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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. To update the smoking question, it's two young guys who are trying desperately to make a go of it. Immediately upon reading the smoking policy concerns, they responded to this webboard in a mature, positive, and professional way. We went back Friday evening: there is a prominent NO SMOKING sign, they are going to create a two-table area in the open area behind the restaurant's swinging saloon doors for patrons who want to smoke.

    They have been THE most responsive restaurateurs I've seen pretty much anywhere. And, as the topic says, these are DAMN GOOD BURGERS. 

    Please give them a try: have some complementary popcorn as you wait for your meal to be prepared to order, sit and chat with them in their perfect US-accented English, learn who they are and what they are trying to accomplish, then enjoy a DAMN GOOD BURGER.

    Thank you, Beto and keep up the good work.

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  7. And if you have Amazon prime, you get two free books per month. A selection is sent to your registered email the first few days of each month; you can look them up on amazon for reviews and details before you make your selection. 

  8. We went this past Sunday evening just before dark. There was one table occupied by patrons, all smokers, as was one of the owner-brothers, so we had a Coke, some popcorn, and instead placed our order to go. We chatted for a bit...they're sweet, young guys who for a time lived in Oregon and who are trying to make a go of things while they go to school and, honestly, the made decent and tasty burgers and fries. Thanks for the recommendation...you never know when you'll crave a burger and if you live west and can avoid traffic, all the better!


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  9. Any flight, domestic or international, originating in Mexico requires each passenger to show the completed Covid-19 form (either on paper or stored on your smart phone) and the doc is shown to the security agent before you proceed to the x-ray machines at the boarding area. Nobody actually takes the form from you, but they do ask to see ink on paper or a phone screen.

    I find the paper form (Bisbee Gal has it, above) to be easier to handle, what with an electronic boarding pass and ID in hand.

  10. Had our emissions testing done today; appointment for 10:40 and we arrived around 9:30 (expected traffic/accidents did not materialize) and they took us, as there were only 3 cars being tested and one waiting in line ahead of ours. We were out by 10:10 with our sticker and documentation. Station 003 on Mariano Otero is a clean, professional facility where everything is transparent and explained on the tv screen while you wait. Even the toilets were impressively clean and stocked. The only issue to be aware of is that the occupant(s) must exit the vehicle as one of the workers drives the car through the testing stations, and they only allow one person per vehicle to wait in the customer waiting area; any other occupants are directed to wait outside where there is a bench and some standing-room seating.

    Requirements for testing are these documents: printout of appointment confirmation (scheduled by month based on last digit of license plate), original receipt for payment made, printout of their receipt/processing of payment (it comes to you in a confirmation email) and your original plastic tarjeta de circulación.

    As experiences go with Jalisco bureaucracy, this was impressive and easy.

  11. 3 hours ago, bournemouth said:

    I was just there.  One ATM is still missing and the other was out of service.  I sincerely  hope HSBC will get sorted out but I'm  not holding my breath!  The machine for payments and deposits appeared to be working.


    Luckily CIBanco had money but this could be a rough weekend on the money front.

    Around 11:30 am when I went, the paper sign on the remaining (non-operational ATM) indicates that they are upgrading their equipment; pardon the inconvenience. 

  12. 2 hours ago, cottoncarpet said:

    Do you have a number to reach an English speaker in the Viva Aerobus Lost Luggage Department?

    Trying to contact Viva Aerobus to track my lost luggage.  Submitted an online "ticket" but no response.  Have called lost luggage number numerous times, but cannot connect with an English speaker.


    Have you tried 866-FLY VIVA then asked for an English-speaking baggage rep? This seems to be their USA number and they may be able to route your call.


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  13. Here’s my Tuesday morning (7 sept) experience at the Walmart parking lot Covid-19 testing location.
    We had the first appt of the day at 9:10. The lone attendant arrived at 10:45, unzipped the tent and took off (maybe to get change for his petty cash box??); our test was administered just after 11:00 am.
    If you didn't make one via the QR code or their website https://intl-cvx-scheduler.wal-mart.com.mx/confirmation  you actually do not need an appt; however, you will be attended after those with appts are seen.
    You pay at the tent, to the Spanish-only attendant. He did make change and provided a Walmart register receipt, which I kept (see below).
    There is a form to complete as you wait, despite all the info provided on the registration website. It is in Spanish but is clear, since the attendant counsels you to leave most info blank. If your test is to comply with travel regulations, you must write in your passport number (but no country of issue)--so have that number ready. Otherwise, you can leave that item blank. They don’t need to see any ID or your passport to confirm any of the data you provide to them.
    Other info to provide is your name (as it appears in passport, if that’s your reason for testing), gender, and age. Leave the rest of side 1 blank; on side 2, write full name in top blank and, mid-page, write your name again, sign and date on the three lines. 
    Despite the ease of the above, several people (expats and locals, alike) were confused. While we waited, spouse spent about 1/2 hr helping people in line complete their forms. (One lone attendant is insufficient to move the line smoothly, especially with a 2-hour queue--several people by this time had left.)
    You are told to come back for results in más o menos 30 minutes, depending on the number of samples ahead of your results this one attendant has to administer/process. They are not set up for emailing results: he says they CAN do it, but that’s not their priority. If you want results emailed, clearly print email address next to the empty box for your reservation number (which he also did not need) on side 1 of the form. Otherwise, return for a paper copy of your results. The results merely is everything recopied from your form to this duplicate paper, this one signed by the attendant. There's no QR code, no official stamp, nothing to note I didn't generate my test results myself, so I am going to hang onto my Walmart receipt for $199 that says "Prueba" and keep it with my test for airline confirmation. 
    NOTE: In the fine print of the Q/A section from the lab, it says to notify the attendant if these results are used for flight and to request email of the results. So, back we went around 5 pm, waited to be sure we got the results so we could check them, and printed them out. Much more official looking than a hand-written report.
    There is no way to reach them by phone to cancel/change a reservation (they indicate to call either of the 800 numbers) or find out where the attendant is; apparently he was over an hour late yesterday, also. (He rides the bus.) I tried both the 800 numbers buried in the online small print: one is Sams Club home delivery; the other Superama. Those numbers don’t know anything about how to reach the testing subcontractor who posted their contact number for them.
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  14. 4 hours ago, Bisbee Gal said:

