyon and arrange a tour to get the most from your visit.

Custom tours in Mexico, hand-crafted to your needs

Our travel associates know Mexico intimately, and work closely with travel service providers in Mexico.  Whether you are visiting Mexico or live here, they can hand-craft a custom tour for you and your family (or small group) and take care of all the arrangements, leaving you to make the most of your leisure time.

Request a custom-made travel tour

Spanish language matters

Speaking Spanish will transform your lifestyle and leisure experiences in Mexico.  Our guides and articles help you to learn and improve your Spanish.

Why Spanish? Whether you plan a short visit to Mexico or to stay for longer, being able to communicate in Spanish will make a material difference to your everyday activities and experiences.  This article explains why

PinPoint Spanish series: Our insightful PinPoint Spanish series helps you to get acquainted with the nuances of Mexican Spanish in everyday situations.

Connect to Spanish schools and courses in Mexico

Spanish language for lifestyle: Discover this unique online course that will help you to improve your Spanish language skills in everyday lifestyle situations.

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

Insurance to keep you covered in Mexico

Our extensive guides and articles about insurance help you to make informed choices, and our associates provide insurance services to ensure your lifestyle and activities in Mexico are properly covered.

Insurance to support your Mexico lifestyle: 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.

Foreign-plated cars: If you plan to drive a foreign-plated car in Mexico —even if only for short essential trips across the border— make sure you’re properly insured: US and Canadian policies don’t cover third party liability.

Healthcare and evacuation: If you’re wondering what options are available for medical coverages in Mexico, learn about the options for Medical Insurance in Mexico.  If you have good medical health coverage in your home country a fully-managed medical evacuation plan may be an alternative in some situations.

Home cover: Our house is usually the most valuable physical asset we own.  Learn about how to insure your home in Mexico against damages and also against third party liabilities.

Get the insurance coverages you need for your lifestyle in Mexico

Visit our Mexico Insurance page for a list of insurance services and connect directly to our associates who can provide personalized assistance and no-obligation quotes.

Mexico ebooks library

Our redesigned eBooks Library offers you a range of carefully composed eBooks with helpful insights and local knowledge about Mexico.  We offer a selection of free and paid eBooks and every download makes a contribution to our website.

Free eBooks also updated: We have fully revised and updated our popular and free Mexico Immigration Guide and Mexico Cost of Living Guide for 2021.

Download Mexico eBooks from Mexperience

Buy individual titles: Browse our library of Mexico eBooks and select from a continually updated list of titles.

Helpful resources on Mexperience

We’ve been helping people to learn about Mexico and discover new opportunities here for lifestyle and leisure since 2002.

Discover Mexico: Visit our Discover Mexico section for the latest stream of articles and features to help you get inspiration, insights, and connections about Lifestyle, Living, and Leisure in Mexico.

Lifestyle & Living Services: Find services to help you to realize your lifestyle & living plans in Mexico.

Leisure & Travel Services: Find services to plan and arrange leisure & travel experiences in Mexico.

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 detailed consultancy, personalized advice, and practical help through the process.

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.

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

Mexico eBooks Library: Browse and download free eBooks which provide useful knowledge about Mexico including the latest 2021 editions of our Mexico Immigration Guide and Mexico Cost of Living Guide.

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