Jan 6, 2008, 9:50 AM
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Re: [bi11fish] More Border crossing questions
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If the Verteran's International Bridge is the normal entry at Matamoros, there is no comparison to the ease of crossing at the International Free Trade Bridge at Los Indios. But then my time frame may be wrong as I have not crossed into México via the normal Matamoros entry for years. Yes, Los Indios and the International Free Trade Bridge are one and the same.
Los Indios is a very easy crossing point, with the immigration and aduana in adjacent buildings and with copy machines available and with no lines whatsoever. I like the crossing. In approaching the bridge one must be careful NOT to put himself into any long line of cars along the shoulder. Those are cars being processed for special Mexico crossing permits and destined for the Central American countries of Nicaragua, etc. Too, if going on to Cd. Victoria and points south whether coastal or central, the highways are good and do not enter any heavily populated areas (Matamoros for example).
I know nothing about the new Brownsville Port entry bridge, but I suspect it would be easier than the VIB if they permit normal auto traffic.
You will not be able to keep the existing temporary automobile import permit. That expired with the FM3 and you and the car are in for trouble. If not removed from the windshield, the aduanero at the check point will not permit passage of the automobile.
With an FM3 which has expired, you will have quite a bit of paper work to re-enter México. You cannot legally be issued any other type of entry permit (FMT) until that existing FM3 has been turned back over to the Mexican government. Since you are trying to re-enter Méico you have obviously left México. You may be able to convince the immigration official that you just forgot to turn in your FM3 on leaving Mexico. Maybe. If you mention the expired FM3 to the immigration people then you are in for a lot of paper work and a fine. I don't know what the exact procedure would be. I would suspect however that the procedures would require several trips to the Mexican consulate.
OK. Assume you mention nothing about the expired FM3 to the busy immigration official and he/she illegally gives you an FMT. You are now personally home free. But what about your car?
When you go to the aduana to get your temporary car import permit on your FMT, if you try to use the same name that you used before to import the car, they will note that your car permit has long since expired What that then involves can be up for grabs. You may be able to convince the bank clerk that you just forgot to get your constancia. Good luck.
Depending on how they call up computer records at the aduana, you just may be lucky if your partner is registered for the vehicle. If so, and they use names instead of car registration numbers, then your partner may import that vehicle (or any other) , but YOU cannot do so. If they call up the vehicle by registration number, then you are in for trouble.
Your vehicle can be refused entry whether you and your partner hold FMTs or not. For that reason I would suggest a different vehicle if you are going this FMT route.
When you get back to Playa del Carmen and visit your immigration officials, it might be wise not to mention that you left Mexico and returned on an FMT. The fines for doing that could possibly be really extensive since that is a deliberate illegality. In any case be prepared for several trips to immigration and at least a nominal fine, perhaps even a substantial one
I wish you luck in your entry. ¡Ojala!
(This post was edited by jerezano on Jan 6, 2008, 10:05 AM)