Your monthly Mexico newsletter is filled with inspiration, meaningful knowledge, helpful connections, and tips for better living, lifestyle, and leisure in Mexico.
Changing seasons, autumn festivities
The autumn equinox this month heralds the seasonal turning point as the halcyon days of summer yield to fall’s cooler climates, and a return to school and other activities.
Bakeries and supermarkets across Mexico started selling Pan de Muerto from around mid-August, months before the Day of the Dead festivities unfold. In these times of de-seasonalized shopping, Halloween costumes will appear on shops’ shelves in September, and Santa Claus dolls will be on sale during October.
Mexico’s part-time ‘snowbird’ residents, who tend to leave Mexico in the early spring each year, will be packing away the summer accessories and finalizing their plans for a return in October or November—more or less in synch with the migration of the Monarch Butterflies.
By late September, the air temperatures begin to drop noticeably and at higher elevations, you’ll sense subtle changes in the morning and evening air as nectar and citrus summer fragrances transform into mellow autumnal scents—sometimes tinged with the sweet smell of wood smoke drifting on the breeze from fireplaces fueled by birch, olive, cedar, or mesquite. The change of season is often marked by mystical wind storms and if you’re visiting or living in the mountain highlands, you’ll be reaching for a pullover or fleece to dress against the air chill during the early mornings, and after sunset.
Home ownership across changing generations
Aging provincial homes in Mexico are charming, and offer dilemmas, opportunities, challenges —and lessons— for present and future owners. They also stand as a reminder that properties, in kind with their owners, pass through cycles and that the habits and spoils of one generation are not promised to another.
More dates for the Lake Chapala discovery program
If you’ve been considering a move to the Lake Chapala region in Mexico, the Focus on Mexico team have announced additional dates for the 6-day “life at Lakeside” program that enables you to discover local lifestyle opportunities there and determine if the Lake Chapala area is right for your lifestyle intentions. The programs are running in November 2022, and February of 2023.
Walking tour of Mexico City
Whether you’re visiting Mexico for a short vacation or living here and seeking to discover more of the the country you’ve adopted as your home, a custom tour enables you to make the most of your leisure time and absorb the experience of the activity instead of grappling with the details and logistics.
We’ve added small-group walking tours of Mexico City in association with David Lida, author and long-term resident of Mexico City, who offers custom walking tours that will help you to discover and experience the capital’s vibrant energy.
You can browse all the custom tours we offer in association with travel specialists who know Mexico intimately.
Preparing for your Mexico road trips this fall
The fall season is accompanied by a significant increase in vehicles crossing the border from the US into Mexico, as travelers take leisure journeys to escape the cooling temperatures in the north, and part-time residents return to Mexico to overwinter here.
Mexperience offers updates and links to resources that will help you to plan and enjoy your road trips across Mexico. We recommend you get your Mexico auto insurance online before you travel using our partners, MexPro.
- FAQs about bringing your foreign-plated car to Mexico
- Dealing with vehicle breakdowns when you’re in Mexico
- Browse all our latest updates about Driving in Mexico
- Free eBook: detailed guide to Driving & Road Trips in Mexico
- Learn about being properly insured when you drive in Mexico
Get the insurance coverage you need to drive with peace of mind in Mexico
Your US or Canadian auto insurance policy will not cover you for third party liability when you’re driving in Mexico. Mexperience is pleased to refer our readers to MexPro auto insurance, which offers comprehensive coverages valid in Mexico using English-language policies backed by a fully-licensed US insurance broker. Get a quote online.
Appointments for residency-related procedures
We have been receiving a lot of email recently about the availability and lead times for appointments at Mexican consulates and immigration offices in Mexico. Some consulates are experiencing a very high demand for residency application appointments presently so we recommend you plan in advance, or be prepared to exercise patience while waiting for your interview appointment.
Mexican consulate appointments: The procedures for booking appointments at Mexican consulates abroad varies by location: some consulates use an online booking system, others require an email to be sent, and others have walk-in dates. Our associate can assist you with appointment scheduling in accordance with the policy and process in place at the consulate you apply at.
Immigration offices in Mexico: The electronic booking system for appointments at immigration offices in Mexico is currently offline and applicants need to attend the office in person to ask for an appointment date, or a service token.
Some reminders about visas and residency
Here are some reminders of key matters in relation to visas and residency:
- Mexico has started to phase-out use of paper FMMs
- Learn more about timescales for visas and visa-to-card exchanges.
- Times allowed in Mexico using a FMM permit
- Principal routes to obtaining residency in Mexico
When you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service. If you already have your visa and need help exchanging that for a card in Mexico, we offer a visa-to-card exchange assistance option in partnership with our associates.
Comprehensive knowledge for Mexico lifestyles
Whether you’re considering a move to Mexico, in the throes of moving here, and even if you’re already here and considering ways to reformulate your current situations, our Mexico lifestyle planning articles and eBooks provide invaluable help and local knowledge:
- Complete relocation and living guide to Mexico
- Key factors to consider as you plan your lifestyle in Mexico
- Latest articles about Mexico lifestyle planning
- Free eBooks: Browse & download free eBooks from our library
- Connect to Mexico Assistance Services
Coverages that protect your Mexican home
Protecting your most valuable physical asset against unforeseen events is an essential consideration as you formulate your Mexico lifestyle budget—and yet a surprising number of foreign residents overlook home insurance coverage. Here are some helpful resources, and a connection to our insurance partner MexPro who offer a range of helpful coverages for your Mexican home.
