TC Vallarta Properties
Travel tips & things to do
A question we get a lot is how is it traveling in Mexico? Better yet, what documents do I need to begin traveling? In this post, I'll give you a basic run-down of what you'll need to prepare for your first trip outside the USA, specifically focused on Mexico.
Traveling is such a fun and exciting way to experience cultural differences as well as meet new people & try unique cuisines. Mexico is no exception! When traveling outside the U.S. you are required to have an U.S. passport that has been issued within 10 years and will be valid for 6 months from your departure date, regardless if you're stay doesn't equate to 6 months abroad.
Applying for a U.S. passport can be done online using the US Department of State website found here. travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/how-apply/forms.html This whole process is relatively easy, and the website will prompt you on which form to fill out. (For example: Is this your first time applying for a passport? Or are you renewing your passport?)
You will need to show proof of citizenship through ONE of the following items:
Once you have all of your documents & photos in order you are ready to submit & pay for your application. A U.S. passport book costs $110 and you can either pay with credit card through the website or print out your application and mail it with a check payable to the U.S. Department of State for $110 U.S. dollars. Once you submit your application you will receive an email when your application has been received and you can track your passport up until it is delivered in your mailbox. (Standard processing rates are 4-6 weeks).
Once your passport arrives in the mail, open it and review all of your personal information to confirm accuracy on spelling, date of birth, photo, as well as issue/expiration date. If all is well, begin happy dancing and book your flight abroad!! If you do happen to have any error, you will want to notify the passport agency that issued your passport immediately to correct the error, this information will be provided to you in your envelope that your passport arrived in.
Although the timing to receive a passport is long awaited, I assure you it is so worth it! This little document that is readily available for you to experience the world in a whole new light is not only refreshing but also encouraging! So if travel is in on your list of accomplishments this year--get your passport now!
Hi everyone! My name is Heidi & I am the Property Manager & Events Coordinator for TC Vallarta Properties. An original Pacific Northwest gal turned Rocky Mountain dweller who is lucky enough to spend several weeks out of the year in my favorite place, Puerto Vallarta!! I am here to provide you with travel tips, things to do on your vacation & destination wedding or elopement advice.