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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 , 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.
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 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.
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 - -
- Rush Processing - -
- Super Rush processing - -
Mexico Tourist Card Land
- Standard Processing - 24 hours - USD $129.53
- Rush Processing - 4 hours - USD $207.53
- Super Rush processing - 30 minutes - USD $301.53
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.
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.
COVID-19 Requirements to enter Mexico
There are no COVID-19 test requirements in Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
My application couldn’t be completed due to an error. What now?
What can I do if my Mexico Tourist Card application has been canceled or rejected?
Our iVisa experts review all applications and supporting documents to help you avoid rejections. However, if government officials find errors and reject your application, iVisa will refund your iVisa processing fee.
Note: Government fees will not be refunded.
You may reapply if your Mexico Tourist Card was canceled or rejected.
What happens if I lose my Tourist Card while in Mexico?
Two possible things can happen if you lose your Mexico Tourist Card:
If you obtained your Tourist Card online, you can print a new form. Please be aware that you may need to pay a fine of up to USD 60, depending on the Immigration Authorities.
If you lost a "handwritten" Tourist Card, you must make an appointment with an Immigration Office to get a new form. Please be aware that you may need to pay a fine of up to USD 60 to replace it.
My passport is NOT from an Eligible Country, but I am a legal resident of an Eligible Country. Can I apply for the Tourist Card online?
My passport is from one of the Eligible Countries but expires in less than 180 days. Can I apply?
How do processing times work?
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