US Travel ID Rules Changing for both Passports & Drivers Licenses

April 26, 2017

The USA’s 2005 REAL ID Act is being implemented now, and will be coming into full force in January 2018. The core of the US REAL ID Act set federal security new standards for state driver’s licenses that require machine-readable technology et al that make state’s traditional Drivers Licenses inadequate for flying on both US domestic & international flights. …  As a result, travelers using older state IDs may be turned away at the gate during 2017, if their state does adjust to the new standards or have an formal extension.   Further, the Department of Homeland Security has announced that after 2020, absolutely all travelers on U.S. domestic flights must comply with the REAL ID Act.

Yucalandia.com reported on this last year here:

2016 Traveller’s Alert for Americans Flying Inside the USA

but the details of US Govt. policies on the new US passports continue to change ~ as documented at this US Govt website on REAL ID’s:  https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-public-faqs

Current Map of US State IDs that Pass or Fail the 2005 REAL ID Act requirements:
https://www.dhs.gov/current-status-states-territories

Planning to use your passport for domestic & international air travel?
The US State Department is changing our passport’s technology & changing passport application requirements.  For example, glasses are no longer allowed in passport photos.   Order your passport early:  In addition to the complications of many countries ‘6 Month Validity Rule’ (see below),  consider also that the US State Department is expecting to require longer times (minimum 6 to 8 week delays) to process passport applications in 2017 – 2018.

6 Month Validity Rule:
Next, consider another peripheral consequence of Trump’s feuding with Europe over immigration issues:   Almost all European nations have adopted a 6-month validity rule that say they can deny entry to Americans who arrive with a passport that expires in the next 6 months.

Here’s the official link of where to order your passport:
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

Happy Trails,
steve

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Vehicle Registration & License Plate Renewals Now Offered in Progreso, Yucatan

April 20, 2017:
The SSP government office in Progreso now offers a wide range of new & used vehicle services:
~ Renew – Change your license plates
~ Change ownership and registration
~ Pay tenencias

Location: Calle 37 X 74 in Progreso.
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am-4 pm … Saturdays 8 am- 1 pm.

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Updated Antiparasitic Treatment Rules for Pets Entering Mexico

Further Updqate:
Here’s the USDA APHIS official weblink for requirements for bringing US pets into Mexico: Consider ‘Option B’ …
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/downloads/mx_pets_dog_cat_upd_12.pdf

Surviving Yucatan

February 10, 2017

Public Service Announcement:
Our helpful readers continue to update us all on what rule enforcement changes are taking place around Mexico.

New Enforcement of Regulation re: Bringing Dogs into Mexico via Air

Airport officials at the airport in Puerto Vallarta are enforcing a regulation requiring dogs ( not sure about cats) require the following:
PRIOR to arrival, your dog must have be treated against internal and external parasites by a licensed veterinarian and the products used must be reflected on the health certificate.

Dogs must also have been treated for ticks shortly prior to entering the country. ”

This seems pretty self explanatory.

We’d appreciate hearing from readers if this change is being enforced nationwide.

Happy Trails,
steve

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Is Your PEMEX Station Pumping the Correct Amounts of Gasoline ?

March 4, 2017

Public Service Announcement:
Want to know whether your favorite PEMEX station is delivering the amount of gasoline or LP you are paying for? …  Check out this map …. e.g.  zoom in ~keeping Merida in the center of the page ~ to see the status of your favorite PEMEX franchise.

http://noticieros.televisa.com/especiales/las-gasolineras-mexico-y-litros-litro/?platform=hootsuite

 
Specifically Check the color of dot for your favorite stations:  Passed (Green), Refused to participate (Yellow), Failed (Red) , or Not Participated (purple) … in simple testing to check whether the Litros of Gasoline (or kg of propane) displayed by the station pumps match the actual amounts delivered.
 
AMARILLO: se negaron
MORADO: no los han verificado
ROJO: los sancionaron
VERDE: pasaron
 
 

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Things that happen when we’re bored

February 16, 2017

Affect ~  A verb: “The cold weather really affects me.”
Effect ~ A noun: “Dry coughs are one effect of cold weather .”

Ensure – To make sure, like a guarantee
Insure – Always used as insurance => The policy you pay for but may never use.

Hone ~  Always a verb: What we do to knives & sharp edges to make them sharper.
Home ~ Sometimes a verb or a noun:

Home in on is how we get closer to something,  (“She’s homing in on the answer.”),
while    Home is also where the heart is

Farther ~ A physical distance.
Further  ~ Additionally, everything else.

Accept ~ To receive or agree with
Except ~ To exclude

and my personal favorite:
Number – Things that can be counted or was counted
Amount – A quantity of something that can’t be counted or wasn’t counted.

“The number of Yucalandia readers has increased each & every year for the last 9 years.”
“Colin drank a staggering amount of alcohol.”

and yes,   there’s always there, their & they’re … to, two & too … then & than … Your, yore & you’re …

Your favorites?

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Zika Virus Transmission by Saliva, Urination & Intercourse (Bodily Fluids)

February 15, 2017

Got Zika?

Think you might have Zika…?

This is very important, because Zika, Dengue & Chikungunya virus infections share most of the same symptoms.**

Consider how Zika persists & is transmitted by bodily fluids – as long as 80 days.

The New England Journal of Medicine reports that some patients showed Zika virus in serum (blood)  as long as 54 days … while some patients had no ZIKA virus in blood samples after 14 days.

Other patients showed Zika in urine for up to 39 days,   while others had no Zika in urine after just 8 days

Semen results were most troubling,  showing some patients had Zika Virus present up to 80 days after infections … while the fastest Zika virus clearance was in … ~ 34 days ~

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1613108?query=featured_home&

See our main article on Zika, Dengue & Chikungunya at:

** Chikungunya, Zika & Dengue Virus Information

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15 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting Mexico

Every once in a while,   someone puts together a great piece in their blog.

This is one of those times.

Jim Foreman, of The Mexican Insurance Store.com has put together a real doozy (Duesenberg)…  … With FULL CREDIT TO JIM  Foreman,  Feb 10, 2017,   we offer a copy of his publicly published  ~excellent~ article.

Tips, Secrets, and Advice for Traveling Mexico

  Friday, February 10, 2017

15 Rookie Mistakes To Avoid When Traveling In Mexico

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. –Saint Ambrose

Story by Jim Foreman
We’ve all been there. We’ve all made that first trip to Mexico, as green as a cucumber.

What’s more, everyone, it seems, from the news, family, and friends will try to impart some conventional wisdom. The problem is that these same people offering their advice have either never been to Mexico or went so long ago, the memories are grossly embellished.

Originally this was going to be only ‘6 Rookie Mistakes.’ As the thoughts and situations kept appearing, the number rose to 8, 10, 13 and finally 15. Truthfully, this list could have exceeded 16, 18 or 20 points. Sticking with the self-imposed limit of 15, take a moment to ponder, read, and think about what’s listed below. These can mean the difference between a ‘Meh’ trip and a wonderfully memorable journey.

The list below isn’t about rules to follow such as not driving at night or taking the toll roads. Instead, these are some key details and perspectives that will make your first trip and future trips memorable and enjoyable.

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Read the Full Article here:
15 Common Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Visiting Mexico 

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