    Not 72 hours.  3 days.  From CDC site, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

    Why does the Order specify 3 days rather than 72 hours? What is considered 3 days?
    The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered.

    For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.


    Volaris, Delta and United state 3 days but other airlines may differ, including American Airlines, which says on their website that passengers must complete testing within 72 hours of departure.


  15. With Covid there is a bit more paperwork at the airport, so I’m including information to speed you through the processes in and out. 
    To exit Mexico by air: 4 documents
    With Covid, there's additional documentation you need to present upon departure from Mexico to the US.
    Although you’ll go online and check in for your flight to the USA, you no longer can confirm your seat assignment, as this step requires the documents below, as well as your negative Covid test result. Mexico usually suggests arriving three hours ahead of flight time. Before leaving México you have to fill out and present two Covid-related documents, along with your negative Covid test and the FMM (INM) form, to the check-in agent. I’d suggest having these completed and printed before you get in line…all the people who don’t have them filled out (or don’t know about them) slow down the check-in process for all.
    As previously, you’ll need the exit part of your FMM (the form you’ll get at the INM window at the airport—write RESIDENTE TEMPORAL  or RESIDENTE PERMANENTE, as applicable, on both top and bottom sections), a Covid-19 antigen (or PCR) test taken within three days of your flight, and two Covid documents—one required by Mexico to get thru security going to your gate at the airport and one for the US before you board your flight. Soriana is the cheapest for the Covid test, but other locations including the airport do Covid tests. The test results from Mexico are in Spanish and are acceptable to the US BUT be very, very sure that the name on the test EXACTLY matches your name that appears on your passport. Exactly. If you have a middle initial, be sure it includes/or doesn’t include the period. Mexico is serious about their forms. The results will be sent electronically to your phone/email; showing the results on your phone should be fine, but you also can print and carry them with you.
    The CDC Attestation: Is in English and is required by the US CDC to board, so your agent wants it. https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-and-attestation-2021-01-12-p.pdf Print, put a check by the correct boxes, sign and date. One per person. Then download to your phone the app called VeriFLY (a secure health passport app being used by airlines to and from the US), especially for American Airlines. It’s a bit time-consuming as you need to put all your info into the app once it is on your phone: your passport and flight info, then you’ll scan your negative Covid test barcode, and so on. After a bit (sometimes it takes hours, so allow enough time) you’ll get a message saying you are cleared to fly. That is what you’ll start to show to the ticket agent at the counter and will greatly speed your document process and get your boarding pass. It will save you lots of waiting.
    Mexico Covid Form: The Mexico Covid document asks for your airline flight number, seat assignments, and Covid-proximity questions. It’s also one per person and you can scan the QR code at the check-in desk and fill it in there on your phone, but that delays you proceeding to Security, where the agent wants to see a signed paper before allowing you to pass. You will be asked for this document as you enter the TSA security area. The whole line of people hanging around, gumming up the works? They didn't pre-fill the document. Show your paper to the agent and they'll wave you by. (NOTE: Lately, they do not collect these forms [audible sigh] but that's on them. I keep mine and reuse...)  Unfortunately, chapala.com won't permit me to attach the pdf of the form but you can print out a blank to show to the agent. The easiest is to go vuelaseguro.com and complete the info, either online or by printing out blanks and completing by hand. (The system now allows you to register a companion passenger on the same form.) Note that the website is squirrely and is a pain in the butt to navigate, so you’ll be wise to do it ahead of time. It may take a few tries because it is poorly designed.) 
    To enter Mexico by air: 2 documents
    In addition to presenting the top half (that identifies your Mexico address) of your FMM (INM) form that you got stamped upon departure and the customary customs declaration, you may need to fill out (this week they asked, mostly they don’t) another Mexico Covid questionnaire for landing; but that’s a maybe: we had to on Wednesday. As with departure, you can scan the QR code at the airport or follow the link below and print and complete a hard copy...or reuse the one they likely didn't collect on your departure. 
    It sounds like a PITA, but it really is straightforward, if you plan in advance.
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