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Requirements for visiting Mexico 🇲🇽 as a tourist (FMM, "tourist card", visa, etc.)

Requirements for visiting Mexico 🇲🇽 as a tourist (FMM, "tourist card", visa, etc.)

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The immigration requirements herein apply particularly to US Citizens and residents, though Canadian requirements are similar and listed in a following post (#6). Citizens of other countries should use the TIMATIC link below to determine entry requirements for Mexico; TIMATIC is what the airlines use to see if you have met the entry requirements of your transit and destination countries (and whether you will board or not).

Most visitors are issued "Forma Migratoria Múltiple para Extranjeros", abbreviated "FMM" or often called "TOURIST CARDS", valid for UP TO 180 days (but check how many days you are given by the admitting immigration officer). You must retain the portion returned to you and turn it in upon leaving México. Lose it and you will be delayed (required to fill out paperwork) and fined.

These requirements could theoretically change at any time; please check with the INM link shown below, as this thread may not be up to date and relied upon for specific Mexican government requirements, though the OP will attempt to keep it up to date. PLEASE READ THE OP THOROUGHLY.

See this official page to learn what you can, and can not, import into Mexico
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Old Aug 10, 16, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by LPCJr View Post
I stand corrected then. My experience is at CUN. I didn't see any manned immigration stations and the GA collected it when scanning BPs. I guess the procedure varies dependent on location.
Fair enough; I was, and am geniuenly curious as I will be sending more employees to other parts of Mexico this year, and going more myself expanding outside MID and VER. All biz travel though so likely no CUN :-( I'd guess with all the tourists in CUN it kind of makes sense to have the gate agents do it.

I do know they threaten one with fines if the form is not handed back in on departure.
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Old Aug 15, 16, 5:21 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyingHoustonian View Post
But I am saying, I fly to Merida for business very often, and at MID it is not done at the gate, it is done in the terminal at a formal Federally manned immigration booth where they can, and sometimes do, ask questions on exit; thus my question above. In fact, my last trip to MEX, granted some time ago, and VER several weeks ago had the same Federal immigration officials at manned desks taking the cards well before the gate.

From what was said above, it seems like it is being promoted as always happening at the gate or by airline personnel which is not ('always') correct.
Originally Posted by FlyingHoustonian View Post
Fair enough; I was, and am geniuenly curious as I will be sending more employees to other parts of Mexico this year, and going more myself expanding outside MID and VER. All biz travel though so likely no CUN :-( I'd guess with all the tourists in CUN it kind of makes sense to have the gate agents do it.

I do know they threaten one with fines if the form is not handed back in on departure.

The procedure at MEX was a formal one in the past. It appears the collection of the retained portion of the "tourist card" may be the result of a less centralized decision-making process (somewhat surprising in Mexico).

My advice:

Remind your employees the law requires them to keep the retained form until they depart Mexico; they can be fined if they fail to produce it on exit or if requested to present it by officials, and the procedure for getting the proper process done prior to departure in cases where the form has been lost can cause one to miss their scheduled flight.

Tell them the procedure for collecting the retained portion of the form may vary: they may have to produce it at a formal migración departure queue, or at the airline ticket counter. I'd go so far as to tell them if nobody has collected it by the time they board that they give it to the gate agents (even if they appear confused), as it is supposed to be turned in by law.

Though Mexico hasn't shown they track (or have the ability to track) returned forms, it is always possible they might begin doing so. As one who has dealt extensively with various state and Federal bureaucracies in Mexico for at least six decades as both a Mexican and as an American, I'd worry some bright, shiny day some petty burócrata will decide to create barriers for someone who did not have their (now) exit form collected upon departure - possibly impeding their return to Mexico and my ability to carry out my business as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
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Old Aug 3, 17, 1:33 pm
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Does anyone have any experience with the relatively new online version of the FMM form ... that you can complete online and print before you fly?

Here's the English language version of the form:
https://www.inm.gob.mx/fmme/publico/en/solicitud.html

And here's the overview page (in Spanish):
https://www.gob.mx/inm/articulos/fmm...aerea?idiom=es

It could be a way to save a bit of time, and to avoid the pains caused by the airline not having the forms on board your flight.

