Immigration and Customs Enforcement



Any person or passenger who proceeds abroad to enter into Mexico, must declare to customs if he or she brings into the country: 

  • More than 10,000 US dollars
  • Receivables in excess of $ 10,000 US dollars.
  • Live animals, plants, fruits, seeds, chemicals, materials, food and hazardous substances.
  • Equipment, accessories, goods, supplies, any vehicle, aircraft, boats, motors and everything electronic.
  • Photographic equipment, clothing, telephone equipment and accessories.
  • Anything related to weapons, explosives and ammunition.

Rights and obligations:

Rights for baggage and goods:

  • People can bring new or used goods tax-free only if they integrate their personal or transfer luggage and franchise goods.
  • People with disabilities can enter duty free items for their characteristics, which compensate for limitations.
  • Those who bring animals such as dogs and cats, should show the animal health import certificate issued by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural
  • Development, Fisheries and Food of Mexico (SAGARPA).
  • Photographic material is allowed including two cameras and VCR, 12 rolls of film, a laptop, a portable projector, sports, a fixed treadmill, a stationary bike and a portable sound player device.
  • Software packages allow three to five storage devices for any electronic equipment, books, magazines, a video game console, toys.
    1 blood pressure machine and one for glucose or mixed, their reagents, drugs for personal use (in case of psychotropics, must show a prescription).
  • Also a telescope, a binocular, two musical instruments and accessories, a tent (with their camping items), tool sets.
  • All merchandise must register and verify their origin and legal acquisition.


Franchise Rights:

Entering the country by sea or by air: 

  • Tax free additional luggage goods whose value are credited with the invoice or bill of sale and does not exceed $ 300 US dollars.

Entering the country by land: 

  • Tax free additional luggage goods whose value are credited with the invoice or bill of sale and does not exceed $75 US dollars.
  • For Mexican nationals, who are not border residents for commemorative and holiday dates, may bring goods with a value of no more than $ 300 US dollars.

Contribution Payments:

  • Las Individuals may import goods, other than those of their personal baggage, paying a flat rate of 15% tax, provided that the value thereof, excluding the franchise, does not exceed $ 3,000.00 US dollars, or its equivalent in national currency and with the invoice, sales receipt for its value.
  • Payments can be made online, through or page, using the form entitled “Pago de contribuciones al comercio exterior” ("Payment of contributions to foreign trade).
  • In the case of computer equipment, its value, added to the other goods, shall not exceed $ 4,000 US dollars.
  • No goods may be imported subject to compliance with regulations or restrictions, non-tariff barriers, such as permits, certificates, notices, etc.

Offenses and penalties: 

  • Failing to declare money in excess of $ 10,000 US dollars cash, notes receivables and combinations thereof, shall be punished by a fine of 20 to 40 percent of the excess amount and the corresponding penalties.
  • People who bring goods whose import are prohibited or restricted and who want to pass unnoticed, shall be punished by a fine of 70 to 100 percent of the commercial value of their goods.
  • When omiting the full or partial payment of taxes and the goods do not exceed $ 3,000.00 US dollars, will be punished with a fine of up to 115 percent of the commercial value of the goods.
  • When visitors do not comply with corresponding customs laws and procedures provided for the introduction of goods into the country, the goods will be temporarily seized
  • In the case of undeclared goods that do not comply with regulations and non-tariff restrictions, you may declare their abandonment, once a fine is paid, or follow the procedures for recovery.

Note: When paying penalties or corresponding contributions, the customs authority shall make available, to persons, the detained goods.

For more information contact:


Immigration processing for tourists:
Some foreigners to enter Mexico require Visa Consular processing.

The procedure for handling the Consular Visa is as follows:

  1. Must be submitted in advance of your trip at the offices of the Consulate of Mexico closest to the traveler’s place of residence; for this you must make an appointment.
  2. Tourists can apply for visa through someone, Mexican or foreign legal stay in Mexico, to ask admission, prior to the consular interview.
  3. You must obtain a Multiple Migratory Form (FMM) to fill it with the required data:

If traveling by plane:   it will be provided during flight  .
If traveling by sea:   it will be provided by the maritime enterprise.
If traveling by land: it will be provided at the office of the National Immigration Institute at the point or place of entry.

The foreigner must present at the point of entry his or her valid passport. 
Mexicans living abroad   must report to the Office of the National Immigration Institute at the point of admission, for a statistical format for Mexicans.

For more information: 
National Migration Institute

Regional INM Delegation of Sonora.-526622360698

Local delegations in Sonora:
Airport Hermosillo526622610509
Guaymas: 526222223457
Nogales: (01 631) 31 2 17 55
Puerto Penasco: (01 638) 38 32 5 26
San Luis Rio Colorado: (01 653) 53 4 12 20
Sonoyta (01 651) 51 21520
Naco: (01 633) 33 4 01 15
Agua Prieta: (01 633) 33 8 09 32
Central office in Mexico, DF: 018000046264
Representative Offices for “Paisanos” (Mexican residents) call free from US 018772109469
You can also consult the “Paisano” Guide on line at: