Passport

Plan Ahead, apply or renew your passport early

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US Passport Book

The US Department of State is expecting an increase in passport applications through 2018 and encourages travelers to submit passport applications well ahead of their planned travel dates in order to avoid delays receiving their passports.

In 2007, the Department experienced an unprecedented surge in passport applications, issuing over 18 million passports as a result of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Those passports are beginning to expire, and the Department has been experiencing an increased demand for passport renewals, that could delay the processing time to obtain a new passport. They issued over 14 million passports in 2015 and 2014, so we can expect to have the same amount for new applications plus the renewing passports.

Whether you are renewing a passport or applying for the first time, the passport application process can be completed without stress if done ahead of time.

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Passport Card or Passport Book?

passport cardThe US Passport Card can be used to enter the United States from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea-ports-of entry. Is more convenient and less expensive than a passport book. The Passport card is not valid for international travel by air.

You can apply for both passport book and card, and use them as necessary, when crossing the border by land use the card, and when flying international use the Passport book.

The increase the speed in border crossings, the passport card has radio frequency identification (RFID) chip, the chip doesn’t contain any information, and it points to stored records in secure government databases using state-of-the-art security features.

The US passport card is approved by the Department of Homeland Security to be used in Ready Lanes at several border ports of entry. Ready Lane is a dedicated primary vehicle lane for travelers entering the US at land ports of entry. Travelers who travel with this card, may receive the benefits of using a Ready lane to expedite the inspection process while crossing the border. This would be of great benefit when traveling to Mexico by car, and all family members have the passport card.

Ports of Entry with Ready Lane Service

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Puebla

This beautiful city was founded in 1531, was built with the effort and the art of the region natives and spaniard entrepreneurs. The city of Puebla is also the capital of the state of Puebla, and is located about 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, surrounded by two snow-capped volcanoes, the Popocatepetl “Popo”, and Iztaccihuatl “La Mujer dormida” or “Sleeping woman”.

With one of the most artistic arquitectures, leaving an important legacy to the world, sits the grandiose Historical Center of the City of Puebla, which was declared a “Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO in 1987, with a unique blend of European and Arabic styles with the flavor of native culture, where you can find some of the most amazing structures and fine buildings, like the Catedral, a true architectural jewel, with a front facade built out of a black limestone, with two towers, considered the highest in Mexico and 14 interior chapels.

The majestic city of Puebla has one of the most renowned gastronomies in Mexico, for its own unique combinations of European, Arab and indigineous influences. Puebla is world famous for one of the most unique dishes in Mexican Cuisine: Mole Poblano. Following with legendary dishes as Chiles en Nogada and the typical candies including camotes, made with a mix of sweet potatoes and sugar with added flavors like strawberry, obleas, jamoncillos, among other favorites that you can find in ” The street of candies”, Yes! you have an entire street, to enjoy the variety offered.

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La Plazuela de los Sapos, in the heart of the city, surrounded with amazing elegant colonial buildings, hosts artist’s and craftman’s workshops and antique shops. On the weekends a “tianguis” a “flea market style” is set up, where you can find the most rare objects, antiques and unexpected items. Surrounding the area you will also find some of the best restaurants and bars in the city offering the best of local foods. If you are antique lover, this is your paradise!

Puebla is so rich in culture, history and contributions to Mexico, that we can count. Full of life, wonderful people, amazing architecture, street of candies, amazing gastronomy, great nightlife, and wonderful weather, unbelievable views with two volcanoes, the only way to experience this is by visiting Puebla.

Inspire yourself with Puebla!

 

 

 

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Mexico Tourism Board Response for Texas Statement

Issued on December 17, 2010
MEXICO TOURISM BOARD STATEMENT
The recent holiday travel warning for the entire nation of Mexico issued by the state of Texas Department of Public Safety director is an unwarranted overreaction.

As the U.S. Department of State has noted, “millions of U.S. citizens travel safely to Mexico each year. This includes tens of thousands who cross the border every day for study, tourism or business and at least one million U.S. citizens who live in Mexico.”

Internationally-celebrated destinations such as Cancun and Puerto Vallarta are among the most welcoming and relaxing resorts in the world. There could not be a better time to visit.

We are disappointed in this action, and ask anyone considering a vacation to Mexico to speak with any of the millions of Americans, Canadians, and other foreign nationals who chose to vacation at our resorts this year, and are already planning on visiting again next year.

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