Mexico moves to streamline border crossings

11 Sep 15

MEXICO, UNITED STATES

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Mexico has taken steps to make it easier for U.S. nationals and other visa-exempt travelers to cross the U.S.-Mexico border when traveling by land.

What does the change mean? U.S. nationals and other visa-exempt travelers will be able to complete a Multiple Migratory Form (FMM) and pay the required fee online prior to travel rather than at the border.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals who qualify for “visitor status without permission to perform remunerated activities.” This category includes U.S. nationals and other visa-exempt travelers who are traveling for business or tourism.
  • Impact on processing times: The change will save travelers significant time when crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Business impact: Business travelers are among those who will benefit from the streamlined process.
  • Next steps: FMMs are available here on the Instituto Nacional de Migración website.

Background: Prior to the change, U.S. nationals and other visa-exempt travelers crossing into Mexico had to complete an FMM and pay the required government fee of 332 Mexican pesos (USD$20) at the border. They can now do so online prior to travel and will be able to reduce wait times at the border. Those hoping to take advantage of the new program must have a passport with at least six months of validity remaining and must also be exempt from Mexico’s visitor visa requirement. A complete list of those who are visa exempt is available here.

BAL Analysis: The change will streamline border-crossing processes and will be particularly beneficial for business travelers and tourists living near the U.S.-Mexico border.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Mexico. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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