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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 09:25 AM
FMM Tourist Card


Ill be riding to Cabo next week from Tecate with my brothers (will post pics after) and 2 of them are flying home from SJD. Will the FMM card work for this or do they need an actual visa? Ive never had a problem because I always end up hauling all the gear back so this is new to me. Any answers are appreciated! Viva Baja!!
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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 09:39 AM


At the border, you pull over and park as soon as possible and walk to the INM office/ desk. There you obtain the FMM Tourist Card and you must have a valid passport to get one. The cost is 500 pesos (~$30US) and valid for up to 180 days. If less than 7 nights in Mexico, you can get a FREE FMM, but it must be returned when you exit Mexico.
If flying out, they collect them when you board the plane, typically. The 180-day FMM is multiple use for land travel, one trip only for air travel.

NOTE: different border agents will often have different versions of the rules. Viva Mexico!

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The green circle is where I parked, a block east of the entrance street into Mexico. The blue arrows is my walking path to the INM office. You walk across the street you entered Mexico on, enter the building (INM) and the red arrows are going back to my truck. There are turnstiles entering and exiting the border office area.



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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 09:59 AM


So you only return them if flying or if they are the free version?



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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 10:27 AM
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Why don't you just park in the INM/Aduana parking lot next to the INM building??
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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 10:35 AM


I don't see a red circle
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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 10:47 AM


I drive down to the first lite and go right and around the block coming back to where David shows two red arrows on the left. The covered area to the left with what looks like black post below it is a parking area, I think for the government workers, there is a guy there that will show you where to park so you can go in for the FMM papers. I usually tip him a couple of dollars.
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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 11:08 AM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Why don't you just park in the INM/Aduana parking lot next to the INM building??

Because it is a one way street to the left (east) and I wanted to see if I could find a close spot on that street without the multi-block circle around drive: 2nd block south, block west, block north, and then drive east to parking. I did, and that was fine.




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Quote: Originally posted by woody with a view  
So you only return them if flying or if they are the free version?


Yes, per the rules told me by INM officers at Mexicali this year... Flying, they are taken from you automatically. Driving, you need to figure how to get close to the INM on your drive home, then circle back through the city to get into the northbound lanes. Tecate is the easiest for that... again only for the FREE FMM.




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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 11:17 AM


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Quote: Originally posted by willardguy  
I don't see a red circle


It looks redder than anything else I could describe, but I am color-blind, so what color is that circle (it is automatically that color, I cannot make it different)?


your circle is GREEN




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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 11:21 AM


What happens if you don't return them? They did not tell me to return them last April, and coming through at TJ I have no idea how you would get over to the INM office on the way out. That looks like a non starter for sure.

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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by willardguy  
I don't see a red circle


It looks redder than anything else I could describe, but I am color-blind, so what color is that circle (it is automatically that color, I cannot make it different)?


your circle is GREEN


LOL, thanks... I am red/green color blind!




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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 11:23 AM


Exactly

Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
I drive down to the first lite and go right and around the block coming back to where David shows two red arrows on the left. The covered area to the left with what looks like black post below it is a parking area, I think for the government workers, there is a guy there that will show you where to park so you can go in for the FMM papers. I usually tip him a couple of dollars.
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Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
What happens if you don't return them? They did not tell me to return them last April, and coming through at TJ I have no idea how you would get over to the INM office on the way out. That looks like a non starter for sure.

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Because your passport is scanned, you could get flagged to pay the full 180-day FMM cost if you stop for another free FMM in the next 6 months. They are tracking people who get the free ones to catch people who stay longer without paying the fee for 180 day stays. We have not heard of this happening, but hey, how else will they catch cheaters? :wow::o




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Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
What happens if you don't return them? They did not tell me to return them last April, and coming through at TJ I have no idea how you would get over to the INM office on the way out. That looks like a non starter for sure.

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Because your passport is scanned, you could get flagged to pay the full 180-day FMM cost if you stop for another free FMM in the next 6 months. They are tracking people who get the free ones to catch people who stay longer without paying the fee for 180 day stays. We have not heard of this happening, but hey, how else will they catch cheaters? :wow::o


Ahh, good point.

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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 11:38 AM


Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
What happens if you don't return them? They did not tell me to return them last April, and coming through at TJ I have no idea how you would get over to the INM office on the way out. That looks like a non starter for sure.

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nothing.
Anecdotal 3 hand stories will appear here and online from time to time though.


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Quote: Originally posted by soylent_green  
Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
What happens if you don't return them? They did not tell me to return them last April, and coming through at TJ I have no idea how you would get over to the INM office on the way out. That looks like a non starter for sure.

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nothing.
Anecdotal 3 hand stories will appear here and online from time to time though.


[Edited on 11-8-2017 by soylent_green]


Exactly! There used to be an address to mail the FMM/FMTs back, as they knew it was insanity to get tourist to drive across the city to the entry border area, park, walk, and then go back to the end of the line in Tijuana and Mexicali.




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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 01:58 PM


Thanks everyone! All my questions were answered lol
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[*] posted on 11-8-2017 at 08:51 PM


Quote: Originally posted by soylent_green  

nothing.
Anecdotal 3 hand stories will appear here and online from time to time though.
[Edited on 11-8-2017 by soylent_green]








With you on that, have never seen any HARD evidence of a
Tourist not returning any length of fmm. free or the 180 day,
who was penalized. Mexicali West insists on the 7 day being
returned, so I do, just to avoid the what if's. I don't think I
could navigate thru TJ back to the Chaparrel crossing to
attempt to return the free fmm, if there was some sort of
reprocussion for not returning a 7 day fmm, it would have been widely reported
















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[*] posted on 11-9-2017 at 08:27 AM


Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by woody with a view  
So you only return them if flying or if they are the free version?


Yes, per the rules told me by INM officers at Mexicali this year... Flying, they are taken from you automatically. Driving, you need to figure how to get close to the INM on your drive home, then circle back through the city to get into the northbound lanes. Tecate is the easiest for that... again only for the FREE FMM.


can Tecate be used to depart and return the Payed for FMM while traveling trough Baja?
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Quote: Originally posted by chrishaynesusa  
Quote: Originally posted by David K  
Quote: Originally posted by woody with a view  
So you only return them if flying or if they are the free version?


Yes, per the rules told me by INM officers at Mexicali this year... Flying, they are taken from you automatically. Driving, you need to figure how to get close to the INM on your drive home, then circle back through the city to get into the northbound lanes. Tecate is the easiest for that... again only for the FREE FMM.


can Tecate be used to depart and return the Payed for FMM while traveling trough Baja?


All border crossings issue the FMM. If you pay for the 180 day one, you do NOT have to return it.




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