What is a Mexican Tourist Card?
- The FMM is a document that is issued by the Instituto Nacional de Migración (INAMI)
- The FMM is also called a “Tourist Card” or “Visa”
- It is a vacation card (for stays more than 72 hours, and beyond the border areas)
- It is valid for up to 180 days
- It costs approximately $20 per person
- *Keep the FMM Tourist Card safe, and record the document number in case you lose it (or take a photo of it with your phone)
How do I get the FMM Tourist Card?
- Immediately as you cross the border you will see an office for SAT or INM.
- Park your vehicle, go into the office, fill the form ($20-$25)
- You will need to pay for the FMM Tourist Card at the Banorte or Banamex which will have an office very close
- Return to INM office to have your entrance stamped
- The FMM Tourist Card is not available online at this time
Who Needs the FMM Tourist Card?
- Any tourist to Mexico traveling to the interior of Mexico, or staying longer than 72 hours in Mexico
- All tourists including children need a tourist card
When to get the FMM Tourist Card and When to Return it?
- As soon as you cross the border, stop and get your tourist card (FMM)
- When you return to the border after your vacation, the instructions tell you to return the FMM to the immigration office (INM). If you are vacationing in Baja returning the FMM is not necessary at this time
Why to get the FMM Tourist Card?
- It is a federal requirement in Mexico to have tourists properly documented as they enter and exit the country
- Some states in Mexico have shown great flexibility with the FMM Tourist Card (Baja in Particular)
Where to get the FMM Tourist Card?
- Immediately as your cross the border you will see immigration offices, look for “Imigracion” or “INM” or “SAT”
- The immigration office in Mexico works closely with the banks – so you will also see Banorte or Banamex – these banks are where you pay for your FMM Tourist Card