Mexico Tourist Card: How To Fill The Multiple Immigration Form (FMM) Online

Written By: Nikhita Rathod

Jun 22, 2022

8 min read

Traveling to Mexico from the US was never too difficult. However, recently there has been a whole host of stipulations and requirements. But worry not, I will update you on all the requirements and tell you everything there is to know.

Mexico tourist card is essential for a visitor to enter Mexico when traveling either by air, land, or sea. Let me give you all the details that you will ever need regarding this tourist card.

What Is A Mexico Tourist Card?

Mexican Tourist Card, also known as Forma Migratoria Múltiple, Multiple Immigration Form or FMM, is a permit that grants foreign citizens entry to Mexico. It is popularly known as a tourist visa, although it is not an actual visa and does not replace a visa.

All travelers traveling from the US to Mexico must apply for a Mexican Tourist Card. Keep in mind that a Mexican Tourist Visa is only applicable if you are traveling to Mexico for pleasure, vacation, or recreational purposes and NOT going to Mexico to seek employment.

Take note that if your nationality requires you to have a Mexican visa to travel to Mexico, you will have to apply for a visa at your nearest embassy in addition to the Mexican Tourist Card (Not for US citizens).

This document must be completed by each traveler wish to enter Mexico, including children. Remember, there are no exemptions for this form, including for children.

If you do not have this document for whatever reason, you will not be allowed to enter Mexico, but don't stress; these Mexican travel requirements are pretty simple to obtain, and we will walk you through the process step by step.

Update: As of March 2022, it is NOT necessary to fill out the Health Questionnaire to fly to/from Mexico.

How To Get A Mexico Tourist Card?

Obtaining a Mexico Tourist Card is not difficult at all. In fact, there are several ways you can get one.

These are the following ways to get a Mexico Tourist Card:

  • You can get it from a Mexican embassy in your country or your jurisdiction
  • On your flight, the cabin crew will distribute it before landing, of which the price is included in the airline ticket
  • If it is not distributed by the airline, you can also get it at an immigration counter at a Mexican airport
  • When traveling by sea, you can get one at the seaport
  • When traveling through a land border, you can get one at the border crossing by stopping at an immigration office
  • You can also fill out the form FMM application online

What Information Do I Need To Fill A Mexico Tourist Card?

Filling out the Mexico Tourist Card or FMM form is not challenging. As long as you have all the required information, filling it out will feel like a breeze and barely take 10 minutes.

Let me tell you what information you need so that you can fill the form quickly:

  • Contact information
  • Passport information
  • Full Name of the Hotel or address in Mexico
  • Arrival flight information
  • Email to send you the Tourist Card

Additionally, you will need a printer to print the Mexico Tourist Card.

How To Apply For Mexico Tourist Card Online?

Fortunately, filling out the online FMM form is not difficult, and you do not require many documents either. However, to apply for your Tourist Card, ensure that your passport is valid and is not due to expire soon (no less than 6 months).

Go to the Forma Migratoria Multiple application portal.

Please note that before you start to fill out the form, you need to disable your pop-up blocker in your browser and be sure that you have downloaded and installed Adobe Reader. In addition, this form can't be filled on mobile - if, on a mobile device, we recommend using Atlys.

It is important to note that fields with a "*" are required. Be sure to fill out these fields, as your form will not be submitted if you have not filled out these fields.

The application process when traveling by land is the same as the process for entry by air mentioned above. The only difference is that you should select the "By Land" option when you start.

Entry Information

You must fill in your entry details such as means of entry, port of entry, date of arrival and departure, alien name, and flight number. You can find all this information on your flight itinerary. Be sure to recheck the information to avoid any small mistakes.

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Personal Information

Remember to add your full name (first and second name) in the name (s) field. If you are unsure, you should never forget to use the exact details from your passport. Additionally, you need to enter your gender, date of birth, nationality, and country of birth.

For example, if you've recently changed your legal name or surname, but this is not yet reflected on your passport, you must use the name on your passport. Failure to do so may result in you being denied entry into Mexico.

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Identification document

You can find the information necessary on your passport information page. The "Document number(Confirmation)" field is only to ensure that the information that you have inserted into the "Document number" is identical to the "Document number(Confirmation)" field.

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Place of residence

This refers to your current address where you are currently staying.

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Trip information

Enter information relevant to where you will stay once you have entered Mexico.

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Email

Ensure that you enter your correct contact information, i.e., your email address, and lastly, you must enter the valid verification code. Then, if the verification code is challenging to read, you can generate a new one instead of the "Try another one" button.

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After completing the form, you can save the information you have provided and download your application. Once you have downloaded the application form, it will look like this.

