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  • What Americans Working Abroad Should Know About Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

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    Qroo Paul wrote: It’s a common misconception among Americans living abroad — especially those with dual citizenship — that their foreign earned income is exempt from being taxed by the U.S. government. This is simply not the case.

    The United States is one of only two countries in the world that tax non-resident citizens on their worldwide income. The other one is the small African nation of Eritrea.

    This type of tax system is known as citizenship-based taxation.

    So, even if you plan on living in a foreign country for the rest of your life, as long as you retain your U.S. citizenship, Uncle Sam will always want his piece of your pie.

    A Real-Life Case in Point
    Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London, was born in the United States to English parents in 1964. When he was only five years old, the entire family moved to the United Kingdom. ...

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at What Americans Working Abroad Should Know About Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. More #QrooPaul.

    Also see: Kimberly Morris Forms, Articles and Tax Information (see Filing from Abroad: Highlights).

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  • Locating and Printing Your Mexican CURP

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    Qroo Paul wrote: This past week Linda and I renewed our driver’s licenses in Tulum, Mexico. The renewal process involved submitting copies of all the same paperwork that was required to get the license in the first place: passport, resident card, driver’s license, proof of address (CFE bill) and CURP.

    There are other times when it’s useful to know how to locate and print one’s CURP, so I thought I would do a post on it. Mostly so I can find the information in the future when I have to print it out again for some reason.

    I realize that the majority of our readers have no idea what a CURP even is, so I’ll start there. ...

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at Locating and Printing Your Mexican CURP. More #QrooPaul.

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  • What Americans With Foreign Bank Accounts Should Know About Annual Reporting Requirements

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    Qroo Paul wrote: An estimated 9 million Americans live abroad and a large percentage establish bank accounts in their new home country.

    In the case of American retirees living outside the country, many even have their social security payments deposited directly into foreign accounts. Just how many people do this might surprise you.

    According to statistical data provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration, just in the month of August of this year, 708,624 social security payments were made to beneficiaries outside of the United States. Of that amount, 64,752 of those payments were sent to accounts in Mexico.

    What many Americans living abroad don’t realize is that they are required to complete an annual report to the U.S. Government if ...

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at What Americans With Foreign Bank Accounts Should Know About Annual Reporting Requirements. More #QrooPaul.

    Also see: Kimberly Morris Forms, Articles and Tax Information (see FBAR vs FACTA).

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  • Our Recent Trip to El Dorado Maroma

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    Qroo Paul wrote: Beginning on June 8th, Cancun and the Riviera Maya began slowly reopening to tourism — very slowly. In fact, the majority of the hotels, restaurants and attractions are still closed; however, most have announced plans to reopen in the coming weeks or months.

    In the meantime, Linda and I are doing what we can to help the local economy by visiting businesses as they reopen and sharing pics and information with our readers.

    Our most recent trip was to El Dorado Maroma, an all-inclusive resort located north of Playa del Carmen, Mexico. We went with a couple of our friends who live in the same complex we do. ...

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  • Taking Advantage of a Strong U.S. Dollar to Save BIG on Purchases in Mexico

    Qroo Paul wrote: So, what do a couple of thrifty American retirees living in Mexico do during self-isolation in the midst of a pandemic? Why go online shopping, of course!

    Since COVID-19 came on to the scene, much of the financial news has focused on the devastating effect on stock prices and the volatility of the market in general; however, not all of the financial news is bleak.

    For Americans who live in Mexico and whose income originates in the U.S. (e.g. pensions, social security), this is a unique opportunity to make their money go about 23% further than it did back in February. This is because the U.S. dollar has increased substantially in value against the Mexican peso since the onset of the pandemic. ...

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at Taking Advantage of a Strong U.S. Dollar to Save BIG on Purchases in Mexico. More #QrooPaul.

    GW: I would also note that the strong dollar has reduced the effective current cost of living in Mexico for those living on dollars. Besides spending more on yourself this is a great time to spend some of your exchange rate savings on others around you that are less fortunate. Not everyone has "extra" money but, just a thought, for those that do.

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  • Finally Back Home in Mexico! Just Flew Back.

    Qroo Paul: When Linda and I flew to Florida back in early March to assist a family member in need, we had no idea that it would be almost two months before we would be returning to our home in the Riviera Maya.

