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Essential Tips for Traveling to Mexico During the Holiday Season

Consejos Esenciales para Viajar a México Durante la Temporada Navideña

As we approach the end-of-year festivities, many of us plan to travel, especially those wishing to visit their country of origin. In this post, we will focus on travelers heading to Mexico, offering practical advice and essential requirements to ensure a smooth trip.

Necessary Documentation:

  1. American Citizens: If you are an American citizen, whether by birth or naturalization, you must carry your American passport. Additionally, it is advisable to obtain a passport card, which is useful for crossing by land (Mexico, Canada, and some islands), as it speeds up border crossings.
  2. Mexican Residents in the U.S.: If you are Mexican and a resident of the United States, make sure to carry your valid and current Mexican passport, a certified copy of your birth certificate, your identification (identity card or consular registration), and the credential of the National Electoral Institute (INE). If you are traveling with your children, carry their apostilled birth certificates in addition to the already-mentioned documents (except for the INE).

Tips for Traveling by Vehicle:

  1. Vehicle Registration: If you are traveling in your vehicle, register it on the Banjército website in advance (between 10 and 60 days before the trip).
  2. Travel Times: To avoid congestion at the border, travel during less busy hours, such as early morning or night.

Tax Exemptions and Allowed Items:

  1. Upon entering Mexico, you can bring goods up to a value of $500 without paying taxes during the Héroes Paisanos season. Remember that this does not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, automotive fuel (except for the vehicle’s tank), and certain other items.
  2. Be sure to carry invoices or sales receipts to verify the value of the goods.

Cash and Pets:

  1. You can carry up to $10,000 in cash without needing to declare it. If you carry more, you must declare it to avoid fines.
  2. You can introduce up to three pets or companion animals without paying taxes, but check with the authorities if there are restrictions for certain types of animals.

Return to the United States:

  1. Use the Border Weight Time (BWT) app from the Border Patrol to check waiting times at the border.
  2. Prepare for inspection: have your documents handy and follow the instructions of the authorities.

We hope these tips help you plan your trip to Mexico and ensure a hassle-free return to the United States. Always remember to be attentive to updated information at the border and travel informed and safe.

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