Are you moving to Mexico for retirement, or to start a new lifestyle? Or are you still considering and weighing out the pros and cons of moving to Mexico? We have put together a few things to consider if you are planning on moving to Mexico. There are obviously lots of details involved when moving to a new country, but this checklist should help point out the most important factors to consider if you are moving to Mexico.
Travel Arrangements and Documentation
To begin with, make sure that you and all members of your family have the proper travel documentation needed to enter Mexico. All family members moving to Mexico must have a valid Passport at time of travel, and if you plan to live and work in Mexico you will also need to apply for the appropriate Visa. All foreign travelers that enter Mexico are granted a 6 month tourist Visa, but it is recommended you begin the application process for a resident Visa like a FM-2 or FM-3 Visa if you are moving to Mexico. It may make sense to enlist the services of a immigration lawyer who can help guide you through the immigration process for a fee. Also, if you plan to fly, make sure all flights and travel arrangements are booked ahead of time so that your move can be as smooth as possible.
Valid Passport and Driver’s License
Be aware that your native country Passport must be valid for at least one year when you apply for a resident Visa when moving to Mexico. If your Passport is about to expire, it is recommended you first renew the Passport for another term before you submit your resident Visa application to the Mexican consulate. Is your Driver’s License from your home country still valid? If not, it may also make sense to renew your Driver’s License before you leave as well. Although Mexico does not require you to have a Mexican Driver’s License to legally drive when moving to Mexico, it will help if you have a valid driver’s license from your home country, at least at first. Down the road, you can apply for a Mexican driver’s license as well. Some cities require that you pass a written test only, and others require that you pass a driving test in addition to pay the applicable fees.
Are You Bringing Pets?
Are you planning on Fido the dog and Fluffy the cat moving to Mexico with you? The good news is, cats and dogs can be brought into Mexico. However, you do have to ensure your pet has the required vaccinations and their health papers in order. A valid Health Certificate issued by an licensed veterinarian and proof of vaccines against rabies and distemper are required to be administered at least 15 days before you attempt to bring your pet to Mexico. Currently, only cats and dogs can be brought into Mexico under these terms. If you have other animals such as rabbits, snakes, birds, etc, you are required to apply for special import permits and pay additional fees.
Make a Checklist: What to Bring and What to Leave
Be prepared and make a checklist of what items you definitely want to take with you when you are moving to Mexico, and also make a checklist of what you can leave behind. It may make sense to have a garage sale or donate items that you truly don’t need. Take advantage of the opportunity to declutter and focus on what essentials you want to bring with you when moving to Mexico. Depending on what city in Mexico you plan to live in, most items are available in Mexico. Some food items or clothing may have harder to find, but in general, you can find everything you need when moving to Mexico. Look at it as a good chance to minimize material possessions and focus on what truly matters…quality time with your loved ones.
Arrange Temporary Housing in Mexico
Do you already have a home or apartment rental secured for your move? Regardless of what time of year you are moving, make sure to make accommodation arrangements well in advance. High season can mean higher prices and less availability so make sure to plan ahead. Whether you choose a temporary hotel or AirBnb at first, don’t wait until the last minute or you could end up spending a lot of extra money on temporary housing when moving to Mexico. It is a good idea to try to arrange a month by month rental if possible so you can decide how you like the area and town you live in before you commit to a long term lease or real estate purchase. Speaking of Mexican real estate, there are lots of high quality properties available in Mexico at a fraction of the price you would pay in the States or Canada. Once you have settled in Mexico, purchasing full ownership or fractional ownership Mexican real estate property could be a smart move. Quality Mexican real estate at a great price is one of the top reasons why expats end up moving to Mexico.
When moving to Mexico, make sure to plan ahead and make sure all your Passport documents are in order before you move. Taking your pets when moving to Mexico? Make sure their vaccinations are up to date, and that you have the appropriate health certificate to avoid delays on your pet being allowed to enter Mexico. Lastly, make sure all your travel arrangements and accommodations are in order so that moving to Mexico is an enjoyable and exciting time for everyone.
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