If you are traveling to Mexico from the U.S. in a car, whether it be to Mexico City or Mayan ruins, there are certain entry requirements you have to meet. Moreover, you will need a tourist card and a temporary vehicle importation permit, depending on where you cross. Some border areas ask for these, although some do not. But, you can obtain both at the border when visiting Mexico.  

Mexico Entry Requirements

Travel Documents Needed

You will need the following documents for a Mexico vehicle permit and Mexico tourist card:

  • Proof of car ownership.
  • Proof of registration.
  • An affidavit from any lien holders.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Proof of citizenship.

Vehicle Permit

Vehicle permits cost $44 and must be paid with a credit card. But, if you do not have a credit card, a bond, and a processing fee will be applied. You must display vehicle permits on the windshield during your stay.

Tourist Card

Citizens traveling to Mexico can obtain a tourist card at the border with a U.S. driver’s license and proof of citizenship. Tourist cards are valid for crossing the border for entry into Mexico up to 180 days.

Re-Entering The U.S.

Anyone exiting or entering the country must present a valid passport, including all United States citizens (even children and infants). If you are taking your children abroad, you must provide proof of legal rights for them. Divorcees need divorce and custody papers. Divorcees also need to have a notarized letter of consent from the other parent.

You may bring back up to $800 worth of purchases made from Mexico without having to pay taxes on those items.

More Information

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*This information is given to the best of our knowledge. So, please contact the Department of Homeland Security for detailed information on english language requirements for international students, and other people traveling under special circumstances.