Planning to travel to Mexico but you are confused about what kind of visa you need? No worries! Mexico has very easy visa rules. You probably won’t even need a visa.
Most people visiting Mexico can enter the country on an FMM, a Forma Migratoria Multiple.
This is a visitors pass that equals what other countries would call a visa.
The FMM which you can fill out online. Before entering the country is validated by the immigration officer at the border. There are 2 types of FMM, for those travelling by land and those flying into the country. The link to the government website where you can fill out the original and up to date form is at the end of the article.
the immigration officer will grant you up to 180 days in Mexico and hand you back the lower part of the immigration form
When arriving and going to the border control, you hand over your valid passport and your form, The immigration officer will stamp the lower part of the form and hand it back to you. It will allow you a stay of the exact amount of days the officer fills in on the form, usually, that is 180 days. (NOTE: NOT 6 months, but 180 days!!)
Keep your part of the visitors pass in a safe place, f.e. with your passport because you will need it when you have to identify yourself or leave the country by air.
When departing from Mexico by air you hand over this pass when you check-in for your flight. Without this, you cannot check-in.
When you lose it, you have to get a new one at the nearest immigration office or before your flight departs at the airport. It takes a lot of time to process a new FMM and you have to pay a fine for losing it. Make sure you are on time and will not miss your flight.
Facts about the FMM or Mexican Tourist Card
The FMM is a document issued by Mexico’s INM (Instituto Nacional de Migración aka INM or Immigration)
It is a tourist card or tourist “visa” but officially it is not a visa
Issued to passport holders of countries that do NOT need a visa to enter Mexico
Obtained at an INM office at the border or online on the Government Website
You need a valid passport
The stamped FMM is valid for your entire stay in Mexico up to 180 days
Price of the FMM in 2020, MXN 575 (US$ 30 or 27.50 Euros) per person
The FMM is FREE if the trip is 7 days or less and you cross by land
Jeanette, a Dutch female nomad, started to travel the world at the age of 17. Walker of beaches, shell searcher and iPhone photographer. Writer and owner of two websites
Currently, she lives in Mexico.
She is an emigration coach and works online.