FAQs for US Citizens in Mexico

  • Should I stay in Mexico or return to the United States?
    • The answer to this question will be different for every person or family, depending on what resources you have available to you – including housing, money, and health insurance. If you live in the US and are in Mexico temporarily, the US State Department recommends that you return home as soon as possible unless you are prepared to stay in Mexico indefinitely.

  • I’m in Mexico on a tourist visa. Will the Mexican government extend my visa so I can avoid traveling?
    • The Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) has not provided any information about coronavirus-related tourist visa extensions.

  • Is the US-Mexico border closed?
    • No. The US and Mexico governments have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across the land border between the two countries. You can read more about these restrictions at
    • There are currently no government restrictions on air travel; however, many airlines are canceling flights due to low traffic, sometimes with little notice.

  • What if I need help from the US Embassy?
    • The US Embassy has suspended most routine services, however, appointments are still available for essential services including lost, stolen, or expired passports. Email or call 55-8526-2561.

  • How can I get updates from the US Embassy or the US State Department?
    • Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at to receive email updates from the US Embassy and US Consulates in Mexico.

  • Where can I get information about coronavirus in Mexico?
    • Official updates from the Mexican government are available at For information specific to Mexico City, visit, text covid19 to 51515, or call (55) 5658-1111.

  • What should I do to stay safe?
    • Mexico is encouraging all residents to stay at home (#QuedateEnCasa) as much as possible. If you do need to go out, try to maintain a healthy distance (Sana Distancia) of at least 1.5 meters or 4 feet from other people. Avoid using public transportation, especially during peak hours. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • What if I think I have COVID-19?
    • You can use the diagnostic tool at (also available by texting covid19 to 51515) to determine whether your symptoms are consistent with COVID-19. The tool is available in English and Spanish and will generate a case number that you can use to call (55) 5658-1111 for further instructions. 
    • Your doctor’s office and/or insurance company may offer consultations via video or phone. You can also use Doctoralia to search for physicians in Mexico that offer virtual visits.
    • If you are exhibiting symptoms, make sure to call ahead before visiting any health care provider so they can instruct you on appropriate precautions to limit possible exposure to others. 
  • Am I eligible to receive the COVID-19 stimulus payment under the CARES Act?
    • US citizens living outside the United States are still eligible for the stimulus payment. Payments will be issued by direct deposit if you provided bank information on a 2018 or 2019 tax return, or if you receive direct deposits from the Social Security Administration. The IRS has also said they will set up a website to allow people to submit direct deposit information rather than receiving checks in the mail. Visit for the latest information.

  • When do I need to file my taxes?
    • The deadline for filing and paying US tax returns has been extended to July 15, 2020. The deadline for FATCA reporting for US citizens with foreign bank accounts has also been extended to July 15, 2020.

  • Can I participate in the US Census?
    • Citizens living abroad are not counted in the census unless they work for the US government. If you live in the United States and are in Mexico temporarily, you should respond to the census based on where you normally live as of April 1. (Note that for security reasons, the online census form at will reject attempts to complete the census from outside the US; however, you may be able to complete the form using a VPN, or on a US cell phone data plan).

  • Can I vote from Mexico?
    • Yes! Visit to register and request your ballot for the 2020 elections! Reach out if you need any help, and we’ll be happy to walk you through it!

In the News - Democrats Abroad Mexico commentary on the impeachment process and US-Mexico relations

In this post, you can hear CDMX chairperson Gricha Raether (far right) participate in a debate on US-Mexico relations and comment on the latest on the impeachment process.  


Video: Gricha Raether, Representante del Partido Demócrata en México

Programa de entrevista corta, dura, directa y en tono desenfadado e intimista. Fernando del Collado entrevista con Gricha Raether, Representante del Partido Demócrata en México.

Statement on the Mass Shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

4 August 2019

This weekend, we are once again brought to grief and sorrow over horrific mass shootings in America. The nightmare of gun violence struck early Sunday morning in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, where a young man in body armor wielded an AK-47-style assault rifle, killing at least nine people and wounding 27. The dead included the shooter’s sister.

