A Comprehensive Guide on Moving to Mexico

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  • Francois Bertrand

    The last InterNations event was just great: I had some very nice chats with fellow expats (even Canadians like me) in Mexico City.

Wondering how to move to Mexico efficiently and successfully? How hard or easy it is to move there? Are you asking yourself why moving to Mexico is a good idea? In this complete guide, we tell you all about the benefits of moving to Mexico and the things you need to know when relocating there. The lower cost of living and easier access to affordable, quality healthcare are some of the top reasons why expats choose Mexico. But, following closely behind, are the better weather, the culture, and the food. It’s relatively warm throughout the year, and in places such as Los Cabos, it’s downright boiling. However, Mexico caters to all tastes. Many cities popular with expats are in the highlands, where you can enjoy an “eternal spring” climate. For those who love the urban life, Mexico City is as vibrant as you can get. So, what do you need to move to Mexico? Read our comprehensive guide and find everything you need to know for a successful expat journey to your new home.

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All You Need to Know About Relocating Your Household Goods and Pets

Even if you are an experienced expat, the process of moving to Mexico will come with challenges. You made the decision to relocate, be it for the warm weather and beautiful scenery or for the lower cost of living. Now, you need to set your relocation plan in motion.

As you may be aware, moving abroad is always full of obstacles, before, during, and after your journey. Throughout this time, the first things on your to-do list will have to do with moving, shipping, and storing your household goods. The important things to bear in mind are keeping costs down, avoiding damage and breakages, and receiving your belongings on time.

The logistics of moving your belongings to Mexico may be a little confusing at first. There are several transport options available and many guidelines to follow; some of which are out of the ordinary. For example, if you bring an unusual amount of used clothes and shoes, you might have some explaining to do. Citing health reasons, the importation of secondhand clothes and shoes for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited by law.

If you have furry family members, you will need detailed information on moving to Mexico with your pets. Remember that moving your pets abroad cannot be done last minute. You need to start prepping them at least a month in advance. If you can, start even earlier, so you don’t risk any surprises.

Another important thing to have in mind is what vaccinations are required for Mexico.  We provide the answers for you here. In our comprehensive relocation guide, you will find all the relevant information you require. We have useful tips for every aspect of a relocation, from the early stages of planning your move until you are settling into your new home. As expats ourselves, we know exactly what you will be facing.

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The Guide to Visa Types and Work Permit Requirements

Are you planning on relocating to sunny, culturally rich, geographically diverse Mexico? As expected, the first obstacle to solve will be your migratory status. If you are wondering how to get Mexican visa or work permit, often the most tedious process in a relocation venture, you are in the right place.

The visa application process in Mexico will vary depending on the visa type. To apply to be a temporary resident, the length of your stay should be around six months. However, if you intend on residing there for an extended period of time, the permanent residency visa is your best bet.

The visa requirements will also depend on the how long you’re planning on staying. For Residente Temporal,_the main requirement is financial. In simpler words, you must have a certain amount of funds. For _Residente Permanente, you will have to meet more requirements. The Mexican visa costs go from about 4,270 MXN (200 USD) to around 9,650 MXN (450 USD). To find out all the information you need on types of visa, steps and requirements, fees, and more, read our detailed Guide to Visa Types and Work Permit Requirements in Mexico.

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Everything You Need to Know About Finding a New Home

If you are planning to relocate to Mexico, finding accommodation will be high up on your list of priorities. Our comprehensive guide about housing in Mexico will solve all your questions and will make this usually difficult process much easier. We will tell you all about the different types of houses across the country, and much more.

Do you want to know how to rent a house in Mexico? Are you thinking of renting temporary accommodation first, so you can calmly decide which are the best options for you once you’re there? Maybe, you are thinking about investing in property. Do you know how easy it is to buy a house in Mexico for foreigners? Here, we will tell you everything you need to know, from the average house prices, if you are interested in acquiring property; to the average rent you can expect to pay in different cities in the country. What can you expect to pay for utilities in Mexico? Did you know that although the average price for properties in Mexico City are the most expensive in the country, they are still cheaper than in most cities in the US and Canada?

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Health Insurance and the Healthcare System of Mexico Explained

Understanding the healthcare system and how health insurance works in Mexico is fundamental for your safe integration into your new country. Navigating the Mexican healthcare system is not simple, as it is composed by a mixture of private, public, and employer-funded healthcare schemes. You will need to fully understand these structures to make an informed decision. Our guide will start by explaining the current structure of the health system. We will also explain how to access health insurance in Mexico, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of both the private and public sectors.

Additionally, we will also offer valuable insight on how to find a doctor, and the pros and cons of giving birth in Mexico. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the local health system and ensure you and your loved ones are fully prepared to stay in your new home.

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  • Francois Bertrand

    The last InterNations event was just great: I had some very nice chats with fellow expats (even Canadians like me) in Mexico City.

  • Barbara Melington

    With InterNations, we had the chance to find a good bi-lingual school for our children in Mexico. They are gonna grow up as true 'third-culture kids'!

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