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Content updated, November 2022

Cross the Mexican border with the Mexico Tourist Card Land! Apply with iVisa

The Mexico Tourist Card is a travel document required for most visitors to enter Mexico for tourist purposes. Although it is popularly known as a tourist visa, the Tourist Card is not officially a Mexico visa and does not replace one in any way. If nationals of your country require a visa, you will need to apply for your Mexico Visa separately and you’ll be asked to present it on arrival.

The process to apply for your Mexican Tourist Card is simple, straightforward, and completely online, no need to go to any immigration office. You can apply with iVisa from the comfort of your home!

Here you will find the Mexico Tourist Card online application steps, requirements to apply, entry restrictions due to COVID-19, and frequently asked questions.

You will find out just how easy it can be to apply with iVisa.

If you’re ready to start your journey to Mexico, apply for your Mexico Tourist Card Land or Air now.

What is the Mexico Tourist Card Land?

The Mexico Tourist Card is a necessary travel document to enter Mexico but it does not replace a visa. If your nationality requires a paper visa, immigration officers at the airport will ask for the visa as well as the Tourist Card. That's why we suggest passengers print a physical copy of the document.

You must apply for the Mexico Tourist Card Air if you are planning on arriving in Mexico by air. And, you must apply for the Mexico Tourist Card Land if you plan to enter Mexico by crossing one of its many land borders.

You can check our FAQs section below to find out exactly which points of entry are valid for both Tourist Card Air or Land.

Travelers from countries that are eligible for a Mexico tourist card (and that's most visitors!) do not have to go through the hassle of getting a Mexico visitor visa. Which makes it very accessible and easy to travel to.

Who is eligible to apply for the Mexico Tourist Card?

Everyone who is traveling to Mexico for tourism, to visit family, business, or other short-term purposes (up to 180 days) needs to get a Mexico Tourist Card, even if they don't need to obtain a Mexico Tourist Visa.

Travelers of all nationalities who have a valid visa or permanent residence for select countries like Canada or any country in the Schengen area, Japan, the United Kingdom, or the United States do not need a Mexican visa to be able to enter the country, they only need the Tourist Card.

Do you want to know if you come from an eligible country? Then check our FAQs section below.

How long is the Mexico Tourist Card valid for?

Both the Mexico Tourist Card Land and Air allow for a maximum stay of 180 days in Total, but the immigration officers at the point of entry are who decide the number of days you are given.

You can stay in Mexico with this document for a maximum of 180 days, but usually, the immigration officer will give from 30 to 60 or 90 days of stay. You must leave the country before the Mexico Tourist Card expires.

This travel document is a single entry card. That means that you need to stay in Mexico during the valid time period you’re allowed. You can not enter and live the country several times, only once.

Required documents to apply for the Mexico Tourist Card Online

In order to enter Mexico without any issues, make sure that your Mexico Tourist card is handy and ready to present to the immigration authorities who will check the document.

Citizens of certain nationalities might have to present their visa along with the Tourist card to get entry to Mexico.

It's easy to apply for the Mexico Tourist Card once you have all your documents and information ready. Here is what foreign citizens will need to successfully fill out the Mexico Tourist Card online and have in mind for their arrival to Mexico:

  • Contact information and passport information.

  • Valid passport - Travelers who want to visit Mexico must have a passport that is valid for the duration of their visit to Mexico or for at least 6 months. This must be the same passport that is used to fill out the Tourist Card form.

  • Flight details.

  • Full name of the hotel or address of where you are staying in Mexico.

  • Valid email address to send you the Mexico Tourist Card.

  • Credit or debit card to pay.

  • A printer to print out the tourist card.

  • Make sure that the Mexican officials stamp your tourist card when you enter the country.

  • It is recommended you write down your FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple/tourist card in English) number in case it is lost or stolen.

  • If you are traveling from a country that requires a visa to Mexico, make sure you have your Mexico visitor visa approved and printed. Mexican officials will check the Mexican visa document and the Mexico Tourist Card.

Do you have all these documents? Apply now!

Do I need a Mexico Tourist Card if I’m transiting through Mexico?

You don’t need this travel document to transit through Mexico if you:

  • Stay in the Mexican airport between flights
  • Leave the country directly within 24 hours of arriving.

This means that similar to the case with a Mexico visa, passengers do not require a tourist visa or FMM if their journey meets the above criteria.

How do I apply for the Mexico Tourist Card online?

You can apply for a Mexico Tourist Card (Land or Air) within 30 days of your arrival in Mexico. However, you are free to apply with iVisa at any time. It is recommended to apply before your trip to avoid complications at the airport.

We will review your Tourist Card application for accuracy and queue your order until it's the correct time to process your application. Our service makes sure that your application is error-free and suitable for Mexican government standards.

Forget about filling out long and complicated forms or visiting the embassy. iVisa offers you simplified application forms that are 50% shorter than the average government ones. You can complete them at your peace and if you haven’t finished, you can save them for later!

