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Old 05-19-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Riding a bike into Mexico

Hello fellow inmates.

Does anyone know where I can find info on customs and what not - to bring a bike into Mexico for a few months.
I intend to ride it back out of there at some point.

I saw a thread here a while ago and the poster knew a lot about customs forms, regulations, etc. etc.

Any info is much appreciated


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Old 05-19-2013, 09:13 PM   #2
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You just ride in and do it over the Border in Mexico.

You go to Mexico Aduana/Customs and ask for a Temporary Vehicle Import.

You do it at most any border. It's all there in one place now and quite streamlined, computers and all.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:46 AM   #3
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Get your Mexico insurance online before you go.
Your US insurance doesn't cover you in Mexico.
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Old 05-21-2013, 11:21 AM   #4
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You can get your permit on-line before you go. Pretty easy & avoids lines at the Banjercito & aduana. Just be sure to start the process a couple weeks before you go to allow time for the permit to be delivered (mine came via DHL, total time was about 5 or 6 days).

You will still need to stop at immigration & get your tourist permit, & if you end up not going (IE: cancel the trip), you will still need to ride down to the border to cancel the permit.

https://www.banjercito.com.mx/registroVehiculos/
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Old 05-21-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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Baja doesn't require TVIP.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:03 PM   #6
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Baja doesn't require TVIP.

That's correct. UNTIL you get to La Paz and try and get on the ferry, then of course you need a permit and I got fined $30 for not having one!

Plus always CHECK OUT and have your permit cancelled. I didn't do that once and couldn't get another TVIP until I cancelled the original.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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That's correct. UNTIL you get to La Paz and try and get on the ferry, then of course you need a permit and I got fined $30 for not having one!

Plus always CHECK OUT and have your permit cancelled. I didn't do that once and couldn't get another TVIP until I cancelled the original.
You need the permit on the mainland side of that boat ride. You can get it at the ferry terminal before you get on (at least you used to).

What sucks is that you can't cancel a permit there. So if you ride down the mainland side & take the ferry into LaPaz then head north through Baja, you get the pleasure of finding someone who knows what the heck the permit is along the Baja border. I couldn't find anyone @ the Lukeville crossing, so I ended up going back down to Nogi a few weeks later to get it cancelled.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:59 PM   #8
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Some good info here: http://www.motorcyclemexico.com/information/border/
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Old 05-21-2013, 04:28 PM   #9
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You need the permit on the mainland side of that boat ride. You can get it at the ferry terminal before you get on (at least you used to).

What sucks is that you can't cancel a permit there. So if you ride down the mainland side & take the ferry into LaPaz then head north through Baja, you get the pleasure of finding someone who knows what the heck the permit is along the Baja border. I couldn't find anyone @ the Lukeville crossing, so I ended up going back down to Nogi a few weeks later to get it cancelled.

You can't get on the ferry in La Paz without the permit. Last time I had to go to town and the office and the bank..twice! It's quite a ways from the terminal.

In TJ going in, the Aduana and Banjercito are in the same place. Not right at the border, over to your extreme right way behind the Taxi rank, those guys will show you.

I've had permits cancelled in TJ and Mexicali.
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Old 05-31-2013, 08:20 AM   #10
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Thanks for that!


I've read over a bunch of good info here and a few other threads.

Which crossing is the preferred one these days coming from San Diego?


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Old 05-31-2013, 11:07 AM   #11
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Thanks for that!


I've read over a bunch of good info here and a few other threads.

Which crossing is the preferred one these days coming from San Diego?


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Depends which way you want to go. TJ and Tecate for Baja for sure, maybe even Mexicali if you are going straight down to San Felipe. For Mainland you could choose to go further east first.

For a nice first trip and teaser we like to go in through TJ, take the toll to Ensenada, take the road over to San Felipe. Georges Motel. Next day come home via Mexicali. Good excuse to go out for Mexican food on the Malecon. 700 miles round trip from our house.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:19 PM   #12
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Going down is easy, any one is OK. Coming back, the main TJ crossing can be a bear. About 5 miles east is Garita de Otay, usually much quicker.
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I crossed at Tecate and it was mellow and straight forward. Whatever you do, make sure you do a write up at

http://www.BorderHelper.com

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If you are headed into mainland MEX.
Cross at Douglas AZ, or even better Naco (you will be the only one there)

Pretty easy once you get the hang of the bureacracy.
You will need all the bikes paperwork, etc.
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If you are headed into mainland MEX.
Cross at Douglas AZ, or even better Naco (you will be the only one there)

Pretty easy once you get the hang of the bureacracy.
You will need all the bikes paperwork, etc.
Banjercito is only open Thursday through Sunday in Naco.
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