What is a Mexican Tourist Card and where to get it?

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COVID Pandemic has disturbed all departments of traveling. So, before traveling to Mexico, you must be aware of the latest covid rules. You can get this information on the Anterior Ministry of Mexico or natvisa.com.

As of now, entry is allowed in Mexico but you must declare your health condition while applying online for Mexico Tourist Card. The Health Declaration needs to be completed within 12 hours prior to arrival in Mexico.

A Tourist Card also called an FMM (“Forma Migratoria Múltiple”), is a tourist permit that is required for all foreign citizen travelers to Mexico who will not be engaged in any type of remunerated work.

  • Tourist cards may be valid for up to 180 days and allow the holder to remain in Mexico as a tourist for the allotted time.
  • Be sure to hold on to your tourist card and keep it in a safe place, as you will need to hand it in when you are departing the country.
  • Foreign nationals who will be working in Mexico are required to obtain a work visa from the National Immigration Institute (INM).

Border Zone

The border zone, comprised an area roughly 20 km into Mexico from the U.S. border and also included most of Baja California and the Sonora “free zone”.

In the past, travelers who were remaining within the United States border zone for up to 72 hours did not need a tourist card.
However, now a tourist card is required for all non-Mexican visitors to the country who will remain for fewer than six months.

Get your Mexico Tourist Card online

You can fill in the form and you’ll receive the card via email. Print off the card and remember that the Tourist Card must be stamped by an immigration official when you enter Mexico, otherwise, it is not valid.

Mexico Tourist Card is actually a travel document granted by the Mexican Government to foreign travelers who want to travel and stay in Mexico for tourism purposes.

Apply for a tourist card online on the website of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute:

You can get two types of Mexico Tourist Card from Natvisa:

  • Tourist Card – Air is delivered through email and valid for 6 months. You can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days with a single entry. It is available for just $49.
  • Tourist Card – Land will be also delivered via email and valid for 6 months. It is available for just $78 with a single entry.

The online application process for Mexico Tourist Card is very easy on Natvisa. You just have to fill out the online application form and your Mexico Tourist Card will be delivered to your email address. You will print this card and use it on arrival in Mexico.

Upon arrival in Mexico, you will present the filled-in tourist card to the immigration official who will stamp it and write in the number of days that you are allowed to stay in the country.

The maximum is 180 days or six months, but the time actually given is at the discretion of the immigration official (often only 30 to 60 days are granted initially), for longer stays, the tourist card would need to be extended.

Leaving Mexico

Upon leaving the country you must surrender your tourist card to immigration officials. If you do not have your tourist card, or if your tourist card is expired, you may be fined.

If you lose your Tourist Card

If your tourist card is lost or stolen, you will need to pay a fee to get a replacement tourist card at an immigration office, or you may be fined when you’re leaving the country.

Extending your Tourist Card

If you wish to stay in Mexico for longer than the time allotted on your tourist card, you will need to extend it. Under no circumstances is a tourist allowed to stay longer than 180 days.

If you want to stay longer you will have to leave and re-enter the country, or apply for a different type of visa.

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