driving to queretaro. questions for border

Go Back   Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad > Americas > Mexico Expat Forum for Expats Living in Mexico

Mexico Expat Forum for Expats Living in Mexico With an area of two million square kilometers, Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas and has a larger population of US and Canadian expats than any other country.

driving to queretaro. questions for border


Closed Thread
 
Subscribe to this Thread Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2nd March 2010, 09:38 AM
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
mscatamaran is on a distinguished road

Default driving to queretaro. questions for border

some of you may remember me from a few months ago asking about the social culture of Queretaro.

well its official, we're going, so i have a few new questions (I'm going to ask the consulant too but i wanted to hear personal answers too):

we wanted to drive down from Idaho to Que. I dont mean to sound paranoid or xenophobic but are there areas along the Mexico/Texas line that would not be safe to cross? i'm bringing my cat and i read earlier today something about obtaining permission for her to enter into the country (in addition to Vet papers), i would appreciate it if someone could elaborate on that, permission from whom?

what do i do with my laptop at the border? i mean are border patrol going to want to see whats on it

one last one for now, does anyone know where i can find a directory of English speaking businesses down there (businesses such as a vet's office, a hair salon, and a humane society. i'd like to volunteer on my spare time)? Businesses here (pacific northwest usa) often have signs or advertsiements usually reading "Hablamos Espanol!"

Quick reply to this message
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 2nd March 2010, 03:17 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: 13 yrs Chapala,4 in AZ, Now TX
Posts: 6,676
Rep Power: 3591
RVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond repute
2103 likes received
2797 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in mexico.
Default

With your vet certifications, you will have no problems. You can cross anywhere, just don't drive in the dark. If English is spoken, you may see a sign to that effect. Start studying Spanish before you leave and practice reading signs while traveling. Listen to Spanish CDs, etc. You are permitted one laptop per person; no problem.
Enjoy!

Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 2nd March 2010, 04:36 PM
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: California
Posts: 15
Rep Power: 0
stevenvillatoro has a spectacular aura aboutstevenvillatoro has a spectacular aura aboutstevenvillatoro has a spectacular aura about

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in mexico.
Arrow

Always use toll roads, when possible. But whenever you must take secondary roads, if you ever encounter a suspicious-looking unofficial roadblock, do the fastest U-turn you can manage and high-tail out of there.

Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 2nd March 2010, 10:00 PM
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4
Rep Power: 0
mscatamaran is on a distinguished road

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RVGRINGO View Post
Start studying Spanish before you leave and practice reading signs while traveling. Listen to Spanish CDs, etc. You are permitted one laptop per person; no problem.
Enjoy!
i actually took 5 yrs of spanish in high school but i'm still not confident in carrying on a conversation in spanish (i wasn't confident in school either). i can read spanish better than i can speak it.

Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 2nd March 2010, 10:13 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: 13 yrs Chapala,4 in AZ, Now TX
Posts: 6,676
Rep Power: 3591
RVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond repute
2103 likes received
2797 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in mexico.
Default

That's a good start. If necessary, you can write rather than speak. Soon, being surrounded by Spanish, your ear will set you straight. I'm not fluent, but Mexicans are very happy to be as patient as necessary and will do their best to understand you. However, you'll have to ask them to correct you, as they are much too polite to do that without being asked.

Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 3rd March 2010, 04:11 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mexico, DF
Posts: 251
Rep Power: 847
Rodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond reputeRodrigo84 has a reputation beyond repute
2 likes received
1 likes given

Users Flag! Expat in mexico.
Default

Stay on the highways and don't go off side roads and if you are at 1/4 tank or less, do get gasoline, "just tell them lleno (pronounced like yayno) el tanque, to get a full tank). Pemex stations have improved in quality and quantity in the last 4 or 5 years (they have a new UBA (low sulfur gasoline) and I've seen Pemex stations much more requently up and down Highways 85 (Laredo to Monterrey) and 57 (Monterrey onward), those highways connect and is the way you'll get to Queretaro.

Roadblocks on those highways are 99% military and usually in the northbound direction. Often young soldiers with one commanding officer. I really wouldn't worry too much about these, but if I saw something local or state, I'd kind of scratch my head on a federal highway and would have my suspicions, but I've rarely seen these except on back roads.


