6-Month Checklist- Moving to Mexico

Dreaming of vibrant sunsets, rich cultural experiences, and a life full of adventure?

Moving to Mexico might be just the journey you’ve been yearning for. Whether you’re drawn to its stunning beaches, bustling cities, or charming towns, moving to Mexico opens the door to a world of possibilities.

But before you pack your bags and leave everything behind, there is some planning you have to do. Where do you start?

This easy-to-follow checklist for moving to Mexico will help you plan your move from 6 months to 10 days before. You can print this page, and I’ve left some room for you to put a checkmark on the things you have accomplished.

Check your passport Expiry Date. If expiring soon, renew it.
Do You Need Any Vaccines to Move to Mexico?
Make a List of Things You’ll Take to Mexico or Sell
Start Getting Rid of Things Not Going to Mexico
Start Folder with Important Documents to Take- full list below
Start Canceling Subscriptions- Magazines, Newspapers, etc
Renew Driver’s License If You Want to Keep It- Or find out where you can renew in Mexico
Verify with Your Bank how to Wire Money to Mexico or Open a Charles Schwab Account in the US.
Download Whatsapp- Needed for ALL Contacts in Mexico
Pick Mexico Immigration Facilitator- If you need a recommendation, check out our Guide.
Start the appointment process at a Mexican Consulate near you.
Have Estate Sales or Take Unwanted things to Goodwill
Sell One Car If You Have Two – Consolidate
Put House on the Market if Selling
Buy Plane Tickets to Mexico for You/Pets if Flying
Buy Airline Approved Pet Carrier And Familiarize Pet if Flying
Contact a Pet Transport if Driving to Mexico- We have recommendations in our Guide
If necessary, get documents Apostilled
If necessary, get documents Apostilled.
Switch Most Mail to Electronic Delivery
Start looking into a Mail Forwarding Service
Get a List of Medications and Medical Records
Buy Additional Suitcases if Necessary
Assign any trusted friends or family as a user on your bank account- Only in case you need them to sign anything for you.
Contact an international moving company- Check out our recommendations in our Guide
Contact Vet for Pet Vaccines
Cancel Utilities if Applicable
For Pets Flying as Cargo, Contact The Airline and Get Instructions
Rent Storage for Things You Are Keeping
Start Packing Things You’ll Take to Mexico
Make An Inventory of What Goes In Each Box
If doing a Menaje de casa, start making a list
Get A VPN Account to Watch Shows in Mexico
If getting Google Voice while you still have a US Number- You’ll need to verify this number.
Get Mail Forwarding Service
May Need to Move to Airbnb
Switch Bank Accounts to Email Verification vs SMS
Book Hotels in Mexico if Necessary
If Flying- Get Health Certificate- Check with your airline.
Put Final Things In Storage
Create your Menaje de Casa Inventory List- Residents Only
Book Domestic Flights in Mexico if Necessary- Check luggage restrictions.
Cancel Car and Home Insurance if Not Needed
Farewell Party with Family/Friends
Get A TIP if Driving Across The Border
If you are not a resident- you will need a round-trip ticket. Use onward ticket
If Driving- Plan Your Route- Use On The Road in Mexico FB Page
Contact your Pet Transport With Any Final Documents
If Selling Your Car- Might Need to Rent a Car
Change of Address with Post Office to Mail Forwarding
Secure Your Short-Term Rental in Mexico- Airbnb.com, Booking.com, or Word of Mouth

Next Steps For Moving to Mexico?

Aside from our checklist for moving to Mexico, we also recommend doing some additional research. As the time for moving to Mexico gets closer, we recommend our comprehensive COMPLETE Mexico Relocation Guide.

Because it is conveniently online, it is kept up to date in real-time as soon as we have new information. So it doesn’t matter if you’re moving a month from today or a few years from now. The information in the online guide will still be accurate and relevant at the time.

From the intricacies of residency to the nuances of Mexican culture, our guide is designed to empower you with the knowledge and confidence you need to make this transition not only smooth but also enriching.

You get instant access to our directory of recommended contacts, including realtors, immigration experts, international moving companies, relocation tour guides, private drivers, and more. Check out what’s included here.

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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  1. Kyrillos Kypriotakis says


    I have a question about moving to Mexico which no one is really talking about. My understanding is that if one becomes a Mexican resident and resides in Mexico for more than 6 months a year, he/she automatically becomes a tax resident of Mexico and has to file taxes in Mexico for their worldwide income. Is there a way to avoid that?
    I would appreciate your reply.



    I have to need Mexico tourist visa

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