Aug 18, 2009, 9:57 AM
Post #15 of 15
I agree that there are generally no immigration checks for leaving Mexico by land, BUT that is not a constant. I have been on busses that have been boarded by immigration officials at the 21 kilometer (more or less) checkpoint, and have been in vehicles where all cars were stopped and asked to cancel their papers. Regardless, it is not proper to leave the country without your vehicle.
Re: [Altahabana] Vehicle Permit & crossing the border
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When the folks who want to leave without their vehicle come back, they will face the dilemma of their immigration status.
Also, as someone else pointed out, if their car is driven while they are gone, it is illegal. I got a call from a woman whose car was stolen while she was in the States. The insurance company would not pay because she was illegally out of the country. So, is it worth it?
FMT’s are registered in a computer just like the car permits. While you are right, for many years one could safely disregard their disposition, that has not been the case for at least 4 years, as that is when I was 'caught' and refused entry to the country. 4 1/2 years ago, I got a new FMT. The next time I got busted. I saw my computer record going back to 1996 for unreturned permits. My story is at http://mexicomike.com/driving/lost_car_permits.html The bottom line is that I paid a fine (negotiated), got a receipt and am again able to enter the country. The next time I got an FMT (at another crossing), the official smiled and said, “I see you paid a fine for not returning your tourist permits. You will return this one, yes?”
If someone uses a passport to enter, it will be painfully obvious to the immigration official that they did not return their permit. But, since I never used a passport, it is obvious that it does not matter.
Since that happened to me, I have been contacted by several dozen people who also got busted. I make a living consulting with people going to Mexico. My advice – pay the man.
"Mexico" Mike Nelson
Writing about Mexico for 40 years.
Maps, Road Logs for drivers
Author of "Live Better South of the Border."
"Spas & Hot Springs of Mexico."
Mexico is a state of mind.
(This post was edited by mexicomike on Aug 18, 2009, 10:15 AM)