The pressure is on. There are reasonably priced one way tickets from London to Mexico available. After December, there are no cheap one way flights available. I don’t know why not. Frankly I don’t know why there were cheap one way tickets for sale in the first place. A return is normally cheaper, and a return is nearly £700 per person. The one way tickets are under £500. A couple of weeks ago, the price was just under £400. That’s £200 burned, sitting here, waiting. Waiting for what? Waiting for visa news. Mexico has a bunch of new immigration regulations.
And they’ve just hit the interweb. Most (meh…all) of the comments I’ve seen by expats or expats-to-be are negative. The financial requirements for pensioners have jumped, apparently. It’s gonna make it tougher for American retirees. I’m not an American retiree, however, so I’m trying to work out what it means for me. Gee, it all looks mighty complicated. The costs of an immigrant visa have jumped too, so that’s a pain. But you can now buy a four year visa. I like that. Renewing visas is never fun. It’d be good to have four years of it done and out of the way.
First I need to get to the bottom of the visa requirements. I must confess, having stared at the relevant document (click here) for more than an hour, my eyes have glazed over, my mind has gone blank and my will to live has slightly decreased. I can’t even make out which one of the various Tramites I’m supposed to apply for. Five, seven or eight?? I have no investments. My bank statements, which I’d have to print off myself – the joys of paperless internet banking – will show only my monthly salary going in, and then leaving again almost as quickly. I’m hoping that marriage to a Mexican citizen makes things a little easier.
Any ideas? All suggestions welcome. I can just about find my passport and take a passport photo of myself, though. That’s covered. Of course, my next plan is to phone the Mexican Embassy in London. Let’s hope they have the faintest clue of what to do….