Mexico Newsletter —
May 2021

This month: Land border update; Mother's Day; Mexican coffees; Swimming pools; Untitled property; Mexico's banknotes; Living & lifestyle choices...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — May 2021

Land border restrictions have been extended to May 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.

May highlights in Mexico

We’re passing through the hottest weeks of the year; as late spring makes itself felt across the parched landscapes eagerly awaiting the seasonal rains, here are some practical tips for getting through these dustiest days of the dry season.  Mexico’s rain season begins in May or June. Depending on where you are (or where you visit) refreshing respite from the long dry days is just around the corner.

Mother’s Day falls on a Monday this year—in Mexico, the occasion isn’t moved to nearest Sunday; and with the horario de verano now entrenched across the country, daylight is extended well into the late evenings.

Mexico’s new $100 peso banknote won an international design award; Foreign Native comments on the changing faces of the country’s paper currency.

We’re preparing to bring additional services and support to you this summer, including new titles in our Mexico eBooks Library and the launch this month of Mexico Home Life that highlights remarkable residential properties for sale.

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.


  • Mother’s Day on May 10 isn’t a national holiday in Mexico, but not a great deal gets done that day. It isn’t moved to the nearest Sunday like Father’s Day, or Mother’s Day in other countries.
  • Mexico’s highland topography and the rich nutrients in its volcanic soils combine to create an ideal natural environment for growing fine quality coffee beans; learn more about enjoying Mexican coffees.


  • Mexico offers you the opportunity to simplify your lifestyle, reconsider what’s most important to you, and rebalance your finances.  Our articles about living simply provide insights and links to useful resources.
  • If you’re seeking to take a pause and consider your options, this self-development workshop in Sayulita might interest you.
  • Whatever your circumstances, your choice of location in Mexico can determine how well you settle and thrive here.  Our article about matching your needs to your location provides helpful guidance.


  • Some property transfers in Mexico offer possession but not legal title; learn about the important difference and the practicalities of buying and selling untitled land.
  • Our Mexico Home Life section, launched this month, highlights remarkable residential property for sale in Mexico.
  • Swimming pools are ideal for these hot months of the year, although they need constant attention and a maintenance plan to keep them in good working order.


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 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

Helpful Services

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


  • 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, 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.



  • Our redesigned eBooks Library offers you a range of carefully composed eBooks with helpful insights and local knowledge about Mexico.

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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