Last edited by RVGRINGO; 3rd March 2010 at 04:19 PM. Reason: Removed unsolicited URL, a rule violation.
Quick reply to this message
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 3rd March 2010, 06:35 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mineral de Pozos, GTO Mexico
Posts: 2,041
Rep Power: 337
conklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond reputeconklinwh has a reputation beyond repute
300 likes received
110 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in mexico.
Default

Couple points. 1st, all you need is signed vet form and the shot record. Only trick is that vet form has to be dated within 5 days of crossing the border. That being said, we have yet to be asked for papers in either direction. Expect that you will cross at Laredo/Nuevo Laredo. It is a little confusing to get from the crossing point to immigration and Banjercito for car pass.
Not sure where you are staying in Qro. but it isn't a heavily english spoken town. Expect that most expats work at complexes north of town and live in Jurica or Juraquilla so maybe that has more english need if reasonably bilingual.

Quick reply to this message
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 4th March 2010, 03:36 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada & Mexico
Posts: 295
Rep Power: 2427
telcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond repute
31 likes received

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in canada.
Default

You will need a temporary vehicle permit good fro 6 months (about $50). These are only available at certain border crossings.

Its explained here for RV's but applies to cars as well:


Mexico-US Border

I hope that link is OK, mod, if not delete it and I will PM him the info.

__________________
Paul Beddows
Vancouver, Canada & Mexico
Mexican RV Caravans Wagon Master
Quick reply to this message
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 4th March 2010, 04:39 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: 13 yrs Chapala,4 in AZ, Now TX
Posts: 6,676
Rep Power: 3591
RVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond reputeRVGRINGO has a reputation beyond repute
2103 likes received
2797 likes given

Users Flag! Originally from usa. Users Flag! Expat in mexico.
Default

Actually, your temporary importation permit for your vehicle (importada temporal) remains valid as long as your immigration status is valid. Note that the FMT tourist permit can be had for up to 180 days, maximum, and becomes invalid when you leave Mexico.
That said, there are changes in the wind, so stay tuned.

Quick reply to this message
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 4th March 2010, 05:41 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Vancouver, Canada & Mexico
Posts: 295
Rep Power: 2427
telcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond reputetelcoman has a reputation beyond repute
31 likes received

Users Flag! Originally from uk. Users Flag! Expat in canada.
Default

On that note maybe you can answer a question for me. I am on mainland mexico right now. I plan of crossing back at Nogales, turning in the vehicle permit, but keeping my 180 day fMT. I then plan to recross at Tecate and go into the baja for a week & then turn in the fMT at Tecate on the way out. Is this doable. I realize I can't return the vehicle permit at Tecate & I don't want to do it at Tiajuana

(I have some warranty work I need done on my truck in Tucson which is why I don't travel to Baja through mexico.)

__________________
Paul Beddows
Vancouver, Canada & Mexico
Mexican RV Caravans Wagon Master
Quick reply to this message
Closed Thread


Tags
eng speaking businesses

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Expat Forum For People Moving Overseas And Living Abroad forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Location
Where you live
Expat From Country
Please select the country you originate from. This will appear as a flag when you make posts on the site.
Expat To Country
Please select the country you have either moved to or want to relocate to. This will be presented on the site when you make posts.

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cars and Driving Questions mavzor Dubai Expat Forum for Expats Living in Dubai 1793 6th November 2019 12:51 PM
Studying in Mexico and driving across the border MattK Mexico Expat Forum for Expats Living in Mexico 1 2nd January 2011 12:34 AM
driving from Queretaro to Puebla chicois8 Mexico Expat Forum for Expats Living in Mexico 7 9th July 2010 11:46 PM
Hotels/Motels and Border Crossings and a few extra questions please? Vortexijah Mexico Expat Forum for Expats Living in Mexico 4 6th November 2009 06:29 PM
Few questions re driving license zebedee Dubai Expat Forum for Expats Living in Dubai 8 11th December 2008 12:12 AM

FORUM PARTNERS

ExpatForum.com is owned and operated by VerticalScope Inc.

Retiring Overseas Guides | Moving Overseas Guides | Cost of Living | Health Care Guides


All times are GMT. The time now is 05:46 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.