Daylight Saving Time in Mexico

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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)

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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.

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

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Mexico’s Bicentennial

BicentenarioHappy Bicentennial, Mexico! This September 16th, we honor the heroes of Mexico who first declared their independence from the Spanish Crown 200 years ago, and to all those who rose up to defend Mexico’s ideals of democracy, liberty, and justice during the revolution 100 years later. Thanks to their sacrifice, Mexico today is a strong, modern country with a thriving economy, and one of the world’s most admired cultures.Our nations are connected by the busiest border in the world, by a rich economic partnership, by a vibrant exchange of cultures, and by the millions of Mexican Americans who have contributed so much to our own nation. Our common history and our common future gives us the courage and the foundation to build an even stronger base for our work together.

Mexico and the United States share so much. With confidence in our democratic institutions, our shared values, and our unwavering friendship, we will continue working together to confront the challenges in the 21st century, and to build prosperity and peace for all of our people.

As we celebrate 200 years of your independence, we look forward to a long future of friendship and close cooperation. Viva Mexico!

A video message is available here:
http://www.state.gov/video/?videoid=605789090001
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuLTsDBpxug

A Spanish version is available here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxhZogim42Y

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