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 Mexico - Formalities


Laws and regulations are interpreted differently in different parts of Mexico, and historically there has been some differences between the Pacific and Caribbean sides. Generally speaking, officialdom on the Pacific side has been extremely easy to get along with, especially since they did away with having to clear from one domestic port to the other.

It is strongly advised that ALL foreign boats visiting the east coast of Mexico (including those from the USA) arrive with a zarpe from their last port of call.

For US boats obtaining a Zarpe is difficult, but not impossible. See Noonsite/USA/Formalities for the details. In many ports Zarpes are only issued to commercial vessels. Read the consequences of arriving in Mexico without one in the report here.

Formalities can be time-consuming, but in the major ports there are maritime agents who will do the formalities for a fee, as will some of the marinas.

See these very useful guides produced by Latitude38 Boating in Mexico and First Timer's Guide to Mexico 2016 for information on entering and boating in Mexico.

This quick reference Guide to Visiting Mexico by Private Boat may also be helpful for those planning to visit the country. This is unofficial, general information and may not accurately reflect everywhere in the country; however, cruisers have reported that it is helpful.


New immigration rules now state that boats arriving from foreign countries must alert officials in their proposed port of entry 24 hours in advance by electronic means. In some cases this can be done via a marina. If advance notification is not possible there will be a delay of 24 hrs on arrival before clearance can be undertaken. The law also requires an 8 hour notice period prior to departure.

Important note: Noonsite has received feedback from cruisers entering Mexico at Islas Mujeres and Cozumel stating that pre-arrival registration was not required or asked for.

Register in advance by using the Banjercito website ( A fee of $306 Mexican Pesos fee per person is payable by credit card. The card owner must also be the person responsible for the boat. Instructions on which office to email the completed form to are shown on the website. The returned email with the entry authorizations, together with the receipt for the fees paid must be kept on board the boat at all times. It is advisable to complete a form for each person on board separately (paying with the same card). On this form, when filling in the number of people on the boat, enter one. Permission is for a single entry visit only, and for a maximum of 180 days.

As well as the zarpe and ship's papers, six crew lists in Spanish are required for officials on arrival. Crew list forms (in Spanish) can be obtained either before or after arrival, on payment of a fee. All officials will stamp and sign all crew lists and each official will keep a copy.


On arrival in Mexico, yachts must go to the nearest Port of Entry, with the Q and courtesy flags flying.

Offices must be visited in the following order:

  1. Health inspection – either at the local hospital, or, the Port Captain will ask the doctor to come to his office. This is not always required.
  2. Immigration
  3. Agriculture
  4. Customs
  5. Port Captain (pay clearance and port fees)

1. Health Inspection (Sanitation)

The doctor will ask the crew health-related questions, take body temperatures, ask about vaccinations and do possible further tests depending on which port you came from (Haiti for example will demand more scrutiny). After completing the interview, the doctor will stamp all the necessary documents, ask for a fee and give you a Health Permit for cruising Mexican waters.

2. Immigration

Immigration will want to see:

- The stamped documents from the Doctor
- Registration of the vessel
- Copies of the passports of crew travelling on board
- Boat Insurance
- Zarpe from last port of call
- Captain's license

You will be given forms to make a bank payment (in cash) for the tourist cards (known as an FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple)). Once payment has been made, return to the immigration office, fill out the declaration forms, and you will get your tourist cards.

Remember to keep your receipt (for all payments). In Mexico, when you check out, you have to show the receipt for the tourist cards, or they charge you again.

3. Agriculture
The Agriculture officer may be seen before or after Customs, and is not obligatory in every port. They will ask some questions about ship's stores and provisions (as officially you cannot bring meat and fresh produce into Mexico) and complete some forms.

4. Customs
Customs will want to see
the ship's papers, the tourist cards and clearance papers. The Temporary Import Permit (TIP - see below) is not part of the clearing in procedure and is obtained from Customs immediately after a vessel has cleared in. A TIP is only required if staying in Mexico longer than 5 days.

5. Port Captain
Give the Port Captain all the documents and forms you have been given at the various offices. The Port Authority (API) will calculate a fee based on tonnage and it's likely you will have to make this payment at a local bank in cash. Return with your receipt and you will be given your cruising permit.

Cruising Mexico

Once you have cleared into the country, it is no longer necessary to clear in and out with the port captain at each subsequent port, provided you log in with a local marina and the marina keeps a record of arrivals and departures.