I'm intrigued to know if anyone's used this, and what the experience has been?
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Old Sep 7, 17, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by FlyerJ View Post
Does anyone have any experience with the relatively new online version of the FMM form ... that you can complete online and print before you fly?

Here's the English language version of the form:
https://www.inm.gob.mx/fmme/publico/en/solicitud.html

And here's the overview page (in Spanish):
https://www.gob.mx/inm/articulos/fmm...aerea?idiom=es

It could be a way to save a bit of time, and to avoid the pains caused by the airline not having the forms on board your flight.

I'm intrigued to know if anyone's used this, and what the experience has been?
Hi All

I entered yesterday using the new online form. I filled it out online a week ago and printed it out. However, beware of this trick.

The form is a double-sided form. Even though you are not required to fill out anything on the reverse side they still need it.

And here's the important bit:

You MUST print out your online form as a double-sided page, not 2 pages ( like I had done ).

REPEAT:
The online form must be printed double-sided on 1 page. If you do it as 2 separate pages they will make you manually fill out a form.

I had done it as 2 separate pages, but fortunately while I was standing in the queue, I noticed they were giving another person a hard time about 2 pages and made him get back in the queue and do it manually.

On seeing this, while still in the queue, I grabbed a card and hand-filled it out. When I got to the agent, I handed her my online version to see what would happen and she waved a finger at me and told me no no no.

Luckily, I had the manual form and handed it so I didn't experience a further delay.

I hope this helps. And a tip: Take a pen with you.
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Old Mar 7, 18, 11:11 pm
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Originally Posted by RabbitohRob View Post
Hi All

I entered yesterday using the new online form. I filled it out online a week ago and printed it out. However, beware of this trick.

The form is a double-sided form. Even though you are not required to fill out anything on the reverse side they still need it.

And here's the important bit:

You MUST print out your online form as a double-sided page, not 2 pages ( like I had done ).

REPEAT:
The online form must be printed double-sided on 1 page. If you do it as 2 separate pages they will make you manually fill out a form.

I had done it as 2 separate pages, but fortunately while I was standing in the queue, I noticed they were giving another person a hard time about 2 pages and made him get back in the queue and do it manually.

On seeing this, while still in the queue, I grabbed a card and hand-filled it out. When I got to the agent, I handed her my online version to see what would happen and she waved a finger at me and told me no no no.

Luckily, I had the manual form and handed it so I didn't experience a further delay.

I hope this helps. And a tip: Take a pen with you.
I understand the FMME needs to be double sided, but does it need to be printed in color or does black and white suffice?
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Old Apr 27, 18, 9:18 am
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Originally Posted by okamzikprosim View Post
I understand the FMME needs to be double sided, but does it need to be printed in color or does black and white suffice?
B&W was accepted entering at PVR yesterday. Make sure when you print double sided to flip on the long side of the paper- the right half of the front is the exit "tear-off" to be kept with you until departing and should have the exit stamp box on the back of it. And since it will be torn off, should be ok to fold it in half in the middle between the two columns.

Filling out the form, the address in Mexico box has a very short character limit. It allowed the short hotel name and just part of the street address. Definitely no room for the phone number. Since the instructions said the agent will not be able to modify any fields, I didn't bother to handwrite in the remaining requested info.

Agent was very quick with the form. Scan, hit a couple keys on her computer, open to a seemingly random passport page, stamp stamp stamp, tear form and hand back. Next!

I should also add that there were both airline's staff and then immigration/airport staff were prescreening FMM forms along the walk from the jet bridge to Immigration. Both just glanced at our printed forms like it appeared we knew what we were doing. Hah!

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Old Apr 27, 18, 12:33 pm
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Online Customs declaration

Came across a link to the online version of the Customs declaration form on Trip Advisor, to compliment the FMM:

Welcome to Mexico
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Entered at Reynosa (terrestrial crossing). Paid a fee since I was leaving the region (to Veracruz and CDMX). Fine.

However, upon queuing at the gate for my flight from GDL (in transit from MEX), airline reps. said I had to leave the terminal to go to a “migration booth” at departures, in order to get an “exit by air” stamp on the immigration document. Good thing I queued up early, otherwise Colimal might have erupted in a new home.
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