This document (commonly
called a Tourist Card), is the Mexican governments permission for
you to enter the country and visit as a tourist.
This double sided form is
provided by your airline and filled out on the airplane just before you
land in Mexico. Immigration officials will stamp your visa, and
enter the number of days you will be allowed to remain in Mexico,
normally 30 days.
Make sure you have your Hotel name, Street name and number with
your carry on luggage, as you need them for the Domicillio en
It must be returned to
Mexican Customs just before leaving Mexico. Without it you
cannot go home (at least not without problems and delays). You
could miss your plane, and if you loose it, you WILL have to
pay $421+ Pesos for a replacement.
Tourist are limited to
activities defined by the FMM category, which means they cannot
work or do other activities that doesn't involve holidaying.
Political rallies are a definite No! No! Visitors can be
immediately expelled from the country if they violate their
tourist status or stay longer than their Visa allows.
You may be asked for it by Mexican authorities or officials
(police or military) to prove that you are legally in the country.
Your maximum stay in Mexico
using an FMM is limited to 180days, with the initial period set
at 30 or 90 days and can be renewed only once. There is a fee for
renewing. For stays over 180 days you would have to apply in
advance for a different kind of Visa.
"Do Not Loose This Document"
Avoid "Red Tape" by always
knowing where your FMM visa is.
Keep it in a safe place with your passport and air-line tickets.
Lost FMM's: If you loose
your tourist card, you need to advise Mexican Immigrations
immediately to obtain an exit permit. Don't wait until the day of
your departure flight! Be prepared to show proof of citizenship
and your airline ticket.