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Mexico: Expat effects on marriage:

Sorry, not sure I understand your question. Mexico is another country, not another world. If your marriage/partnership is strong before coming to MX, there should be no problems. Mexico IMO, is retirement heaven. Relax, rent for at least a year in areas of interest, meet your neighbors, make friends and you'll do fine.

Mexico: Cell Service While Travelling in Mexico:

Contact your provider, To mobile works, but do need to contact them first.

Mexico: 2 Health Insurance Questions:

As to the question on Medicare etc, it's not required to keep US address, although many people use various mailing services. As to the travel insurance healthcare, we used to for a few yrs, then stopped. Several policies available. If you intend to move and your of age (most policies cut off at 70) u might want search out a good agent in the area you are considering, check ex-pat sites for recommendations. Enjoy your trip, lots of choices, my best advice is rent for at least a yr..MX has no zoning, be aware. Also decide if condo or house and + & - of both. We intended to build a home and after researching decided on condo. Happy with our choice, bought in 2001.

Mexico: Visa Temporal to Permanente:

RV Gringo is correct. We did ours in 2015. We walked into the interview with basically everything we owned..They started laughing..We own a home in MX, marriage license, years of investment docs, 6 mos of bank statements, pension letters etc. Long story short needed 6 mos of bank statements with proof of pension deposits..interview took about 45 min, said they would contact within 2 wks, called in 2 days, it was done. Went back pics/fingerprints, paid fee (in cash, exact amt). Put the finished sticker in our passport. Once back in MX u have 30 days to get it to your local IMN office, we hired a local attorney to handle, get recommendations from local ex pat site..

Mexico: Visa Permanente vs Temporal:

Yes, it can be done, we've friends that were able to because wife was no old enough. My understanding there are 2 methods, one is the underage person has a "dedicated brokerage acct" in her name to cover financial requirements. The other method is the wife comes in as a dependent of the husband, until she reaches age. We got ours in 2015, best to check with your state's MX Consultant if there has been any changes. Process goes pretty easy in US. We hired a local recommended lawyer in Cozumel to handle it in MX, worth the $$ IMO. Good Luck.

Mexico: Upcoming Trip to Guanajuato:

We flew into Leon from Cancun, went directly to Guanjuanto by can from airport. Sadly this was in March when the huge leather expo was on, did not have time to drop in, Leon is the leather capital of MX. Loved Guanjuanto, great restaurants, beautiful area, stayed 4 days. We took ADO bus to San Miguel Allende, rented Airbnb, very nice, beautiful area too, near perfect climate. Liked Guanjuanto best.

Mexico: Need Contact in Merida & Progreso:

I would suggest you get familiar with the area..look for recommendations on Merida ex pat sites, check, too. Rent a car and drive around in the various neighborhoods..Merida is a big city and surrounding small towns are great. Congrats on move.

Mexico: Company who does it all?:

Look for American owned companies, contact them, also contact head hunters who handle US companies in Mexico. Fluent in Spanish would be a must.

Mexico: ExPats in Baja California:

I suggest you read the State Dept warnings on that area, Google it. Cartel action is high there..Take a look at ex pat areas in central mountainous MX, Lake Chapla/Ajijic, San Miguel Alenda, Guanajuato..near perfect Climate year around. Check out their FB sites..Beautiful locations. Good Luck with your hunt.

Mexico: Car rental Guad airport:

GDL is Uber friendly, cheap where ever u go. Take a cab to your hotel, then use Uber, download the app, easy to use + cheap. We were there a few months ago, great city, take historical tour.

Mexico: Confirming Visas:

Hi, We did ours in Cozumel, MX, where we live..but think you could google it, as big as GDL is they may have more than one location. We hired a local attorney to handle our, all the paperwork and docs, we speak very limited Spanish, best $300 USD spent..took about 10 days total..once visa is in INM hands your 30 day clock stops..So make sure you are ready when you arrive..connect with your lawyer for any docs that need translating, i.e., bank statements, retirement/pension info..we had to do, sent to her early and she had it done when we arrived. Also once you are finished and have your new card be sure to google GDL permanent residency cards for discounts you get in Jalisco..You will be surprised how many you get, discounts at many pharmacies, MX airlines, ADO buses, loads of shopping locations etc..I would look at ex-pat sites for GDL for attorney recommendations..We paid $600 total for both of us..we had some higher quotes, like $700 each..Lawyers in MX are no different than lawyers in US. Good Luck, I love the area around GDL, we bought all of our furniture there in 2001 and in 2005 Hurricane Wilma hit in Cozumel we went back and bought our furniture again..We visit the area at least once a year. Deb

Mexico: Intestinal problems:

Let it run its course, plenty of fluids. Docs down here don't want u using any meds to stop it. Usually safe practices work, we don't eat anything from the street, ask at restaurants if they use purified water for ice, mixed drinks etc. Have fun, explore Tonalo + Talaquapua, Fabulous furniture, glass blowing etc..worth a trip. If u need a English speaking guide, I know a great one. We've used him several times. His Guadalajara tour Cathedral, Historic tour is amazing..I have some pics..Raul Negrete. He also can have things shipped for u.

