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rehless

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Posted: 11/12/19 03:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good Afternoon,
I plan to visit Puerto Penasco in January 2020 for six weeks.
My passport expires on February 7 2020 while I am in Mexico.
Do I need to renew my passport to be able to leave Mexico
at a later date in February? Thank you.
Bill

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Posted: 11/12/19 03:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You don't need a valid passport to leave Mexico, but to enter the US.

Yes, you must have a current, unexpired passport to enter the US.

Renew it now!

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Posted: 11/12/19 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If a US Citizen, you do not need a Passport to enter the US. The Passport will speed things up, but if you have no Passport (expired or none), you will eventually be let in. It can take hours to be processed and released so make sure you have lots of reading material until they finally verify your identity.


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Posted: 11/12/19 04:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just get your passport renewed now and take it with you. A drivers license that meets the new “Real Id” may suffice. Don’t procrastinate.


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Talleyho69

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Posted: 11/12/19 05:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The new "smart" driver's license ID's aren't good for international travel.

What it really comes to is Renew your Passport! Yes, you can get back into the US, but it will be a major hassle, and probably will continue to be any time you try to reenter the US from any foreign country.

* This post was edited 11/12/19 05:43pm by Talleyho69 *

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Posted: 11/13/19 05:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Mexican Military has been asking to see a passport when entering and departing at Lukeville whenever they inspect. It's hit & miss although I don't think they have missed us in a couple of years. Mexican Customs/Immigration isn't stopping us near as much as they used to but the Military checkpoint is just another 100 feet down the road.


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Posted: 11/13/19 06:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This past winter I stayed in Weslsco, TX. I went over into Mexico on a number of occasions for dental work. One day I forgot my passport, all I had was a driver's license on me. I showed my license and said I was over there for dental work and had forgotten my passport. The guy looked on the computer and said yep I see you were just here yesterday. Have a good day. Didn't give me any flak whatsoever.

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Posted: 11/13/19 07:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That's great, however you were on foot, and had a very recent record of having crossed the border.

It's one thing to do what you did, accidentally, and another to know that your passport will expire while you are out of the US with a vehicle. Just renew the passport.

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Posted: 11/13/19 07:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

https://departsmart.org/what-is-real-id-and-will-it-affect-your-travel-plans/

Seems you can use an Realid with Western Hemisphere.

Talleyho69

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Officially RealID can only be used for domestic airline travel identification.

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