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  1. Here are the websites to make an appointment for the test for AUTOMOVILISTA NUEVA and get your docs. 
    You need to make payment beforehand, and can do it at a bank…there’s a clave number that is printed on the wall of the motor vehicle place, along with the requirement and fee. You can also complete this form, which will generate the payment form you print and take to the bank. Adults 60+ with CURP and INAPAM get 50% discount. It is 50% discount of $792 (I believe 2022 is the same cost as 2021.)
    Here is where you print your CURP (if you don’t have the newer 8 1/2 x 11 full-page format, which went into effect in Jan of 2020.) https://www.gob.mx/curp/
    This is the website with the requirements; take original and photocopy of each of these: CURP, proof of address, payment receipt, blood type, official photo ID, permanente/temporal/INE.
    Once you fill out the page from the citas link below, it should open to the calendar so you can select your appointment date and time. The location is the small street just north of the Chapala yacht club, east of the malecón and where the Feria Maestros de Arte was held for several years. Go to that door, look to your left and there is a small street. The motor vehicles place is about 100 feet northwest; there is parking to the right.
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  2. 26 minutes ago, Ferret said:

    Thanks for the confirmation. I already had one microinverter bite the dust and it was replaced no charge. I would highly recommend getting a system that you can monitor online. IF I hadn't been able to see that the one panel wasn't working, I would have been limited to wondering why my production had gone down. What the computer couldn't tell me was whether it was the panel itself or the microinverter that was the problem.

    Also, Go Solar could you address Intercasa's comment about "brownouts" on page 1 of this thread. I don't understand the comment.

    And, is there such a thing as "preventive maintenance" for solar systems? Obviously I keep them clean but otherwise?

    Ferret, we have started to do preventive maintenance with Solar Technology...I think they recommend every six months but Ron Magen of STI could advise you. They check connections and a variety of other things that could affect your output...beyond our monthly cleaning of the panels we do ourselves. Well, the royal"we," as in our handyman climbs the roof and I do the prodding.

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  3. 19 hours ago, barrbower said:

    I'm betting that as the world creeps closer to requiring a vaccination "passport" that more and more European countries will require something that Mexico does not seem able to provide.  It is now Jalisco policy that you have to show (supposedly) proof of vaccinations to get into place like sporting events, concerts, theaters, shopping malls, etc.  Also it seems that the only docs approved are those from the government website which have the QR codes and not the ones filled out by the vaccine administrators.  For many folks locally there has been a problem getting those official documents from the website.  We got ours for the first two shots of Pfizer in Tlajomulco but nothing yet from the booster of Astra Zeneca in Jocotepec.  We have plans to see Europe later this year but if we can't provide an officially approved document we might not be able to go.

    I know the reason for this latest government  move is twofold.  Everybody is trying to avoid the disaster of lockdowns and at the same time further encourage everybody to get vaccinated to slow the spread and mutation of Covid in the general population.  I predicted a year ago that the unvaccinated portion of the population could prolong the pandemic and cause the eventual demand for vaccination passports.  Hold on to your hats folks...it's going to get ugly.


    Alan, according to Jalisco health, your speculation is incorrect: "Also it seems that the only docs approved are those from the government website which have the QR codes and not the ones filled out by the vaccine administrators." The original documents provided at the time of your injections are indeed valid proof. (See the middle image, below, from the state) plus the governor posted yesterday on his FB page that the paper copies are sufficient proof: 

    star_filled_24_fds-gray-70.pngFavorites  · 15h  · 
    A partir de mañana, viernes 14 de enero, entran en vigor las nuevas medidas para cuidar tu vida y defender Jalisco de la alza de contagios por la variante del #COVID19, ómicron. No vamos a parar nuestra economía y esa es una gran noticia, pero no podemos bajar la guardia.
    De inicio, para entrar a espacios de recreación hay que presentar tu certificado o papeleta de vacunación, de aquí o de otro país. Si no te quieres vacunar, tienes la libertad, pero no el derecho sobre los demás, hay que tener tu PCR negativa con 48 horas de vigencia.
    Ya sabemos que sin salud no hay nada, sigamos haciéndolo bien. Lo más importante para enfrentar la pandemia es la conciencia. Te dejo toda la información en este enlace, entra, infórmate y pasa la voz: gobjal.mx/PlanCOVID2022.



