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12/9/15 Road Report - We took the road from Calexico to San Felipe and then on to Gonzaga bay where we had a very nice room and stay at Alfonsinas.  The road from Mexicali to Gonzaga Bay was fabulous.  The road for the first 40 miles after Gonzaga Bay was the best road we have been on in baja.  Then,  the last 27 miles to Mex 1 took at least 1 hour and 45 minutes.  It was both under construction and terrible.  Not to mention traffic on the narrow one lane road was going way too fast.  Also semis for the construction which you had to find a wide spot to get around.  Once this construction is complete Mex 5 will be the way to go as it was 135 miles shorter from Yuma, Az. to Guerrero Negro than going Mex 1 all the way. Best wishes,   Mike and Ann 

11/2/15 Tecate - Courtesy of the Ventana View: Heads up people crossing at Tecate! As of October 27 at 9am construction at border. Normally you would go through the border and inspection and go straight through the traffic light, not now, construction! Be warned if you go left at the light you continue past more construction which continues until you end up going up an incredibly narrow and STEEP hill! If you are driving anything bigger than an SUV this is a very dangerous and potentially disastrous way to go, you may have to back down because there is nowhere to turn around. I would highly recommend going RIGHT at the lights because left is a disaster and has no road marking for detours. I don't know what is to the right but it has to be better than going left. Bien Viejo.

10/29/15 Road Report - President Tony Schuck and Vag buddies just arrived in Loreto. They crossed the border at Mexicali and drove Mexico 5 from San Felipe. He said the road is flawless through Puerticitos and Gonzaga Bay. It then starts as bad vibration washboard for 24 more miles until reaching Baja 1 south of Catavina. That 24 mile portion has big dips, loose gravel and rocks the size of golf and tennis balls. It took 2 hours to drive. There are a lot of road construction camps along that stretch of road. One member of the party had driven the road from south to north in May and it was in better shape at that time. The road after reaching Baja 1 from there south to Loreto is in good shape. Tony also reports with the rate of the peso today, there are good bargains for travelers.

10/29/15 Weather - Hurricane Patricia - News from Mexico reports 6 deaths so far, 3,500 homes damaged or destroyed, and 10,000 hectares of crops destroyed. Given the size and velocity of the category 5 storm, it could have been much worse. Credit is given to the alerts that provided the time for people to prepare. (Thanks to Mexico News Daily.) 

FMM TOURIST CARDS PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE NOW REQUIRED TO GET YOUR TOURIST CARD VALIDATED AT YOUR POINT OF ENTRY. IMMIGRATION WILL NOT ACCEPT THE PREPAID FMM AT ANY OFFICE OTHER THAN THE ONE YOU LISTED ON YOUR APPLICATION. THE FINE IS MUCH MORE PAINFUL THAN STOPPING AND CAN SAVE YOU A TRIP BACK TO THE BORDER.

If you do not get the prepaid FMM and you plan on getting it at the border, do not ask for a Visa because it is not a Visa, it is a TOURIST CARD. US and Canadian citizens do not need a Visa to get into Mexico, they need a TOURIST CARD.

Mexico will enforce rules requiring boaters to have immigration and fishing permits - See more at this Mexico News Daily link.

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10/30/13 A meeting was held Thursday, October 17, in San Diego regarding FMMs required for fishing on boats in Mexican waters in the 12 mile zone from land.
We received information from the CONAPESCA Office in San Diego as to the new procedure for these FMMs. Mexican officials presented a website in Spanish to process FMMs online at http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Pesca_Deportiva_Turismo_Nautico. With this new system in place fishermen will have access to an FMM confirmation without having to stop at any border to validate their FMM. This will not take the place for land or air entries.

The price is 306 pesos and it is valid for 180 days, single entry. The website is in Spanish. Land entry FMMs for Baja crossings can be purchased through the Vagabundos Office. Immigration requires that this service be provided only to Members. A copy of a valid passport is required. FMM Application

Fishing licenses are also offered through the office. Non-members can purchase them with a slightly higher service charge one time before having to become a Member.You can get an application at Fishing License Application

11/14/12 - El Chaperall Border Crossing into Tijauna Mexico Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKgKsfl1sn0&feature=plcp

Fuel Rates

Magna (87 octane) 13.70 pesos/liter, $3.52 /gal; Premium (93 octane) 14.53, $3.84; diesel 14.35, $3.69 scarce at Guerrero Negro. At Catavina Magna Sin and L.A. Bay Junction Magna & diesel from barrels - 5 gal minimum.

Travel Information

Temporary Import Permits:

Vehicle Permits

  • The new fee is $44 plus tax. People going to Baja north & south and part of Sonora do not need to have one.

  • Everyone is required to leave a deposit (if you pay by cash or credit card); the deposit is based on the vehicle year. If anyone fails to return their vehicle prior to the expiration date the deposit will be kept.

  • Banjercito will run a check on the vehicle before issuing the permit, if there is any theft report on the vehicle or if it is restricted or prohibited to operate in the US or Canada, the vehicle cannot be temporarily imported.

  • The temporary permit time is based on the person’s immigration status i.e. 180 days for tourist.

  • People traveling in the eastern part of Sonora need to have a “Sonora Only Permit”

Boat Permits

  • The Vag office now is set up to process Temporary Boat Importation Permits (TIP). This is required if you are towing a boat of more than 15 feet. Marinas in Mexico have an obligation by law to keep a copy of a tourist visa, vessel TIP, insurance and certificate of documentation on file. The TIP is for recreational or sport boats for all people legally residing outside of Mexico no matter what your immigration status. Temporary Import Permit Application. A minimum of two weeks is needed for processing.

Travel Buddies Calendar

In keeping with today's internet reliance and the Vagabundos code to travel with a buddy, our Travel Buddies Calendar is now online - a great tool to find a buddy to caravan with. Members traveling to Mexico can post trips, find other members who are traveling, find Vag sponsored events, and use the interactive map. Regardless of your driving experience the easy-to-use calendar will allow you to find a buddy. For more information and to login click on http://www.vagabundos.com/TBC.html

Prepaid FMM's and Fishing Licenses

FMM's are for Vag Members only, and are on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain these by filling out an Application and sending it in along with a copy of your passport to our office. Contact us at HQVDM for more information on obtaining
these documents call (800) 474-2252.

PREPAID FMM'S (VISITOR CARDS)

These replace the former FMT's. Vagabundos members can obtain an FMM from our office, saving you from having to wait in line at a bank. There will be short times the office will not have them available because the process requires that we submit a report and account for each and every numbered FMM for approval before Mexican Immigration will release another batch. Please allow two to three weeks for processing.

FMM's AT TECATE: It is easier to park on the U.S. side, walk across to
Immigration in the building on your right.

FISHING LICENSE

FISHING LICENSE APPLICATION

CURRENT RATES (subject to change without notice)
We are currently out of yearly fishing license.

 

Weekly*   $23.20*
Monthly*   $34.80*
Yearly   $46.40*
*Plus a handling fee

* Must specify date on weekly and monthly licenses. Annual fishing licenses must be dated within the month of issue.

 
   
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