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Mexico Newsletter —
November 2020

This month: Land border restrictions continue; Day of the Dead; Driving in Mexico; Simplifying your lifestyle; Monarch butterflies; Spanish accents; Mystical winds...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — November 2020

Land border restrictions continue until at least November 21st: Mexico’s land border restrictions have been extended again, until at least November 21st.  The restrictions effectively keep the land border closed to all except ‘essential’ crossings. Flights between the US and Mexico are not affected by this restriction, but if you have a foreign-plated vehicle in Mexico, note that its permit (TIP) expiry date will not be extended due to Covid.  This article summarizes the restrictions and explains what is defined as an ‘essential crossing’—and what isn’t.
See also: How busy in the US-Mexico land border?

Fall Clock-Time Changes

Most of Mexico turned its clocks back by one hour on October 25th, and northern regions and border cities will move their clocks back on November 1st.
Learn about Mexico’s four time zones.

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 locality.  We have published an article that we are keeping regularly updated with material developments related travel and lifestyle in Mexico.

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.

Day of the Dead Festivities: Day of the Dead —an ancient tradition that celebrates the continuity of life— is one of Mexico’s most important religious holidays. Poignant ofrendas, iconic marigold flowers, elegant Catrinas and food delights like Bread of the Dead and hot chocolate are integral parts of this festivity that take place between October 31st and November 2nd.  The Day of the Dead parades will not be taking place this year, but cemeteries will be open and family graves will be dressed with candles and flowers.  Learn about Mexico’s Day of the Dead traditions in our special feature section.

Monarch butterflies: The very special Methuselah generations of butterflies migrate each year, leaving the colder northern climes of the U.S. and Canada to take winter refuge and breed in Mexico.  They begin arriving in November and overwinter until March.  The sanctuaries are expected to be open to visitors.  Learn more about the Monarch butterflies and how to visit the sanctuaries.

Bringing foreign-plated cars to Mexico: Our article on bringing your foreign-plated car to Mexico covers key points you need to know about temporarily importing your vehicle; this month we’ve added a detailed FAQ about the Temporary Import Permit (TIP)—the essential document you need to obtain to bring your own vehicle to Mexico.
See also: Driving in Mexico

Mexican banknotes and dealing with counterfeits: We’ve updated a pair of articles that explain how to spot genuine Mexican banknotes and explain what to do in the event that you discover you’re holding a possible counterfeit banknote.

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.

Medical health insurance and evacuation coverage: 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 can be an alternative in some situations.

Reconsidering your true needs: Simple living is concerned with identifying your priorities, and defining what is most important in your life.  Mexico offers places and opportunities to do this, and our article about simple living introduces some of the key concepts; our section on Simple Living in Mexico brings together a series of related articles and guides to help you to consider how Mexico can be an integral part of a more simple lifestyle.
See also: Planning a new lifestyle in Mexico

A quick refresher on Spanish accents: In Spanish, accents are used for words that don’t follow the rules for natural stress, to differentiate words with different meanings, and to split weak vowels.  This article provides a helpful refresher and is part of our insightful PinPoint Spanish series.

The wind god and change: If you’ve lived in Mexico a while, you might have noticed how wind storms here can be mystical: appearing suddenly, transforming a perfectly still day or night—and vanishing abruptly.  These storms are often harbingers of change, providing a conduit for seasonal transition, as well as ushering in the rains and sweeping them away. Discover Mexico’s Mystical Wind and browse more articles about the weather and climate here.

Tourism is beginning to reopen in Mexico—gradually

Phased reopening: States and destinations that rely on tourists are setting-out phased plans to reopen leisure services in the months ahead.  A modest flow of domestic tourism is anticipated to resume this summer and fall, and it’s expected that international tourism will take longer to return.  States and regions are working through details of how hotels, restaurants, and other leisure activities can reopen.

Outdoor/Nature: Mexico’s Copper Canyon Train resumed services on July 17, and we understand that the nature sanctuaries that receive the Monarch Butterflies are expected to be open to visitors this coming fall and winter.

Planning: If you’re planning to visit Mexico this year, we recommend you talk with your tour operator to ask about the local situations, or if you’re traveling independently we suggest you contact the hotel(s) you intend to stay at to ask them about the current situation in their locality.  Flight schedules may be reduced and/or subject to sudden change: check with the airlines for details.

Customized tours: If you would like to book a custom tour in Mexico, our associates can help: they are in constant contact with the operators and destinations they work with, and will book travel itineraries when it is possible and practicable to do so.

Inspiration: You can find inspiration for future visits to Mexico by browsing Extraordinary Travel Experiences, and Travel Destinations in Mexico.

Insurance reminders: 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.  If you own a home in Mexico, you might be wondering whether the property is insurable; most homes can be insured, but there are notable exceptions.  If you’re considering healthcare coverages, read about your choices for healthcare cover in Mexico and connect to relevant resources.

Insights about Real Estate in Mexico: Whether you intend to rent or buy, our guides and articles about realty in Mexico provide insights and practical advice that can help you to understand the local market and find a home that serves you real needs and budget, avoiding common pitfalls.

Useful Resources on Mexperience.com

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.

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