Mexico Newsletter —
October 2020

This month: Land border restrictions; A journey to retirement in Mexico; Fall clock-time changes; Medical air evacuation; Copper Canyon; UMA and residency; Importing pets...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — October 2020

Land border restrictions continue until at least October 21st: Mexico’s land border restrictions have been extended again, until at least October 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 Change Reminder

A reminder that most (not all) states in Mexico will move their clocks back by one hour on October 25th or November 1st, depending on the region.   You can also read about Mexico’s four time zones.

Gradual and phased reopening: Mexico is undergoing a phased reopening of its economic, cultural, educational, and social activities.  Each municipality and region is implementing a gradual and custom reopening plan based on a color-coded ‘traffic light’ system so the processes 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.

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 likely 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 as soon as it is practicable to do so.

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

A Journey to Retirement in Mexico: What propels someone to uproot from Minnesota and move to Mexico? For Steve Timm, a chance meeting and a serendipitous visit changed the course of his life’s story.  Read about his experience and how he has settled into a content and comfortable new life in Mexico.

Mexico’s Immigration institute begins to adopt UMA: A change in the way economic solvency is calculated makes legal residency in Mexico accessible to more people, including retirees with a pension income.  Read this article to learn more about UMA and the transition period, and how it affects qualification for those seeking residency in Mexico on the basis of economic solvency.

Mexico visas and documentation: We’ve been receiving many questions in recent times about matters related to visa requirements and to help we have published and updated relevant information.  You can find the latest articles in our Mexico Visas and Immigration section.

Residency applications at Mexican Consulates abroad: Mexican consulates are beginning to reopen and gradually resume the provision of routine services including things like applications for residency visas, and menaje de casa requests.  Check with your nearest consulate for their opening times and procedures.

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 air evacuation from Mexico: Medical insurance provides certain worthwhile coverages, but sometimes a fully-managed medical evacuation plan might be necessary; it can be especially useful for foreign residents living in Mexico who have good medical health coverage through a plan in their home country.
See also: Mexico Insurance

Importing pets and other animals to Mexico: Like all countries, Mexico has specific rules and procedures for the import of animals.  Domestic cats and dogs are easy to import but any other animal, bird, or reptile requires special procedures.  Learn about the rules here.

To Be or To Be, that is the Question:Ni son todos los que están, ni están todos los que son” is a compact expression which contains a number of Spanish grammatical features as well as philosophical connotations, particularly in the matter of separating sheep from goats.  This is another article from our insightful PinPoint Spanish series.

Fall climates in Mexico: September brings a change in the season, with autumn temperatures along Mexico’s coasts remaining pleasantly warm, while elevated areas inland can feel cooler, or cold overnight.  Learn about what to expect with fall and the changing seasons 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.

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.

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