So you are moving to Mexico
Well, before you start here are our 10 top pieces of information for expats:
- Mexico is an extremely popular location amongst Americans with an estimated 1 million American living there either part or full time.
- Mexico is pleasant throughout the country though the coastal regions can be hot and humid from May to September. In fact the whole country experiences high temperatures and the heaviest rainfall during this period.
- Citizens of some countries, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Japan, EU member countries and South American countries, do not require a short-term tourist visa. However if you wish to stay longer you need to obtain a visa for which Mexico maintains a complex system of requirements based on the category of you move and you country of citizenship.
- Most major Mexican cities have plenty of well-established clubs and organizations for expats, allowing you to stay fit and meet other expats (although you can skip the fitness).
- The official language of Mexico is Spanish and the majority of the population only speak Spanish. Mexico is the most populous Spanish speaking country in the world. There are some indigenous groups in remote areas of Mexico that only speak their own language.
- In Mexico There are 200 different types of chilies, ranging in taste from mild to very hot. Chile sauces, however, are always hot, some extremely so.
- Mexico’s housing market is still recovering from the economic slump in 2008. While house prices rose by about 4.1%, when adjusted for inflation, this was less than half a percent, based on figures from Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF).
- Mexico’s currency is the Mexican Peso.
- Mexico has the 14th largest economy in the world with GDP of more than $1.2 trillion stemming from a strong export based economy.
- Mexico is infamous for its gang violence however most victims of crime and violence in Mexico are Mexicans involved in criminal activity. The security situation does pose risks for foreigners. There is also the usual risks of street crime such as robbery, assault and vehicle hijacking. In certain parts of Mexico. You should take particular care to avoid being caught up in drug related violence between criminal groups.