Mexperience Mexico Newsletter — September 2021
Land border restrictions have been extended to September 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.
September highlights in Mexico
As summertime begins to wane, school children and students return to classes, and Mexico enters September: a month that marks the country’s founding as an independent nation and also a transitional month as the seasonal change is felt to turn by month’s end—temperatures begin to cool along the coasts and autumn can be sensed arriving in the air across the country’s mountain highlands.
Choosing a place to live is a key decision point when you’re thinking about moving to Mexico, and our Living Places section featured in this edition can help you to discover new places and explore options.
Don’t forget to browse and download titles from our extensive Mexico eBooks Library —all titles are offered free of charge— and each one is packed full with insightful and helpful knowledge about living and lifestyle in Mexico.
This month’s newsletter is also filled with our usual assortment of features and practical tips and connections to help you discover places and opportunities, and to experience more of Mexico.
Thank you for your patronage, and thank you for sharing this newsletter with your friends, family, and colleagues. Wishing you a very enjoyable September!
Mexico lifestyle & leisure
- Our section on Mexico’s Living Places highlights key destinations to discover as you explore options for living in Mexico.
- We’ve recently updated our guides to living in Manzanillo and living in Lake Chapala and we’ll be updating and adding more guides to our Living Places section this fall.
- Our free 2021 Mexico Immigration Guide encapsulates everything you need to know about visas and residency permits for Mexico.
- Our latest articles about visas and immigration keep you apprised of current situations including financial criteria for residency, fees, and procedures.
If you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service.
LIVING WELL IN MEXICO
- If you’re seeking to take a pause and consider your options, this self-development workshop taking place during September in Sayulita, near Puerto Vallarta, may interest you.
- When you’re searching places to live in Mexico, it’s worth taking a step back to consider and define your lifestyle needs, and short list locations accordingly.
- Coffee culture: Mexico grows and produces a range of excellent coffees readily available for your refreshment at coffee shops, restaurants, and local supermarkets.
- 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.
- Some people living in Mexico come to simplify their life situations, and are experiencing the attractions and benefits a simpler lifestyle can provide
- Download our comprehensive free eBooks to Real Estate in Mexico and working with Realty Agents in Mexico.
- Learn about the difference between titled property and property that offers possession but no legal title in Mexico.
- Discover remarkable residential properties on the market for sale in Mexico by browsing our Mexico Home Life section.
- If experiencing the Monarch Butterflies overwintering in Mexico is still on your bucket list, this is a reminder that the butterflies begin to arrive in Mexico from November. Peak viewing season is mid January to late February, and the butterflies begin to leave in early March. Learn about the Monarch Butterflies in Mexico.
- Mexico celebrates its independence day in September, its month of flags and celebration.
- Discover extraordinary travel experiences, with inspiration, tips, and advice to plan and enjoy your leisure time in Mexico.
DRIVING IN MEXICO
- Driving to Mexico this fall? 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.
- When you move to Mexico and have a residency permit, you can bring many of your personal goods with you duty-free using a special import procedure known as the Menaje de Casa.
- There are some special procedures when you want to bring your pets to Mexico—for a visit, for an extended stay, or long term
- Americans contemplating a move to Mexico often ask whether Medicare is valid here. The simple answer is no, but there are some caveats, and alternatives.
- Keeping in touch: Mexico offers excellent cell phone plans with unlimited calls and generous data allowances on plans that can roam across North America for a modest monthly fee.
- One thing that makes Spanish quite an easy language to converse in for the beginner is that there are basically only five vowel sounds to learn
- Our insightful PinPoint Spanish series helps you to get acquainted with the nuances of Mexican Spanish in everyday situations.
Improve your Spanish conversation capabilities with this online course tailored to current skill level and goals
For an immersive experience, attend a Spanish school in Mexico, where small classes and personalized attention will boost your learning.
If you want to improve your Spanish specifically for living in Mexico, this language for lifestyle course can help.
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.
Connect to helpful services that enable you to realize your Mexico plans.
MEXICO EBOOKS LIBRARY
- Our Mexico eBooks Library offers you a collection of carefully composed eBooks with helpful insights and local knowledge about Mexico—all titles are offered free of charge.
- 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 our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service, that offers detailed consultancy, personalized advice, and practical help through the process.
- Learn about the range of Mexico-related insurance services that exist to mitigate the effect and expense of unforeseen events and mishaps when you’re here including auto, home, health and trip coverages.
- Our extensive guides and articles about insurance help you to make informed choices.
REAL ESTATE SERVICES
- Mexico Home Life highlights remarkable residential properties for sale in Mexico.
- Learn about insuring your home in Mexico.
- Meet our realty partners in Mexico: this summer, we’ve begun working with realty agents who can help you find a home.
- Improve your Spanish conversation capabilities with this online course tailored to current skill level and goals.
- For an immersive experience, attend a Spanish school in Mexico, where small classes and personalized attention will boost your learning.
- If you want to improve your Spanish specifically for living in Mexico, this language for lifestyle course can help.
- Find services that help you to discover, plan, and arrange leisure & travel experiences in Mexico.
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.
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Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience
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