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#1 MrsV-to-be

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    Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:02 PM

    I am getting married at EDR next month, and I was just sent the email below.

    Email:
    "The Mexican Government has implemented a new policy for foreigners
    working here in Mexico.
    If your photographer is not a Mexican Citizen, and she's receiving payment
    for her services, she must have a Mexican Government permission to work in
    this Country. If they are professional photographers (With professional
    equipment, lenses, tripod's etc)
    Karisma is charging a 500 usd fee to allow this services at the Hotel.
    Please let me know the name of your photographer. In case you are brining
    someone from Canada /US, if your photographer is a Mexican Citizen, we will
    request for him / her to show the Hotel their working documents (in order to
    declare taxes)
    I apologize for the inconviences this may cause you, unfortunately this are
    new Hotel / Mexican Government policies, the hotel has been sanctioned for
    permitting professional foreigner photograhers working at the Hotel, with no
    working permission from the Government."

    Has anyone heard about this?
    I am not paying the infamous $500 photographer fee that Karisma charges for outside photographers. I got around it because I booked before this really became a policy and also because my photographers are staying for a week.
    So my first inclination was that this is a way that karisma is trying to get me to pay it anyway. thoughts??

    #2 starchild

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      Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:07 PM

      Jusr curious as to how they get government permission - is it just a work permit/paperwork kind of thing?

      #3 MrsV-to-be

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        Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:11 PM

        I have NO idea! I've sent an email off to the WC asking for more information - but thought I would be proactive to see if anyone has even heard of this as well.
        From the email, it sounds like Karisma has already had their hands slapped for it - so it can't be that new of a government policy. So I am not impressed that they are springing this on us 1 month before the wedding.

        #4 jmill130

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          Posted 01 April 2008 - 07:18 PM

          Sounds strange... check in to it! So sorry

          How do they know? Who will tur them in?

          #5 beachbride08

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            Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:34 PM

            This seems strange to me. I am bringing in an outside photographer and the resort's (Iberostar Lindo) charge is $300 since we are not hiring their photographer. They never asked me who my photographer was but I don't think it would be an issue anyway since she is from Mexico.
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            #6 amyh

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              Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:37 PM

              Did the hotel send this to you??

              #7 MrsV-to-be

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                Posted 01 April 2008 - 11:15 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by amyh
                Did the hotel send this to you??
                Yes they did. and it's the Hotel that is asking for the $500 for some reason!

                #8 amyh

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                  Posted 01 April 2008 - 11:17 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by MrsV-to-be
                  Yes they did. and it's the Hotel that is asking for the $500 for some reason!

                  Wow, so is El Dorado part of Karisma?

                  #9 MikkiStreak

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                    Posted 01 April 2008 - 11:17 PM

                    I think they're blowing smoke up your butt because it's only a month before the wedding. I'd probably demand some type of "official" information. An email from a resort that has become well-known for their stance about photographers, is a little suspicious to me. Especially since it's geared toward photography--- not other vendors who could be brought in from out of the country (like videographers, or ministers, etc...); their email specifially referenced photographers and nothing else.

                    I would also call the US Embassy in Mexico to confirm/deny this information before responding to the email. But, I know your Canadian, so I don't have any familiarity with Canadian resources that could provide you with more information about this.

                    #10 MikkiStreak

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                      Posted 01 April 2008 - 11:27 PM

                      Ok, the way this sounds---- it seems as if Canadian residents entering Mexico provide "proof" they are entering Mexico without the intent of long-term employment, and that's about it.

                      Temporary Entry into the United States and Mexico - The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

                      I tried going to the Canadian Embassy site listed, but get an error (something between the two sites isn't communicating properly).




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