Temporary Import Permit (TIP)
A TIP (Importada, or referred to by some as a cruising permit) is required for boats normally planning to stay in Mexican waters for more than 3-5 days and allows you to leave your boat in Mexico when you fly out and/or need to import parts for your boat duty free (although some officials have differing interpretations of the regulations).

The Mexican Government invite you to start your application on line prior to entry into Mexico (see guidelines by Latitude 38 on how to do this here). Unfortunately however, application via the website requires an address in either the USA or Canada. If you don't have this, you will need to obtain the TIP at the first port of entry which has a Customs office. Modification of Banjército´s online system is being made to allow the Temporary Import Permit to be mailed to an address in Mexico.

Some ports are better at dealing with the TIP paperwork than others (see reports adjacent). On the West Coast of Mexico cruisers recommend the following ports: Cabo San Lucas, Ensendada, Huatulco, La Paz, Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta. On the Caribbean side of Mexico (so including visits to Isla Mujeres), Cancun is the only place a TIP can be obtained.

See documents for more details.

Note Dec 2015: Puerto Morelos on the Caribbean side of Mexico currently requries the use of an agent for clearing in and out, making this an expensive port to enter or leave the country.


A minimum of eight hours notice of departure is required by law.

The port captain, Customs and Immigration must be visited with six more copies of the crew list, and a departure clearance form (zarpe) obtained from the port captain. Although this document may not be requested when clearing into the next country (note: Hawaii require an exit zarpe from Mexico), it is necessary to have it in the event of being stopped by a Mexican Navy boat while still in Mexican waters. If wishing to stop anywhere in Mexico after clearing out, this should be put on the outward clearance by the relevant official.

The cruising permit and tourist cards must be returned. You have to show the receipt for the tourist cards, or they will charge you again.

Any registered marina can clear boats in and out of port for their clients, which means that boats can be serviced during marina working hours, not just during bureaucratic hours at the Capitania and Migracion.

Last updated May 2017.


Crew members will not be allowed off their boats until the vessel has been inspected by Immigration. See New Immigration Rules.

Passports must be valid for the length of your stay in Mexico. Some nationalities will be granted a tourist card on arrival (known as an FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple)), others must obtain a visa in advance (see below).

A new regulation, introduced January 2012, states that anyone sailing within 24 miles of the coast of Mexico must be in possession of a visa. These visas, however, are for fishing boats fishing in Mexican waters but never going ashore. The regulation does not apply to sailboats that will be calling at Mexican ports.

Cruisers must obtain a Tourist visa at their first port of entry.

Cruisers have reported on the Southbound Group that they were boarded in La Paz Bay by the Mexican Navy checking paperwork and ensuring that crew were legally in Mexico. Other cruisers report that on arrival at Isla Mujeres they were granted a tourist card without difficulty.

See this Official list of countries whose passport holders do not need a visa in advance.

Mexico's enforcement of its immigration policies often tends to be inconsistent from port to port — and sometimes from month to month.

A Tourist Card will be issued on arrival as follows:-

For stays of 180 days; citizens of EU countries (except nationals of Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic and Slovenia), Canada, Japan, USA, Andorra, Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland and Uruguay.

For stays of up to 90 days; citizens of Australia, Iceland, Israel, Korea (Rep), Monaco, South Africa, Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic and Slovenia.

For stays of up to 30 days; citizens of Venezuela.

A tourist card is needed to leave the country, and if lost it takes about a week to replace. Passports and tourist cards must be carried at all times.


All other countries require a visa, to be obtained in advance.

If coming from Belize it is advisable to arrive in Mexico either with a tourist card or a visa obtained in advance. These can be obtained from the Mexican consul in Belize City. It is imperative that those who wish to stay longer ask immigration at the first port of entry to stamp the passport for the entire period allowed under Mexican law.

Visa/Tourist Card Renewals

Renewal of the tourist card beyond the permitted time can be done in Mexico City at the Secretaria de Gobernacion, Direccion General de Asuntos Jurídicos, Avenida Juarez 92, 2nd floor (postal address: CP06500), Tel. 535-2718. If one has proof of possessing US$500 per month of intended stay, renewal of tourist cards and visas, which can take several weeks, can be done at a local immigration office. However, in an emergency a local immigration officer can extend a card for a few days, with telephone approval from Mexico City.

Last updated January 2018.


The only firearms allowed in Mexico are sporting guns which must have a valid Mexican hunting licence, obtained in advance. Other firearms must have a permit, and be declared to the authorities on arrival, who will keep them in custody until departure.

