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[*] posted on 1-9-2020 at 11:36 AM
FMM card question


Hi all. I'm planning for trip into Baja Sur in a few weeks and would like to buy my FMM card online beforehand. I'm crossing into Tijuana and can't seem to find Tijuana or San Ysidro on the drop-down menu here: https://www.inm.gob.mx/fmme/publico/en/solicitud.html

Does it go by another name?

Thanks for any help
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[*] posted on 1-9-2020 at 11:49 AM


I think you still have to stop at the border to have the online FMM stamped. You might as well just wait and do it all at once a the border.

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[*] posted on 1-9-2020 at 12:07 PM


Tijuana has two crossings. Otay and El Chaparrel. El Chaparrel is San Ysidro at the end of the I-5 Freeway on the US side.
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[*] posted on 1-9-2020 at 12:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by John Harper  
I think you still have to stop at the border to have the online FMM stamped. You might as well just wait and do it all at once a the border.

John


Yeah I should've been clearer, I've done that before and it's a bit more of a rigamarole (back & forth to bank, I think it's supposed to be an anti-corruption measure to prevent money changing hands w gov officials). Trying to streamline.
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[*] posted on 1-9-2020 at 12:26 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Tijuana has two crossings. Otay and El Chaparrel. El Chaparrel is San Ysidro at the end of the I-5 Freeway on the US side.


Thanks bajaguy!
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[*] posted on 1-9-2020 at 12:30 PM


My last FMM was issued at the Mexicali (west) office a coup;e of years ago. I gave the agent my passport, he filled out the form, I paid him and he stamped the FMM. It couldn't have gone any smoother!



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[*] posted on 1-10-2020 at 12:46 PM


I belong to a travel club specializing in Baja - Vagabundos del Mar in Nor Cal. The fee is $35/year but to me worth the expense - they will issue your FMMs, fishing licenses and auto insurance. Super easy. Yes they charge a service charge, but it is very convenient. As always you have to stop at border and get FMM stamped. You also have to submit the date and port of entry into Mexico.
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[*] posted on 1-10-2020 at 04:07 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaMama  
...You also have to submit the date and port of entry into Mexico.


So if you miss your day, do you have to do the whole 8 minute process at the border all over again, and pay again?

I don't understand adding the stress of having to cross on a certain day and place, weeks or months in advance of crossing, to save 2 minutes of filling out a form.




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[*] posted on 1-10-2020 at 05:02 PM


If you don't know the exact date you will be entering, fill your FMM form out at the INM office.



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[*] posted on 1-10-2020 at 06:31 PM


Quote: Originally posted by danaeb  
If you don't know the exact date you will be entering, fill your FMM form out at the INM office.


Right, but 9 of my friends were heading down the day after Xmas for a trip we had planned for months, they were delayed a day in Oakland and didn't leave till Friday, unforeseen issues the day before, and going over the Tehachapis, the road was closed for some hours that night. They made it into SF about 3:30 in the morning after diverting to SF because the Grapevine was closed.

Right there 3 separate issues the day of or before they were supposed to leave that prevented them from crossing on a specific day and a specific port of entry.




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[*] posted on 1-11-2020 at 11:04 PM


Quote: Originally posted by BajaMama  
I belong to a travel club specializing in Baja - Vagabundos del Mar in Nor Cal. The fee is $35/year but to me worth the expense - they will issue your FMMs, fishing licenses and auto insurance.

Maybe it's only worth the expense if one needs both FMM and fishing license for those particular dates. Otherwise, it costs $25 on INM website.

Auto insurance is a separate pain with separate online forms to fill, I see no advantage here.
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[*] posted on 1-11-2020 at 11:22 PM


Quote: Originally posted by bajaguy  
Tijuana has two crossings. Otay and El Chaparrel. El Chaparrel is San Ysidro at the end of the I-5 Freeway on the US side.

Minor addition:
There are in fact 3 crossings:
Otay and 2 "El Chaparrals" - one for cars and pedestrians at the end of I5, and another one for pedestrians only, near the trolley station. 2 "El Chaps" are spaced ~3/4 mile from one another, they are 2 separate INM and customs buildings. When you type "El Chaparral" it will work for either one.
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[*] posted on 1-18-2020 at 10:53 AM


Thanks all!
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[*] posted on 1-18-2020 at 11:38 AM



I know superciudado wants to cross in Tijuana, but my positive experience crossing at Tecate in December has made it my preferred port of entry. It is an alternative worth considering depending upon one's destination in Baja and one's intended route.

No line for the FMM at about 9:30 am on a Sunday. Some of us had obtained FMMs in advance and only needed to have them stamped. However those of us who did all of the paperwork at the border were finished with the process in about the same time. Exact change in pesos made it easy.

Our return to the US through Tecate a month later was just as easy. We crossed at about noon on a Saturday - 15 minutes total from the end of the vehicle line through US customs.

Five days earlier part of our group had returned through Mexicali - it took them over two hours to cross at about 6pm on a Tuesday. I don't even want to think about how long it would have taken at Tijuana.
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