|Taking your Boat to Mexico
following guideline is based on brochures
supplied by SECTUR. Reprint of those brochures
is made with approval of the Mexican Consulate.
Be sure to check with SECTUR or the Mexican
E. Elizabeth St., Brownsville, TX 78520
Tel: (956) 542-4431 * Fax: (956) 542-7267)
prior to your departure to make sure you
have the most up to date information.
do I need to enter my vessel temporarily into Mexico?
1. Title (lease agreement in your name if the vessel
2. Proof of citizenship or resisdency in a foreign country.
3. Choose one of the following depending on the way
you entered the country:
a) Departure clearance from the original point of
departure, or similar official document in the event that you enter
b) Title for the trailer (or lease agreement in your
name if trailer is rented), in the event that you enter by land.
should I do when I arrive in Mexico?
1. Obtain a Tourist Visa (FMT) from the immigration office.
2. Obtain from Customs a temporary import permit for the vessel and the
3. Pay $ 10.00 (in U.S. Currency) with an international credit card,
or deposit with the Armed Forces Bank, BANJERCITO, a
bond for the value of the vessel (this procedure is applicable only when
the vessel enters by sea, if you enter by land the permit for your vehicle
will cover your vessel).
In the event that you decide to return to your country of origin and
leave your vesel in the care of the marina, you must return to the marina
at least once a year.
To Bring Your Boat Into Mexico
If you want to bring into the country a touring motor boat or a sailboat
more than four and a half meters long (14'-6"), you must comply the following
I. If you are going to enter by sea:
1. Upon your arrival at the first port of entry in
Mexico, go to the immigration office and obtain a Tourist Entry
Form for each passenger aboard, if you had not previously obtained
this form from a Mexican consulate, Mexican
Government Tourism Office or embassy.
to customs and obtain a Temporary Import Permit,
presenting the following information:
II. If you are
going to enter by land:
a) Vessel Ownership Title
b) Document verifying that the vessel's owner resides
in a foreign country (Tourist Entry Form)
credit card, bond or deposit mechanisms are three available
1. Proceed to the immigration office at
the crossing where you enter into the country and obtain
your Tourist Entry Form.
2. Proceed to customs and obtain a Temporary
Vehicle Import Permit, stating on the back of said
permit the following information about your vessel:
It is important to indicate that once you enter the country
(whether you came by sea or by land) you will be able to proceed
to a marina, and obtain a form to register your vessel. Once
this has been done, remind the marine operator to inform the
proper Tax Office for the area where the
marina is located, or the Customs office at
the port of entry, that your boat is registered at the marina.
a) Vessel Ownership Title b) Document
verifying that the owner of the vessel resides in a foreign country
(Tourist Entry Form)
c) The credit card, bond or deposit mechanisms are
three available alternatives.
In the event that you decide to return to your country of origin, and
leave your vessel in the care of the marina, you must return once a year
to the marina.
If you want to bring into the country a touring motor boat or a sailboat
less than four and a half meters long (14'-6"), you must comply with
the procedure for temporary import, meeting the following requirements:
The vessel is the property of the person residing in a foreign
Your motor boat or sailboat
can remain in the country for the period authorized on the Tourist
2. Present identification verifying your nationality
and a current Tourist Entry Form.
NOTES: In the event that rented sailboats or motor boats
are involved, you must present proper rental agreement in your name.
The Temporary Import Permit for your car, together with
the vessel information will provide legal authorization to enter your
vessel into the country until you arrive to a tourist marina.
Requirements For The Temporary Entry Of Trailers
The trailer used to transport your vessel can be imported under two conditions:
You may chose the tourist
marine regulations whenever:
- Tourist Marines
Regulation which allows you to leave your trailer in
the care of the marina for the length of time you desire.
- Temporary Immigration
Regulations, according to which your trailer can remain
in Mexico for the length of your authorized stay.
