Things To Remember
When traveling abroad, there are always things to remember. The seemingly mundane becomes important and things you would never think of, well… Here are some things to remember in Mexico:
While most restaurants use purified water and ice, it’s not worth spoiling your trip by taking the chance.
Make sure raw veggies are purified and also fruit before you eat them.
Doesn’t hurt to ask nicely at any restaurant/eatery if their water and ice is purificado – it’s your tummy!
U.S. auto insurance is not valid in Mexico. Both your U.S. Company and the Mexican government agree – it’s not valid in Mexico. Any valid driver’s license is valid in Mexico.
You cannot receive Medicare benefits in Mexico or other foreign countries.
Prescription drugs cost much less
than they do in the United States of America.
Mexico National Health Insurance, IMSS, is approximately $2,905 pesos for those over the age of 60. You will need to present: copies of you passport and FM 3 visa, your birth certificate translated into Spanish, 2 frontal head shot photos, and copies of one of your Mexican utility bills. You can apply in January/ February and July/ August. There are also private insurances available and for a lot less than you are probably paying in the U.S.
IF YOU ARE JUST A TOURIST
Always carry your Tourist card with you while you are in Mexico. If you lose your card, it can be replaced from local immigration officials. Tourist Cards are free, but must be returned to officials at the Mexican border when you re-enter the U.S.
Don’t even think about bringing a weapon into Mexico! It is illegal!
Don’t attempt to bring guns and/or ammunition into Mexico.
Even some knives are confiscated at the border.
… make sure you have:
– Valid proof of citizenship,
– Tourist card, (at the Border)
– Valid vehicle registration,
– Copy of your vehicle title may be good to include,
– Valid vehicle insurance, (Remember, U.S. insurance is not accepted)
– A valid driver’s license,
– An international credit card,
– And make sure you are covered by some type of medical insurance.
OWNERSHIP IN MEXICO
To acquire valid ownership rights it is necessary to have the property title recorded.
For citizens of the United States of America, if you have purchased in the “restricted zones”, the title will transfer to a Mexican bank, which acts as trustee of your interests and ensures precise fulfillment of the Trust, according to Mexican Law.
If title to your property is in a bank trust,
there will be annual administrative fees.
Rates vary…it pays to shop around.
Property Taxes, known as predial, averages 0.1% to 0.2% of the assessed value of the property at the time of sale.
We visited about 6 or 7 areas of Mexico and found Mazatlan to be the most economical place to live.
The Cancun area is the most expensive and Guadalajara runs a close second.
Just FYI – the quote I got from a moving company in Mexico, was $10,000, and they were going to do everything – packing, delivery, unpacking, setups, etc. That was Louisiana to Mazatlan.
Dick and I eventually decided selling our stuff and worrying about replacing most things was a wiser way to go.
But, when checking, you will find a big variance in prices – from company to company and depending on what all you want them to do.
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