The Mexico Tourist Card, officially called the FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple) is a mandatory entry requirement for all foreign nationals traveling to Mexico for the purpose of tourism.
It was introduced by the Mexican Immigration Authority to keep an official record of all visitors to the country.
The FMM can be used for a single entry by air or land and is valid for a maximum of 180 days, starting from the moment the immigration seal is stamped (upon arrival in Mexico).
Whether flying to Mexico or crossing one of its land borders, the Tourist Card can be obtained by completing a simple online application form prior to traveling.
This includes submitting some basic personal data, travel document details, and information about the planned trip to Mexico. The entire form takes a matter of minutes to complete.
The approved FMM is sent to the applicant by email and must be printed and presented at border control.
The Mexican Tourist Card can only be used to visit Mexico for the purposes of tourism and leisure. It does not grant the holder the right to work or seek employment in the country.
The FMM is not a visa. Travelers from countries that are exempt from applying for a Mexican visa must still obtain a Mexico Tourist Card. Nationals of other countries must apply for the relevant visa for Mexico in addition to an FMM in order to visit as a tourist.
All tourists must be in possession of an FMM, including children. Parents or legal guardians may complete the application on their behalf.