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    Message to U.S. Citizens: Immigration Enforcement.

    October 13, 2021

    U.S. citizens are reminded that if you enter Mexico by land and plan to travel beyond the immediate border area you must stop at a National Migration Institute (INM) office to obtain an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple, or FMM), even if not explicitly directed to do so by Mexican officials.

    When traveling in Mexico, the law requires that foreign visitors carry a passport and entry permit. You may be asked to present these documents at any point. If you do not present these documents, immigration authorities may lawfully detain you for up to 60 days while they review your immigration status.

    Immigration check points are common in the interior of Mexico, including in popular tourist areas far from the border.

    U.S. Citizens resident in Mexico should carry their resident identification cards at all times.

    Actions to Take

    • Obtain entry permit (FMM) at INM office if entering Mexico through a land border and traveling beyond the immediate border area.
    • Carry your passport and entry permit (FMM) with you.
    • For U.S. citizens who reside in Mexico, carry your resident identification card.

    Message to U.S. Citizens: Immigration Enforcement.

    American Citizens Services/Passport Services

    SMA Office
    Telephone from Mexico: 55-8526-2561
    Telephone from United States: 844-528-6611
    Email:
    Plaza La Luciernaga,
    Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavala No. 165, Locales 4 y 5
    Colonia La Luciernaga

    Routine appointments for passport and citizenship applications that require a personal interview (applicants under age 16, first-time adult passports, replacement for a lost or stolen passport, and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad) and for notarial services are available on our website. Due to the limited number of appointments available, there may be no openings visible on the website. If no appointments are available when you first check the online calendar, please keep checking the calendar for newly released appointments and daily cancelations. We encourage applicants willing to travel to seek appointments wherever they are available. At locations with emergency services only, appointments must be requested via email. All appointments and openings are subject to change and cancellation based on local health conditions.

    If you cannot find an open appointment and have urgent travel plans (within the next month) or another emergency need for a passport, please contact the location nearest you by email to request an emergency appointment.


    American Citizens Services/Passport Services

    Also see: Making an Appointment for contact information for other locations and the latest status.
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    New Online Payment And Mail-In Program For Adult Passport Renewals  for U.S. Citizen.
    Eligible applicants resident in Mexico may apply to renew their U.S. passport book by mail.

    If a passport card is needed, you will need to schedule an appointment or use walk-in service where available.

    Please follow the steps below to renew your passport by mail. ...
    U.S. Passport Renewal By Mail.

    Security Alert: Reports of increased criminal activity, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. July 13, 2021.
    Location: Highway 85D between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey

    Event: In response to reports of increased criminal activity, Mexican authorities have increased police patrols along Highway 85D in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. As a result, travelers might encounter additional police checkpoints causing unexpected delays. Tamaulipas is rated Level 4 – Do Not Travel due to crime and kidnapping. Organized crime activity—including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault—is common along the northern border of Tamaulipas and in Ciudad Victoria. Criminal groups target public and private passenger buses, as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers and demanding ransom payments.
    Security Alert: Reports of increased criminal activity, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon. July 13, 2021.

    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico – July 12, 2021.
    Location: Mexicali Valley, Baja California

    Event: Cartel Violence

    This Security Alert replaces the Security Alert of April 23, 2021.

    The U.S. Consulate General Tijuana has updated its travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel.

    U.S. travelers should be aware of additional travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel in Mexicali Valley and take appropriate actions. The Baja California state portion of the Travel Advisory for Mexico has been updated to read:

    Mexicali Valley: U.S. government employees should avoid the Mexicali Valley until further notice due to the heightened possibility of violence between rival cartel factions. The boundaries of the restricted area are defined to the east, the Baja California/Arizona and Baja California/Sonora borders; to the south, from La Ventana (on Highway 5) due east to the Colorado River; to the west, Highway 5; and to the north, Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas/Highway 92/Highway 1 to Carretera Aeropuerto, from the intersection of Highway 1 and Carretera Aeropuerto due north to the Baja California/California border, and from that point eastward along the Baja California/California border.

    Employees may use Highways 2 and 2D to transit between Mexicali, Los Algodones, and San Luis Rio Colorado during daylight hours. They may also use Highways 1 and 8 to transit to and from the Mexicali Airport during daylight hours. Travel on Highway 5 is permissible during daylight hours.
    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico – July 12, 2021.

