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qtla9111

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Posted: 05/24/21 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Interesting.

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He sure took a long time to not say much.

It was interesting though.

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I posted it because it helps to clarify some misconceptions many people have about Mexico and how rules can easily be circumvented.

Things are changing, more than I would like with the current government, but some of the changes are for the better.

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Thanks Chris. That video was very informative.

I'd heard of this "perpetual tourist visa" happening many years ago in Mexico (more than 20 years ago) when I was in Campeche. I asked a friend of mine, who was Minister of Justice for Campeche State about it, but the PRI wasn't interested in pursuing the weakness in the migracion (system) back then.

This same side-stepping of the rules was wide-spread across the Republics down the Isthmus. The tourist visa rules started changing in Republics like Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador around 2000 / 2001, making it difficult for tourist visa "border hopping" to renew their 90 days back and forth to occur, thereby chasing out a certain cohort of "tourist". I think that Panama was more strict in "those days" about border hopping, if I recall.


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It was only time until the technology caught up with all off us, I used to enter by Reynosa and exit by Reynosa, go up to my brothers in San Antonio for a week and re-enter by Nuevo Laredo and exit by Nuevo Laredo, and back by Reynosa and never had a problem and was never questioned, wait until the Mexican Immigration system has access to HSI system of cameras that take a photo of the license plate and driver going out and entering, Canada has access to this system, things will get interesting.

So all of you do not worry, if the old regimes come back in a few years we will be back to the old graft and corruption and business as usual.

No hay nada de que preocuparse unos cuantos refrescos (money) lo arreglan todo

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When computers first were introduced in N. Laredo's immigration offices Maine was not listed as a US state on the software they were using. We/they had to use Massachusetts as our home state.





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So all of you do not worry, if the old regimes come back in a few years we will be back to the old graft and corruption and business as usual.
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If you are referring to the "old" regimes of Lopez Portillo and the like [emoticon]

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We just spent 4 months this year living in Mexico in a lovely little town called Puerto Morelos , 30 minutes from Cancun. I met many and many people living there on a tourist visa and going out of the country once in a six months and going back the same day. People just got used to this lifestyle now. Good for us that more and more countries start to approve visa applications online https://evisa.express/. Only few years ago i spent hours and hours in a different embassies and collecting millions of different docs.

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We have all been told times are changing. and they are!!!

The computer systems are always being updated, one way or another.

The video that you are referring to has been discussed in earlier posts, and at least two of them, with the exact same person and script, in different locations have been posted.

They do state the actual legalities.

Here in Zihuatanejo, and elsewhere that I have been reading about, when you get off of the plane you aren't automatically being given 180 days on your FMM. People get lazy and don't pay attention. We have very good friends that we picked up at the airport in late October on the first direct flight from Canada to our Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo airport. They are here for 5 months, never think about things, and were given 20 days. They didn't notice until I asked them.

What to do? Looks like you just go the airport on your departure date, act clueless and pay a fine and next year, pay attention, ask for the time you need and be ready to show proof of lodging and/or a return booking.

So, what? The rules have been in place for a long time, be smart and work with them.

Residency? It's not hard, just a hoop to jump through. If you plan to actually live in a country other than the one you hold a passport for, why not do it right and be legal? We did it! It was easy!!!

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If you are not a perpetual tourist, why do you care if someone else is?

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