Mexico Newsletter —
September 2020

This month: Land border restrictions; Living off-grid in Mexico; WiFi connections; Monarch butterflies; Lifestyle planning; Property costs; Fantastical childhood pets...

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Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — September 2020

Travel restrictions continue along US-Mexico land border: Mexico’s land border restrictions have been extended again, until at least September 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?

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.

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.   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.

Off-Grid Living in Mexico: Planning a simple living situation is about recognizing your essential daily needs and building a lifestyle around those, free of excess and clutter.  One option is to go ‘off-grid’, which is viable in Mexico—for some.  One couple living simply off-grid shares valuable insights and offers consultation to those who want to explore this alternative lifestyle.

Fantastical childhood pets: What does a childhood lived in Mexico feel like?  Renowned author DBC Pierre shares some personal reflections as a fascinated child growing-up in the capital, offering glimpses into an era now past, and a world still present.
See also: Writing inspired by Mexico

Internet connections and online security: Whether you’re visiting Mexico on vacation, staying for an extended time, or living here, WiFi hot-spots are helpful as they can provide a good quality internet connection without eating-in to your mobile data allowance.

Lifestyle planning: There are lots of good, sensible reasons for moving to Mexico, but it takes consideration, research and a plan to make your move a success. Our article about Lifestyle Planning is an excellent primer with links to helpful guides, articles and resources.  If you’re wondering what’s propelling people to move here —and especially to retire here— review these Key reasons.

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.

Moving-in is just the beginning: When you buy a home in Mexico, up-front costs will vary depending on the locale and circumstances.  The ongoing costs of home ownership here are reasonable, and this article describes costs in some detail to help you consider the total cost of property ownership beyond the advertised purchase price.
See also: Tell-tale signs of a good realty agent

It’s urgent that you wait: Learn how Mexican Spanish is versatile when it comes to questions of time — another article from our insightful PinPoint Spanish series.

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 Travel, Living and Lifestyle 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