October 17, 2019
The question of “open-jawed” ONE-WAY tickets for coming into Mexico, or traveling through USA airports … keeps cropping up on internet & travel forums. Any airline clerk MIGHT & can challenge your right to fly (or to continue flying) into Mexico, when you only have a 1 way ticket. … This is an especially BIG problem for foreigners traveling to Mexico on itineraries that include layovers or stops & plane changes in the USA.
Use a company that simply creates a temporary return ticket, that gives you valid proof of onward travel. …Example: consider Onwardticket.com. They’re a travel agency that books you a 100% real flight ticket that is valid for 48 hours.
Instead of paying the full price for the ticket, you only pay a $12 service fee. 😉
Sept 12, 2019 Update:
Mercado Libre has published a DANDY list of what specific items are prohibited to bring into Mexico, and a sub-list of items that can be brought in with modest restrictions.
August 10, 2019
Here’s the weblink to Yucatan State’s requirements for registering a vehicle:
Choose: ”¿Cuáles son los requisitos para realizarlo?”.
Note that the last paragraph of that section says that foreigners need to present a letter from INM verifying their address in the state. It says that you can get the form to do this at the license office, before trying to register your car, and it also says that the address given by INM in the letter must agree with the ”proof of address” document, which should be attached. … This seems to be a new twist ??
August 5, 2019
Minors Traveling Abroad out of Mexico?
If you want to avoid hassles, consider checking-out the Mex. Govt’s … “Formato SAM” … ~before~ going to the airport. You can fill it out on-line first … and then take it to INM ~before~ travel, for easy INM approval … to avoid airport INM hassles or missed flights.
“Formato SAM” … permission for minor children to travel out of Mexico when 1 or both parents are not present. This site gives general instructions.
This additional website has the actual “Formato SAM” to fill out and take to INM:
To avoid setbacks, we recommend you go to the nearest INM office,
before travel, or to the internment and departure points abroad
(airports, sea and land ports) with the SAM form (Formato SAM)
duly filled out, plus the following documentation: riginal and 3 copies of the child's Passport 3 copies of the child's birth certificate 3 copies of the current identification
of the person exercising parental authority or guardianship of the minor. and
3 copies of the valid identification of the minor's companion
(in case you travel with a third party of legal age)
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August 3, 2019
Applying online for an RFC from SAT-Hacienda, using your CURP. … Go to the SAT page at https://www.sat.gob.mx/tramites/operacion/28753/obten-tu-rfc-con-la-clave-unica-de-registro-de-poblacion-(curp) for using your CURP to apply for & get an RFC.
Instructions on the process are at: Check at https://www.sat.gob.mx/tramites/28753/obten-tu-rfc-con-la-clave-unica-de-registro-de-poblacion-(curp)
June 24, 2019
Making phone calls inside Mexico, after Aug. 3, 2019 – simple 10-digit dialing:
How to identify Yucatan Peninsula snakes as poisonous or non-poisonous:
June 13, 2018 Update:
SAT published new rules on Authorized Destruction (Scrapping) of Temporarily Imported (TIP) Vehicles this February. There are now official SAT authorized sites for disposing of unwanted TIP autos, as listed below. Unfortunately, there are none in the Yucatan, but the State of Mexico is well supplied.
After we have scrapped a TIP car (at our $$ cost ) then we deliver proof to SAT of the vehicle’s authorized destruction … per page 56, anexo 5 :
After completing these steps, we can bring in another TIP vehicle … and if all is done properly, we potentially protect our previous TIP deposit. Note that people who have tried to use these official rules, have found that SAT does not necesssarily follow their own rules, so be sure to talk with SAT before trying it.
List of Aduana Locations across Mexico:
May 22, 2018 Update:
The basic principles of Mexican labor law are described here:
Jan. 5, 2018 Update
Here’s the link to SAT to get an RFC online:
Users are cautioned that this SAT webpage can only be used ONCE to get an RFC for each applicant – so once you sign in, be sure to complete the process and print out your copy of the RFC during THAT one internet session, or you will have to go to a SAT office to get an official copy. Our choice? Print the RFC value to a file, and save 2 copies of that file (e.g. save one file copy on your computer’s HDD, and one copy on a USB memory stick).
SAT also offers tax information in English on these pages: General
& for sale of a home:
~ The RFC’s issued by banks et al are generally NOT legitimate – as the Mexican banks just select random values. … Ignore bank created RFCs, and get your official legitimate one from SAT.
~ You must have a valid CURP to apply for the RFC. Generally, foreigners can find their CURP number on their visa card (Residente Temporal or Permanente).
Banjercito Link to get your TIP Online
Shipping Drugs or Medical Equipment
Shipping drugs, medications, medical equipment etc require an import permit from COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks). A copy of the COFEPRIS approved permit must be in the package with the device when it arrives at Aduana. This is true for any device that arrives by itself, not in the company of its owner or someone else when entering Mexico. In the past COFEPRIS has taken 6-8 weeks to process import permit applications .
Start at the COFEPRIS link “Permiso sanitario de importación de dispositivos médicos para uso personal ” (“Medical Import Permit for Medical Devices for Personal Use”)
Bringing Medicines, Medical Supplies & Medical Equipment into Mexico:
When flying or driving into Mexico, only some medicines are allowed, while others are prohibited.** Consult the following websites for lists of controlled substances in Mexico:
http://www.cofepris.gob.mx/AS/Paginas/EstupefacientesPsicotropicosYSustancias-Quimicas.aspx … Specifically, check the “Lista Amarilla,” “Lista Verde,” and “Lista Roja”.
For COFEPRIS allowed medications, we must have a current written prescription from a Doctor when entering Mexico with prescription medicines.