    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Matamoros, Mexico: Reynosa, Tamaulipas (June 25, 2021)
    (GW: Reynosa is just across the border from McAllen, Texas).
    Event: Cartel Violence
    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Matamoros, Mexico: Reynosa, Tamaulipas (June 25, 2021)

    Guanajuato state – Reconsider Travel
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    Reconsider travel due to crime.

    Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state. Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence.

    U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:

    Areas south of Federal Highway 45D: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area south of and including Federal Highway 45D, Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato.
    There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees, including to San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato City, and surrounding areas.
    U.S. Department of State Mexico Travel Advisory

    Travel Advisory Update: U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (June 17, 2021)
    The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on June 17, 2021. Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. The Advisory does not include a country-level risk assessment for crime; it has one for each state. Please note that some areas of Mexico have increased risk of crime and kidnapping. Read the entire Advisory, including the detailed state summaries and Advisory levels for information on your specific travel destination. Read the country information page for Mexico.
    Travel Advisory Update: U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico (June 17, 2021)

    U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. (May 26, 2021).
    If you are abroad and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until December 31, 2021.

    U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. (May 26, 2021).

    Four Year Work Permits Now Available for U.S. Citizens in Mexico (April 27, 2021)
    The governments of Mexico and the United States continue to work together to facilitate regular, safe, and productive travel that strengthens ties between our countries. U.S. citizens are now eligible to obtain Mexican work permits valid for up to four years, eliminating the need to renew work permits annually.
    Four Year Work Permits Now Available for U.S. Citizens in Mexico (April 27, 2021)

    Security Alert – Cartel Violence Mexicali Valley April 23, 2021.
    This Security Alert replaces the Security Alert of April 9, 2021.
    Security Alert – Cartel Violence Mexicali Valley April 23, 2021.

    Health Alert: Mexico Travel Advisory Change: Level 4: Do Not Travel Due to COVID-19 (April 20, 2021)
    The U.S. Department of State updated the Travel Advisory for Mexico on April 20, 2021, to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current health issues affecting travelers’ health.
    Health Alert: Mexico Travel Advisory Change: Level 4: Do Not Travel Due to COVID-19 (April 20, 2021)

    Security Alert – Cartel Violence April 9, 2021.
    Security Alert – U.S. Consulate General Tijuana, Mexico – (April 9, 2021)
    Location: Mexicali and the Mexicali Valley, Baja California
    Event: Cartel Violence
    Security Alert – Cartel Violence April 9, 2021.

    Health Alert -Mexico COVID-19 Update April 9, 2021.
    COVID-19 cases in Mexico continue to decrease after peaking in the first week of January 2021. ...

    Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or antigen) taken within three calendar days of travel. ...
    Health Alert -Mexico COVID-19 Update April 9, 2021.

    Video: U. S. Consular Agent. Ericka Montez Ruiz, Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Oct 13


    SMA Consular Agency resuming limited in person services by October 13

    From this Facebook post from Erika Montes Ruiz (the new SMA Consular Agent):

    Hello American expat community!

    I'm happy to announce that our Consular Agency has been certified by Proteccion Civil. As such, we are resuming limited in person services by October 13. At the moment, we can only offer emergency passport and notary services, by appointment ONLY. No walk ins will be accepted in order to comply with city guidelines on operating during the pandemic. ...

    Please keep in mind that our services are by appointment only. Once your appointment has been confirmed, we will provide additional information on the requirements and sanitary procedures. We request your patience as we resume limited services, as we are making every effort to do so safely for both our staff and the U.S. citizens we serve. If you have a general question, please email us to
    SMA Consular Agency resuming limited in person services by October 13 (Facebook post)

    Subject: Mexico Travel Advisory – Level 3: Reconsider Travel – U.S. Embassy Mexico City ~~~~~
    Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
    • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
    • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
    • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.
      More info.

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    Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). More info.
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    American Citizens Services/Passport Services

    Telephone from Mexico: 55-8526-2561
    Telephone from United States: 844-528-6611
    Email:
    Plaza La Luciernaga,
    Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavala No. 165, Locales 4 y 5
    Colonia La Luciernaga[/quote]

    For the latest information, see: Making an Appointment for contact information for other locations and the latest status.
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