Posted: Saturday, April 8th 2017. 1:01 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Yesterday the Embassy of Belize in Mexico issued a travel advisory for Belizeans visiting Mexico for Easter.
The Embassy says that border cards are valid for travel within the State of Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas only, and only for 3 days – including the day of arrival.
All visitors to the country should ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport when crossing the border and to keep a copy of their passport, driver’s license, social security card and voters ID in an accessible digital media such as email.
Belizeans who will be traveling by vehicle need to ensure that the vehicle is in good condition, that the driver has a valid driver’s license, and that all vehicle documents are in order.
The Embassy also said that vehicles with Belizean licence plates may only circulate within the state of Quintana Roo (which includes Cancun and Playa del Carmen) without a temporary import licence and vehicles weighing more than 3.5 metric tons cannot travel further into Mexico apart from Chetumal and no permit is granted.
“If the vehicle is to travel beyond Quintana Roo (for example, to Merida which is in the state of Yucatan), a temporary import permit must be purchased at the Chactemal Border (Chetumal Border Immigration) at the BANJERCITO Bank. Banjercito working hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Sunday. The cost of the permit is US$51 plus tax and payment can be done in cash (US$) or credit card. Depending on the model of the vehicle, a deposit (between US$200 and US$400) is required, refundable on cancellation of the permit,” the Embassy further stated in the release.
If a temporary import permit is required, the driver must have the following in original and copy:
When owner is present:
When owner is not present including company vehicle:
The Embassy stated that Mexican transit permits for vehicles imported overland from the United States expire when the vehicles exit Mexican territory, and the vehicle cannot re-enter Mexico with United States licence plates even if the permit date has not expired.
Vehicles with dealer licence plates are not permitted to enter Mexico and vehicle insurance that is valid in Mexico should be obtained.
According to the Embassy, third party insurance is required for all vehicles on federal roads, i.e. Highways.
The insurance package can be purchased from a Belizean Insurance Company that has an agreement with a Mexican Insurance Company.
The Embassy also provided the following personal safety tips to keep in mind:
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