The penalties for having an unauthorised gun on board are severe and can lead to seizure of the yacht and imprisonment of the captain. Officials now use a drug/gun sniffing dog to search boats on arrival.

Although "Vessels in Transit" do not have to pay import tax on boat parts, avoiding such payment is very difficult. The correct procedure is as follows: the owner of the vessel should go with the ship's papers to the port captain of the nearest marina, who will issue a letter stating that the vessel is in transit. The sender of the parts is then instructed to send the package to the port captain, marking the name of the marina and correct address, then the boat owner's name and vessel's name. "Vessel in Transit" must appear on the package. The shipment will come directly to the port captain, thus bypassing customs and, if all runs smoothly, the goods will then be handed over to the vessel's owner without any dues to be paid. As in the case with most formalities in Mexico, things may not work out in practice, in which case the services of a customs agent will greatly simplify matters, but his fee must be weighed up against the money saved in import dues. There are reports also of shipping agents charging extra fees.

Yacht custody Leaving the yacht in Mexico for over six months is possible if it is left in an authorised marina, if the owner is a foreign national and not resident in Mexico. The owner or his legal representative must visit the yacht at least once a year to renew the custody.

Even if leaving the boat for only a short time, ensure that the marina has copies of all the necessary documents, including the TIP.

Last updated September 2016.


Water should be treated everywhere in Mexico. Several cruising sailors have contracted parasites either from contaminated water or food which had come in contact with such water, such as salads, fruit or ice cream.

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended if visiting rural areas.

There have been changes in Mexican law regarding prescriptions for controlled medications. Visitors who require new prescriptions or need to refill existing prescriptions are required to get a new prescription from a Mexican licensed physician. Cruisers using tourist visas in Mexico should be sure to carry sufficient medications (and their original prescription) to last for the duration of their visit. This is particularly important if you use Coumadin/Warfarin (to prevent blood clots). Previously, this medicine could be purchased over the counter without a prescription. But it is no longer available and there is no replacement that's exactly equivalent.

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: (September 2016) There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Mexico is an area of interest due to mosquito transmission risk. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.


All documents must be the original copies.

Temporary Import Permit (TIP) - Importacion Temporal de Embarcaciones

You are eligible to stay in Mexico for 5 days without a TIP.

For those with an address in the USA or Canada and an American or Canadian passport, a TIP can be obtained in advance, online, at The cost is approx. US$50 and it takes around 7 days to receive the TIP in the mail. Modification of Banjército´s online system is being made to allow the Temporary Import Permit to be mailed to an address in Mexico. It's also worth reading this latest advice from Latitude 38 as applying online still has its problems.

For all others, the TIP must be applied for at the first port of entry (note: only a few ports can process this paperwork). Documentation is likely to take longer to be processed. Private boats must take to Immigration their valid tourist card (“visa”) and boat registration.

IMPORTANT: No matter if you apply for a TIP online or in person, when the form asks for the "serial number" of your boat, the form is NOT asking for your boat's documentation number, but for her HIN (Hull identification number). What to do if you boat is pre-1974 and didn't have a HIN number, or is a foreign boat that never had a HIN number? Contact the Coast Guard documentation office to get a document which reflects this. As for owners of non-U.S. documented boats with no HIN number, there does not appear to be an answer to this and officials should be consulted.

Vessels owned by a company must provide their boat registration, certificate of incorporation (notorised), and if the captain is not the owner of the vessel then a document signed by the owner of the vessel stating the captain can act on the owners behalf (in some places this must be an original copy).

In some ports, copies of documents are not acceptable and in order to get a TIP you must have your documents notorised by a public notary. In Mexico this makes the document legal (check with your agent).

The TIP allows you to leave your boat in Mexico when you fly out and/or need to import parts for your boat duty free. It is valid for 10 years regardless how many times the boat exits and re-enters Mexican waters.

It is advisable to ensure that you leave a copy of your TIP (and other necessary documents) with the marina if leaving the boat. See this report for the possible consequences of not doing so.

When entering Mexico, it is advisable to have all possible places the yacht might visit listed on the TIP, including the last port intended for exit from the country.

The TIP contains a boat inventory and it is advisable to list everything here to facilitate importing spare parts duty free. If any replacement parts you subsequently import are listed on the TIP they can be imported without paying duty. This can be subject to different interpretation by customs officials. There is a guideline for obtaining the clearance documents required to bring in parts at

You can renew the TIP online, but not until the old permit has expired. Again, the new TIP should take 8-10 days to arrive by mail.