1. The trailer is your property,
You should take into account that trailers brought into the
country, according to tourist marinas regulations, can only
travel within the national territory while transporting said
vessel, therefore, if the trailer leaves the country, so must
2. It is registered with an authorized marina, which shall
be resposible for the same; and
3. You file through the Marina, a notice to the customs Office or the
local tax collection office for the area in which the marina is located
, stating that said trailer shall not be taken out of the country while
under the care of the marina.
In the event you want to leave your vessel in the care of a marina, but
want to leave with your trailer, all you need to do is leave the vessel
in the care of the marina meeting all the tourist marina regulations,
and bring the trailer under the temporary import regulations, which allows
trailers to be in the country for one month, having to be taken out of
the country after that period of time.
When you bring your vessel on a trailer that does not belong to you,
it shall enter the country under the temporary import regulations.
In those cases when a vessel has to be pulled by a three ton or larger
tractor trailer, arrival and departure arrangements must be made with
a Mexican carrier to transport your vessel inside national territory.
In those cases when a vessel is pulled by a private vehicle owned by
a tourist importing the vessel, you shall register the vessel and it's
trailer on the back side of the temporary import permit used for the
vehicle, describing with precision the characteristics of both the vessel
In those cases when a vessel is pulled by a foreign private vehicle not
owned by the tourist importing the vessel, a permit shall be issued for
the vessel and trailer and a separate temporary import permit for the
vehicle, using the same forms used for automobiles.
It is important to point out that the marina operator where the vessel
is docked can import any parts required for its maintenance and repair.
To Sail In Mexican Waters
Arrival and Departures Upon your arrival in Mexico, if you want
to sail from one port or marina to another, even if you do not leave
the country, you need to have the proper arrival and departure clearances:
To authorize the arrival of you vessel to a marina or port you
check with the nearest Mexican Consulate if this regulation
applies to you. Brownsville,
TX 724 E. Elizabeth St.,
Brownsville, TX 78520 Tel: (956) 542-4431 * Fax: (956) 542-7267
Departure clearance from the port of origin or any other
legal document verifying the vessel's point of departure.
b) Open Sea Sailing:
1) A departure clearance from the port of origin
or any other legal document verifying the vessel's point of departure.
2) A Health Permit, whenever so required by the
proper authority, taking into account the vessel's original point
To authorize the departure of your vessel to a marina or port
a) Sailing within the same port:
*NOTE: Please check with the nearest Mexican Consulate if this
regulation applies to you. Brownsville,
TX 724 E. Elizabeth St., Brownsville,
TX 78520 Tel: (956) 542-4431 * Fax: (956) 542-7267
A verbal agreement from the Harbor Master or his representative.
b) Coastal Sailing:
1) Special form for vessel departure clearance. 2) Inspection
Certificate from the vessel's country of origin or similar document
to verify it. 3) Verification that there are no
accounts pending at the marina.
4) Health permit, whenever so required by the proper
authority, taking into account the vessel's original point of departure.*
For Renting Your Vessel When You Decide To Leave It In The Care Of The
Tourist marinas can market for profit the vessel you left in thier care
as long as the following requirements are met:
a) The recreational yachts or sailboats left in their
care are 4.5 meters long (14'-6") or larger.b) The
vessel is marketed through the tourist marina itself or a third party
who, together with the owner of the vessel, is responsible for all
c) The tourist marina or authorized third party has
entered into a rental agreement with the owner of the vessel.
These vessels may not be marketed without the required permits issued
by the Ministry of Treasury and the Ministry
of Communications and Transportation.
TAKING YOUR BOAT TO MEXICO
SECRETARY OF TOURISM
For more information, contact your nearest office
of the Mexican Consulate
724 E. Elizabeth St., Brownsville, TX
Tel: (956) 542-4431 * Fax: (956) 542-7267
Toll Free (Mexico): 91-800-90-392
Toll Free (International): 1-800-482-9832
Information courtesy of SECTUR & the Government of Mexico
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