Daylight Saving Time in Mexico


Daylight Saving Time – Horario de Verano

Since 1996 Mexico adopted daylight saving time, although the US has changed the schedule for DST, only the border zone cities located less than 20 km from the US border synchronize their time with their US counterparts. Some of these cities include:

Mexico Daylight Saving Time

Mexico Daylight Saving Time begin April 3, 2016

  • Matamoros, Tamaulipas
  • Reynosa, Tamaulipas
  • Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
  • Anáhuac, Nuevo León
  • Acuña, Coahuila
  • Piedras Negras, Coahuila
  • Ojinaga, Chihuahua
  • Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua
  • all of Baja California

Non-Observance States

The state of Sonora does not observe daylight saving time, mainly because its neighbor US State Arizona does not observe it, and the important economic ties between the two states.

The State of Quintana Roo does not observe DST beginning 2016.

Island Territories: the Marias Islands and the Revillagigedo archipelago do not observe DST, only the furthest island of Clarion uses PST.

Daylight Saving Time – official – For more information on exact times in different parts of Mexico. (Spanish)



Plan Ahead, apply or renew your passport early


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.

Passport information

How do I Apply for a US Passport?

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


Testimonial for safe travel in Mexico

The following is a testimonial submitted to Sanborn’s Mexico Auto Insurance:

I got home to Leon safe and sound late Saturday afternoon. I was a little bit stressed when I left McAllen because of all the negative comments I had encountered. I thank all for their concerns and worries, but let me tell you that after having made several round trips driving from Leon – McAllen, I could only say that on this last trip, things were the same as always. I drove through Monterrey, went through the city, always used tolls roads and, of course, traveled by day. I drove a Honda minivan with my wife, daughter and granddaughter. I saw no gunned cars on the side of the road and no roadblocks. I am sure that with the normal and reasonable safety measures, anyone can get to their destination without problems.

By the way, the new Anzalduas bridge is great to avoid Reynosa traffic. The security has been improved for the holidays from Reynosa all the way to Saltillo. (I used the new toll road for Saltillo-Monterrey.)

– Pablo Steinman