The application process is simple and should take you around 10 minutes to complete:

  • Step 1- Apply online, fill out all of the required information and double check to make sure it is correct.
  • Step 2 - Choose your preferred processing option and pay the fee accordingly with your credit or debit card.
  • Step 3 - Sit back and wait for your Mexican tourist card to arrive by email and download the card when you are ready. Print the card.

When you arrive in Mexico you must present your printed Tourist Card and your passport. Since your information is already in the system, the Immigration Officer just needs to stamp your Tourist Card. That's it!

Make sure to check your email because we will send you information about your Mexico Tourist Card.

Pretty easy right? Apply here!

What are the costs and processing times of the Mexico Tourist Card?

The Mexico Tourist Card fee varies depending on if you are entering Mexico by land or air, and how quickly you want your document to be processed.

Applying alone for a travel document is always more complicated and time-consuming since there are a lot of different requirements to fit and documents to deliver. Is even hard to figure out how to start the application process.

But don’t worry! iVisa is here to make all the hard work for you. We will make your application simpler and faster.

iVisa provides 3 processing options to apply for the Mexico Tourist Card online:

Mexico Tourist Card Air

  • Standard Processing - 24 hours - USD $26.99
  • Rush Processing - 4 hours - USD $49.49
  • Super Rush processing - 30 minutes - USD $83.99

Mexico Tourist Card Land

  • Standard Processing - 24 hours - USD $91.99
  • Rush Processing - 4 hours - USD $143.99
  • Super Rush processing - 30 minutes - USD $204.99

Mexico Tourist Card extensions

If you wish to extend your stay you need to go to any INM (National Institute of Immigration) office to request an extension of your Mexico tourist card. You need to have with you your valid passport and the Mexico Tourist Visa or Mexico Tourist Card you filled out. You will also need to prove that you can finance your stay and you will have to pay a fee to extend the visa or card.

Usually, is hard to get an extension of your card but if the immigration officer didn’t grant you a full 180 days stay when you arrived in Mexico you might try to extend your stay up to 180.

If you want to stay for longer than 180 days, we advise you to apply for a Mexico Temporary Resident Visa.

Apply now!

Do minors need to apply for the Mexico Tourist Card?

All children need to have a Tourist Card (and therefore a passport or passport card). If the applicant is a minor, the parents or legal guardians have to sign the application form.

How does the Mexico Tourist Card look like?

The Mexican immigration authority will send you two (2) pages. Make sure you do not cut or alter them in any way as this may invalidate them.

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COVID-19 Requirements to enter Mexico

Testing

There are no COVID-19 test requirements in Mexico.

Vaccine

COVID vaccination passports or certificates are no longer mandatory to enter Mexico. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Mexico travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

Quarantine

There are no quarantine requirements for Mexico.

Where can I learn more about the Tourist Card?

If you have any questions about the Mexico Tourist Visa for foreign nationals or your Mexican Tourist Card application form, feel free to contact our customer support team at any time or via email at [email protected] If you need a visa for Mexico it is advised to contact the Mexican Embassy.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Your valid passport. It must be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival in Mexico.
Important Instructions
  • The Tourist Card (FMM) is a travel document that facilitates entry to Mexico but it does not replace a visa.

  • The Tourist Card (FMM) is usually valid for up to 180 days after arrival.

  • With the Tourist Card you can extend your stay in Mexico.

  • You can apply for a Tourist Card within 30 days of your arrival in Mexico. We recommend you apply before your trip to avoid complications.

  • If you are traveling with children they will also have to apply for this travel document.

  • We will send you two pages showing your Tourist Card. Make sure you do not cut or alter them in any way as this may invalidate them.

  • Make sure that the Mexican officials stamp your card.

  • If your nationality requires a paper visa, immigration officers at the airport will ask for the visa as well as the Tourist Card. We suggest you print a physical copy of the document.

  • If you are only going to do stopovers or transit through Mexico, you don’t need the Tourist Card.

  • There are no COVID-19 testing, requirements, or quarantine requirements for travelers to Mexico.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For more information, see the FAQs below.