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Mexico Tourist Card For People Traveling By Land

If you wish to travel by land and want to get your Mexican tourist card online, you must follow and fill out the form similar to what I showed you. However, towards the end, you will be asked to pay. Here is how it will look:

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You must click on "send your information," and it will direct you to the web page of Banjército to pay for your application.

IMPORTANT You MUST PRINT the downloaded form before you travel.

How Much Is The Mexico Tourist Card Fee?

Since 2021, the fee for a Tourist Card is 594.00 Pesos (appx USD 30) per person or free if your trip is 7 days or less when crossing by land. However, the Mexico Tourist Card Fees are prone to change without notice.

When paying online, you can pay for your Mexico Tourist Card using a debit card or a credit card. However, you must pay with the exact cash when paying for it at the border zone.

Also, note that when you select traveling "by air" on the online form or flying with a major commercial airline, the Tourist Card is free for all passengers.

What Is The Validity Of A Mexico Tourist Card?

A Mexico Tourist Card is issued and valid for a single entry for 180 days. However, the immigration officers at the point of entry decide the number of days you are given. For example, you could be given an FMM for 30, 60, or 90 days instead of the entire 180, and you must leave before the expiration date on the Mexico Tourist Card.

Remember that the Mexico Tourist Card must get stamped at the border crossing.

Can You Extend A Mexico Tourist Card?

No, you cannot extend a Mexico Tourist Card beyond 180 days if the card was issued for that period of time. Mexico Temporary Resident Visas are required for anyone who plans to stay in Mexico for more than 180 days.

It is possible to extend your Forma Migratoria Múltiple to a full 180 days if the immigration official at the Mexico point of entry gave you one for less than the maximum duration of the card (e.g., 60 days instead of 180).

If you want to extend your Tourist Card in Mexico, you should contact an immigration center. However, the application isn't always successful as many immigration officers do not grant Mexico Tourist Card extensions.

If you stay beyond the validity of your Tourist Card, a fine will be assessed. You must pay the fine at the immigration office in Mexico or the immigration center at the airport if you stay in Mexico beyond the validity of your Tourist Card. In addition, you will need an exit visa.

In the event that you lose the Mexico Tourist Card, you must go to an immigration office in Mexico to receive a replacement. A replacement fee is charged in addition.

What Are The Entry Requirements For Non US Citizens Traveling To Mexico?

If foreign nationals wish to visit Mexico, they must meet the entry requirements corresponding to their country. However, Permanent residents or Green Card holders do not need to acquire a Mexican visa to enter Mexico; they have the same rights as a US national.

For foreign nationals of other countries, they must have the following:

  • A valid passport for at least 6 months
  • A valid visa
  • FMM form
  • FMM fees

To obtain a Mexico visa, check your country's visa requirements, the visa application process, processing times, and visa fees on your country's Mexico Embassy page, or get more information on Atlys.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Travel Documents Do I Need When For Mexico?

The citizens of the USA and Canada need a valid passport and a filled FMM form that a Mexican Immigration Authority must stamp.

Do US Citizens Need A Passport To Travel To Mexico?

You can find out all the information on this topic HERE

Do I Need A Health Declaration Form When Traveling To Mexico?

NO. The Health Declaration form is no longer required to enter Mexico.

Currently, there are no covid-19-related requirements in place in Mexico. Therefore, you do not need proof of vaccination or proof of covid test to enter or leave Mexico.

However, you might be asked to fill out a health questionnaire at the port of entry or place of accommodation in Mexico. These questions are standard questions used to evaluate your health and well-being.

You must wear a mask in Mexico when out in public.

Do I need to take a COVID-19 test before returning to the US?

Yes, American travelers traveling back from Mexico to the US will need to have a negative COVID-19 test result. You must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 1 day before your flight into the US or proof of recovery if you've recovered from COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

You can carry a RapidReturn COVID-19 Test Kit on your travel and use it to test yourself in time before your departure. You can find more information on it HERE

You must also check with your airlines regarding any travel documents you must fill out before boarding or entering the US.

What If I Cannot Fill Out An FMM Form Online?

After you have passed the border and plan to travel beyond the immediate border, you must stop at a National Migration Institute (INM) office to obtain an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM), even if Mexican officials do not specifically direct you to do so.

What Happens If I Lose My Mexico Tourist Card?

Should you lose the Mexico Tourist Card, you must get a replacement for it from an immigration office in Mexico. You must also pay a replacement fee.

Do I Need To Quarantine When I Arrive In Mexico?

No, quarantine is not enforced by Mexico.

Do I Need A Permit For My Vehicle When Crossing The Border Via Land Border?

You will need a temporary vehicle import permit to bring a US- registered vehicle beyond the border. These permits are issued by Banjercito and demand a payment, which is reimbursed after the vehicle has left Mexico. For more information, you can visit HERE.

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