The tragedy in Dayton came less than 15 hours after the weekend’s first gun massacre, an act of domestic terrorism in which another young man with body armor and an assault rifle entered a Wal-mart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people and wounding more than two dozen. In a manifesto attributed to the shooter, he railed against immigrants and warned of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.”

To those affected by these violent acts, we extend our deepest sympathies. Today we learned from Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, that six Mexicans are among the dead in El Paso. We stand in solidarity with him and all others condemning this massacre as an act of terrorism.  We call on the U.S. government and Department of Justice to cooperate with those investigating this incident as an act of terrorism and support efforts to obtain all necessary legal evidence.

President Trump declared today that “hate has no place in our country.” We challenge the president to live up to his words and stop the hateful, racist rhetoric he has returned to time and again in his campaign and in his presidency. We urge the president to call out and condemn white supremacist terrorism in the same way that he has seized upon and condemned radical Islam. And we call on Congress to finally enact sensible gun reforms that a majority of Americans support. Let’s end this cycle of shock, grief, and rage once and for all.

Democrats Abroad Mexico 


On the Immigration Frontlines

Sobre la situación en torno a la frontera México - Estados Unidos ¿Qué podemos esperar?
Entra al #Debate22 con Daniel C. Stein, representante de los Demócratas en la Ciudad de México, y  Yuli García del Canal 22.



In the News

Board Member Samuel Stone provides commentary on Trump´s illegal efforts to curb immigration as we await the details of the agreement reached with Mexico. 

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Mexico

Welcome to Democrats Abroad Mexico!

Corona Virus Update: This meeting will not take place at the scheduled date and time due to concerns about COVID-19. The organizing committee is in discussion about rescheduling or reconfiguring the meeting and more information will be posted as soon as it is available. Thank you for your understanding.

An estimated 1.5 million US citizens reside in Mexico, and our job is to help ALL of them register to vote in US federal, state, and local elections. Votes from abroad were responsible for many democratic victories in the 2018 midterms, and they will make a difference again in 2020!

If you are interested in joining our team of passionate and dedicated volunteers, please fill out the form here. Every effort counts, whether at the national or local level. Help us be the margin of victory in 2020.

We hope to see you at our Annual General Meeting in March 2020, and follow our  events page and our social media accounts for details about other upcoming activities.

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¡Bienvenid@ a Democrats Abroad México!

Se estima que 1.5 millones de estadounidenses residen en México actualmente. Nuestro objetivo es ayudarles a TODOS a registrarse y a votar desde el extranjero. Los votos desde el extranjero fueron decisivos para muchas victorias democráticas en las elecciones intermedias de 2018, y ¡lo serán de nuevo en 2020!

Si está interesad@ en unirse a nuestro equipo de voluntarios apasionados y dedicados, llene este formulario, y luego siguenos en las redes sociales para conocer más detalles sobre nuestras próximas actividades. Aunque las elecciones de 2020 parezcan lejanas, ¡el mejor momento para organizarse es ahora!

No dude en contactarnos si en algo le podemos apoyar, y esperamos verlos en nuestra Reunión Anual General de marzo de 2020. 

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Will Chapman
DA Mexico, Presidente



Democrats Abroad Mexico Annual General Meeting 2019 Schedule

Hotel Posada La Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

San Miguel de Allende

Saturday, March 30th:

11:30-1:00 Conference registration at table in La Aldea lobby;

1:00- 1:10 Welcome to Conference in Sala Allende

1:10- 2:00 Leadership Development Workshop 1:

What does it mean to be a Democrat in Mexico?

Presented by Larry Pihl & Mike Lambert

For most of us, living abroad in Mexico is a chosen option. At the same time, most want to remain connected with the United States and care what happens there. Grateful for the opportunities we enjoy in Mexico, we recognize the responsibilities of US citizenship. In this workshop, we will try to learn what US issues we share common concern for and the best ways, in addition to our vote, for us to influence the direction of the US.

