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Old 08-27-12, 10:43 PM
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Vitamin pills at borders central/s America?

Hey guys! I'm biking from LA TO rio in a month and I wanted to bring along some daily vitamins and anti oxidant pills... However, I don't want to be arrested at the Mexican border for having a bag of pills?! Does anyone with experience know anything about this kind of scenario? How big a search they do of bike tourers and if they'd believe you if you told them they were just vitamins? maybe I'm over thinking everything way too much
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Old 08-27-12, 11:33 PM
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As long as they are in their original container, you should have no problems with vitamins. Bike tourists rarely get checked at the border unless you get a red light when crossing. If you do, the search is generally minimal. Be prepared, however, for sporadic military checkpoints in all of Mexico's northern territory, all the way to Nayarit. If you're going through Baja, I've heard you'll have a pretty thorough customs and immigration inspection in La Paz just before boarding the ferry to mainland. BTW, don't forget to get your visa (at your first entry city) and keep the "paid" receipt at all times. You can only get a tourist visa at the border which costs $26. If you lose it you'll be forced to get USD $140 FM3 visa.

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Old 08-28-12, 03:17 AM
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When doing any border crossing, always keep medications in their original bottles. And it's not a bad idea to carry a letter from your Dr telling anyone who reads it that you need these things.
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Old 08-28-12, 09:42 AM
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Good idea to keep pills in original containers as already advised. Just wanted to add, while crossing borders between Mexico and Panama (all countries) three years ago, never once did anyone want to rummage through my belongings. That could have changed, I don't know. But at that time they were only interested in the paperwork being done and the fees being paid.
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Old 08-28-12, 10:52 AM
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Thanks a lot for all the help guys!! Excellent to know and be prepared, I was thinking of putting them all in ziplock bags for space but definitely seems wiser to just use the original containers, thanks!!
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if the bottles are also un opened, tape sealed. all the less Q's
particularly northbound back into US
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
if the bottles are also un opened, tape sealed. all the less Q's
particularly northbound back into US
Kind of difficult to use them from un-opened bottle though....

I would definitely take un-opened bottles to cross into Mexico. If you will be riding back, I would just dump whatever you have left before crossing the border back to US to avoid potential problems.
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