  4. Here are the parameters, maximum permissible limits. The source, below, also quotes the applicable laws. The verificación responsable site recommends that you take your vehicle for standard maintenance, including optimal tire pressure etc, prior to going for your inspection.  I went a few months ago (Guadalajara) and the newly-constructed stations are spotless and the process (and bathrooms) impressive. There's a nice waiting area but, due to Covid protocols, only one person per vehicle is supposed to enter at a time, although nobody stopped us as we had scheduled an early am appt. We arrived about an hour early, and they willingly took us ahead of our appointment time.

    https://verificacionresponsable.jalisco.gob.mx/que-es-verificacion/   Here, at the bottom, you can find two tables that detail which 14 items are inspected visually (left table) and the emissions items checked (right table). I itemized the latter, below and, from the second source (autocosmos.com) listed the maximum permissible limits.


    Año - modelo vehicular 1990 y anteriores 1991 y posteriores

    Hidrocarburos (HC hppm) Máx. 350 100

    Monóxido de Carbono (CO % vol.) Máx. 2,5 1,0

    Oxígeno (O2 % vol.) Máx. 2,0 2,0

    Óxidos de Nitrógeno (NOx ppm) Máx. 2 500 1 500

    Dilución (CO + CO2 % vol.) Máx. 16,5 Mín. 13 Máx. 16,5 Mín. 13

    Factor Lambda 1,05 1,05

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  5. On 1/6/2022 at 10:44 AM, ea93105 said:

    I finally got a smog check on a vehicle I'm trying to get Jalisco plates for and when I gave the certificate to Luis at Spencer's office he said that soon smog checks will be required twice per year ! Just passing on what he told me and if true it will be a major PIA considering the millions of vehicles all needing to get smog checks at very few locations. It took months to get my appointment. What is the official ticket amount for not having up to date smog again ?


    Smog checks are once yearly for private vehicles, twice annually for intensive-use commercial vehicles, which include taxis, Ubers, trucks and those types.  https://noticias.autocosmos.com.mx/2021/08/04/ahora-todos-los-autos-en-jalisco-verifican-esto-es-todo-lo-que-debes-de-saber

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    Available: chapala and Jocotepec both:
    Cristianía park 4-7 Jan AstraZeneca 9 am - 3 pm

     posters 60+, first and second roses for ages 18+


    Del 4 al 7 de ENERO 2022
    Vacua AstraZeneca
    Parque de la Cristianía De 9:00 am a 3:00 pm
    Personas +18 años en adelante
    Personas de +60 años y
    Personal de salud


    2021 - 2024
    Aplicaremos vacunas ASTRA ZENECA:
    -Refuerzos para mayores de 60 años
    -Primera y segunda dosis de rezagados
    de mayores de 20 años.
    Del Martes 04 de enero
    8:00 am a 4:00 pm
    Viernes 07 de enero
    8:00 am a 4:00 pm
    Auditorio Municipal
    "Marcos Castellanos"

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  7. Y'all, in addition to the original docs and proof of second vaccination (and copies of the same) the over-60 crowd now also need sto re-register on the federal site for the third shot and print out that confirmation at https://mivacuna.salud.gob.mx/index.php     Input your CURP where indicated, click I'm not a Robot, and click Confirmar CURP. (See bold, yellow type, lines 4-5, in notice, below.) 


  8. 5 hours ago, Oatsie said:

    Leaving nothing to chance......  Can I presume that the Walmart Antigen test results are available in hard copy AND by email?

    Also in English ? ? ? ?


    The Jack Nathan Health Covid-19 test results (from the tent in the Walmart parking lot) show both in Spanish and, in smaller font, in English; I've used them for multiple airline departures to the US. You get results sent to your email (yahoo nor hotmail are accepted, BTW) and, of course, one may download and print and/or upload to the airline's Covid pre-departure site. The pre-approved negative Covid test result, along with the CDC attestation and your confirmation of no-contact allow you to speed through the airline's check-in process; in fact, American Airlines has a check-in desk for its VeriFLY passengers to sail through the process if they've completed them all online before checking in. And have your Mexican attestation completed (no earlier than 12 hrs before flight time from https://www.vuelaseguro.com/login) and loaded either/and on your smart phone or printed to show to the agent prior to the boarding/security area. (I find the printed paper form easiest to manage, as my ticket is on my phone and I don't have to toggle between them.)

  9. 1 hour ago, Oatsie said:

    A sign on the Walmart tent testing centre says they are open on Sundays.  I didn't confirm this and also don't know the time(s) they are open.

    Perhaps someone can confirm the opening and times......

    They indeed are open on Sundays; available appts are from 9:10 am until 5:40 pm, one appt every 10 minutes. That said, my (exhaustive) personal experience is that they regularly are not ready to start testing at 9:10, although if you have an appt for that time you will be the first test taken--and ahead of any walk-ins. Note that the 5:40 pm appt will not get you results until the next day--they close at that time, meaning that if they have a slew of results to process, those will delay. AND...before you leave, have the input person confirm every little letter and number on your form with you to, hopefully, diminish the need to return for a correction.  

