Upon arrival in Mexico you will need to produce an up-to-date passport plus a visitor’s permit, which is now known as the FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple). This form is provided free of charge by your travel agent or airline, or at point of entry in Mexico. As before, passport holders from countries on Mexico’s no visa required list do not need to apply for a formal visa to visit Mexico. If you’re visiting Mexico from the United States or Canada, this applies to you. The immigration officer at passport control also may ask you to prove the necessary economic means and a return ticket to your country.

Immigration will check your documents and stamp and process the form, handing you back the right-hand portion, which you must keep and surrender when you leave Mexico. NOTE: If you lose this form, you will have to go to the immigration desk at the airport and may have to pay a fine for another one, so it is best to attach it to your passport so it cannot be misplaced.

Mexico Visa Policy permits citizens of the following countries or regions (listed in alphabetical order) to travel to Mexico without a visa (FMTTV):

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela

Customs Procedures at Cancun Airport

During the inbound flight, you will receive and need to fill out a customs form (Hacienda). After passing through immigration, you collect your bags and proceed to the exit. You will hand the form to the customs agent and press the button on what looks like a traffic light.

A green light means “go” and a red light means “inspection,” in which case officials perform a quick inspection.

As a rule of thumb, you are allowed to bring into Mexico whatever you need for the time period you will be staying. You are not allowed to bring food, fruits, and/or products that are not “company” packed and sealed. And if you are bringing food or products, they are allowed only if you need them because of a special diet or for medical reasons.

The same rule applies to medicine. You are allowed to bring enough medicine for the time period you will be in Mexico. If you are bringing an unusual quantity of medicine, you will need to bring a doctor’s prescription just in case you need to prove the medicine is for your own consumption. Read responses to frequently asked questions here.