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Mexico Newsletter —
October 2021

This month: Land border update; Autumn in Mexico; Lake Chapala towns; Day of the Dead; Property prices; Monarch butterflies; New banknote ...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — October 2021

Land border restrictions have been extended to October 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.

October highlights in Mexico

Autumn arrives in Mexico during September, and although the seasonal rains continue bringing color and fragrance to the flora, we are experiencing the last weeks of the rainy season before commencing the ‘long dry’ season ahead.

A significant earthquake shook southern-central regions in September providing a salient reminder that Mexico is susceptible to seismic activity; this month we feature an article about preparing your home for earthquakes.

If you’re thinking about a move to Mexico (or relocating within Mexico), this month’s feature on discovering the towns of Lake Chapala is worth reading; and our new associate can help you to move and find a home there.

Mexico’s central bank put a colorful $20-peso note into circulation in September, along with three new $20-peso spending coins; as well as three $10-peso collectors’ coins—the collectors’ coins are minted in Troy ounces of pure silver.

As the season turns from summer to fall, the clocks will turn back one-hour at the end of October (or early November in some places); and preparations are being made for Day of the Dead festivities; with cooler nights in the highlands, we can look forward to enjoying frothy hot chocolate laced with cinnamon and delicious Pan de Muerto.  November also heralds the return of the Monarch Butterflies that overwinter in the mountains west of Mexico City.  This month’s newsletter shares articles and local knowledge to help you prepare for autumn.

Thank you for your patronage, and thank you for sharing this newsletter with your friends, family, and colleagues.  Wishing you a very enjoyable start to the autumn season in Mexico!

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  • Mexico’s central bank introduced a colorful new $20-peso bill in late September, along with 3 new $20-peso coins for spenders and three silver coins for collectors with a face value of $10 pesos.  Foreign Native penned some commentary on the new currency.
  • Our summary of insurance services in Mexico helps you to consider coverages that can support your lifestyle here and mitigate the costs caused by unforeseen mishaps.
  • Stay in touch: a reminder that you can get an internet modem for home use that uses wireless network for service, and that Mexico offers excellent cell phone plans that enable you to roam affordably across all of North America.
  • Your country’s consulate can provide certain types of assistance while you’re in Mexico, but the support they can offer does have limitations.  Learn about typical consular support services offered by foreign embassies in Mexico.


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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.


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