    That’s back when the world was somewhat normal. You remember those times. People could eat at restaurants, get their hair done by professionals and wearing a mask in a bank was a no-no.

    Anyway, our original plan was stay in Florida for about a month. We figured that would be enough a time to address the family situation at hand and be back before our 60-day exit/return permit expired.

    I guess I should back up and explain that 60-day exit/return permit thing a little more. ...

    Continue reading about "A Very Surreal Travel Experience" from Qroo Paul at Finally Back Home in Mexico!. More #QrooPaul.

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  • For American Retirees Living in Mexico, This Could Be an Ideal Time to Make a Major Purchase

    Qroo Paul wrote: No one can dispute the fact that the Coronavirus has had a rapid and profound impact on the economies of countries across the globe.

    Stock prices have fallen and the value of the U.S. dollar has risen sharply relative to the value of other currencies, especially against the Mexican peso.

    On March 24th, the Mexican peso dropped to a historic low against the dollar: $25.17 MXN. For comparison purposes, the exchange rate on February 18th of this year was $18.55 MXN.

    That probably doesn’t mean much to our readers outside of Mexico who are focused more these days on trying to find toilet paper — but it should mean a lot to American retirees living in Mexico on a fixed income originating from the U.S. (e.g. social security) because they suddenly have a lot more buying power. ...

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  • The Value of the Mexican Peso Drops to $20.35 Against the U.S. Dollar

    Qroo Paul: As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Coronavirus scare, among other significant world events, has created volatility in both the stock market and the value of the U.S. dollar against the Mexican peso.

    As a thrifty American retiree living in Mexico, I see a volatile market as an excellent opportunity to improve my financial well-being by acquiring more stock at lower prices and moving money to Mexico when I get the most pesos for my dollar. Basically the old buy low sell high strategy. ...

    After my last article on the subject, some readers still seemed confused how to maximize their gains through currency exchange, so I’ll explain the strategy a little more.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at The Value of the Mexican Peso Drops to $20.35 Against the U.S. Dollar. More #QrooPaul.

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  • The Thing I Like Most About Driving in Mexico

    Qroo Paul: When my wife and I moved to Mexico full time back in 2015, one of the things that I had to get used to was a completely different style of driving. I learned quickly that the lines on a road were merely suggestions and that a two-lane road quickly could turn into a three or four lane road. That’s not something that I necessarily like, but I really don’t mind it.

    The thing I like most is that drivers, as a rule, are very patient with one another. In fact, I have never seen a single incident of aggressive driving in five years of driving in Mexico.

    By aggressive driving, I’m referring to all of the those discourteous ways that drivers in the United States typically express displeasure to their fellow motorists: tailgating, slamming on their brakes, 3-5 second horn blasts, making rude hand gestures, screaming profanities, and/or trying to get the other driver to engage in a physical confrontation.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at The Thing I Like Most About Driving in Mexico. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Mexico: How to Report Electrical Problems to CFE

    Qroo Paul: I often come up with topic ideas for articles based on my own experiences here in Mexico. This is one of those times.

    Over the past six nights, a large portion of the condos in our complex have experienced power outages at night lasting as long as 10 hours. Even the condos that didn’t lose power in the past have been affected because the water goes out to the entire community until power is restored to the pumping station. This usually happens between 8 and 9 o’clock the following day.

    I’ve started calling these long periods of no water or electricity impromptu camping trips.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at Mexico: How to Report Electrical Problems to CFE. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Coronavirus Fear Has Devalued the Mexican Peso and That Means It’s a Good Time to Transfer U.S. Doll

    Qroo Paul: As a retired American living in Mexico, I carefully watch the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and Mexican peso and I take advantage of significant changes in the rate that will allow me to receive more pesos for the same amount of dollars.

    Just to be clear, I’m not talking about just going to the ATM in Mexico and getting pesos out with my U.S. bank card. Although that’s okay, it won’t really save you a lot of money in the long run.

    What I’m taking about is maintaining bank accounts in both the U.S. and Mexico and only transferring money between them when the exchange rate is to your advantage. The bigger the advantage, the larger the transfer.

