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Expiring FMM's

The immigration forms issued for our November trip expire midway through our coming trip to Mazatan, which will be our third trip to Mexico using them. If that's a problem, what do we need to do? Thanks.

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1. Re: Expiring FMM's

Shouldn't FMM forms be surrendered on leaving the country? Have you been coming back and forth by land without handing them in? Confused....but the obvious answer would be to get a new one!

Edited: 11 May 2012, 12:47
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2. Re: Expiring FMM's

Yes, we visit San Diego, then go through San Ysidro and fly Volaris from TIJ. When we went back in January there was no problem using the old forms.

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In that case you have no proof that you left the country. The FMM's are not multiple entry forms and you should have handed them in when leaving and got a new one each time you re-entered. All you can do now is get a new one when you enter next time and hope they don't cause a fuss because you are logged as having entered nearly 6 months ago and have not returned one (say you did and they must have lost it).

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Actually the FMM or Forma Migratoria Multiple is multiple entry for a 6 month period. The airlines take them back but if you cross by land you can use them multiple times.

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I've had the same thing happen when driving back and forth more than once. Just fill out a new form and unless they've changed the rules recently (which has not been mentioned on What's Up Maz, or anywhere else I've seen) everything will be fine.

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6. Re: Expiring FMM's

The FMM is meant to be single entry document for foreigner tourists, whether it be land, air, or sea. Lots of discussion about this on RV forums in the past year or two.

Edited: 11 May 2012, 19:16
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7. Re: Expiring FMM's

Mazzi is correct, the new FMMs are meant to be a one-shot deal, quite different than the older FMTs, which were valid for multiple entry.

The good news is that even though Mexican Immigration is now fairly well computerized, they are still pretty lenient with those crossing by land. Just turn in your old FMMs at the border and purchase new ones on the spot. I haven't read about anyone being fined or hassled for NOT turning in the FMM, but be sure to do it at the border, as that is the ONLY place that you can get a new FMM when traveling by land.

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8. Re: Expiring FMM's

I was reminded why we like TIJ: An hour from leaving the trolley at San Ysidro, we're through airport Customs. That includes walking a mile or so to the border crossing, a cab ride, checkin at Volaris, security screening, etc. Gotta love it.

FMM's were neither examined nor requested.

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The onus is on the traveler going further south to obtain his tourist permit, because FMM's aren't required in the border zones for short stays. That's why they don't ask when you cross the border. They don't care.

This must mean you are about to wing your way to Mazatlan. Have a great trip. Would love some feedback on Volaris. Also, is there a reason you don't use the Volaris shuttle from San Diego?

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10. Re: Expiring FMM's

We've used the Volaris shuttle and Crucero bus; the shuttle was $35 PP RT and the bus was $23. Both times it was suggested we tip the people at the border when we crossed into Mexico. And we tipped the bus drivers, of course.

Now we pay $2.50 RT PP for the San Diego shuttle (Senior rate), and $12 each way for the taxi. So it's a little cheaper and a lot more fun.

Volaris is a well run airline. The planes are new and on time, it's a 2:20 flight, and there are frequent sales. Did I mention free drinks, to include free alcoholic drinks? We arrive after 7:00 PM, and the sharks are reduced if not gone altogether (There was one inside the secure area this time, but we breezed by him). No customs to deal with on arrival, of course, and Customs returning to the USA is a lot easier. We usually pay $170 to $180 PP RT for the flight.