Travelling to Mexico


If you’re visiting Mexico as a tourist you don’t need a visa, but you will need a tourist card, which you can get on arrival by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or on-board flights to Mexico. The tourist card does not ask any questions about cautions or convictions.

You may need a visa to undertake certain adventure or eco-tourism activities like caving, potholing or entomology, especially if they involve any scientific or technological research.

If you’re in any doubt, check with the Mexican Embassy in London well in advance of your visit and ask for written confirmation if necessary.

Tourist Card (FMM) Facts:

  • The FMM is a document issued by Mexico’s INM (Instituto Nacional de Migración)
  • Casually called a tourist card or tourist visa
  • Issued to U.S., Canadian and other nationalities for vacation purposes
  • Requires a valid passport or passport card
  • Cost as of February 2013, $295 Pesos (appx U.S. $25) per person
  • May be issued for up to 180 days

What information is asked on the tourist card (FMM) form?

The following information as it appears on your passport:

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Purpose of trip
  • How you are entering Mexico: air, sea, land

Is the tourist card (FMM) available online?

No. It must be obtained from an INM office.

Is it possible to enter and exit Mexico multiple times with the same tourist card (FMM)?

Tourist cards (FMM) are not multiple entry and therefore, each time you enter Mexico, you will need a new one.

What if I lose my tourist card (FMM)?

If you lose your tourist card, visit the nearest INM office in order to obtain a new one.

Does the tourist card (FMM) have to be returned to INM?

Yes. The back of the FMM document states “…surrender it upon leaving the country.”

Tourist Card Tips:

  • Make sure that the Mexican officials stamp your card.
  • Keep your card in a safe place.
  • It is recommended to write down your FMM number in case it is lost or stolen.
  • Return the tourist card (FMM) to an INM office upon leaving Mexico.
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  • Alan Stowell

    Well done Mia!

  • Alison Murry

    Basically under Human Rights Act, each individual person has the right to family life and in this situation the Probation Officer was denying you and breaching the act to family life in your situation for the wedding. When you appealed the head of probation needed to take that into account and therefore could not deny you something which you had right of enjoyment with family. Glad you did not take their first decision as final basis. I am also glad your brother stood by you to help yo appeal against their absurd decision.

  • Jaynie

    I am so pleased for you, I am having to go through a similar thing, I am currently on a 2 years suspended sentence, I have completed my 300 hours unpaid work and cleared all fines but probation will not allow me to travel home to my husband, my personal probation officer does not need to see me again as I am extremely low risk but Head of Probation just say no, could anyone advise if my lawyer is best appealing to probation first or straight to a judge? sadly my lawyer has no experience in this matter.
    Many thanks in anticipation if anyone can help

  • celia

    As so often the case, those who know you have less say than those who don’t. You probably need to get another lawyer. Try ringing round some or filling in requests for advice on websites, then someone who could actually help might respond.

  • Jaynie

    Thanks Celia, I will take your advise and let you know how I get on.