Frequently Asked Questions about Mexico
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From worries about the drug violence and safety to finding the best accommodation, new arrivals often have concerns about expat life in Mexico. Below are some of the most common questions that expats have when contemplating a move to Mexico.
What about the drug violence? Is it safe in Mexico for foreigners?
The horrific 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.
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.
What is Mexico City like?
Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world and, when given the choice, is avoided by many expats. It has some of the worst air pollution in the world, and with dense urban crowding and safety concerns isn't the most picturesque city. Yet, many find its modern districts and busy industrious centres alluring.
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 necessary. There are also extremely low property taxes.
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 wishing to partake in bribery should do so at their own risk.