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No, you don't. As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Mexico. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Mexico travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.
COVID-19 test requirements: There are no COVID-19 test requirements in Mexico.
Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements in Mexico.
A Mexico Tourist Card or FMM ("Forma Migratoria Múltiple," previously referred to as an FMT), is a tourist permit that is required for all foreign citizen travelers to Mexico who will not be engaged in any type of remunerated work.
The Tourist Card (Land) costs USD $32.00. Additionally, there is the service fee of USD $58.99 for standard processing. For rush processing and super rush processing, the service fee is USD $100.99 and USD $147.99, respectively.
It depends on the method of processing you choose. We offer three options:
  1. Standard Processing Time: 24 hours
  2. Rush Processing: 4 hours
  3. Super Rush Processing: 30 minutes
The Mexico Tourist Card (Land) is valid for 180 days after arrival. In addition, it is a Single Entry visa and allows for a maximum stay of 180 days in Total
Travelers who want to visit Mexico must have a passport that remains valid for the duration of their trip.
The Mexican government requires that you apply within 30 days of your arrival. However, you are free to apply with iVisa at any time, as we will review your application for accuracy and queue your order until it's the correct time to process your application.
You must apply for the Tourist Card (Air) if you are planning on arriving in Mexico by air, which you can obtain by clicking here.
The Tourist Card (Land) allows for a maximum stay of 180 days in Total.
Yes. Regardless of where you live, you must apply for a Tourist Card online using your passport from the eligible country.
You can use it only once, as it’s valid for a Single Entry only.
No, the Tourist Card is for tourism purposes only.

A yellow fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

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Mexico is a country open for business, and a lot of people try to invest in all kinds of sectors that may be on the rise. That is why many companies send delegates to see what they are up against. However, for that to happen, and if this is the case with you, you may need to learn some business etiquette before you travel to Mexico. It is common sense to learn about business practices and habits when you go abroad. After all, cultures are different, and what you may consider reasonable, other cultures may find strange or even inappropriate and offensive. Mexico does not have many rules, but you need to keep them in mind before even thinking of establishing a meeting. First of all, nobody will ever ask you to learn the language. Mexicans speak Spanish, but you do not have to learn it just because you have a business meeting there. Most delegates hire an interpreter. As you can imagine, being fluent in Spanish may help, but it is unreasonable for Mexicans to ask you to be fluent when you arrive there. However, it is recommended that you do learn some phrases like please, thank you, excuse me and other such expressions. It is not much, but your effort will be highly appreciated. And that can help you establish a good rapport. One thing that you need to learn about Mexicans is that they value relationships. They will want to create a connection before getting involved in business with you. Some may find that far-fetched, but that is just how Mexicans work. Rapport is very important to them. That is why they will spend a lot of time getting to know you. You will go out to lunch with them, and if you are going to dinner together, you will most likely not speak about business. Even if you are a distant person, you need to let go a little bit and realize that that is how Mexicans conduct their businesses. You will be asked about your personal life and family, and getting to know you it is an essential process for Mexicans. It is recommended that you ask about them as well because it proves that you are interested in building a relationship. When you need to schedule a meeting, make sure that you do it about 2 weeks ahead. You need to confirm it one week in advance and once again when you arrive in Mexico. Make sure that the assistants have your contacts. You are required to show up on time for the meeting, but the Mexican officials may be late up to 30 minutes. That is not something you should get offended about, and making a face or any irritated gesture because of that is incredibly offensive. Even if you are annoyed, do not let it show. It is not a good way to start a meeting. Once the officials make their appearance, it is accustomed to giving out your business card. However, make sure that you have a Spanish version on the back. They need to understand your credentials. Plus, when you hand a card, make sure that the side with the Spanish version is toward the receiver. If you have an agenda, make sure that you have a Spanish version for that as well. Nevertheless, do not expect the delegates to follow the agenda. Once the business meeting starts, keep in mind that negotiations almost never happen in one sitting. Haggling is okay, so do not give you best offer right from the start. Plus, if an executive is not present, do not expect for anything to happen. Mexicans are very status-conscious, and the leaders always take part in the decision process. However, the second or third meeting will most likely happen without an executive. His or her job is to create a rapport with you, but once that happens, you may never see them again. You should take it as a good sign. Deadlines are very relaxed in Mexico, and it may take a while for a decision to be made. You need to be patient and wait. Rushing into anything is a mistake, and Mexicans will think that you try to push them. Also, bringing a lawyer to negotiations is a mistake. You need to show trust. It is very important in Mexican culture for you to be trustworthy, honest, and open about all the things that may concern you. When it comes to clothing, you need to adopt a conservative approach. Even if it is very warm outside, you need to wear a suit. A dark-colored suit is the best choice. Never wear a short-sleeved shirt, and the tie is not optional. You may take off your jacket, but anything else is just insulting. Women must not be too revealing, and they never have to wear too tight or too short skirts. As mentioned above, a conservative approach is the best for men and women alike. You will like doing business with Mexicans. They are funny people, honest, and very welcoming. If you get invited into someone’s home, make sure not to go empty-handed. Except marigolds and red flowers, other flowers and sweets are the best choice. Mexicans open their gifts right away. If you receive a gift, you should open it on the spot and be very enthusiastic about it even if you do not like the item you received. Overall, the rules that govern Mexico’s business world are nothing out of the ordinary. Their culture has its quirks, but whose doesn’t? It is only natural to adopt a specific behavior when you visit a foreign country, and especially when you are trying to impress. Hopefully, the tips mentioned above are of help.
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