2:00- 2:30 Coffee break

2:30- 3:20 Leadership Development Workshop 2: Funding our Mission

Presented by Hope Bradberry with Will Chapman

What are the current best practices for funding your mission? This workshop will include: Quickly articulating your mission to present to donors, better known as the elevator speech. How to identify, cultivate and steward donors. How the two most important words in the English language are Thank You! How special events can wear out your volunteers, and you, and what is their purpose. How the personal appeal is the most effective tool for long-term sustained financial security.

3:20- 4:00 Chapter & Member Recognitions

4:00- 5:00 Break & check-in/seating in Sala Colonial begins

5:00- 6:00 Robert Reich

Our first speaker, Robert Reich, is a celebrated American political commentator, professor, and author who served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. He was Secretary of Labor from 1993 to 1997 and a member of President-elect Barack Obama's economic transition advisory board. He is currently Chancellor’s Professor of public policy at the University of California Berkeley.

6:15 Book signing of his latest book, The Common Good. Reich’s book is available on to ship to Mexico! There will be a cash bar reception during the book signing.

Sunday, March 31st:

8:00- 9:00 Conference registration lobby of La Aldea

9:00- 12:00 Country business meeting Sala Aldama

9:00 Chair Report: Larry Pihl (includes Chapter reports)

9:30 Secretary report from 2018 AGM, Sam Stone

9:50 Treasurer's Report, David Fields

10:00- 10:30 DA Mexico, Officer elections including *. Survey Monkey results run by the National Nominating Committee

10:30- 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45- 11:10 Introductions of new officers

11:10- 11:30 Bylaw changes and vote

11:30- 11:45 Washington DC - Larry Pihl

11:45- 12:00 Will Chapman announcement

12:00- 1:30 Lunch Break - Standing committee chairs from different chapters go to

lunch together.

1:30- 2:30 Genaro Lozano

Genaro Lozano writes weekly in the newspapers of the Reforma Group and conducts daily "Foro Global". Presentation on: 1. US politics from the perspective of a Mexican political analyst. 2. Guidelines on how to have impact on MX media. 3. AMLO & perspective on the new Mexican Government.

2:30- 3:20 Leadership Development Workshop 3: Strategy for Effective GOTV Campaigns. Presented by Barbara Erickson.

A quick overview of important considerations when planning your GOTV efforts from FPCA to ballot return. Includes important do’s and don’ts as well as target dates for 2020.

3:30- 4:20 Leadership Development Workshop 4: The Art of Collaboration

Presented by Larry Pihl & Mike Lambert

We know GOTV gets Dems elected, but what do we do in between elections? We have lots of work to do to grow our numbers and keep them involved. An active organization is an attractive one. But just like with a successful election, no one way can do it all! Democrats need to keep the tent flaps wide open. In this workshop we will try to learn ways to include other individuals and join efforts with other organizations with whom we share common goals.

4:20- 5:00 Announcements concerning AGM 2020.

Monday, April 1st, Optional Activities
Upon registration, you will receive a form with a link with more information on each of the following activities:

El Charco Hike: 8:30 am - 10:00 am: The entry fee is about 50 pesos. Your volunteer experienced guide will be Michael Burns. Minimum of 4 persons (maximum 15).

Historical Walking Tour: 10:00 am - 12:30 am: 300 pesos to support Patronato Pro Niños.

Tour Mask Museum 10:30 am: Suggested donation is 50 pesos.

Sketch Your Way Around SMA with Meagan Burns 11:00 am - 1:30 pm: $25 USD or $500 pesos per person, a minimum of 2 participants, but no more than 6.

La Presa Allende Paddle 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: 300 peso/ kayak, paddle, PFD rental. Minimum of 4 persons (maximum 15). 


Democrats Abroad Mexico Annual General Meeting

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The Annual General Meeting of Democrats Abroad Mexico is being held in San Miguel de Allende. Be inspired by the highly celebrated progressive professor and author from UC Berkeley, Robert Reich and the acclaimed Genaro Lozano, political scientist and journalist from Mexico City. We have only 16 months before every Democrat living in Mexico gears up for our Get Out the Vote to bring an end to the Trump Administration! Join us in San Miguel de Allende as we learn what specific actions we can take in our Chapters all across Mexico between now and GOTV.

Event Details and RSVP on Facebook