What you need to know about FMM tourist visa when visiting Mexico

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Whether you are planning a trip to Mexico for two weeks or two months, before you go on a trip, it is important to know the details of your FMM tourist visa.

In this post, we’ll look at the basic things you need to know about traveling to Mexico in 2022.

men on the pier at the cancun. everything you need to know about Mexico’s 2022 tourist visa

Can I go to Mexico now?

If you are a citizen of the US, Canada, the EU or the Schengen area, the UK or Australia, you do not need to apply for a tourist visa before traveling to Mexico in 2022. During the flight or on arrival you will receive your FMM tourist visa, for which you will be responsible during the trip.

Mexico has been a destination for the past two years with no strict entry restrictions for travelers. At the time of writing you do not need to show a negative Covid test or any evidence of vaccination to visit Mexico.

And most recently, Mexico removed the official form of health that tourists must be filled on arrival, which was essentially the only requirement for entering the country.

Street scene of San Miguel de Allende at night, Mexico.

How many days can I stay in Mexico?

Upon arrival in Mexico by air or land, foreign guests will receive a stamp in their passport indicating the day of arrival in the country. You can visit Mexico for tourist purposes no more than 180 consecutive daysso write down the day of your arrival to make sure you have not expired your tourist visa.

However, note that 180 days in Mexico is not always guaranteed. As we reported back in Decemberat the discretion of the immigration agent, the days allowed for the stay in Mexico in the tourist card should be recorded.

Millions of people visit Mexico every month with no problems, but we recommend always be prepared, especially if you plan to visit Mexico for a longer period of time. As more and more so-called “digital nomads” visit Mexico for months while they work online, now for many tourists the 180-day section is paramount.

A young woman walks the streets of Oaxaca

Tourist map of Mexico FMM: everything you need to know in 2022

Your tourist visa to Mexico is an arrival / tourist card that you will receive from the immigration staff at the point of entry. It is officially called Multiple Migratory Form (FMM). Note that this is very important Save this visa. If you need one important tip for a trip to Mexico, this is it.

Upon arrival in Mexico you will be given a completed tourist card and you must enter your name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, as well as airline and flight number.

The immigration officer can ask you a few questions about your trip, including where you will be staying and how long you plan to travel around Mexico. The officer will then mark the purpose of the trip on a form and write the number of days you will be allowed to stay in Mexico, at the bottom of the sheet. You will have to leave Mexico before the number of days expires, otherwise you risk paying penalties for delay.

Two people hugging on a beach at sunset in Mazunta, Oaxaca, Mexico. lPaya Mermejita, almost a kilometer long, is a beach behind a rocky exit. (Two people hugging on a beach at sunset in Mazunta, Oaxaca, Mexico.

If you receive a travel card, keep it in a safe place (we can’t stress this enough) because you will be asked to present it to the immigration service when you leave. If you have a passport holder, try putting the card in the holder’s sleeve so that it is always with your passport.

On the back of your travel card there are also some travel tips written in English and Spanish, so it’s worth a look as soon as you arrive and you’ve been stamped. Most importantly, it is noted that travelers cannot engage in any paid activities while in Mexico if you do not have immigration status for this.

two tourists at the peak of the Sierra Gorda mountain range in Mexico

Travel to Mexico in 2022: A Checklist

Take a screenshot of this list! Here’s everything you need to remember when it comes to traveling around Mexico as an American or Canadian.

  • Know your route for your trip. You don’t need to plan every single detail, but you may be asked, for example, where you will stay (address) upon arrival, which cities you plan to visit while you are there, and how long you plan on staying in Mexico.
  • Keep your FMM (travel card) in a safe place throughout the trip.
  • Check yours date of arrival in Mexico and make sure you have not expired your visa.
  • Make sure your passport is still valid for six months or moretherefore, your passport will not expire during the trip.
  • Travel health insurance in case of emergencies. We especially recommend purchasing additional travel insurance if you plan to engage in adventure or extreme sports while visiting Mexico.
Lake Bachelor, Mexico

Traveling around Mexico – Practical information for tourists

As we mentioned earlier, millions of people visit Mexico every month and it is generally a safe and wonderful place to travel. If you want to stay safe and make the most of your trip, it is important to stay attentive and aware of the surroundings, both in your home country or anywhere else in the world.

When traveling long distances (e.g. ADO), do not store important documents, such as a passport, in a suitcase that will be placed in the luggage compartment of the bus. Always take important papers with you when riding the bus.

Masks are still required in many public places like grocery stores, shops, museums, public transportation and at the entrance to a restaurant or hotel. Many people in Mexico still wear masks on the street, so remember that locals will appreciate it if tourists make the effort.

And last but not least, try to learn some basic Spanish before the trip and don’t be afraid to practice it while traveling. It follows from our experience that many people in Mexico are happy to help you improve your Spanish, whether you are drinking your morning coffee or ordering at a restaurant.

Panoramic arch in Los Cabas, Mexico

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Disclaimer: Current Travel Rules and Restrictions is subject to change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Before traveling, contact your consulate and / or local authorities to confirm your nationality and / or any changes to your travel requirements. Travel Off Path does not approve travel against government recommendations What you need to know about FMM tourist visa when visiting Mexico

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