    The young man this past Sunday said he "believes" they will be closed both Christmas and New Years days, despite the online scheduler permitting me to make appts on those days for travelers returning Dec 26 and Jan 2; the option is the airport.

  10. UPDATE 9:00 pm 9 dic 2021:  Jocotepec event apparently has been shortened from four days to two: today and tomorrow (Friday)

    UPDATE 6:00 pm 8 dic 2021:  Jocotepec starts Thurs 9 dic 2021

    4 days, 8 am-4 pm. Note the qualified candidate types: 3rd dose 60+ (need to reregister on the platform), first dose stragglers age 18 and older, 15-17yr olds. See each poster for ID requirements. Are people from other municipalities (like Chapala) allowed? Don't know but one Chapala resident said he took his kids yesterday and they were given a shot, so who knows. Our municipality will come, tho!






    265178598_1852861494911658_5723087361381792865_n.jpg.e657d86e43c531598e8e5ab1bd31c9ec.jpgUPDATE 6:00 pm 8 dic 2021:  It's starting!



    Third shots start in Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos tomorrow 9 December -15 December 8 am to 3 pm for these groups ONLY: second dose AZ ages 18-29 and third shot (aka booster) for 60+ Cansino recipients ONLY. They need to provide original document and photocopy of the following 5 items: proof of their previous shot; INE for Mexican citizens (I'll imagine this is replaced by resident immigration form for foreigners), CURP, proof of address, and proof of registration from long, long ago (link on graphic, below, if you forget.) So much for López-Gatell saying no documents other than proof of age will be required.




    UPDATE 7:00 pm 7 dic 2021:

    Of course, nothing is ever straightforward: Gov Alfaro on his FB page now says that the AstraZeneca third dose will happen in two waves in Jalisco: first to be boostered will be the senior population that received the one-dose CanSino, followed separately by those who received any of the other four biologics. Then teachers, who only received the CanSino, will be eligible for the AstraZeneca, regardless of their age. Follow http://gobjal.mx/VacunacionJalisco  for updates.

    UPDATE 11 am 7 dic 2021:

    Dr. Petersen, Scty of Health for Jalisco, said that four municipalities in Jalisco (Ameca, Tala, Lagos de Moreno and Ciudad Guzmán) today started the booster for the 60+ population, and 25 more municipalities will announce this week. He also added that, in addition to ID for age, recipients must bring their vaccination paperwork to show that their most recent Covid-19 shot was at last 6 months ago. 

    So far, I see no updates on the Chapala government's FB page nor on that of Pres Municipal Aguirre.

    According to AMLO this morning in his daily broadcast, "booster" vaccines for those age 60+ who received their shots at least six months ago (prior to June 2021) will all be given AstraZeneca, regardless of which shot(s) they took previously. The campaign started in Mexico today in the outskirts of Mexico City, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Sinaloa and Yucatán. I see no info yet on when it will roll out to our area. (Note: there are more than 172,000 adults over the age of 60 in Jalisco alone.)

    Per López-Gatell, there will be no advance registration needed and only proof of age will be required. As previously, the Brigada Correcaminos is in charge of announcing the specific dates and locations for this one-time third dose.




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  11. Spouse's orthopedic surgeon had a VascuTherm 2 already rented for us for two weeks through AliviaMed in Guadalajara (tech's tel is 33 3808 6879 or 33 1333 3074, but I can't find his name at the moment); the tech delivered it to the hospital and showed us how to use it and provided his WhatsApp number; good thing, as it malfunctioned and they brought us a different machine. It was a lifesaver, by the way. 

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  12. 47 minutes ago, TelsZ4 said:

    What about Canadian citizen’s 

    This is for most international travelers--those who are non-US citizens nor permanent residents.


    The wait is over. As of Nov. 8, 2021, the USA is reopening to vaccinated travelers.


    U.S. land, ferry and air borders are reopening, and we welcome you to travel to the USA and discover our natural wonders, vibrant cities and towns, iconic landmarks and diverse cultural experiences. Below, we’ve compiled links to everything you need to know to visit, including U.S. entry requirements and vaccine guidelines.

    How to travel to the USA via air or crossing land borders


    We look forward to welcoming travelers to the USA starting Nov. 8.

    International Arrivals at Land Ports of Entry or Ferry Terminals

    Infographic: International Arrivals at Land Ports of Entry or Ferry Terminals

    When arriving at a U.S. land port of entry or ferry terminal for non-essential travel, international visitors should be prepared to:

    • Present proof of COVID-19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website; and,
    • Verbally attest to their non-essential travel and COVID-19 vaccination status.

    For more information, visit the Department of Homeland Security fact sheet.