    It’s basically like waiting for a big sale before going shopping, but instead of food or clothes, you’re buying money.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at Coronavirus Fear Has Devalued the Mexican Peso and That Means It’s a Good Time to Transfer U.S. Dollars. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Our Trip to Mexico’s Premiere Wine Country, Valle de Guadalupe

    Qroo Paul: ... Everything was going smoothly until we arrived in Valle de Guadalupe and Google Maps advised us to take a particular dirt road to the hotel. About a kilometer down the road, we encountered a huge puddle that almost took up the entire width of the road.

    Being a former deputy sheriff in a rural county full of similar roads, I employed the old trick of throwing a couple of coins into the puddle to check depth. A deep bloop sound and tall plume of water made it clear that we weren’t going that way.

    We backtracked back to the paved road and chose a different route. Once we arrived at the hotel, we told the clerk what happened she said that Google Maps isn’t very reliable in the valley.

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  • Our Trip to Isla Coronado in Baja California Sur

    Qroo Paul: While writing my recent article about our trip to Queretaro, I realized that I probably should have broken our trip up into a few smaller articles that were easier to read and followed my well-established pattern of being short and concise.

    Well, I’ve learned my lesson, and to prove it, I’m dedicating an entire post to our recent trip to Isla Coronado (Coronado Island) located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

    First things first. This is the part of the post where I stick in an interactive map so that the geographically-challenged readers can see where Isla Coronado is located.

    Just to be clear, I’m not making fun of anyone. Linda will tell you that I’m one of the most geographically-challenged people she’s ever met. I often get lost making my way back to the table at a restaurant after going to the bathroom.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at Our Trip to Isla Coronado in Baja California Sur. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Our Trip to Queretaro’s Wine and Cheese Route

    Qroo Paul: Linda, who is an avid wine aficionado, was the one who chose the destinations and developed the travel itinerary for our month-long trip to visit areas of Mexico that we have never seen before. That’s why I wasn’t surprised at all to see that our first stop would be to visit the second largest wine region in the country located in the state of Queretaro. We spent four nights at a beautiful little boutique hotel located in the town of Tequisquiapan.

    I’m glad I’m writing the name of the town instead of trying to pronounce it because each time I attempt it, my tongue refuses to cooperate and I sound more like a 5-year old trying to make a machine gun sound: Te-ke-ke-ke-ke-ipan. Fortunately for me, the name of the town is often shortened to just Tequis. Now that I can say.

    Before I get too far into this post, let’s get the geography out of the way because I’m sure that more than a few of our readers are probably like “Where the heck is that?”

    Here’s an interactive map of the area. Just keep zooming out until something starts to look familiar. ...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at Our Trip to Queretaro’s Wine and Cheese Route. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Finding and Printing Your CURP to Access Mexican Public Healthcare

    Qroo Paul: Ever since the news came out that everyone, including foreigners, could obtain free healthcare and medications at public health facilities in Mexico simply by showing a Mexican Voter ID Card, a CURP or a birth certificate, I have been inundated with emails from readers asking me questions CURPs.

    Here are the most common ones along with the answers:

    1. What’s a CURP?

    CURP is an acronym for Clave Única de Registro de Población. It’s an alphanumeric population number that is similar to a social security number. It is issued to Mexican citizens and lawful residents.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at: Finding and Printing Your CURP to Access Mexican Public Healthcare. More #QrooPaul.

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  • INSABI: A Look at the Health Program that Replaced Seguro Popular

    Qroo Paul: When Mexican President Andrés Manuel Obrador López Obrador — commonly referred to as AMLO –first announced over a year ago that he would be replacing Seguro Popular with something new, expats who relied on that program to meet their healthcare needs naturally became concerned.

    At the time, it was unclear if foreigners would be eligible to participate in the new program, and if so, at what cost? Well, now we have some answers. ...

    The good news is that as the law reads now, there is no requirement that a person has to be a citizen or even have Mexican residency to participate. The bad news is that could change in the near future as supporting regulations and internal agency policies are enacted.

    Read the whole post from Qroo Paul at: Mexico: A Look at the Health Program that Replaced Seguro Popular. More #QrooPaul.

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  • The Financial Requirements for Mexican Residency Are Increasing in 2020

    Qroo Paul: On January 1st, Mexico’s minimum daily wage increases from $102.68 MXN to $123.22 MXN and that means that the financial requirements for Mexican residency are increasing too. That’s because the requirements are based on mathematical formulas based on the minimum wage.

