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The Mexico Tourist Card Requirements for Citizens of the United States

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The Mexico Tourist Card for US citizens is a mandatory entry permit.

The Mexican government introduced the online application for the Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM) to facilitate the process to obtain a travel permit to enter Mexico. American citizens can receive the Mexican Tourist Card within a few hours, provided they meet some basic requirements for international travel.

Do Americans Need a Visa for Mexico?

The visa policy for Mexico defines which nationalities need a visa before applying for the Forma  Migratoria Múltiple.

US citizens are not required to have a Mexican visa to enter the country.

However, all travelers, including Americans, must have a valid Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM), provided they travel for any of the following reasons and do not need to stay for over 6 months:

  • Tourism and leisure
  • Professional meetings
  • Sports competitions
  • Cultural activities
  • Short-term stays, such as airline crew on a stopover

The Mexican Tourist Card grants Americans a single entry into the county. If their stay requires them to briefly exit Mexican borders, they must have a second FMM to be allowed back in.

American travelers who would like to stay in Mexico for longer than 6 months or are considering a long-term relocation should note they will need a Mexican visa as well.

In their situation, we recommend they contact the Mexican embassy in Washington DC to inquire about visa options more suited to their needs. If they prefer, they can also contact any of the Mexican Consular offices throughout the rest of the country.

Requirements for the Mexico Tourist Card for US Citizens

It is recommended to read through the conditions for international travel for Americans before starting the application for the FMM. These basic requirements for US nationals to obtain the Forma Migratoria Múltiple include the following:

  • US passport valid for at least 180 days on their arrival date
  • Email address to receive the confirmed FMM
  • Bank card to pay the FMM processing fee

US travelers must check the expiration date on their passports. If these are set to expire shortly, we recommend submitting them for renewal at their earliest convenience.

American applicants should check they use an email address they frequently access to request their Mexico Tourist Card. All communications, including the issuance of the FMM, will be sent by email, so it is useful to have the information at hand.

The payment for the FMM processing fee is carried out by a secure digital platform. Most international debit and credit cards are accepted, and US travelers must simply check they are active for online and international payments.

Application Form for the FMM for Americans

US citizens who satisfy the basic requirements for the Mexico Tourist Card can begin the application process. The form for the FMM is available as a simple online questionnaire that can be completed in a matter of minutes.

US travelers will be required to provide some personal information, such as the following:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Residential address
  • Email address
  • Desired FMM stay
  • Port of entry

To continue, they must provide their passport details. It is important to ensure that the answers they submit for the FMM are accurate, and all their replies match the information published on their passport. Any mistake or typo could delay their approval or have their request rejected.

Lastly, the application for the Mexican Tourist Card is concluded with the payment of the processing fee. As mentioned above, American petitioners must simply check their cards have been activated for international payments.

Do children need a Mexico Tourist Card for Americans? 

American groups planning a family holiday with children must note each visitor must reach Mexico with their individual Forma Migratoria Múltiple previously granted. This is regardless of their age or if they share their passport with one of their parents or legal guardians.

US applicants can fill in their dependents’ FMM forms on their behalf without any problems, using the same process.

Traveling to Mexico with the FMM from the United States

Once Americans submit their application for the Forma Migratoria Múltiple, their application is analyzed, and within a few hours, they will receive a resolution to their request. 

If US citizens have completed the FMM form correctly and meet the basic requirements, they will be issued an approved Mexican Tourist Card by email. The Mexican Tourist Card carries the same validity as the maximum amount of days required for travel (up to a maximum of 180).

Upon receipt of the Forma Migratoria Múltiple, American travelers should check that it includes the required date for departure printed. This travel document consists of 2 slips of paper. They should print out a copy of both to display at border crossings once they reach Mexico for inspection and entry stamps.

US travelers should keep their second slip with them at all times during their stay in Mexico and hand it in to Mexican authorities on their departure to ensure they have abided by the authorized dates.

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