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Mexico Tourist Card And Health Declaration

Aug 25, 2021

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Traveling to Mexico From The US - Everything You Need To Know

If you fancy a simple jaunt over the border for a quick vacation in Mexico you’ll soon realize that it’s not simple at all. Travel to Mexico from the US is currently subject to a whole host of stipulations and requirements.

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Mexico Travel Requirements

Before you can enter Mexico you’ll need 2 documents:

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

How to Apply For Your Mexican Tourist Card

Forma Migratoria Multiple By Air

To apply for your Tourist Card ensure that your passport is valid and is not due to expire soon (no less than 6 months).

To fill out the application ensure that you are using a Firefox or Safari browser as the Chrome browser will not work

Go to the Forma Migratoria Multiple application portal. You can find the link here

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.

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

  1. Entry Information

All relevant information can be found on your flight itinerary. Be sure to recheck the information to avoid any small mistakes.

  1. Personal Information

Remember to add your full name (first and second name) in the Name(s) field. If you are unsure, you should always remember to use the same details as on your passport.

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.

  1. Identification document

The information necessary can be found on your passport. 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.

  1. Place of residence

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

  1. Trip information

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

  1. Email

Ensure that you enter your correct email address and the correct verification code. If the verification code is difficult to read you can generate a new one instead of using the “Try another one” button.

After you have completed the form you can save the information that you have provided and download your application.

  • Once you have downloaded the application form it will look like this.

Forma Migratoria Multiple By Land

  • Because of land restrictions, this form can only be submitted after August 21, 2021.

The application process is exactly the same as the process for entry by air mentioned above. The only difference is when you start you should select the “By Land” option.

How To Complete The Health Declaration Form For Mexico

The Health Declaration is the second form and new requirement to travel to Mexico during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This is an online health form that has been introduced to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other health risks among travelers arriving in the country.

  • Be sure to fill out the Health Declaration form 12 hours before you board your flight bound to Mexico.

Navigate to the Mexican Health Declaration Form Portal. You can find the portal here.

All applicants must have a valid passport or any other accepted ID document, furthermore, applicants must have already booked their flight to Mexico and have a confirmed boarding pass.

  1. Log in or Create an account

As soon as you have opened the website you will be prompted to log in. If you do not have an account you can click on “Click here” to create an account.

  1. Click on the Register here button

As soon as you are logged in the first thing you will see is a clickable banner where you can register for the Health Questionnaire

  1. Add health questionnaire

Click on “add Health Questionnaire” to start filling out your form.

  1. Insert the time before your flight

After you have clicked on the “add Health Questionnaire”, an information box will pop out. Read and accept the pop-up. You will then be asked to enter the time before you fly.

  • Remember the form can only be filled out 12 hours before your flight and not sooner. If you enter a time that is not within that 12 hours, you will receive an error message.
  1. Flight data

Enter all fields. You can check your flight itinerary if you don’t know your flight information.

  1. Contact information

Enter your email address and contact information.

  1. Permanent address

Enter your current permanent address.

  1. Personal data

Fill out all the fields. Ensure that the information used is the same as the information found on your passport.

  1. Health data

These questions are standard health questions that you need to fill out.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms be sure to check the box next to the symptoms you are experiencing.

  1. Travel companion

If you are traveling with someone or with family you have the option to add them as a companion.

  1. Save data and generate QR code

Almost done! Save the data and generate your unique QR code.

  1. See your QR code

A prompt will pop up on the screen with your name, surname, and a “see QR” button. Click on “See QR” to retrieve your QR code.

  1. Final QR code for use

This is the QR code that you will need to use for your flight.

  1. See the Health Declaration form or add a new one

Remember your QR code can only be used once when flying to Mexico. If you plan to fly to Mexico again in the future you will need to fill out the Health Questionnaire once more.

FAQ’s

What is a Forma Migratoria Mύtiple?

FMM or better known as Mexican Tourist Card is a permit that grants most foreign travelers 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 U.S to Mexico are required to 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 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).

How long is the Mexican Tourist Card (FMM) valid for?

The Tourist Card is valid for 180 days after arrival. It allows a single entry with a maximum stay of 180 days in total.

When should you apply for the Mexican Tourist Card (FMM)?

The Mexican government requires that you apply within 30 days of your arrival.    

Who needs a Health Declaration form when traveling to Mexico?

The Health Declaration form is a mandatory requirement for all passengers flying from their country to Mexico. It must be completed in advance before boarding a flight bound for Mexico. Passengers are allowed to fill out the form 12 hours before their departure.

Parents and Guardians of minors are allowed to fill out the Health Declaration form on behalf of their child. All passengers over the age of 18 are required to fill out an individual form for themselves.

What happens when I complete my Health Declaration form?

As soon as you have filled out the Health Declaration form a QR code will be generated for use. A single passenger is permitted to carry the QR code of several other questionnaires and present them on behalf of their travel companions.

In addition, the QR code generated is only valid for a single flight. If you wish to travel to Mexico for a second time you will have to fill out the form again.

What are the current restrictions for travel between the United States and Mexico?

Travelers planning to travel from the United States to Mexico should note that the United States has temporarily closed the land border crossings from Mexico to “essential travel” until August 21, 2021. However, there are no restrictions regarding air, rail, or sea travel (except for commuter rail and fairies).

Due to COVID-19 the Mexican aviation, health, and transportation department has added an online Health Declaration that is a requirement for entry and exit to Mexico.

What information do I need when I fill out the Health Declaration form?

All applicants must have a valid passport or any other accepted ID document, furthermore, applicants must have already booked their flight to Mexico and have a confirmed boarding pass.

The following information will need to be provided:

Flight information:

  • Date of flight
  • The airline that you will be flying with
  • Flight number
  • Seat number

Personal information:

  • First name(s) *include both your first and second name where applicable
  • Last name(s)
  • E-mail address
  • Phone number with your specific area code
  • Countries and cities you have visited in the past 14 days

Furthermore, applicants will need to answer a few health-related questions. These questions are standard questions used to evaluate your health and well-being.

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 taken 72 hours or less before returning to the US. According to the US Embassy, PCR and antigen test results are reliably accessible in Mexico within 72 hours.

What if I can’t fill out an FMM form online?

After you have passed the border and plan to travel beyond the immediate border area 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.

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?

Yes, 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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