Customs restrictions on laptops and iPads
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 18, 2012 6:36 AM Last Post By: patywolf
Nov 17, 2012 10:56 AM
Customs restrictions on laptops and iPadsHi there,
Has anyone experienced problems taking a laptop and an iPad through customs in Mexico or any country in Latin America? I read somewhere that they sometimes consider an iPad to be the same as a computer and will only allow one through customs.
thank you for any advice on this.
Nov 17, 2012 4:21 PM
1Just one says the goverrnment website: http://www.aduanas.sat.gob.mx/aduana_mexico/2008/pasajeros/139_10210.html
Nov 17, 2012 6:31 PM
2I just went to Mexico with both a laptop and an iPad....no one at customs said a word.
Nov 17, 2012 9:45 PM
3It is really not very clear. The customs website that Rolly mentioned states that you can bring one computer, but it also states that you can bring 3 portable apparatuses for use with cellular or other wireless networks. Customs has not clarified on its website in which category they consider iPads and other tablets. Sometimes if you store the devices in separate bags they will not notice that both belong to you when they go through the X-Ray, making this a non-issue. If they do notice, however, and do consider the iPad to be a computer, which they do here in Mexico City, you will have to pay the tax on the lowest priced item minus $300. So, if you have a receipt that says you paid $400 for your computer, you should only have to pay tax on $100.
Nov 18, 2012 1:03 AM
Nov 18, 2012 6:36 AM
5Not really necessary to bring either as then you have to worry about them being stolen. Mexico is full of inter net cafes that can be used cheaply. If you do insist on taking these items get insurance that will cover their loss if stolen.
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