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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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].
- Applicants will receive an email from INM either authorizing the trip or denying entry to Mexico.
- 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.