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Being safe when traveling through Mexico for the holidays

Mexican consulate officials in McAllen have tips for visitors driving through Tamaulipas for the holidays.

Mexican consulate officials in McAllen have tips for visitors driving through Tamaulipas for the holidays.

Before heading into Mexico with your vehicle, the Mexican consulate recommends that you have all identification and vehicle paperwork ready, particularly paperwork involving the temporary importation of your vehicle.

Consulate officials say that five million people are expected to visit Mexico from the U.S.

Other recommendations are to always travel by day and use toll roads.

Doris Colugna, a travel agent in Reynosa, says that using freeways or alternative routes could be hazardous.

“One of the risks is that the road may be in poor conditions with too many potholes,” Colugna said. “If you are going at a high speed, you could have an accident."

Colugna recommends drivers stay only on toll roads in order to avoid the risk of being a victim to carjacking and kidnappings by organized crime.

According to the U.S. State Department, the state of Tamaulipas has one the highest kidnapping rates in Mexico. The travel warning also recommends that U.S. citizens avoid all non-essential travel to Tamaulipas due to violent crimes.

Before heading out to Mexico, the Mexican National Institute of Migration recommends that you contact them with any migratory or documentation question to 1-877-210-9469 in the U.S. Once inside Mexico, you can call 01-800-201-8542.

If you are a Mexican national or you live near the border with Mexico, consulate officials said that the tariff for importing good, like gifts for loved ones, has increased from a limit of $300 to $500. This means you cannot bring in gifts into Mexico with a cumulative value of $500 per person.

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