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Old 21 Jan 2012
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Just got charged $ 476.00 to enter Mexico

After 30 years going with vehicles and moto's to Mexico, I was charged this incredible amount in Chetumal. I know about the new increased changes in June 2011, but all money exchanges goes in their favor
1 $ 400 deposit
2 $ 48.40 permit
3 $ 22.00 immigration, which I was forced to pay eventhou I told immigration, I was only going to stay less as a week, what would make me exempt, but the Bancorcito said my tourist card said 180 days and immigration gave me the booth, when I asked him to change it. In the past you had the option to pay this fee later in your trip, if you exceeded 7 days.
Anyway the math, still does not make it $ 476.00 and if they give you the deposit back ( I hope), they use the rate of the day, and I am probably sure, I will loose again between buying and selling rate

I think it becomes a ripp-off and expensive for most of us and Mexico will loose on the end

Still having a blast in Mexico

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When I went in October they asked for a credit card number in lieu of the $400 deposit. If I had not left the country with the bike they would have made a $400 charge. You don't have to pay that if you only go to Baja. I don't remember any charge for a permit. What was that for? Dave
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It is my understanding that the deposit is charged in USD and will be refunded in USD after you return your TVIP. No worries! Enjoy your trip!
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The deposit is a bond, when you leave you will get it back. The best thing is to use a credit card BUT MAKE SURE AND STOP AND CHECK OUT WHEN LEAVING BY ANY CROSSING. Never had a problem. Left many times to Guatamala and Belize and re-entered. No grief.
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3 years ago when I entered thru Chetumal I was told you could only import a vehicle at Punta Sam and that Q. Roo was a "free state". In other words I entered without needing a permit as long as I didn't cross into a different mexican state. My bike is still in Q. Roo.
I guess things have changed! If they have would some one chime in with the current rules?
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The deposit is a bond, when you leave you will get it back. The best thing is to use a credit card BUT MAKE SURE AND STOP AND CHECK OUT WHEN LEAVING BY ANY CROSSING. Never had a problem. Left many times to Guatamala and Belize and re-entered. No grief.
How true .Just exited Mexico and the security deposit /bond was returned to my credit card account. New rules. Credit card payment is de riguer.
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Sjoerd, is this something that is new? I will be heading into Mexico this summer to start my rtw. I know you need to get a tourist visa, bike insurance and now this bond? Almost sounds like a version of a carnet. So do they debit right away or just if you do not leave with the bike when exiting. Any answers helpful.
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Hi,

No its not new: http://www.ojurik.com

Its something like a deposit wichyou get back if you leave the country WITH your bike...

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Insurance isn't mandatory in Mexico. I traveled w/o.
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If you get the deposit back....

Reentered in Chetumal then months later left for Guate via Tapachula, but to get the deposit back we would have had to organize things upfront somewhere else (not at the border but in an office in Tapachula itself).... The Duana at the border was not equipped to give deposits back.... This all is indeed very cumbersome and annoying... So make sure to see the office in town wherever it is before heading for the border...
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That's been true whenever I've driven in Mexico. It's not the aduana you need to see, but the banjercito. There are a limited number of these, and if you don't find one (of your own free will and volition--no one forces you, or even reminds you) you end up not canceling your TVIP, therefore unable to return to Mexico because they assume you abandoned your vehicle in-country.

The difference with the new policy is that you lose a substantial sum of money if you don't cancel the TWIP: US$400.

It's not irrational. They don't want aduana personnel handling money, so they leave that part of the process to the bank. The problem is that not all border crossings have banjercitos. In other words, you need to pay attention.

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It is not a "new " policy insofar that there has always beeen the option of paying a REFUNDABLE security deposit if for instance the paperwork was inadequate on your vehicle or you did not have a credit card with which to pay for the tvip.
What is "new" is that now everybody who brings in a vehicle and takes out a TVIP will automatically be charged on their credit card for the REFUNDABLE security deposit.
I presume that if you do not have a credit card you will be obliged as before to pay CASH US DOLLARS for the REFUNDABLE security deposit at the same time when you get your TVIP.
After a nearly 2 month trip through Mexico we returned to Canada 10 days ago.
when we enterded Mexico the TVIP and REFUNDABLE security deposit were debited from my cc and I was given a receipt by Banjercito .
The TVIPand deposit did not need to be cancelled/refunded while we made a short week's visit in Belize.
Upon leaving Mexico for the USA at Nuevo Laredo the TVIP was easily cancelled and the security deposit was REFUNDED on the spot by way of a return deposit to the same cc from which it was paid.I was given a receipt.
When I got home I updated my bank account and cc account and learned that the full amount of the REFUNDABLE security deposit had been credited to my cc by Banjercito.
The system WORKs .THey are not out to rip you off. It saves handling of cash at the border, less chance of corruption or hanky panky.
Itis as Mark says too. The only people who loose their deposit are those who fail to pay atttention and do not cancel their TVIP , and those who try to outwit the system of import taxes and try to sell their vehicle without following proper processs.
Pay attention ,follow the rules and you will be well served and happy .
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It is my understanding that the deposit is charged in USD and will be refunded in USD after you return your TVIP. No worries! Enjoy your trip!
Yep to the above, just done it. If your bike is older that 2006 it costs $300usd. They did make it into a right game though getting that cash back, they need a photo of the VIN plate on the bike - took them about an hour to do two bikes.


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Last week I crossed into Mexico and I paid a deposit of $400 on my credit card. My card was charged so make sure you have enough credit on you account to absorb the charge.
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