Originally Posted by Celestialsailor
Checked in to Manaland a few days ago. It was a snap. Seriously, half the paperwork i was told I had to have, I didn't. If you want to save a lot of time, get your TIP (Temporary Import
Permit) prior to arriving. I did it online and received it in 3 days! Total cost was $40 US.
Having to much information (paper work at hand) for your check was a good thing. That is an excellent habit to get into because the next port captain
, official, etc. will ask for something different. You will find that just about every place you have to check in will do it a wee bit different. That is the Mexican way. It's frustrating at times but heck it's there country and there office.
For example on the Baja
you check in with the port captain
in la paz
. On the mainland depending on where you stop you need to go ashore with your paperwork and copies and go visit Mr Port Captain. All in all it's just the way it's done. They all have been very pleasant to deal with and no cost. So much better than years ago when we had to spend half the day going from PC to bank and back to the PC, etc etc. But the key is go in with a smile, show respect, try to speak the language and do not be in a hurry.
Glad it worked out so well for you. We also cleared into Ensenada the first year they started the one stop check in and it was great. What a great idea.
Hope you enjoy Mexico
and have a street taco for me! They isn't any of those south of the equator