    The specific financial requirements will vary depending on which residency option you’re applying for and if you have any special circumstances (e.g. family ties in Mexico).

    For the purpose of this post, I’m going to keep it simple and assume that you’re the average retiree from the U.S. or Canada who wants to retire in Mexico.

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  • Driving Through Mexico City? Get a Tourist Pass to Avoid the Driving Restrictions Under “Hoy No Circ

    Qroo Paul: This post is for those folks who are driving across Mexico and will be passing through either Mexico City or one or more of the 18 municipalities located in the State of Mexico that participate in a program called Hoy No Circula.

    The program, which loosely translates as ‘no driving today’, places restrictions on the days and times that certain vehicles can be operated on the roadways. ...

    But there is an easier way! You might be able to qualify for a free tourist pass that will allow you to motor through without restrictions — well, almost no restrictions. If the pollution gets too bad the government may place additional restrictions on traffic. The tourist pass won’t save you if that happens. ...

    Vehicles with license plates from Mexico City or one of the following Mexican states are not eligible for a tourist pass: Estado de México, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro and Tlaxcala.

    Foreign-plated cars are eligible.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Driving Through Mexico City? Get a Tourist Pass to Avoid the Driving Restrictions Under “Hoy No Circula”. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Decades Later, I Still Wonder Why My High School Spanish Teacher Never Mentioned This

    Qroo Paul: ... I don’t remember much from her class, and judging by the “D” she gave me on my report card that year, I didn’t remember much back then either. Nevertheless, I do distinctly recall learning that when writing numbers and prices in Spanish, the use of commas and decimal points is opposite of how we do it in English.

    For example, $1,200.30 in English would be written as $1.200,30 in Spanish.

    It wasn’t until I retired and moved to Mexico that I learned that not every Spanish-speaking country follows this pattern. In fact, there are several that write numbers just like we do in the United States, and Mexico is one of them.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Decades Later, I Still Wonder Why My High School Spanish Teacher Never Mentioned This. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Brief News and Views Nov 20, 2019

    Nov 20, 2019:
    • Charco del Ingenio asks the city council to dismiss Fox's request,
    • Mexican Revolution Parade Nov 20,
    • Street closures for Revolution Parade Nov 20,
    • Deeds delivered to San Miguel families,
    • Pitbull owner refuses to take responsibility for attack,
    • Golwen, of the K9 Canine Unit, finds drugs,
    • The Beaches of the Riviera Maya Continue to Be Sargassum-Free,
    • Miami Professor, Crime Expert Charged with Money Laundering,
    • The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's.

    ~~~~~
    Local News Sites
    Looking for more news? These are our top local news sites:
    San Miguel Times | Atención | Noticias Con Valor (sp) | News San Miguel (sp).
    See our Links page for more news sites.
    ~~~~~

    Charco del Ingenio asks the city council to dismiss Fox's request
    El Charco del Ingenio issued a statement asking the city council to dismiss Vicente Fox's request to build an ecological reserve area, 60 apartments and an amusement park

    In the statement they state “On behalf of” El Charco del Ingenio AC ”, I want to make public our rejection of the intention of Mr. Vicente Fox, representative of the Vamos México Foundation, expressed to Governor Sinhué Rodríguez and Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal last 5 November, that 20 hectares of the Bicentennial Park be donated for the creation of an “inclusive” amusement park. "A Disneyland" (Fox dixit). His request includes the construction of 60 apartments to cover the expenses of CRISMA, a rehabilitation center that already occupies 2 hectares of the park, which were donated by the municipality to Vamos México in 2017.

    They point out Bicentennial Park was created in 2009 as a green area and today has more than 10,000 trees, offering an important environmental service to the city. Most of this park is located within the Ecological Preservation Zone El Charco del Ingenio and Surrounding Areas, effective since 2006 and recognized in the urban development programs that govern us until today. The Declaration of this protected area orders restricted land uses: ecological conservation, environmental education, scientific research and low impact recreation.
    Charco del Ingenio asks the city council to dismiss Fox's request (sp).

    They invite you to enjoy the Commemorative Parade for the 109th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Mexican Revolution
    More than 60 contingents with almost 4 thousand participants will be part of the revolutionary parade, with a gala of various sports, martial arts, rhythmic, choreographic tables and dances that will be seen by thousands of spectators who will meet in the main streets of the city.