- Learn about coverages for your Mexican home
- Insurance for housekeepers and other workers in your home
- Mitigating the risks of third party liabilities around your home
- Get an online quote to insure your home in Mexico
Covering medical expenses in Mexico
US residents often ask if Medicare is available in Mexico (it isn’t); but there are alternative healthcare plans available that include private insurance, Mexico’s IMSS insurance, and medical evacuation.
Mexico lifestyle notebook – September 2022
Enjoy highlights of hand-picked articles that have been recently added or updated, as well as gems from our archives.
Month of flags and parties: Independence Day in Mexico is celebrated on September 16th to mark events that led to the creation of the Mexican Republic as is the most widely celebrated of Mexico’s political holidays. Learn more about mes de la patria in Mexico on our section about independence day.
Freelancing workstyles: Working independently in Mexico offers opportunities, and presents certain challenges to those seeking to move here and set-up a freelance workstyle abroad—and considering how Mexico might fit with this intention.
A key that opens many doors: Being able to converse and interact in Spanish will transform your lifestyle experiences in Mexico. Browse and discover Spanish language courses—you can learn from the convenience and comfort of your home, or attend a class in Mexico. Our PinPoint Spanish articles share insights into language usage in Mexico.
Avocado and mamey among other flavors: Mexican ice cream and popsicle choices are varied, flavorsome, and widely available from local stores, fancy-brand parlors, and street vendors.
Recognizing what’s most important: Going back to a simple life isn’t a step backwards. Some people living in Mexico come to simplify their life situations, and are experiencing the attractions and benefits a simpler lifestyle can provide. Find inspiration and guides to help you plan and cultivate a simpler lifestyle in Mexico.
Twenty-six busy weekends: Workers’ wages are paid every fifteen days in Mexico, and pay days are known as Quincenas which make for busy weekends, especially in the capital.
Priced in dollars, taxed in pesos: A hidden cost of selling your Mexican home might lay in the ‘exchange rate effect’ —that can influence the real taxable value of your home in foreign currency terms— although worthwhile tax allowances are available to residents.
Matthew Harrup is founder and editor of Mexperience.
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Discovering more of Mexico
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Immigration and residency
Our extensive collection of articles and our free eBook, updated annually, help you to learn about what you need to acquire and maintain your legal residency in Mexico.
- Principal routes to obtaining residency
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When you need assistance with your residency permit application or renewals, regularization procedures, expired permits, or troubleshooting, consider using our Mexico Immigration Assistance Service.
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Mexico home life
When you’ve made the move to Mexico, our Mexico Home Life section shares local knowledge, ideas, and inspiration to help you discover opportunities and settle-in well to your home and living spaces in Mexico.
Driving and road trips
Driving your own vehicle across Mexico’s extensive and well-developed road network provides an ideal way for you to explore these diverse lands and become acquainted with the local topography, the regions, the culture, and the local people in ways that no other means of transport can match.
- Latest articles about driving in Mexico
- Free eBook: Guide to driving and road trips in Mexico
- Auto insurance for your vehicle
A range of Mexico-related insurance services exist that can mitigate the effect and expense of unforeseen events and mishaps when you’re here.
- Insurances to support lifestyle activities in Mexico
- Auto Insurance
- Medical insurance options
- Medical evacuation
- Home insurance
Property and dwelling spaces
Our extensive articles and free eBooks share local insights and advice to help you find, settle-in and manage your home and dwelling spaces in Mexico.
- Browse the latest Mexico Real Estate updates
- Free eBook: Detailed guide to real estate in Mexico
- Our Mexico Home Finders section connects you to realty professionals and remarkable homes for sale
- Property eBooks: download our free eBooks about real estate
- Insure your Mexican home against natural disasters, burglary and vandalism, accidents and mishaps, and third-party liabilities
Your leisure time
Whether you’re visiting Mexico or living here, there’s an abundance of travel and leisure options for you to explore and experience.
- Browse the latest Travel & Leisure updates
- The Monarch Butterflies will return in November
- Discover custom travel tours of Mexico
Mexico-US land border
Entering Mexico: Mexico does not require visitors to show proof of vaccination to enter the country. Tourist permits (FMMs) and temporary import permits for vehicles (TIPs) are being issued as normal.
Entering the US from Mexico: The land border restrictions imposed by the US on visitors by land from Mexico, introduced in March 2020 due to Covid-19 have been lifted, but only for visitors who can show an approved vaccination certificate. US Citizens and US legal residents do not need to show this certificate. This article describes the reopening of the Mexico-US land border.
Spanish language study
Learning or improving your Spanish will enhance your experiences in Mexico, if you’re visiting, and especially if you’re living here.
- Browse the latest updates about Spanish language study
- Our insightful PinPoint Spanish series helps you to get acquainted with the nuances of Mexican Spanish in everyday situations.
- Find courses at local schools and online
Connect to helpful Mexico Assistance Services that enable you to realize your Mexico plans.
- 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 ASSISTANCE
- When you’re seeking to buy a home to buy in Mexico, our Home Finders section can help.
- Learn about insuring your home in Mexico.
- Find real estate assistance services.
- 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 established firms and professionals who offer services commonly sought by foreign residents living in Mexico.
- Find services that help you to discover, plan, and arrange your living & lifestyle plans in Mexico.
- Find services that help you to discover, plan, and arrange leisure & travel experiences in Mexico.
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 as free downloads.