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Getting Permits To Fish Mexico – An Angler’s Guide To Baja

Fishing boat in Mexico - getting permits fish mexicoIt is easy to understand why many boat owners and anglers alike are intimidated about traveling in Baja – beginning with a foreign language (Spanish) to foreign forms with strange-sounding acronyms. Fortunately, the internet has made the entire process much simpler.

Here is a list of the items and links to them that you may need:

  1. FMM and names Forma Migratoria Múltiple – the Mexican Tourist Permit.  CLICK HERE for full details on FMM documents.
  2. Mexican fishing licenses, CLICK HERE for Fishing License 
  3. Nautical Sportfishing Tourist FMM for those traveling by boat.  CLICK HERE for full details.
  4. TIP, the temporary Boat Importation Permit. CLICK HERE for full details.
  5. Mexican Insurance for Autos and/or Boats that enter Baja. CLICK HERE for full details.
  6. Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit if you will be taking a vehicle into mainland Mexico. CLICK HERE for full details.
  7. If you need to cancel a Temporary Importation Permit, CLICK HERE.

Important Requirements & Tips For Fishing In Mexico

All U.S. and Canadian citizens crossing into Mexico are required to have a passport and driver’s license/ID card along with an FMM Tourist Permit… regardless of the duration or destination of the stay in Baja.

Make copies of all important documents (passport, driver’s license, Mexican auto insurance, credit cards and tourist card). Give one copy to a friend or family member staying at home and take one copy with you. If possible, scan the documents and email to yourself so that you have access to them online.

Call your U.S. cell phone provider, if necessary, to activate Mexican roaming and determine what packages are available when traveling in Mexico.

Notify your bank that you will be traveling in Mexico and may use your bank cards during the trip. Also determine locations of sister banks in Baja, if available, to withdraw money from an ATM without a fee.

Purchase road map and/or Baja Guide book.

Inform family and friends of your travel plans.

If you will be fishing from a boat, you will need a Fishing License

If you have a boat over 15-feet in length that you are taking to Baja, you will need a Temporary Boat Importation Permit 

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That Baja Guy-Gary Graham, the BD Outdoors Baja Editor, has more than five decades fishing experience off of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. From light tackle and fly up to offshore marlin fishing, Gary has experienced all facets of this fishery. He's set several fly-fishing world records and in his first year as a member of the Tuna Club of Avalon, he received more angling awards than any other first-year member in the club's 109-year history. He's been involved with many California angling clubs and is the Baja California Representative for the International Game Fish Association. 
Gary's a conservationist as well as a writer and photographer. In addition to two books on saltwater fly-fishing, hundreds of his articles and photographs have appeared in publications around the world. Graham has devoted his life to finding new fisheries and developing new techniques — all of which he shares through his guiding, speaking, photography and writing.