    The tour begins in the Cardo, crossing the Broad Street of San Antonio, Zacateros, Canal, Hernández Macías, Mesones, Núñez, San Francisco, Plaza Principal Norte, Plaza Principal Oeste (Portal Guadalupe), Plaza Principal Sur, Correo and deploying by Sollano (secondary) and Recreation (primary, baccalaureate and universities) to Benito Juárez Park.
    They invite you to enjoy the Commemorative Parade for the 109th Anniversary of the Beginning of the Mexican Revolution (sp).

    Evictions for traditional revolutionary parade in SMA
    The day flew away and tomorrow there is a parade of the revolution! Do not forget to check the evictions so that they do not catch surprises and let's go to rest that early tomorrow to work! Dream of many little angels!
    On the occasion of the commemoration of the 109 years of the Mexican Revolution, the Municipal Transit Directorate will make closures and evictions along the route that the contingents will follow; In addition, public transport will not reach the Historic Center. The eviction of the roads will be from 6 in the morning of this ...
    Evictions for traditional revolutionary parade in SMA (sp).

    They deliver deeds to San Miguel families
    Today we deliver 156 deeds to our San Miguel families. And we will continue working #Todos_Juntos to be able to build that #SanMigueldeAllende that we all want, but above all, that our children deserve.
    "This house, this land is mine" is what 156 San Miguel families can now say that they already have the deed of their home. This was achieved today by the support of the Land Tendency Directorate and the Human Settlement Regularization Directorate ...
    They deliver deeds to San Miguel families (sp).

    The owner of the Pitbull who attacked a man on Calzada La Estación refuses to take responsibility
    A few weeks ago we published that a Pitbull dog attacked a man and his puppy while they walk on the Calzada La Estación and after several weeks of seeking justice for the pet and its owner, now the owner refuses to take responsibility for what his dog did . As we will remember, it was the ...
    The owner of the Pitbull who attacked a man on Calzada La Estación refuses to take responsibility (sp).

    Golwen, of the K9 Canine Unit of the FSPE, succeeded in arresting a man who was in possession of drugs
    On his first day at work as a canine binomial #policía , the puppy Golwen detected an individual with #droga in Salamanca and thanks to him they were able to stop him!
    On his first day of patrolling and surveillance in this city, the police dog of the K9 Canine Unit of the State Public Security Forces, the Golwen police dog, managed to arrest a man who was in possession of 45 doses of the drug With the characteristics of the crystal.
    Golwen, of the K9 Canine Unit of the FSPE, succeeded in arresting a man who was in possession of drugs (sp).

    The Beaches of the Riviera Maya Continue to Be Sargassum-Free
    A few months ago, it seemed like the Sargassum would never stop rolling in.

    For you folks who don’t know what Sargassum is, it’s a type of seaweed that has been showing up throughout the Caribbean in massive and unprecedented quantities since 2011. It piles up on the beaches, chokes the bays and smells absolutely terrible.
    The Beaches of the Riviera Maya Continue to Be Sargassum-Free. More #QrooPaul.

    Miami Professor, Crime Expert Charged with Money Laundering
    A University of Miami professor and expert on organized crime in Latin America has been charged with laundering millions of dollars of illicit proceeds from Venezuela, causing both shock and consternation in his circle and beyond.
    Miami Professor, Crime Expert Charged with Money Laundering.

    The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's
    On St. Andrews beach on Scotland's east coast, you might run across a solitary woman on occasion, walking close to the water where the sand is wet and firm. The North Sea wind blows her gray hair over her ears as the woman closes her eyes and holds her nose into the wind. Her nose quivers and lifts, as though she's about to sneeze.

    The woman's name is Joy Milne. She spent 26 years working as a nurse, raised three sons and cared for her ailing husband. Now, she is widowed. She spends her time traveling and enjoys taking long walks. She is 69 years old.

    Her nose is a bit crooked perhaps, neither particularly big nor particularly small, and when she takes her glasses off, which she does to look out at the sea, you can see two dimples where they usually rest. But Milne's nose is special: She has a much better sense of smell than most people.
    The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson's.

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  • Mexico: Can the Police Lawfully Keep My Drivers License Until I Pay a Traffic Ticket?

