Moving to Mexico with your Car

Moving to Mexico with your Car

Moving to Mexico involves a lot of organization, and there are many elements that you will need to plan carefully, including bringing your car with you. Having your own car will provide you more time to explore the beauty of Mexico but it not essential. You might be better served to purchase a car in Mexico and sell your car back home, or travel on public transport and taxis.

For those of you who are thinking of moving to Mexico with your car, here are some pointers you will need to consider:

Driving with your non-Mexican car in the “Free Zone”

If your car has a non-Mexican license plate, it can still pass through the border and even drive within the “Free Zone”. This area covers around 22 miles (35 km) from the land borders and while you drive in this zone, you do not need any extra paperwork. For instance, driving within the free zone will not oblige you to get a permit, but once you decide to move further south, you will have to secure your car’s permit. There are many checkpoints but these checkpoints do not sell permits so you better be ready with it once you head south.

Outside the “Free Zone” when moving to Mexico

People entering Mexico may bring one car per adult, which requires a special permit. This permission lasts as long as your visa and any subsequent extensions are valid. You will need a temporary import permit when you drive beyond Mexico’s “Free Zone”. If you are a tourist, you are allowed to bring one car even if it’s not your own, while if you are entering on a residents visa, the car must be registered in your name.

Within the Permitted Time Frame

How long does an import permit last? It is valid as long as your current visa is valid. Your car is allowed to be within Mexico for the duration of your stay only. Changing your immigration status while you are in Mexico will not require you to apply for a new car permit, but once you decide to go back to your country, you have to surrender your car permit. If ever you want to reenter the country, you must purchase a new vehicle permit if you need one. It is also worth noting that once you become a permanent resident after moving to Mexico, you will no longer be able to bring your car into the country and you will need to get any foreign licensed cars that you own registered in Mexico, which can be quite costly and time consuming.

Rules and Regulations

Each person is only allowed to import one car into Mexico. If you want to bring more than one car and you have a spouse or a child who is above 18 years old moving with you, you may bring additional vehicle according to the number of eligible individuals. Towing a car behind an RV means the two vehicles may enter the country. The proof of ownership is required for both of the vehicles. If you leave the country, these vehicles must also go out the border with you. The same applies for a trailer. You still have to provide proof of ownership and it must also leave the country with you.

Single-passenger motorized vehicles like ATVs and motorcycles may be registered with the vehicle which towed or carried them into Mexico. Only three single-passenger vehicles are permitted per main vehicle. You must also provide proof of ownership for these extra vehicles and you must take them with you when you leave.

Moving Abroad

Will you Miss your Family Too Much Moving Abroad?

If you are considering moving to a new country and starting a new life or retirement abroad, you might find yourself challenged with how to cope with missing your family. The idea of having to leave your elderly loved ones or your young ones might keep you from relocating. Here are some good tips to stop you from missing your family too much when moving abroad.

Start socializing asap

Start socializing as soon as you can upon moving abroad. Gain new friends and widen your social circle by joining as many groups as possible. Get involved with community activities such as taking Spanish lessons, joining dance, cooking, or yoga classes etc. Be sure to create excuses to invite your new friends to other events so that your circle starts growing. Making new friends who are in the same position as you will certainly help when you miss your family.

Get in touch with new technology

There is actually no excuse not to communicate with your far-off loved ones with so much new technology. Through Internet, webcams, and services like Skype, Facetime, and others, you get to talk and even see your family and friends face to face with just a few clicks. Don’t be shy of new technology; if need be ask your younger family members to show you how to use it so that staying in touch is easy.

Stay regular

You can also use your gadgets to set up a regular schedule when you are going to make your calls or do your video chats. A weekly, monthly, or whatever schedule that will make up your routine calls is more convenient. You won’t have to blame yourself when you realized a long time already passed by without any word from you or your closest back home. The best way is to not let too much time go by. Get into the habit of sending regular messages and calling frequently.

Choose an attractive location

When you make your move, choose a place where direct flights are available for your family and friends back home to take advantage of. Cities served by budget airlines will encourage friends and families to come and pay you a visit. You will be amazed at how many of them will come over and cheer you up.

Choose a place where the cost of living is low

You might also find it more convenient if you stay in a place where the cost of living is less expensive. This will motivate more vacations from for your family and friends. You will also have enough to save for your yearly visits back home or you may want to treat your dearest by buying tickets for them when they want to come over.

Buy or rent property that is big enough for visitors

Prepare for your guests when moving abroad by making sure you have plenty of rooms to accommodate them and additional bathrooms. Make it comfortable when people visit and you will see they will come and visit more often.

Moving abroad can be the best decision you ever make!

Drug Related Violence in Mexico

Truth About Drug Related Violence in Mexico

Drug related violence in Mexico seems to be making news headlines less and less, yet the question still remains as to how safe the country is for those wishing to visit on vacation or to make Mexico their home. Cities near the border with the United States such as Ciudad Juarez are heavily influenced by drug cartels who are mean and ruthless, protecting their multi-million dollar drug business each and every year but what about the safe tourist areas such as Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Riviera Maya?

Drug related violence in Mexico

For the drug cartels, selling and smuggling drugs is a big business in Mexico, the United States and Canada, which of course is immoral, but still a profitable business. If the demand for drugs were not so high in Western Europe and in the United States, or if drugs were legalized, the drug cartels would simply just disappear (or at least lose their power).

What about places like Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Riviera Maya?

While we need to be realistic about the threat of drug related violence in certain states of Mexico, we can’t believe all the reports of killings from media reports, and we must remember that in Mexico there is a bigger picture to consider. The fact is that many of the cities and towns in Mexico are drug-free, non-violent, peaceful, and tranquil despite of what the mainstream media is reporting. Beach destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Riviera Maya are probably safer places to visit than many cities back home.

Tourists are the least affected by drug related violence

In the hopes of selling more newspapers and getting ratings, most media outlets forget to highlight how tourists and visitors to Mexico are the least affected by the drug related violence, most who visit are totally safe and secure. In the majority of cases where foreigners have been involved in drug related violence, the background to their story shows that they were also involved in illegal activities. Very few “innocent” tourists are affected by drug related violence in Mexico, although it does happen.

Living in Mexico

For the expats who have called Mexico their home for many years and consider Mexico their full or perhaps part time home know that there may be risks involved in living in Mexico, but the risks are much more lower than the risks that they could face in their own country. If you just take the time to research the facts and statistics that have been published on drug related violence in Mexico affecting non-nationals, then you will quickly learn that Mexico is still pretty safe, even more so in the cities that are popular with tourists, snowbirds and retirees such as Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Tijuana, Culiacan, and Ciudad Juarez are not the best representation of Mexico. This would be like media outlets back home claiming “America’s most dangerous cities are a true representative of the entire United States”.

This is the truth about drug related violence in Mexico. Anyone can check facts by doing a simple search, and you are certainly encouraged to do so before making Mexico your home.