According to Mexico News Daily and other sources, the process of entering Mexico just got a whole lot easier, thanks to the establishment of a new website that allows would-be visitors to apply for and print out actual 180-day FMM (multiple entry visa) visas online. It remains to be seen, however, if this new site can be used by visiting boaters.
During the past few years we’ve reported often on new online infrastructure that allowed boaters to obtain Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) for their boats online, and for ‘nautical tourists’ to pay for, and print out, receipts for visas. But this new site may supersede that one, as it appears to be more streamlined. Boaters walked away from the older site with a computer-generated receipt for their entire crew, but then had to go through an additional process with government officials upon arrival in a Mexican port in order to get an actual multi-colored FMM in hand. On the new site, visitors can obtain an FMM, which is good for 180 days, up to 30 days in advance of travel. The fee is 332 pesos per visa (about $18 USD).
Before you sailors start dancing a jig, though, we should point out that the opening page of the site has choices for only land or air travelers. But hopefully that will change soon. In any case, it will make visa logistics much easier for friends and family who are flying in to join you.
Clearly, the new site’s development was primarily engineered to speed up border-crossing procedures at places like San Ysidro, which sees roughly 22,000 southbound border crossers every day. But we’ll check into the matter further and will let you know if it may be used by boaters also, without unforeseen complications. Stay tuned.