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How To Get Nautical Sportfishing FMM For Fishing Mexico

nautical sportfishing Mexico fishing If you are traveling by boat in Mexico, north of Ensenada, you are required by law to have a nautical FMM Tourist Permit each time you enter Mexican waters. The officials have been cracking down on boats and you will be required to show your fishing license, Nautical FMM, and TIP. There is a new online process where you can apply and pay online for the Nautical Sportfishing Tourist FMM. They cost $500 Mexican pesos per person and you can pay by credit card.

Steps to Follow:

  1. Go to http://www.gob.mx/inm/documentos/ejemplo-del-formato-para-el-envio-de-las-listas-de-pasajeros-y-tripulantes-maritimos to find a form that you can download – the first link listed at the bottom – “Sample Form for submission of lists of maritime passengers and crew members”). Enter your own information for your vessel, entry and departure, along with a list of passengers.
  2. Then go to banjercito.com.mx/registroEmbarques/.  English tab on right at top of page or right click on page to translate to English. Here you will fill out personal and vessel information and pay for passengers. The fee is $500.00 Mexican pesos per person.
  3. Email both the passenger list document and the receipt showing proof of payment from the Banjercito site to the local INM delegation in Ensenada at [email protected].
  4. Applicants will receive an email from INM either authorizing the trip or denying entry to Mexico.
  5. The authorizing email will contain INM’s permit to enter as a Visitor without Permission to Perform Paid Activities. The length of stay will cover the amount of time asked for on the application, but will not exceed 180 days and it can not be used for multiple entries and departures. A copy will be sent to the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) and to the Secretary of Communications and Transportation (SCT.)

Nautical Sportfishing Tourist FMMs are valid for single use only. If you are NOT going to be within 12 miles of land with the boat, you do not need to have an FMM.

All boats over 15-feet in length entering Baja must also have a temporary boat importation permit.

For more information, see our Temporary Boat Importation Page.

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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.