Here is a link to the video on Facebook. You do not need a Facebook account to view:
The video is 1 hr and 4 minutes. The presentation begins just after 9 minutes in or the -55 minute mark. There are intermittent, but frequent audio issues throughout. There is some dead air in the middle where they try to fix their audio issues.
The main messages, beyond repeating information in the post above, that I got from the prepared remarks are:
- If you're a tourist here in Mexico, it's time to go home.
- If you're a resident here in Mexico, you need to decide where you want to be.
- Don't wait until the last minute.
- Do not rely on the U.S. Government to help you get home.
- Have sufficient supplies at home.
- Check your medical insurance.
- Enroll in STEP (link in post above).
Brutally summarized and paraphrased Q&As (watch the video if precision, details and nuance matter):
Q: Should I shelter in place here or go back to the U.S.?
A: (GW: A nice and empathetic answer that boils down to...) There is no right or wrong answer. It depends on your personal circumstances.
Q: Can I come from the U.S. to Mexico for a birthday party or a dentist appointment or to go shopping?
A: Are you not paying attention? Stay home.
Q: Can U.S. citizens drive back to U.S.? Will we be allowed in?
Q: Can I visit my parents in Mexico for Easter? Will I be allowed into Mexico then back to the U.S.?
A: Easter activities are cancelled. Stay home.
Q: Mexican tourist visas questions? Extensions?
A: Tourist? Go home. Mexico controls their tourist visas, ask them.
Q: If I go to the U.S. can I return to Mexico?
A: Don't know what the future will bear. It will be up to an individual Mexican immigration inspector to admit you.
Q: Will I be quarantined if I drive back to the U.S.?
A: Now, we are not generally quarantining people from Mexico without symptoms. It is possible that someone showing symptoms could be quarantined. But the situation is fluid. If you plan to go back do so sooner rather than later.
Q: Will the Embassy help people leave if they get sick with Covid-19?
A: Medivac is a personal choice and available through private companies. Look at your insurance to see if it is covered. The U.S. will not pay your medical costs or bills in Mexico. For permanent residents check in with your local medical providers. Your insurance medivac policy may not cover Covid-19 so check with your insurance company.
Q: What is the best way to keep up to date on flights and cancellations to U.S.?
A: Check with the airlines. STEP program will let you know of some major changes.
Q: We are permanent resident in Mexico; we need to travel to U.S. for medical treatments in May...?
A: We can't predict what will happen in May. Do it sooner if you can. Coming back could be complicated so pay attention to that. If it is not urgent stay home in Mexico.
Q: Question about B1 / B2 visas. Exceptions to allow Mexicans to come to U.S. by air?
A: Current limits on non-essential entry only apply to ground transportation. Air entry is still generally allowed.
Q: When will the border open again for normal travel?
A: I don't have a crystal ball. Current land border restrictions run for 30 days, but ... who knows. The border remains open for commerce for people that work on either side and essential travel. Individual agents have discretion.
Q: Can I get back by land if flights closed? Will the U.S. government provide charter flights?
A: U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents can return home to the U.S. over land at a land port of entry. If your intention is to return to the U.S. for the duration of Covid-19 please do so now or as soon as you can. Don't count on charter flights from the U.S. government.
Q: Email address?
A: E-Mail: ACSMexicoCityatstatedotgov
(GW: and other contact info in the post above).
Q: My U.S. passport expires in July 2020 ...?
A: The Consulate remains open for emergency services. Contact your consulate to renew your passport. (GW: Evidently only emergency passport renewals. Routine passport (including consular reports of birth abroad) and notarial services will be limited starting March 18.
See: Status of U.S. Consular Operations in Mexico in Light of COVID-19.
Q: Where can I get more information?
A: (GW: The information in the post above.) Enroll in the STEP program.
Q: Our baby was born in Mexico. I need to apply for a consular report of birth abroad but with the shutdown ...
A: Congratulations. We are not doing consular report of birth abroad now (not essential; but we might if we have time) but can issue your child a U.S. passport if you need to travel to the U.S. (Ambassador Landau adds...) I was born in Spain. My Consular Report of Birth Abroad is one of my proudest possessions. I'll make sure you get that (GW: but no reference as to when).
Q: Family member getting a non-immigrant visa? Can you fast track ..
A: Immigrant visa operations services are reduced ... handling some emergency cases (some who would age out). (GW: More info I did not fully follow re: immigrant / non-immigrant visa).
Q: Will the borders close completely at some point?
A: Well, I'm not a psychic (GW: That is not
a paraphrase; the rest of the answer is). Generally our policy is to always to let our own people back in; quarantine might be an issue at some point. These are unprecedented times. You can be generally confident that you can get back in but there could be logistic problems if you are not near the border. If your plan is to go back to the U.S. do it sooner rather than later.
Q: Most important advice?
A: Follow the health recommendations of the governments: social distance, avoid crowds, stay home. Keep up your spirits. I'm here in Mexico with my family. It's not always fun cooped up at home, It is wonderful to be in a beautiful country like Mexico. Be safe. Stay healthy. Remember that we are here for you. Your health and safety is our number one priority and it is our job,
That's all folks.
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