Originally Posted by TacomaSailor
This is all so confusing. I used to believe that a good faith effort on my part was sufficient and the Mexican authorities would help me resolve any mistakes I made. Now – it appears that mistakes are punished.
Which is why I haven't done my own taxes
The Latidude 38 First Timers Guide to Mexico
is a pretty good document, so that is a great place to start the search.
Then to tie into a network of hundreds of cruisers currently IN Mexico, join the Yahoo SouthBound Group.
There are members in almost every port in Mexico and can give you the latest word on the situation.
If you have an SSB
or Ham Rig, start checking into the various nets and find out what cruisers THERE NOW are saying, thinking and doing. No disrespect to the the folks on CF, but if you haven't been to Mexico or are not in Mexico...how in the world are these people posting
advice or answering questions about Mexico? The Radio
Nets are a GOLD MINE of information. There is a complete listing of the Mexican Radio nets in the Yahoo Southbound group
Like the United States of America, Mexico is a Republic of States, and just like some US States go about enforcing Immigration, drugs, voter, and other federal laws differently based on their interpretation, the exact same thing holds true in Mexico. So just because someone in La Paz
tells you one thing and you hear a different thing for Barra de Navidad they can both be correct. It seems confusing, but honestly once you get down there it is as easy as cake to figure out because all of the areas have their own local cruisers nets in the morning and the folks that have been there know the procedures for that area. Some port Capatins like in Barra want to see your smiling face to check in/out and some like La Paz
, San Blas, and Topolobampo and others just want a VHF
radio call. You will find out the local rules by talking to the local cruisers that are THERE today, not last season, last year or 3 years ago. Because how the different Mexican States interpret and enforcement of the Federal Laws (just like in the USA) can change from year to year and official to official. Keep in mind that this whole ordeal is not based on ANYTHING new….no new rule or procedure was sprang on the fleet one sunny morning. The TIP was needed when I first went to Mexico back in 2007 and it was the same yesterday. The problem here is NOT the rules not being known, but the bozo inspectors not knowing the rules themselves and putting boats with TIPs on the “bad cruiser list”. Some cruisers had errors in their TIP, which frankly was their fault.
To your questions, I will answer what I personally know to be true and not open my mouth on what I don’t know.:
Before this event, the HIN issue was never a big deal because they never checked it…so this one is up in the air at the moment.
Insurance. You are not required to show proof of insurance to check-in to Mexico, to get a TIP, VISA, or cruise
If you anchor
out, you just check in/out of the ports
where the port captain
wants you to in the way he wants you to do it. This goes back to talking to the local cruisers that are there NOW to get the right answer.
No health permit
going from port to port.
That’s it for now…someone else can take another stab at it…but honestly…don’t get over panicked about this. If you tried reading the US IRS tax code you wouldn’t know what in the world was going on either, you would ask your accountant and rely on their advice.
It's really is EASY to cruise
Visa, TIP, Crew List, US Doc or State Registration
, Passport and off you go to have a blast.
Don't let this event make you think it is more complicated than it really is.