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  1. Doubt if you will be allowed to cross with only a tourist visa. Just read US & Canada are extending border crossing ban until mid-to-late July. Mexico & US Border will likely be the same. Tourism is not allowed, so it might be tough getting into Mexico
  2. I started as a patient at Dr Barrigan's about 7 years ago. About 6 years ago I had to have a tooth extraction and had an examination of my gums by Dr Edgar. He suggested I have the procedure where they slice the gums open, do a deep scrape and clean, and then sew me back up. Done in 2 phases left / right. That was done about 4 years ago and I see him every 6 months for follow-up monitoring and cleaning. He's very good, very thorough and I've been very pleased with him. In fact I see him again in about 3 weeks. Hope this helps
  3. Condominio is a legal structure, but Arroyos description is pretty accurate. The problem with the above is it is not true that the developer owns anything. Once the developer registers the development as a Condominio all he owns are the unsold lots, and the common areas are owned in common by all of the lots/homes. The developer normally administers the property, for a fee, until the lots are sold and then the homeowners elect their Board to administer the property and share the cost based on a % of ownership. Los Sabinos is a perfect example as the developer no longer has anything to do with the development.
  4. We've tracked our expenses for the past 6 years and here's a summary: Groceries are a little cheaper, but overall we spend about the same as we did NOB Taxes (real estate), water and utilities (electric, propane & internet) are cheaper Restaurants - cheaper (you're pretty accurate on the ones you mentioned) lunch for 2 = 200 p dinner for 2 = 300 w tip Housekeeper / Gardener - cheaper Mechanics - cheaper Doctor / Dentist / Vet - all cheaper Actual living expenses NOB versus SOB based on our standard of living ~ 40% cheaper
  5. I agree with the suggestion to go back and look at the older posts over the last year. They are very informative. There are other web forums and multiple groups on Facebook that also would be worthwhile. Do a Google search on Blogs on Chapala, Ajijic, Lakeside, they can be very informative. Then, after you've done all that you should ask your remaining questions. If you don't do your research you will find some folks will chastise you for not doing the research since many of the initial you will have have been asked and answered many times. When you are here make sure you visit all of the pueblas from Chapala to Jocotopec. Walk the neighborhoods, talk to as many people as you can, go to LCS, take the bus or hire a driver and go to Guadalajara, maybe take a side trip for the day to Mazamitla, visit a realtor office and go on one other their tours of the homes (just to get an idea of the various neighborhoods). Enjoy the trip.
  6. The protest is a native indian thing related to the government taking / buying the land the airport sits on and the natives want more money. I'm sure there is a lot more to it, but I don't know all the details and it's a long story. But, every now and again they protest and end up blocking access / slowing access to the airport. I just wanted to know whether to allow more time. No protesters, plane in on time, no problems.
  7. Anyone been to, or from, the airport who can advise traffic status? Is it still a mess with the protesters, or is it okay now? Gracias
  8. The majority of my usage is in Mexico at a specific set of ATM's where I always have good luck, meaning they are well stocked and I don't get kicked out. But, when I travel outside of Mexico I always try to use it once or twice so there is some variety. Like I said I keep a higher balance than required and occasionally make a stock trade so they see some activity other than the ATM withdrawals. Others are saying that Schwab knows they live in Mexico and Schwab is okay with that, but I have also seen posts where people have had there accounts closed. So, I don't know. I try to make sure all my bases are covered because it would be a pain to have to get another card.
  9. Switched to Schwab a few years ago when BofA added an international transaction fee. Everything they told you is true. But I will caution you to always maintain a US address. Others have said they got their account closed when they said they lived in Mexico and did not have a US address. I've used it here and in Austrailia & New Zealand. A great feature is you can use it in any ATM, that is very convenient. Yes they reimburse ATM fees. I reward them with a portion of my business and maintain a balance higher than their minimum, but why not. The other one to check is the CapOne360. I don't have one, but remember it was a good deal, but can't tell you anymore about it.
  10. Seems like a lot of the confusion is caused by people who don't read. Stop and think about it. If you are flying out, and you are Temp or Perm, when you get to the airport you don't have the bottom portion of the FMM form. So you go to INM, complete the form, the agent stamps it and gives you the bottom portion so you can hand it to the ticket agent and they can clip it to your boarding pass. That's pretty straight forward. When you return, the video describes exactly what you need to do. The reason that they are emphasizing this so much is because when people return, and they don't do it properly they run the risk of voiding their Temp or Perm and having to start the whole process over again. As they tell you in the video, complete the FMM, hand your Temp or Perm visa to the INM agent 1st, then give him your passport and 3rd give him the FMM with only the top portion completed. Only people coming in on a Tourist visa get the bottom portion returned to them. Just watch the video.
  11. Since this is a 29 minute video and the main question about returning to Mexico, if you have a Temporary visa or Permanente visa, how exactly do you fill out the FMM and what to present to the INM agent. This is exactly why they had the meeting to clear up any confusion. They address this issue around the 23 - 25 minute mark on the video. First the INM representative explains it, and then during question and answer time someone asks the exact question that this thread is all about, and the INM representative not only answers the question, but shows the FMM form and explains what to fill out and what to turn in. There have been lots of posts to this thread that give answers that may have worked, and are what people believe to be true. But, if you want to know exactly what INM says, go to about the 23 minute mark on the above video and watch and you will have your answer.
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  13. Just to clear this up about the Tourist Visa / FMM form for Temporal or Permanente visa holders.: BY AIR 1. You need to fill out a tourist visa, both top and bottom part. Then you go to the INM window, down by where passengers exit through customs. You present your passport, visa Temp or Perm, to the INM agent. He will stamp the INM form you gave to him and return it to you. 2. You will take the bottom portion of the INM form to the ticket counter and give it to the Airline agent, along with your passport. 3. The Airline agent will attach the INM form to your boarding pass and send you on to the gate. 4. The gate agent will take your boarding pass and INM form at the gate. You are now done, you are on the plane and you can throw away the top portion of the INM form. ON YOUR RETURN 1. You will fill out a new INM form (Tourist Visa / FMM) on the plane or prior to going to the Customs Agent 2. You present your passport, your residency visa (Temp or Perm) and the completed INM form to the Customs Agent 3. He will stamp the INM form and your passport and he will give you back only your passport and residency visa. 4. If he hands you back the bottom portion of the INM form, this could mean he ignored your residency visa and accidently processed you through as a Tourist Visa, make sure you stop and hand him back the INM form and say to him that you are either Temporal or Permanente to check did he process wrong. I have found I normally say Yo Permanente when I am handing my documents to the Customs Agent just to make him aware so he processes it correctly. One time a Customs Agent started processing it as tourist and when he caught the mistake it took him and his supervisor about 5 - 10 minutes to get it correct in the computer system. Hope this helps
  14. I know version 17 is released, but my older version is still working fine. Some of the more recent stream providers are doing the "pairing" thing and there's a way to get rid of them on YouTube. But mine is working
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