Koala From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 69 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2169 times:
I will be leaving for Mexico in a couple of days, and I was wondering if it is a good idea to bring my "communications receiver" or not. I have not brought it anywhere since Sept. 11, and I'm not sure if Mexico is one of those paranoid countries. So, if anyone knows the laws and/or how the officials would react to me listening to ATC with my scanner (mainly in Puerto Vallarta), please let me know. Many thanks.
2912n From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 2013 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
I would leave it at home. Chances are you would have no problem, but....I am not sure if they have laws covering use of scanners but it can lead to unwelcome problems. Mexican law beleives that you are guilty until you prove your innocence, which means if you violate the law you go to jail. Period. And it is a serious problem to get you out. Beautiful country, greeat people, legal system sucks. (Just err on the side of caution. )
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2137 times:
Contact the nearest Mexican embassy or consulate and ask. If they say it's OK, ask for a written and signed letter in Spanish and English and take that with you. If someone then complains, you have an official document permitting you to bring it.