Mexico: Good community for community service work:

We've visited Guanjanto and loved it, 3 universities, lots of culture, near perfect Climate. Also excellent bus system to take u to surrounding areas, like Leon and San Miguel Allende.

Mexico: Playa del Carmen safety:

Haha, RVGringo, you are the expert on Lake Chapla/Ajijic..and what u say is somewhat true. Drunken tourists are everywhere, but mostly on their feet, not driving, there are bugs, mosquitoes, + scorpions pretty much everywhere.

Mexico: pv homes:

My suggestion is to live in areas you are interested in for at least 3-6 mos. MX people are wonderful with big hearts and always ready for festives, some times for 2 or 3 days. In the majority of MX (other than gated communities) there is no zoning, meaning anytype of biz can be next door or nearby, usually including chickens, dogs + noise. I'm sure u are getting the idea. We bought in 2001 and have seen many well meaning folks want to live with the locals, and was too much. There are many ways to get involved in any community you chose.

Mexico: The best beach place, deal. this that etc.:

True, bottom line, MX is a country of various options, as in US or anywhere. IMO, the cost of living in MX v US ranges from 30 to 40% less in MX v US..from property either rental/owning, taxes cheap, insurance about 25%( we live on oceanfront), high quality healthcare/meds cheaper than US, (we still carry Medicare) doctor visits we pay out of pocket, very reasonable. Food is less, but living on an island makes things a little higher as everything is shipped in, albeit still cheaper than US. There are areas in MX that a person can live on SS, mostly in the interior..Travel around, research areas, sign up for ex-pat sites on line. Hundreds of thousands have retired happily from all over the world, retirement heaven.

Mexico: Advice on Moving to Mexico:

GoldenGirl4, Since u are not ready to leave US this minute, I would suggest you contact an international headhunter. There are loads of American Companies/Factories in MX. I'd think they might have a need for an employee with medical backgrounds. As to the items u want to bring, car could be an issue and think u will need a temp visa. Contact your closest MX Consultant. In OH. for your residency. Most bigger cities have a Costco + Sam's Club so u can get TV's there..most people find it easier to sell or give stuff away rather than the hassle of dragging it with u. Might also take a look around the Guadalajara area, 2nd biggest city in MX. Loads of ex-pats in and around there. 3 medical schools + world ranked hospitals. Lastly Google ex-pat sites of areas u are interested in, they can give u the best advice on areas, check weather patterns, rent in areas of interest for at least 3-4+ mos. Also around GDL and San Miguel Allende area there are several Spanish immersion schools. Remember May-Sept is the hot, humid summer beachfront summer mos. Many ex-pats go to the mountains during those sweltering rents for a few mos. Guanjuanto might be an area of interest, 3 major universities there..beautiful, loads of culture, 45 minute drive to San Miguel Allende..Happy Hunting.

Mexico: Best INEXPENSIVE beach areas to live in Mexico:

I googled the area are headed to, it is lovely. Best of luck to you, keep in u plan to go soon? I'll keep u posted on QRoo happenings..

Mexico: Is There Affordable Hospitalization Coverage in Mexico??:

Agreed, Merida has the best hospitals in the area. Cozumel has good care for regular stuff. Amerimed has a hospital in Cancun + in Merida..You will be surprised how many docs train in US.

Mexico: How much am I expected to tip?:

Let's try and remember the past 3 yrs have been really hard for the Mexican people, peso devaluation cuts their buying power. At restaurants we pay in pesos and tip in USD..We all need to remember we are guests in MX. No UGLY Americans, please.

Mexico: Best Airport in Highlands:

Agree on GDL, that's what we use. Although we did fly from Cancun to Leon on Volaris. Which is about a 40 min can ride to Guanjuanto. Great area especially in hot + humid mos. GDL is great too, furniture manufacturers Mecca!

Mexico: Heading North:

Where are u driving from? Would it be easier/safer to fly, Volaris or Internet?

Mexico: Thank you @ MonicaRixPaxson, Katzgar, cozumeldep:

You are welcome, and best of luck in your sure to check sources in your area for honest rental or real estate companies. Keep us posted. Deb

Mexico: Best Airport for Guanajuato and SMA:

We flew into Leon from Cancun. Would loved to have stayed there a day or so, the annual Leather Expo was going. Leon is the leather capital of MX..Leon is a 45 min can ride to Guanjuanto, course our cabbie got lost in the underground streets, which are beyond cool.

Mexico: Visiting Merida Aug 26-Sept 2, interested in meeting up with expats:

Good luck with your search, Merida is a beautiful historical city and a big city and surrounding areas..You are also going when it is hot, hot , if u can handle it now, you're set. I'd suggest you go on Yucatan and Merida sites..and u will get more feedback..lots of links on Yucatan Also take a look at Lake Chapla/Ajijic, in the mountains near Guadalajara..loads of ex-pats, near perfect Climate year round.


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