Sanborn’s Mexico Auto Insurance is proud to be a title sponsor for the 2018 Rocky Point Rally. Join us in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico from Nov. 8-11, 2018 for The Greatest Motorcycle Rally South of the Border.
Before crossing to Mexico, put a plan in place. What can you do to make sure you and your bike stay safe during this weekend full of fun? How should you prepare before you arrive in town?
At Rocky Point, you can experience once-in-a-lifetime hospitality, attractions, excursions and charity opportunities. You are in for a great time when you join the party. Still, plan ahead, and don’t let potential safety hazards stop you from enjoying yourself.
Travel Considerations Before Your International Departure
Most Rocky Point attendees arrive by bike, of course. You can access Puerto Peñasco from San Diego, Tucson, El Paso and Phoenix using the U.S. interstate system and major Mexican highways. Still, when you visit Rocky Point, you will travel internationally. Before travel, consider:
- Your immigration and customs needs
- Personal and bike safety during your stay
- International insurance requirements
Mexican Border Crossing Regulations
You will face a customs inspection both when arriving and departing Mexico. You’ll need to have all appropriate documentation in hand. Motorcyclists entering the country will generally need to present:
- A valid, active U.S. Passport or Passport Card, or the green card of your country of residence
- Your driver’s license with motorcycle endorsements
- A vehicle import permit for your bike. Most of Sonora (including Rocky Point) is a free zone. This means you do not need this permit to travel to the event. However, if you plan to ride outside this area, you will need the permit.
- Proof of motorcycle insurance.
- Customs declarations forms. If you plan to bring more than $10,000 cash into the country, you will have to declare it.
Most U.S. citizens do not have to present a tourist visa to enter Mexico. Still, some visa exceptions exist.
- If you reside in the U.S. but are not a U.S. citizen, you might need a visa.
- If you plan on staying in Mexico longer than 180 days, you might need one as well.
- If you are a citizen of a country that requires a tourist visa, you might have to get one.
Remember, you cannot transport weapons, drugs or other illegal items into the country. To learn more, contact the U.S. State Department or your local Mexican Consulate.
International Insurance Requirements
Your American bike insurance will become void in Mexico. You must buy Mexican motorcycle insurance to have coverage during your stay. This policy will conform closely with Mexican insurance requirements and industry trends. It’ll include protection like:
- Liability coverage if you cause an accident that harms someone else or their vehicle.
- Physical damage protection for damage to your own bike. You can choose the option to have your bike repaired in the U.S. or Mexico.
- Legal defense coverage to provide counsel or bail if you become detained following a wreck.
- Medical payments insurance in case you get hurt and face medical bills
- Gap insurance
- Roadside assistance
- Possessions insurance for items like your gear
Sanborn’s Insurance is proud to offer a specialized package for Rocky Point visitors. We can make your policy active only for the duration of your stay south of the border. Just call one of our agents, and we’ll make sure you get the protection you need. We’ll walk you through your coverage to make sure you understand where you do and don’t have protection.
We’ll also gladly help you explore other travel insurance, such as international medical coverage. If you face a health crisis during your trip, your standard health insurance may not cover you. Let us help you get protection.
Safety and Security During Your Stay
The Rocky Point Rally prides itself on being a safe, welcoming environment for bike enthusiasts from across North and Central America. However, everyone must take safety and security into account when visiting Mexico. Keep these tips in mind during your visit:
- Helmet and gear requirements exist sporadically in Mexico. However, this doesn’t minimize the importance of wearing safety gear at all times.
- Stick to major highways and toll roads. Generally, these are the best-maintained thoroughfares in the country.
- Some risks of highway bandits and robbery exist in parts of the country. Generally, it is not a good idea to stop for anyone except the police.
- Avoid riding at night. Poor lighting, loose livestock and highway crime might all prove prevalent at night. When arriving for the rally, remember that some customs offices close at night.
- Driving and pedestrian practices will vary in Mexico. It helps to slow down, pay attention to the road and use excessive caution.
- Use all safety precautions when parking and exhibiting your bike. Use your security system liberally.
The Rocky Point Rally is a fantastic experience with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts. Just make sure you take care of yourself and your vehicle during your travels. Let Sanborn’s Insurance help you meet that goal. We'll see you there!