Your guide to expat life in Mexico

An emerging powerhouse in Latin America

Strategically located between the USA and South America, Mexico’s dynamic business environment attracts many expats from across the world.

A Spanish colony for much of its past, this sprawling country is steeped in history and has rich cultural traditions. Most career-minded expats make their way to Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolises.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 121 million
  • Capital City: Mexico City (also the largest city)
  • Neighbouring Mexico: United States of America, Belize and Guatemala.
  • Main languages: Spanish is the official language, but English is widely spoken, especially in the bigger towns and cities.
  • Time: Mexico spans four time zones. Pacific Time is GMT−8, Mountain Time is GMT−7, Central Time is GMT−6 and Eastern Time is GMT−5. In all states except Sonora, clocks move forward an hour in March and back an hour in November.

Visit as many places in Mexico as you can because there is so much to see and do.

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Relocation Checklist

Our checklists give you a comprehensive overview of the kinds of things you need to do before you move and also what to consider in your first few months in your new country.

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Have an open mind, be proactive and determined to participate in the local life.

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