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Relocating to Mexico presents a host of potential complications to ponder before the move. From worries about safety and drug violence, to finding the best accommodation and schools, new arrivals often have a number of concerns about moving to Mexico. Below are a few common questions that we tend to receive from expats considering a move to the North American country.
What about the drug violence? Is it safe in Mexico for foreigners?
The drug violence in Mexico is a result of the government finally cracking down on drug cartels. The violence is almost completely centred around rival cartels and government law enforcement and is localised to specific areas. Tourists and expats are not generally affected, though it's essential to be vigilant and aware of high-risk areas.
Is it easy to get into the USA from Mexico?
This depends; citizens of the USA and Canada are usually whisked through the border with no visa needed, although a passport is required. Long lines at border crossings are common. For other nationals crossing the border, entry depends on visa status. Expats wanting to stay in Mexico for several months or more must look into visas and work permits.
What is Mexico City like?
Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and often avoided by expats. It has some of the worst air pollution in the world which is a major health issue, and with dense urban crowding and safety concerns, it isn't the most picturesque city. Yet, many find its modern districts and busy industrious centres alluring, and finding work in Mexico's capital city may be easier than other areas.
Should I buy a home in Mexico?
Even ocean-side beach housing is a fraction of the price of homes in the USA. Buying property also reduces the amount retired expats need to have in their bank account. Homes for sale are often quoted in USA dollars, and mortgages don't really exist, so having the cash ready is usually required. There are also low property taxes. Expats staying short term may prefer to rent accommodation as it is more suitable.
What about giving out bribes?
As in most countries, it is illegal to give bribes, although it is common practice in Mexico, particularly for traffic violations. Foreigners should avoid partaking in bribery, as it is against the law.
Can I get help moving to my new home in Mexico?
The moving process is daunting and organising visas can be a paperwork nightmare. Our guides provide useful information to help expats settle in, find work and schools for children, and relocation companies can also ease the stress. Expats may want to bring furniture and belongings with them, and there are shipping and removals options available to them.