    International Arrivals by Air

    Infographic: International Arrivals by Air

    Prior to boarding a flight to the United States, international visitors should prepare for:

    Proof of Vaccination Requirement

    International visitors to the United States must provide proof of full vaccination prior to boarding their flight to the United States. Accepted vaccines include those that are FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO). Individuals can be considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after the last dose of an accepted single-dose series or any combination of two doses of an accepted two-dose series. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the vaccine requirement, and other limited exceptions apply.

    More information about the vaccination requirement and documentation is available from the CDC.

    Testing Requirement

    International travelers aged two and older are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than three days before travel. Both nucleic acid amplification tests, such as a PCR test, and antigen tests qualify. In a very limited number of cases, there are additional testing requirements for those who are exempt from the proof of vaccination requirement and documentation needs for travelers who can demonstrate recent recovery from COVID-19 in place of a negative viral test.

    More information about the testing requirement and documentation is available from the CDC.

    Contact Tracing Requirement

    All air passengers to the United States are required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States for the purposes of contact tracing. This process is critical to detect and respond to variants of COVID-19, helping protect the public and international visitors.

    Federal Mask Mandates

    All travelers are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in airplanes, airports, and other indoor areas of public transportation while traveling to, within, or out of the United States. More information about the mask requirement is available from the CDC.

    State and Local Requirements

    Once international visitors arrive at their destination, individual state and local governments, as well as some businesses, may have their own health and safety guidelines regarding masks, social distancing, vaccination status, and more. As you plan your trip, you may find these resources useful.

    For more information, please visit the CDC website and U.S. Department of State’s Frequently Asked Questions.

  13. 17 hours ago, cedros said:

     Does anyone know if they issue a proof of vaccination with a QR code on it.

    The state of California does, about 3 weeks post-vaccination. There's a website you can google with the info you used to set up the appt for your vaccine and you use that to download your CA proof of Covid-19 vaccination and it has a QR code on it; I've only done mine that way...I have no idea how this works if someone has not provided the email contact info.

  14. 4 hours ago, cedros said:

    Why not just show the paper copy of all your vaccines? As there are no standards for QR codes?

    The airline ticket counters have expedited check-in lines that now include those who have been pre-cleared to fly by uploading their docs: vaccine records, negative test, CDC attestation. You can speed up your wait at the counter (and avoid close contact with unknown people and their non-traveling companions) by completing these processes ahead of the agent, who has to enter it on your behalf. If you have no checked baggage, you can also avoid the check-in gate by being pre-cleared and having your boarding pass on your phone.

    Around noon today: with VeriFLY completed for American Airlines; the wait was about 2 minutes; the other line snaked around the ticket area. On Volaris, the general line was out to the hallway; the uploaded, "ready to travel" line had 3 groups ahead of ours.

    We saved a lot of time and aggravation by having our guests' docs uploaded and ready to fly prior to ticket counter check-in.

  15. 12 hours ago, phil in mexico said:

    Wife took our car in for testing  today, she shared that it's  not only for pollution  they tested  almost  everything  brakes  looked  to see if spare tire was inflated and many more  items.  When you go to your appointment  have your  car up to snuff or you will get another  appointment. Our car passed (2016) model but she said many did not pass. Maybe they are getting  serious  about safety  as well as the environment fyi, phil

    Yes, I was impressed both by the facility and the thoroughness of the inspection. I guess that's why the instructions tell you to have the vehicle serviced prior to going through the process. Now to see how many of the vehicles that NEED to be serviced do this and go for the sticker.

  16. 1 hour ago, cedros said:

    I have been wondering the same thing. I am a Canadian living in Mexico. I went to Texas and got the J & J vaccine. They did not put a QR code on the J & J paper record like they did in Mexico for the Sinovac vaccination. I would like to have all my vaccination records in one location. I hope to get a Moderna vaccination  soon. Will they have a QR code if I get Mocerna in the US or Canada? Or do you just show the paper records to the airlines and immigrtion authorities.

    Just did this yesterday for our guests who are returning to the US on two different airlines: Volaris (https://forms.monday.com/forms/1afcd1cf561eadfd5514aaba36277168) and American Airlines (veriFLY app). Although the specifics for both airlines are different, the processes and information are the same. You upload your Covid vaccine information from your records (first and second dose; there is a space for booster, if you have)  as well as the information from your recent Covid negative test result. If your test result doesn't have a QR code to upload, following that option is a manual upload choice where you can take a picture of both of those documents and upload to your electronic record. (So, you input your data then you upload images of the official documents that verify what you just stated.) Both then have you complete the CDC attestation and you can do the Mexican form either online or on paper. Completing all the documentation prior to airport arrival significantly expedites your travel through check-in and boarding processes.

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