Actually we did stop at the small booth where they remove the sticker. The gentleman chose not to remove our sticker and said to go across to Banjercito. We did and they told us to go inside to immigration. There the gentleman said we should just say we live in Mexico and be on our way. We left. And I agree that we have lost our deposit; just not sure how to handle our re-entry this time. And I failed to mention that I did not have the half of the FMM because I had flown out twice during the ten months because my mother died.
First, INM does not remove your sticker. You were supposed to go to Banjercito for that; you goofed and have lost your deposit. You were also supoosed to have INM give you an FMM and you were to keep half of it for your return, with your visa. If you did that, present them both when you re-enter.
Since you still have your sticker on the car, just drive on in and hope that they miss that detail at the interior checkpoint.
Renew your visa on schedule when you get back.
Driving out of Mexico and not "checking out"
Posted 17 September 2012 - 05:35 PM
Posted 18 September 2012 - 06:33 AM
Anyone out there had a similar situation and if so how did you handle it? Or anyone with thoughts of a better solution?
Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:57 AM
You might take your visa copy to a Mexican Consulate and report the original one lost. They may be able to issue a 'pass'.
You have illustrated the need for expats to KNOW what is required and to NEVER accept other advice from a border agent; they'll get you into trouble and it is no skin off their backs, is it? Often they don't know, don't care and like the reduced workload. Beware!
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