How to Drive Scuba Gear Across The Mexico Border

How to Drive Scuba Gear Across The Mexico Border
Travel between the United States and Mexico, for the purposes of tourism, has always been quite easy. Mexican customs laws allow for the transportation of personal items across the border, without declaration, as long as they are not contraband in Mexico. You must also not plan to sell or give these items away as a gift. Because of this, it is quite easy to drive to Mexico with your scuba equipment.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Mexican vehicle permit Mexican insurance Pen and paper Luggage or box Packing materials Specialty cases Spare batteries Rope or bungee cords
  • Mexican vehicle permit
  • Mexican insurance
  • Pen and paper
  • Luggage or box
  • Packing materials
  • Specialty cases
  • Spare batteries
  • Rope or bungee cords
Step 1
Once you have decided to drive into Mexico, you will need to ensure that the vehicle you will be driving can be legally operated in Mexico. For this you will need a Mexican vehicle permit and Mexican insurance. For information on obtaining a vehicle permit, contact the Mexican consulate which services your area. Typically, you will be asked to leave a deposit to ensure that your vehicle exits Mexico. Mexican insurance may be purchased through a variety of brokers, which can easily be found on the Internet. Failure to take these steps may result in your detention and/or the confiscation of your vehicle by Mexican officials.
Step 2
Make a list of all the scuba equipment you will need during your trip. This will help ensure you don't leave something behind that you'll need later. You'll also want to purchase spare batteries for your dive computer and underwater camera if you'll be taking those with you.
Step 3
Because Scuba gear can be heavy and bulky, purchase proper luggage for transport. A Pelican 1730 wheeled case is sturdy and should provide ample room for your gear.
Step 4
Lay out all of your equipment to get an idea of how much luggage you are going to need. Group sturdy items, such as your weights and scuba tank, together. Set your more delicate items, such as your regulator and computer, to the side to ensure that they are packed in their specialty cases and without other items on top to reduce the risk of damage during transport. Then pack your gear neatly and orderly. If you do this, you'll be less like to leave something out or misplace it and it can make a customs inspection easier.
Step 5
Check that the cargo area of your vehicle can accommodate your luggage. Then carefully load your gear and secure it, with a rope or bungee cord, so it does not bounce around. Some Mexican roads can be quite rough compared to roads in the United States. Secured luggage is less likely to sustain damage.
Step 6
Drive confidently into Mexico. When you cross the border, look the customs official in the eye if you are stopped. Clearly declare the purpose of your visit and the gear you have with you. The Mexican government welcomes tourists, but may become suspicious if they sense that you are holding something back, or are purposefully not explaining what is inside that big black box you have in your car.

Tips & Warnings

 
Occasionally, Mexican officials may wish inspect your belongings to ensure that they do not contain contraband. For this reason, it is advisable to pack your scuba gear neatly and in a manner in which it can be easily accessed and repackaged. For extra convenience, you may want to bring the list of items you packed with you to aid the inspection process.
 
Occasionally, Mexican officials may wish inspect your belongings to ensure that they do not contain contraband. For this reason, it is advisable to pack your scuba gear neatly and in a manner in which it can be easily accessed and repackaged. For extra convenience, you may want to bring the list of items you packed with you to aid the inspection process.
 
If you plan to take a diving knife with you on your trip, it is best to contact the Mexican consulate near you to ensure that your knife complies with the law. It is your responsibility to know this before attempting to enter Mexico. If you are in doubt, leave it at home.
 
If you plan to take a diving knife with you on your trip, it is best to contact the Mexican consulate near you to ensure that your knife complies with the law. It is your responsibility to know this before attempting to enter Mexico. If you are in doubt, leave it at home.

Article Written By Diane Hansen

Diane Hansen has a thirst for adventure and loves to share the world through the written word. Currently, she is the feature editor for "TRAVELHOST" magazine and is working on her first novel. She graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2002 with a B.A. in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She has been writing freelance since 1996.

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