Travel & Outdoors
|FMM – The New Mexican Immigration Form|
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June 21, 2010
On April 30, 2010, Mexico launched a brand new form for people entering and exiting the country. As before, passport holders from countries on Mexico’s no visa required list do not need to apply for a formal visa to visit Mexico. They may, instead, use a visitor’s permit which is now known as a Forma Migratoria Multiple, or FMM.
If you’re visiting Mexico from the US or Canada, the following applies to you.
The FMM is not very different from the old form and works in much the same way: As a tourist, you fill out and sign the left-hand (blue) side of the form and fill out numbers 1-7 on the right-hand (green) side of the form and give it to the immigration officials when you arrive at your destination. They will check your documents and stamp and process the form, handing you back the right-hand portion, which you must keep and surrender when you leave Mexico.
When you leave Mexico, you’ll need to fill out item #8 on this form with the airline and flight number of your departing flight. This you’ll turn in to the airline when you check in, just as you always did. If you lose this form, you will have to go to the Immigration desk at the airport and likely pay a fine for another one, so we advise clipping it to your passport, so it can’t be misplaced.
In most cases, your airline will provide you with this form. If not, you will be given one when you arrive in Mexico. It’s that simple.
The above information mostly pertains to tourists coming into Mexico. For those of us who live and work here, the process is slightly different in that we fill out the right-hand portion of the form when we leave Mexico and the other portion when we come back.
For more detailed information for non-tourists and people traveling from countries that require a visa, we recommend Mexperience’s article on Mexico Entry Requirements.