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To see ourselves as others see us: long-stay tourists

11 January 2022

This are for the americas complaining about your 180 days, from the side of a Mexican citizenI do not get why people have an issue with saying more than 180 days in Mexico as a tourist is not allowed. Did you know a Canadian as a tourist, is not allowed to spend more than 6 months in the US? And, the count includes the day you set foot on U.S. soil as one day, and the day you leave as another—even if they’re only partial days. Most U.S. border officials now apply the six-month or 182-day quota over any consecutive 12-month period.For a Mexican to step foot in the US, they need to apply on-line for an appointment which will take up to a year. We pay a non-refundable $160. I am in San Miguel and I need to travel to Mexico City and stay over night more costs. I need to prove I have work to return to and funds in my bank account. My appointment is next week. Did you know, if a Mexican overstays their 180 days in the US by more than a year they are barred from entering for 10 years. So why should Mexico be different? At least it is a lot easier for an expat to live in Mexico, full time than it is for me to live in the US full time. Why the lack of respect for Mexico. I do not get it!!

Charly Sandoval, posting on Facebooks’s “Foreigners in Mexico City”.

Many thanks to Mr. Sandoval for his permission to reprint his ripost to a series of posts on “expat” pages around the internet, complaining about recent changes in Mexico’s migration policies (not any major change in the law, simply in its enforcement: a 180 day stay has always been the maximum number of days given to a visitor, as in other North American countries (and several others: in the Shengen region [Western and Central Europe] foreigners are given 90 days within any six month period; the United Kingdom, like Mexico, MAY give a tourist permit for UP TO 180 days, but then again, may not. For that matter, so does Guatemala,

Mexico’s policy is no different from that of Colombia, which CAN also give up to 180 days, although they are (for now) more lax on “permanent tourists”, who can “renew” their visa any number of times by leaving the country for a short period, but then again, there are fewer permanent tourists in Colombia than in Mexico.

One Comment leave one →
  1. norm permalink
    18 January 2022 2:56 pm

    Reciprocity is something that seems fair but is very hard to achieve. I’ve always apricated the ease of spending a few months in winter in Mexico.

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