Relocation to Mexico
Mexico is a famous expat destination located between Central America and U.S. Aside from its beautiful deserts and mountainous landscape; you will be drawn to Mexico’s rich history displayed in many Aztec and Mayan ruins. If food is the gateway to someone’s heart, then Mexico will make you fall in love with their sumptuous and spicy local cuisine. So if you’re all decided to venture in the country of many opportunities, here are some tips that will help you in relocating.
Smacked in the middle of Central America and the United States, Mexico is a country known for having a warm climate, vast rainforests and majestic canyons that are too perfect for the human eyes. It has total inhabitants of about 130 million people making it the tenth most populous country in the world. Mexicans also have the reputation of being very friendly and hospitable so expats will not have any worries about feeling alienated. However, this Pacific Paradise is more than just colourful sombreros and mouth watering burritos. Here are some tips that’ll help kick start an expatriate’s journey to the infamous Land of Enchantment.
You can go around some of the cities to get a feel of the neighbourhoods. See the community, services available and the kind of public transport that they have. The best way to finding the best house/apartment is to contact a local, English speaking real estate agent. Most landlords only speak Spanish so it would be very helpful to have a realtor that can help you in your transactions.
In main cities, The average cost of your monthly utilities like water, gas, electricity, garbage collection, etc. is €35. Once you're settled, you can also apply for internet connection which is around €20 per month. A minute of local prepaid mobile call is charged €0.10.
Expats who are coming from Schengen member countries as well as Uruguay, Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Chile, Panama and Brazil are not required to secure a visa for Mexico. The country also has ‘free zones’ which are 20 miles outside the United States border and foreign nationals can enter these border towns without any visa/permit as long as they do not stay longer than 72 hours. Overall, expats who are not from the countries mentioned above and plans on going farther the 20 miles free zone area need to secure a visa which can be obtained at the Mexican embassy/consulate from the applicant’s home country and any airline or travel agency.
In general, the average daily temperature in the southern parts is from 24°C to 28°C while the northern regions experience a temperature of around 20° to 24° C. Summers in Mexico can get scorching hot where the temperature reaches up to 40° C and winters are not that freezing so expats must include these items in their packing list:
- Light-weight clothing
- Scarves, jackets and sweatshirts that can be layered on top of the other and removed whenever necessary.
And most importantly, expats should arm themselves even with the most basic Spanish to avoid suffering from language barrier upon arrival in Mexico. Though most locals, specially those in the major cities can understand and speak English it is still best to learn some words from their language before relocating because having knowledge of the locals’ mother tongue can significantly help in daily living such as using public transportation, asking for directions, understanding labels in the stores and buying products in the markets.
House and Apartment Hunting
When moving abroad, you always have the flexibility of choosing between a short term or long term rental agreement. There are different types of housing in Mexico: Apartments, Houses, Gated communities or closed streets and shared accommodations. In Mexico City, the state’s capital and where most expats live, you can get a one bedroom apartment for €400 and a three bedroom unit for €900 per month. You can also find houses with 1 to 2 bedrooms for around €900 monthly.
If you want to live by the beach and still not too far from the metropolitan, you can go to Acapulco where a one bedroom apartment is €300, and a three bedroom unit is €400 per month.
Moving Your Belongings
Many international companies provide shipping and removal service to Mexico. They will facilitate the whole moving process until the delivery arrives in your new home. The average transit time to Mexico is 10-14 days, depending on your country of origin. The largest port in the country and where a majority of containers arrive is in Port of Lázaro Cárdenas.
You can bring domestic animals with you as long as you provide the necessary documents for customs purposes. Make sure that you have the pet vaccinated against rabies and the original Rabies Vaccination Certificate. Also, ask your veterinarian to give you a Veterinarian Health Certificate (Form 7001) ten days before your flight.
If you want to use your vehicle in Mexico, it is important to get a Mexican car insurance policy right away because local authorities do not recognise overseas insurance policies. Other documents that you also need to prepare for import are:
- Proof of Ownership
- Purchase Invoice
- Registration from Originating Country
- Residence Permit
Now that you’re about to start a new journey in the wondrous land of Mexico keep an eye as you walk the streets. Because underneath their colourful sombreros are the faces and smiles of the friendliest people in the world.
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