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Immigration law changes

During November 2012, the immigration policy of Mexico underwent significant changes.  The requirements for foreigners to gain legal residence or citizenship in Mexico were expanded and the fees were increased.  Among the changes the familiar visa names FM-T, FM-2, FM-3, were changed.

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US Consulate in Baja

Paseo de las Culturas s/n
Mesa de Otay
Delegación Centenario C.P. 22425
Tijuana, Baja California
Telephone:  (664) 977-2000 (from the U.S. 011-52 + phone number)
E-mail: (American citizen inquiries)
Hours: 7:30am – 4:15pm  Monday through Friday except official U.S. and Mexican holidays
In case of an after-hours emergency involving U.S. citizens, contact the Duty Officer in San Diego.  From Mexico dial 001 (619) 692-2154, from the U.S., call (619) 692-2154.

Los Cabos
Tiendas de Palmilla, Carretera Transpeninsular Km 27.5 
Local B221, San José del Cabo,  C.P. 23406
Baja California Sur,

Telephone: (624) 143-3566
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm  Monday through Friday except official U.S. and Mexican holidays

>Helpful tips series > Part 2


Continuing with the Helpful tips series, here are a few tips when preparing to travel anywhere:

Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine or scanner, copy both sides of each license, credit card, etc., you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel.

Copy your travel itinerary, passport or other important documents. Leave a copy at home, take two copies with you but keep the two copies in separate places. You may also want to e-mail scans of the documents to yourself so they can be accessed online.

Unless required by law, carry a copy and not the original passport when sightseeing. Most nations require that adults carry government issued identification. A driver license or military identification and copy of your passport will usually be sufficient. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you are visiting for specific details. Place your passport in a lock box, safe or other secure place whenever possible.

Avoid “Traveler burglaries” when your car is away from home. Take all documents from your car (registration, insurance card, etc) that have your home address, cover the address only, and then photocopy or scan the documents. Place the duplicates back in your car and keep the original documents in a safe place.

When traveling internationally, be sure to have the local (not toll-free) phone numbers of your credit card issuers and their website addresses. A toll-free telephone number on your credit cards may not work when you are calling from outside of your home country, so use the local phone number and call collect. Be sure to have the phone number and address of the local embassy or consular office before you leave home. Information is available HERE.

See Helpful tips series Part 1

>Helpful tips series > Part 1 – Tijuana


Tourist Assistance in Tijuana
– find consular assistance
– find your towed car
– file complaints about police
– locate police stations and jails
– find government services
–> English –> Español

Tijuana Phone Numbers
Emergencies: 066
Tourist Assistance Hotline: 078
U.S. Consulate: 622-7400
State District Attorney: 638-5206, 638-9184
Visitor Assistance Office: 973-0424
Office of Internal Affairs, Complaint Department: 688-2810

(dialing from the US use 011-52-664+number)

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