Guideline when arriving to Mexico

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of each visitor to contact their nearest Mexican diplomatic mission (https://www.gob.mx/gobierno/mexico-en-el-mundo) to get proper advice regarding their particular case. To get more information about travelling to Mexico please visit the website https://www.visitmexico.com/en/

1) Immigration

When arriving into Mexico all people must pass a mandatory immigration checkpoint. You will be asked to surrender your passport and a properly filled Multiple Immigration Forma (FMM - “Forma Migratoria Múltiple” in Spanish) to an agent. Remember that you will have to show a valid Mexican visa for entering Mexico for tourism or business purposes b.

During the immigration checkpoint the agent could ask about your reasons for visiting Mexico and may request complementary documents. It is suggested to have in hand invitation letter from the CSI LXI committee, the full address of your accommodation and the departure flight reservation.

Once you are granted access into Mexico it is very important to keep in a safe place the FMM since is the document that proves your legal stay in Mexico. When leaving Mexico you will have to surrender the FMM to the airline carrier, failing to do so can delay your departure and make you subject to fines.

a You can fill a FMM online (available in Spanish, English and Japanese): https://www.inm.gob.mx/fmme/publico/solicitud.html

The electronic FMM should be printed in order to present it

b You don’t need a visa in the next situations: 1) You are a citizen of an eligible visa-exempt country. 2) You are a citizen of an Electronic Authorization System eligible country. 3) You are foreign national, regardless of your nationality, holding a non-expired visa or Permanent Residence of any of these countries: United States of America, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom or Schengen area (European Union).

Customs

You will need to fill in the Customs Declaration Form for Passengers Coming from Abroad. In case you are subject of customs control you will need to hand over your Customs Declaration Form to a Customs agent who will verify your baggage. Failing to properly declare any item regulated by Mexican customs and health laws can lead to fines and/or arrest, aside of the goods seizing.

As a rule of thumb you are allowed to bring into Mexico whatever you need for the duration of your stay. You can bring enough medicine for your stay time as long as it is legally approved for consumption in Mexico (please consult your nearest Mexican diplomatic mission). If you are bringing an unusual quantity of medicine have in hand a medical prescription to prove the medicine is for your own use.

You are not allowed to bring food, fruits and/or products that are not properly packed and sealed. In some cases if found possessing these restricted items, even if done unwittingly, can make you subject to fines or detention; for example having any medication containing pseudoephedrine, such as many American common cold and flu medicines, can lead to arrest in Mexico.

Please be aware about restricted goods c. Here you can consult the customs declaration form (https://www.mexicotouristcard.com/customs.html), although you cannot fill it prior your trip.

c Restricted items in carry on luggage (In English): http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/Portal/en/index.html#!/restringido

Products often seized by the SENASICA personnel (In English): http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/Portal/en/index.html#!/retenidos

Goods regulated (In English): http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/Portal/en/index.html#!/sedena

Regulated narcotics and psychotropics (In Spanish): http://www.aduanas-mexico.com.mx/cgi-bin/ctarnet/notas_ex/listas_cap29.html

Currency

The Mexican peso (sign: $, code: MXN) is the official currency of Mexico, being its subunit the “centavo” (subunit: 1/100, sign: ¢). The frequently used banknotes are $20, $50, $100, $200 and $500, while in coins the most common denominations are: 50¢, $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20.

In many international airports, at some resort cities and cities along the Mexico-US border, US Dollars are commonly accepted. Beware that when you paying in US Dollars, it is likely, you will be charged more than if you pay it in Pesos. Other types of foreign currencies are generally not accepted outside of the airport. Also, many stores and places do not accept either debit or credit cards, especially in street food stalls.

Considering this, we strongly suggest changing no more than $120.00 USD (or the equivalent in other currencies) at the airport when arriving since the best exchange rates are found here. This amount should be enough to cover any additional expense during the week you will be staying in Mexico.

Anywhere in both terminals you will be able to find currency exchange offices which generally accept U.S. Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Euro, British Pound, Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc. Some of these places also trade most of the Latin American currencies, Australian Dollar, Chinese Yuan or Russian Ruble. Some of the best deals regarding currency exchange may be found at the ground floor of both terminals.