Mexico Mexico Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay Itineraries All Mexico Mexican Tourist Cards and How to Get One Written by Suzanne Barbezat Instagram Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Suzanne Barbezat is a freelance writer specializing in Mexican travel, culture, and food. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Suzanne Barbezat Updated 07/06/20 Fact-Checked by Reviewed on 07/06/20 Jillian Dara Instagram Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. About TripSavvy Fact-Checking Jillian Dara Share Pin Email Ben Pipe/Getty Images A tourist card, also called an 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. Tourist cards may be valid for up to 180 days and allow the holder to remain in Mexico as a tourist for the allotted time. Be sure to hold on to your tourist card and keep it in a safe place, as you will need to hand it in when you are departing the country. Foreign nationals who will be working in Mexico are required to obtain a work visa from the National Immigration Institute (INM). TripSavvy / Evan Polenghi Border Zone In the past, travelers who were remaining within the United States border zone for up to 72 hours did not need a tourist card. (The border zone, comprised of an area roughly 20 km into Mexico from the U.S. border and also included most of Baja California and the Sonora "free zone.") However, now the tourist card is required for all non-Mexican visitors to the country who will remain for fewer than six months. Tourist Cards You can fill in the form and you'll receive the card via email. Print off the card and remember that the tourist card must be stamped by an immigration official when you enter Mexico, otherwise, it is not valid. Apply for a tourist card online on the website of Mexico's National Immigration Institute: online FMM application. Upon arrival in Mexico, you will present the filled-in tourist card to the immigration official who will stamp it and write in the number of days that you are allowed to stay in the country. The maximum is 180 days or six months, but the time actually given is at the discretion of the immigration official (often only 30 to 60 days are granted initially), for longer stays, the tourist card would need to be extended. You should keep your tourist card in a safe place, for example, tucked into the pages of your passport. Upon leaving the country you must surrender your tourist card to immigration officials. If you do not have your tourist card, or if your tourist card is expired, you may be fined. If You Lose Your Card If your tourist card is lost or stolen, you will need to pay a fee to get a replacement tourist card at an immigration office, or you may be fined when you're leaving the country. Find out what to do if you've lost your tourist card. Extending Your Tourist Card If you wish to stay in Mexico for longer than the time allotted on your tourist card, you will need to extend it. Under no circumstances is a tourist allowed to stay longer than 180 days; if you want to stay longer you will have to leave and re-enter the country, or apply for a different type of visa. Find out how to extend your tourist card. More About Travel Documents Do I need a passport to travel to Mexico? Does my child need a passport? What are the entry requirements for Canadians? What is a passport card and how do I get one? Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit What's a Mexico Tourist Card and How Do You Get One? What You Need to Travel to Central America These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely Visa Requirements for Peru Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Do U.S. citizens need a passport for travel to Mexico? Will Your Child Require a Parent Authorization Letter When Traveling to Mexico? Do You Need a Visa to Go to Hong Kong? Do You Need a Visa to Visit Iceland? Your Essential Guide to Getting an E-Visa for India Travel to Europe: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Visa Requirements for the Netherlands What Documents Do You Need to Visit Mexico? How to Get a Visa for Visiting, Working, and Studying in Greece Do I Need a Tourist Visa to Visit Sweden? Do You Need a Visa to Visit Germany?