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Mexico drama reminder of why we need to listen to the pros


Because nobody wants to be locked up in a detention centre

Melbourne woman Kylie Bretag, who is set for deportation from Mexico tomorrow following almost a week in detention, might have avoided the ordeal if she’d checked out the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s travel advice site smartraveller.gov.au, rather than heeding advice from user review sites.

 

“Visitors crossing by land at the US/Mexico border must obtain a tourist card upon arrival to Mexico from the closest immigration office (Instituto Nacional de Migración) to the land border crossing,” the government site reads.

 

“All tourists are required to have their passport stamped for entry into Mexico. It is your responsibility to obtain a Multiple Immigration Form (FMM) upon entry into Mexico and failure to do so may result in a fine, detention or expulsion.”

 

Friends of Ms Bretag have claimed that following advice posted on TripAdvisor Ms Bretag walked the border at San Diego to “save money”, News.com.au reported.

 

Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, Ms Bretag’s friends claimed that Ms Bretag did try to ask an official, but was “waved on”.

 

Travellers crossing by land into Mexico can do so on foot, via bicycle, their own or a hired vehicle, or making use of buses such as Mexicoach (which costs less than a burrito).

 

Image courtesy of Facebook.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 27 October 2014


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