**It is illegal to bring even some common over-the-counter medicines into Mexico. The prohibited medications include inhalers, some allergy and sinus medications. Products that contain stimulants are prohibited. specifically medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, (such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers), or codeine are prohibited.
April 10, 2017 Update
Since Jan. 1, 2017, Mexican Customs (Aduana) has been enforcing the ‘antiparasite treatment’ requirements for importing pets into Mexico.
(See this Yucalandia link for more details: https://yucalandia.com/2017/02/10/updated-antiparisitic-treatment-rules-for-pets-entering-mexico/ )
Here’s the USDA APHIS official weblink for information on this. Consider ‘Option B’ …
Dec. 7, 2016 Update
In addition to all the good past website links below, Here’s a fresh link to the SAT / Aduana website for checking the status of your temporarily imported car permit status (aka TIP, aka Permiso de Importación de Vehiculo Temporal):
Route Planner website for Mexico, with TOLL PRICES, estimated times, distances and costs: http://app.sct.gob.mx/sibuac_internet/Cont rollerUI?action=cmdEscogeRuta
Sept. 14, 2015 Update
No explanations needed…
~ Seguro Popular 2012 Universal Catalogue of Health Services:
~ Labor law on firing employees: http://www.mexicolaw.com/LawInfo11.htm
~ Need an RFC? (to meet the new Sept. 1, 2014 CURP and RFC requirements for buying or selling Mexican real estate) …
If you have a CURP (from INM), then use this SAT website:
Other types~categories of RFCs (like “RFC DE TRABAJADORES” … or “RFC DE PERSONAS FÍSICAS.”
If you want to check your CURP and your INM NUE (the number from the back of your INM residency visa card), go here:
and here’s a second link for looking up CURPs:
If you have a CURP, then go to this SAT webpage for Official Instructions on using your CURP to get a real (not-the-bank’s) RFC issued to you: … http://www.sat.gob.mx/informacion_fiscal/tramites/inscripcion_rfc/Paginas/fichas_3_cff.aspx
You can then go directly to your final SAT page destination: https://rfc.siat.sat.gob.mx/PTSC/RFC/menu/
or go to this SAT webpage: https://siat.sat.gob.mx/PTSC/
Select “RFC” , then select “Inscripción” and then click “Con CURP”
All of that takes you to your final SAT page destination: https://rfc.siat.sat.gob.mx/PTSC/RFC/menu/
where you enter your data and get your RFC.
Why did I describe all the steps of clicking different pages to get to the RFC destination page? Because the Mexican Government keeps moving our cheese – killing off the final destination webpages – causing our ultimate-destination links to break – but if you know the major (unchanging) SAT webpages, then you can find where SAT moved the cheese to.
~ Items prohibited for shipping into Mexico and items prohibited for shipping inside Mexico: http://www.merkalink.com/importacion.asp#prohibidos
~ Lost your Curp? ~ Not sure you have a CURP?
~ http://consultas.curp.gob.mx/CurpSP/ or https://consultas.curp.gob.mx/CurpSP/inicio2_2.jsp
~ Check your CURP number: http://consultas.curp.gob.mx/CurpSP/
and print an official copy.
~ Aduana VIN and Pedimento Checker (to see if a car was successfully imported): http://www.aduanas.sat.gob.mx/soianet/oia_consultarap_cep.aspx CONSULTA RÁPIDA DE PEDIMENTO ESPECÍFICO
~ SEGOB’s auto / vehicle permit ID checker (to see if your’s is still valid – or if it is a fake or clone of someone else’s vehicle): http://www2.repuve.gob.mx:8080/ciudadania/
~ SAT’s website VIN checker: http://www2.repuve.gob.mx:8080/ciudadania/servletconsulta
~ SRE’s webpage for applying for naturalized citizenship: http://www.sre.gob.mx/index.php/tramites-y-servicios/nacionalidad-y-naturalizacion>
~ SRE’s webpage for the 100 question pool used for the citizenship exam: http://www.sre.gob.mx/images/stories/docnatnacio/guia_estudio13.pdf
~ Need help with TIP problems, Aduana DF: ciitev_AduanaMexico@sat.gob.mx Lic. Karen Villaseñor 01-55-5802-0000 x46889 Administracion Central — 01-55-5802-2069
~ Aduana/SAT’s “Reference Values” for used cars: http://www.aduanas-mexico.com.mx/claa/ctar/leyes/mec_precios_estimados.html#ane2
~ Mexican Govt’s official VIN Checker with import duties: http://paisano.prevalidadorcaaarem.org.mx/Cotizador/
~ SAT information for importing Classic Cars: http://www.aduanas.sat.gob.mx/aduana_mexico/2008/vehiculos/141_10175.html
~ The Banjercito website for checking deposit costs for Temporarily Imported Permits for cars.
~ Want a point to point route planner for traveling Mexican highways? This site gives a good start, but be sure to check these government-programmed routes against another map (Guia Roji), as this site has a few errors: http://aplicaciones4.sct.gob.mx/sibuac_internet/ControllerUI?action=cmdEscogeRuta
~ SAT/Aduana Operations Manual for Temporarily Imported Vehicles, page 45, Sec. 17-17.4 “Manual Importacion de Vehiculos”
~ Retorno Seguro Permits: “Safely Returning Autos to the USA”“
~ Ley Aduanera: Dec. 9, 2013 http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/12.pdf
~ Aduana/SAT website for Permanent auto imports: Importaciones definitivas de automóvilies usuados
~ Aduana/SAT website for Temporary auto imports: Importación temporal de vehículos
~ http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/contacto/contactenos/Paginas/dir_adu.aspxof Aduanas del Pais to get current contact information for ALL Aduana offices across Mexico.
…. and that’s all for today.
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