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Do I need a U.S. Visa if I'm traveling nonstop from Mexico City to Canada?

No, you do not need a US visa. You only need a US visa if you intend to stop or change planes in the US. (This visa-free overflight is the same for any other country. For example, I've flown over ...
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Can I legally take washed up coral from Mexico to the USA?

NO. Most likely not and it's not worth the risk. Customs and Import Restrictions - What You Cannot Bring Back With You states (emphasis added): Watch out for the following prohibited items (this ...
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I lost my passport. Can I use my ID or my driver's licence to fly from USA to Mexico?

You definitively need your passport or an adequate emergency travel document. Not only will Mexico not accept your ID card or driver's license but more importantly, since about a decade already, you ...
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Why do tourist businesses in Mexico give a big discount when paying in cash?

There are a bunch of legit reasons Save Credit Card Service fees (2%-3%) No risk of having to chase or eat a bad payment. Less paperwork However, I suspect the main reason is the same as in most ...
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Trying to cross into Tijuana by foot without a passport?

Passports are issued by the US Department of State, not the US Postal Service. When you file a passport application at a US Post Office, the USPS will issue a receipt for your money payment...but they ...
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Canadian tourist visa refused due to lack of family ties to and immigration status in country of residence. Can anything be done?

In addition to starting your own family, the following factors could be seen as proof of your ties to the country of residence: obtaining a citizenship (as opposed to a permanent resident status you ...
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Do I need a U.S. Visa if I'm traveling nonstop from Mexico City to Canada?

In addition to the information from the other answers, to overfly the US, the airline will have to pass your information to the US CBP according to Secure Flight. Since November 2010, Secure Flight ...
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Do Mexican nationals have to go through immigration and customs in Mexico?

Yes. Everyone has to go through customs and immigration controls in some form or other. Diplomats enjoy some exemptions, but unless they have a very high profile, they still have to present ...
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What's the use for this shower drain cover?

Having lived in Texas, I would use that to keep out scorpions, which can crawl up drains and even survive the water coming down them. Though I'd also change the strainer to a different design that a ...
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Traveling with my 5 year old daughter (as the father) without the mother from Germany to Mexico

If you do not have sole custody, get a letter from the mother stating that she has no objection. The child's passport. Possibly a transit visa for all concerned. Follow-Up: As far as Germany is ...
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What's the use for this shower drain cover?

The device is a universal drain stopper. It is designed to keep water in a bathtub or sink. Because it works by sitting on top of the drain, it is not necessary for the consumer to worry about the ...
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Can a Mexican citizen living in US under DACA drive to Canada?

It's coming back to the USA you need to be worried about. You would need Advanced Parole to come back, even then you might not be admitted back to the USA. If you're not looking to go back to the USA ...
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Mexican entry tax overland from Belize

This is quite normal, and is not a tax. Tourists entering Mexico are required to get an FMM tourist/visitor permit. The fee for this is $500 MX, and is payable if your stay is between 7 and 180 days....
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Canadian tourist visa refused due to lack of family ties to and immigration status in country of residence. Can anything be done?

Your interpretation of the reasons 'made up' is off. It is a common reason to deny visa, one that is hard to fight. Lack of ties to where you live is an other way of wording it. Our usual advice is to ...
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British Citizen/UK resident flying to Mexico on a Mauritian passport. Do I require a visa?

To get visa-free access to Mexico as a resident of the UK, a citizen of a country whose nationals normally require visas must show a UK residence permit. As a British citizen, you do not have a UK ...
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How should I be prepared to deal with medical emergencies abroad?

Medicaid does not cover medical care outside the United States. In addition, you should check your state's eligibility rules to ensure you don't need to re-enroll when you get back, as your coverage ...
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Will I overstay my Visa Waiver if I fly from Mexico to catch a flight in New York back home on the same day?

Going to Mexico (or Canada or many Caribbean countries) won’t reset your VWP timer and there’s a possibility you won’t be allowed back in the USA to catch your flight if the immigration control ...
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What is this parking lot next to the Otay crossing between Mexico and the United States?

That parking is the US CBP parking. It is not open to the public. Next to that is parking for visitors to CBP (by appointment only). There are some large privately owned parking lots available to ...
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Does any passenger train go between the United States and Mexico via San Ysidro?

No; with the exception of the odd tourist line (ie heritage railway), there is no regularly scheduled passenger rail service in Mexico outside metro, light rail, and commuter railways in the Mexico ...
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Can I obtain a US passport for my baby if father is not available?

If you are the only parent taking care of the child, you should apply for a court order granting you sole custody of the child. If you have this, you can apply for the child's passport without ...
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I am a dual citizen of United States and Mexico, can I use my Mexican license in california when visiting?

Yes, in general you can use your Mexican license as long as you do not become a resident of California: If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver license (DL) from your home ...
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Safe place to cross border from Mexico into U.S.?

For $30, you can walk directly from the Tijuana baggage claim to the United States border via CBX (Cross Border Xpress). That seems like the safest option, even if the others are not very dangerous. ...
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Can Brazil residence permit holder enter Schengen area without visa?

No, unless the citizenship of the residence permit holder allows this. Schengen has a special case for residence permit holders of other Schengen states, but generally speaking they go by citizenship. ...
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Is the US Southern Land Border still closed for "non-essential" travel?

The land borders are currently restricted for entry from Mexico into the US until 8 November, 2021. (travel INTO Mexico continues unrestricted as normal) From 8 November, 2021, fully vaccinated ...
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Trying to cross into Tijuana by foot without a passport?

In addition to the other good answer, I'll answer specifically for Tijuana. You say you are crossing by foot into Tijuana - All 3 pedestrian ports of entry into Tijuana from San Diego have passport ...
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Why can't one book a Greyhound bus from the United States to Mexico departing within the next 3 days?

I'm not sure the premise is correct. The SD > Tijuana Greyhound page you cite specifically says "If your travel is within the next three days, book at this other Greyhound page." I went ...
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Do I need a U.S. Visa if I'm traveling nonstop from Mexico City to Canada?

Keep the following in mind: never, anywhere in the world, do you need a visa simply for flying over airspace. I repeat, nowhere in the world. You do need to provide extra information to the airline.
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Do I need proof of prescriptions to take controlled medicines, like Vicodin or Valium?

You need to learn the status of the medication in your destination. This is harder than you might think. A decongestant that is available over the counter in Canada is banned in New Zealand and since ...
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Travelling to Mexico from the UK with a Polish passport

Here is the Mexican government's list of countries that don't require a visa for Mexico, when entering as a tourist or other visitor without work permission. It includes Poland ("Polonia").
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