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 Posted: Mon Dec 19th, 2016 02:08 pm
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If you are going no further than San Carlos do you have to stop at 21k checkpoint for a visa? 

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 Posted: Mon Dec 19th, 2016 02:32 pm
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Yes

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 Posted: Wed Dec 21st, 2016 04:47 pm
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Just a note about my personal experience with the "visa". YES is the correct answer. I got one the first time skipped about 5 times, got one, skipped a bunch more times pretty much quit getting them. They really don't meant anything if you do not stop and turn them in as they not only check you in but check you out. 
However, I do travel south in Mexico, fly out of Hermosillo, so I HAVE to get one because they actually check you sometimes and your passport at the airport. I never was checked in my trips to San Carlos and I am not sure who would check you. I ride Tufesa busses and I have never been checked at the Military check points, when I got checked sometimes going south, (red light) I still was never asked. 
I don't want to go on record as saying don't bother, but I don't know who or when you might get asked. I had an expired one when I was getting a current one for a trip south and the guy chewed me out for not turning it in when I left. Obvious question is, where do you turn it in at? I guess at 21 if you are coming back that way.

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 Posted: Wed Dec 21st, 2016 08:05 pm
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With the border situation being threatened by the US and rightly so, just remember that if you do not have a Visa, you are in Mexico as an illegal. Nothing new, if you are stopped and/or checked and do not have it, you may be fined and maybe never allowed to return to Mexico. That's the rough way out. Why chance it. Short answer again, Yes!! It's very quick and easy now at K21, nothing even close to several years ago. If you're driving your own car with your own insurance, is it much good if you have an accident even if a drunk hits you? Again, just not worth it. Ron

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I have been checked twice in twenty years, both times at checkpoints along the road.  As WyNot stated, your auto, home and boat insurance, whichever is applicable is invalid if you do not keep your visa current.  All the insurance companies look at it just like they would in the U.S. you are in the country illegally and they don't have to honor the policy to illegals.

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Thanks for the great advise. Where do we turn it in when we leave Mexico?

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21k has easy parking...turn it in there. WhyNot is right; get in an accident, go to the hospital...see what happens when you need it!

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sounds to me like I better quit NOT getting one for quick trips

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On rare occasions migration runs a road block at Cibuta checking for them.  I don't know what they do if you don't--fine, turn you around, etc.

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