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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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. For those of you who have been interested in the 199ps plan and what you have to do to make it work right, I just found out something on text messaging that I wanted to share. As I said earlier, when in the US trying to call US number all you have to do is use the 10 digit number, no international access or country code. BUT, when you are in the US and you are trying to send a text message to a US phone, you DO have to use the international access and country codes. Don't ask me why, that's just the way it is. The way I am compensating for all this is to have multiple phone numbers in my contacts, 1 with the international access code and country code and another with just the 10 digit number. Thought you might want to know.
  15. I think they can if they have a service plan that allows them to text a Mexican cell phone. Just to be clear, those people in the US, on a US plan cannot call my Mexican phone (without an extra charge) unless they have a provider who has a plan that allows it.
  16. Yes. That is correct, but with the plan we have been discussing (the 199 p plan) the calls are included unlimited.
  17. Ariboy is correct and I am getting my email and other data applications here in the US with no problem. 1 gb / month is a lot of data considering most of the time I am somewhere where I can leverage off the wifi. This is a very good deal, and as I said the only downside is folks in the US cannot call your Mexican cell phone for free unless they are on some type of package. Many providers here, like AT&T and Verizon offer similar packages where a US phone can call Mexico, and if that is the case it works so people can call you. At the equivalent of $ 12 USD / month, it is a great deal. Oh, and I paid ahead for 6 months so I don't have to pay monthly.
  18. Well we might as well get all this tried out while I am up here. I have both a Telcel phone with the 199 plan and another Telcel phone that is not on any plan, just has 200 pesos in it. I tried to dial my regular phone using the phone that is on the international plan and when I just dialed the 10 digit number (like I would if I were in Mx) and the call would not go through. I then tried it again using the 011 52 1 and 10 digit number and the call went through to my non-plan phone. Earlier in the evening I tried to call my friend who has a local Dallas number from my international-plan cell and all I had to do was enter the 10 digit local number. So I guess I would describe it as saying the phone number you are calling is dictated by where you are, ie. if in US calling US it's just the 10 digit number, if in US calling Mx then you have to enter the whole international calling set of numbers, if in Mx calling US you have to enter the whole international calling set of numbers. The only downside that I can see with this Telcel 199 peso plan (and David is right at $ 12 US you can't beat it) is that people in the US cannot call me on my Mx cell phone unless they have a plan that allows them to call Mexico for free. And since my wife has an AT&T US-based cell phone that can call Mexico it is a great deal. Hope that helps explain about how to dial. If any more questions let me know while I am still up here.
  19. I got the 199 ps plan just before I left to the States and was very curious as to whether it would work calling back to Mexico. Before I left I was using it to call my wife, who is up in the States, and it worked just fine. Once I got up in the States I tried using it to call home to my house phone and to my friends who had a Mexican cell, and al (so to local US numbers. It worked fine you just have to make sure you have the number put into the contacts correctly. If you don't use the country code, and the extra 1 after the 52 (used to indicate a Mx cell phone) it doesn't go through. It's a little tricky so you have to make sure your contact numbers are correct, ie. when calling Mx cell within Mx, it is one number, and when calling a Mx cell from the US you have to enter the number differently. But I am impressed that it works just fine and when my friends from Mx call me here (in US) it is just fine. Well worth the money.
  20. Using an agent / manager to find housing should be no problem and they will haul you around. Cabs get a little scarce after dark, so that can be limiting, but if you find a driver and make arrangements that can be overcome. It all depends on where you live and your health. If you're in good shape and can walk and carry, you can do well without a car.
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