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Playa la Ropa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico


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Posted: 09/26/19 04:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Crossing any border isn’t difficult or alarming. Our tips are designed to make it as simple as possible.

When your vehicle is approached by border officials, be sure you have removed your hat and sunglasses. This makes it easier to identify you. Hold out your passport and those of any passengers. Smile. Answer any questions honestly. Do not volunteer any information that isn’t asked for. Have any other paperwork, pet, vehicle, handy. Don’t offer them. If you do, you are just adding more pieces to the puzzle and if they want more things, they will ask for them. Follow their directions. If you don’t understand what they are saying, look puzzled and ask for clarification. They are accustomed to language issues.

Sound easy? It is! Remember:

Remove hats and sunglasses

Offer passports

Answer questions honestly

Don’t offer anything they don’t ask for

Smile and say thanks

What can I cross this border with? It changes, but the current information is readily available on line.

About those fruits and vegetables....

The reason restrictions are in place is for the protection of the resources in the areas you are entering be it the US, Mexico or even Argentina. In Mexico like the US, there are a number of state lines that have checkpoints looking for specific items, it could be meat, eggs, or specific fruits or vegetables. If they take your avocados, it’s because the area you are leaving has a pathogen that could wipe out the avocados in the area you are entering. This is true of raw eggs into the US, pork into Campeche, lots of items.

Please don’t smuggle items! Would you want to be responsible for the new outbreak of Mediterranean fruit flies or even Newcastle disease? Don’t think so, and especially not for just the price of a bag of oranges.


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Posted: 09/26/19 10:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A well thought out post. Thanks.

Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp-hours of Telcom jars, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.


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Posted: 10/02/19 03:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Accurate and informative post.

I might ad, weapons going in either direction could be problematic. Do your homework if you want to cross with any weapons. Some are allowed for specific reasons such as competition shooting events and hunting.
US citizens are allowed to return to USA with weapons they departed with on Customs form 4457. Simple and quick to fill out before you leave the country.

Citizens of other countries may bring in weapons for specific reasons with authorized ATF form 6C or in case of hunting or shooting events, with proof that the subject will be actively participating in such events AND the weapons will be returning to country of origin.

Safe travels.


* This post was edited 10/02/19 05:55pm by an administrator/moderator *


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Posted: 12/01/20 08:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

border is closed is wrong.

we went in easily!

enjoy mexico this winter americans.

eddie and sandie
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