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Border Crossing Rules For Mexico And The U.S.

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Aduana ("Customs") is the Mexican government’s agency charged with the responsibility of controlling imports and exports to and from Mexico.

Duty-Free Limits for people entering Mexico by air and by land year-round limits are $500 USD per person entering Mexico by air, and $300 USD per person by land. As before, personal items (clothing, etc) are exempted from the $300/$500 USD limits. Alcoholic drinks, tobaccos, and gasoline may not be part of the duty-free allowance.

After delivering their customs card, the traveler presses the button on the customs stoplight. If the light turns green the traveler goes forward and exits the customs area, but if the light turns red, the customs officer must verify the correctness of the declaration as compared to the travelers' luggage (and carry on items).

Most Commonly Encountered Restrictions Are:

  • Some food items - especially plants and seeds and fish.
     
  • Cigars and cigarettes - up to 20 packs per person.
     
  • Liquor and wine - up to 3 liters per person.
     
  • Medicine for personal use - must have a prescription if the medicine is psychotropic.
     
  • Illegal controlled substances & drugs.
     
  • Firearms - only for hunting and must obtain a permit from the Mexican Consulate in advance.

If you are entering Mexico by any means other than airlines or cruise ships and staying for over 72 hours and/or traveling more than 20 miles beyond the border, you will need a Tourist Card or FM-M (Formerly known as FM-T). Learn about Immigration Services in the Rosarito Beach Area.

Bringing Cash to Mexico

Travelers are permitted to carry up to $10,000 USD in cash to Mexico, without the need to declare it. The traveler may also transport sums greater than ten thousand dollars, but they are required to advise customs if they are doing this.

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