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Bringing Underwater Camera Gear to Dive in Mexico?

it just may cost you

from the October, 2019 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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If you travel to Baja California with lots of camera gear, you better have a pocketful of cash. Mexican Customs and Immigration officials are slamming divers with a tax on their photo gear when they pass through Los Cabos Airport Customs, and most likely elsewhere. Undercurrent published a letter by Rene Cote (Richmond, VA) about it in July.

The latest victim is subscriber Mary Anne Pedoto (Hamilton, OH), who told us, "my Pelican case was searched at immigration in August, and they pulled everything out that looked like camera gear, including my small drone. They wanted to know what the value of these things was, before informing me that there is now a 60 percent tax on all camera gear and drones.

"I was taken into another room, and there were two other women who had been tagged as well. I was tapped for $192; the others had smaller equipment and got by with less. They did give me a piece of paper [recibo or factura -- receipt] that said my camera gear is covered for [re-entry] for a year. Since I have another trip in February, I hope this is true, but I don't trust that piece of paper. They only got me for my Nauticam GH5 housing and the drone. The Panasonic Lumix GH5, four Sola lights and Olympus lens were hidden in my backpack....

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