When Linda and I flew to Florida back in early March to assist a family member in need, we had no idea that it would be almost two months before we would be returning to our home in the Riviera Maya.
That’s back when the world was somewhat normal. You remember those times. People could eat at restaurants, get their hair done by professionals and wearing a mask in a bank was a no-no.
Anyway, our original plan was stay in Florida for about a month. We figured that would be enough a time to address the family situation at hand and be back before our 60-day exit/return permit expired.
I guess I should back up and explain that 60-day exit/return permit thing a little more.
Linda and I are in the process of transitioning from temporary residents to permanent residents in Mexico. During this time, we are only allowed to leave the country if we obtain special permission from immigration, and even then only for a maximum of 60 days.
Here’s the kicker. We had been waiting for our permanent resident cards for over seven months when we flew out. Six days after arriving in the States, we received notification that they were ready.
Isn’t that how it always seems to go?!
Time’s Almost Up!
Our first scheduled return flight to Mexico was supposed to be direct but was later changed to include a layover in Atlanta. Since we still had 30 days remaining on the permit, we decided to cancel that flight and see how things progressed over the next few weeks.
In the beginning of May, JetBlue resumed their direct flights from Orlando to Cancun. With our permits about to expire, we decided it was time to head back home.
A Very Surreal Travel Experience
It wasn’t difficult to maintain social distancing while at the Orlando airport. There was hardly anyone there. It’s hard to believe that this is the 10th busiest airport in the United States.
The plane wasn’t much different. There were only three passengers, including us.
In the comments section on our Facebook page, some of our followers were asking if we had to show some type of proof of residency in Mexico — we did not.
Back in Cancun!
As soon as we stepped off the plane, we were handed a health questionnaire to fill out. There was a also a small health station set up near immigration to check the temperature of arriving passengers.
The only other passenger that we saw the entire time we were at the airport was the one that arrived on our flight.
Let’s Wrap This Up
It’s great to be home! Our plan is to spend the next 14 days in self-isolation and enjoying each other’s company until we can once again interact with other human beings. Thank goodness we still like each other after all these years!
Take care and stay healthy.