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No trip is ever long enough. We returned to Monterrey today from West Texas. It has been over three years since we went to the U.S. via Laredo. Reynosa became our favorite for many reasons.

Having Mexican plates the routine is quite different. We don't go to immigration which is to your right and under the bridge. We were guided to the right above the bridge where our SUV and trailer had the registration checked and the permanent importation papers checked. It used to be done outside by handheld but we were escorted inside. Took all of about two minutes and then an inspection of the trailer and declaring what we brought back to Mexico with us.

The agent then guided us around and down to the TIP area where we were instructed to wait for the state police to guide us in a caravan to the autopista. We've heard about it but had never used it. It's a good thing. One leads with lights going and the group follows. At the intersection of Donaldo Colosio and Hwy 85 another police patrol whips around lights going and close off the intersection for us to pass and then brings up the rear.

At the first toll booth, Km26 they leave us to enter the autopista. New to us, the autopista now starts at the Km26 point. Now there are two toll booths to Monterrey. For the first time ever, we were asked at the small INM kiosks to show our passports.

The only downer is that the police have a short script that they recite to each vehicle: "You are being escorted by Tamaulipas State Police. Due to the increase and high rate of abductions, disappearances, and kidnappings, this is for your security". I guess that's how we live these days.

We drove through Monterrey on the truck route which goes right through the city. If anyone is interested we have the map. Works great and no transito to hassle you. Took no time at all. We may do this again on future trips back and forth.


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Posted: 04/21/22 11:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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