    Qroo Paul: This is a common question that I’m asked directly by readers of the blog and that I see pop up from time to time in Facebook groups about Mexico.

    Judging by the comments on Facebook, the consensus among tourists and expats is that the answer is a firm “no” and that it’s only a bluff by a corrupt cop to get a bribe. That prevailing belief leads to some very interesting recommendations from fellow group members that vary from refusing to handover your license to carrying a stack of laminated copies of your license in your glove box.

    Many of the recommendations, if followed, could land you a starring role in a future episode of Locked Up Abroad. Perhaps I’ll address them in a future post, but for now, let’s just answer the million dollar question that appears in the title.

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Mexico: Can the Police Lawfully Keep My Drivers License Until I Pay a Traffic Ticket? More #QrooPaul.

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  • Have Surgery for Free in Canada in 2021 or Pay to Have It Now in Mexico? Our Friend’s Decision…

    Qroo Paul: Carolyn is originally from Canada and has suffered from knee pain for many years. She saw an orthopedist in Canada who gave her a cortisone shot that relieved the pain, at least temporarily. When the pain returned, she returned to her primary care doctor and was given another referral to an orthopedist. The earliest appointment that she could get was three months later.

    When that appointment finally rolled around, the orthopedist recommended a knee replacement and scheduled it for January of 2021. That’s not a typo, folks, I meant to write 2021.

    Looking for a Better Solution in Old Mexico
    We know Carolyn because she’s a member of our expat community and divides her time between Canada and Mexico. When she returned following the disappointing news from the orthopedist, she decided to see what Mexico had to offer and contacted the Arthros Centro de Ortopedia y Traumatología in Playa del Carmen. She was able to get an appointment the same day and was examined Dr. Omar J. Garcia Contreras. That was on October 22, 2019.

    Pay close attention to the timeline as we move through the rest of the story. ...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at Have Surgery for Free in Canada in 2021 or Pay to Have It Now in Mexico? Our Friend’s Decision… More #QrooPaul.

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  • Crossing the Border into the U.S.? This App Will Tell You the Wait Times for Each Point of Entry

    Qroo Paul: If you’re planning on driving across the border into the U.S. from either Mexico or Canada, you might want to download this useful app from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help you identify the quickest route.

    The CBP Border Wait Times App will provide with real-time information about the wait times for all of the different crossings, as well as historical data to help you plan your trip better from the get-go. ...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Crossing the Border into the U.S.? This App Will Tell You the Wait Times for Each Point of Entry. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Mexico: Useful Website to Research the Import Requirements for Different Animals

    Qroo Paul: Conducting research about Mexico online can be challenging because there are several government web pages with outdated or paraphrased information that can be misleading as written. That’s why it’s important to get as close to the source material as possible, and when it comes to finding the latest requirements to import an animal into Mexico, that means turning to SENASICA’s online database.

    SENASICA is short for el Servicio Nacional de Sanidad, Inocuidad, Calidad Agroalimentaria, and they’re the folks who oversee and regulate the importation of animals into Mexico.

    SENASICA’s online database makes it easy to find the specific requirements based on the type of animal and the country of origin. The site is called el módulo de consulta de requisitos para la importación de mercancías zoosanitarias. Here’s a direct link...

    Continue reading Qroo Paul at: Mexico: Useful Website to Research the Import Requirements for Different Animals. More #QrooPaul.

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  • Mexico Relaxes the Requirements to Import Pets from the U.S. and Canada

    Qroo Paul: For years, bringing your pets along with you on vacation to Mexico meant gathering a bunch of paperwork like health certificates, vaccination records and proof that your furry friend was treated for parasites within the last six months. Fortunately, many of those requirements were eliminated earlier this year for pets originating from ether the United States or Canada.

    Import Procedures for Pets from the U.S. or Canada
    Let’s begin with a fun fact — in Mexico, only dogs and cats are considered pets. Well, at least in the eyes of the Mexican government. That means that the procedures discussed in this post only apply to dogs and cats.

    That may come as a shock to those of you who were planning on bringing your parakeet, ferret, rabbit or turtle on your next vacation to Cancun. For those folks, I have good news. Although your animal is not technically considered a pet, it’s still possible to bring them along with you to Mexico. I’ll be discussing those requirements in a future post.

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