Cancelling the TIP

If you leave Mexico and are never coming back with your current boat, you don't need to cancel your TIP.  
However, if you leave without cancelling your TIP, then sell your boat to someone who plans to go to Mexico, they may not be able to Import it, and will be liable for LARGE fines. 
If you leave Mexico without cancelling your TIP and then go back to Mexico after the expiration date, YOU will be liable for LARGE fines.

You can cancel your TIP by going to the Aduana at the nearest airport. You can also cancel it at the Banjercito in the port where you are checking out of Mexico.

Remember, YOU are responsible for cancelling the TIP.  Don't assume that it will be done unless you specifically ask for it.


  • To avoid problems with the authorities, be sure to have the original (current) registration/documentation, original of the TIP, and current insurance binder ON THE BOAT (and copies in the marina office if leaving the boat). It is important to make sure that all information on the various documents are consistent.
  • Before you buy a boat that might have been in Mexico, make sure that her TIP has been cancelled. A new TIP cannot be issued for a boat that already has one. To get an old TIP cancelled requires presenting the old TIP itself, or pieces of it, and the previous owner's exit zarpe from Mexico.

Necessary Current Documents when sailing to Mexico

It is recommended to have both the originals and about five copies of each.
1) The original of your vessel documentation — with current stamp — or state registration.
2) Passports for the entire crew.
3) Proof of Insurance — mostly only required by marinas. It's possible that having Mexican liability insurance is no longer required as a number of cruisers have reported not being questioned about this.
4) Fishing Permits — required even if you're just carrying fishing gear.
5) Mexican Tourist Cards — pick them up at your first port.
6) Crew List
7) Notorised permission letter for children who are minors if they are not accompanied by both their parents.
8) Letter of Authorization if a captain is to be left in charge of the boat.

Each person on board must have a fishing licence if such tackle is carried on board. Spot checks are made, and simply having fishing tackle on board is considered by the Mexican authorities sufficient reason to need a licence. The cost ranges from just under 100 pesos for a day to an annual licence costing about 500 pesos(2011).

The licences can be obtained online at or or from the Mexican Fisheries Department, 2550 5th Street, San Diego, California 92103-6622, USA or on arrival from the local Fisheries Department.

Last updated January 2017.


It's important to note that the uniformity of training and interpretation of regulations is often varied and subject to some unknown time warp in Mexico.

Clearance fees are likely to vary from port to port.

Health Inspection: From 50 pesos (US$3) per boat.

Immigration Fees: 500 pesos (US$27) per tourist card.

Port Fees: The Port Authority (API) will calculate a fee based on tonnage. Approx. 800 pesos (US$45) per boat.

Customs Fees: There is a fee for the Temporary Import Permit (TIP).

Overtime is charged for clearance outside of office hours.

Agent Fees: The agents charge $100 to clear in a power boat, and $75 for a sailboat. It's $50 to clear out.

Last updated May 2017.


One regulation that is not enforced in every port, is that authorities will seize and destroy any meats not labeled as having been inspected by the USDA, the Mexican department of agriculture or the similar agency of another government. See comment at bottom of page.

Chartering of foreign yachts is only allowed if marketed through a marina or authorised third party if the marina or third party has entered into a rental agreement with the owner and is responsible for all fiscal obligations. A permit must be obtained from the Ministry of the Treasury and Ministry of Communications and Transport.

Turtles are protected and no products made from turtles are allowed to be exported.

A permit is necessary to stop at Isla Contoy, north of Isla Mujeres, which is a nature reserve. The permit can be obtained from the office of the nature reserve, located in Rueda Medina, on Isla Mujeres.

From January 2008, it is a requirement that each person involved has a finshing licence. These can be obtained via the website (in Spanish only) and cost about USD45.

Wider Caribbean's Marine Protected Areas (CaMPAM)
A useful database of MPAs in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean region. All Marine Parks are MPAs, and therefore if wanting to find out about any marine parks in the islands you are visiting, details and location can be sourced via this website.


Animals require a veterinary health certificate and cats and dogs also require an anti-rabies vaccination certificate. Both certificates must be shown to a Mexican consul to obtain an import permit for the animals.

Visitors from the USA to Mexico may bring a dog or cat by presenting the following documents:-

    1) A Pet Health certificate signed by a registered Veterinary registered in the U.S. and issued not less than 72 hours before the animal enters Mexico, and which also includes a statement that the animal is free of parasites.

    2) Pet Vaccination Certificate showing that the animal has been treated for rabies, hepatitis, pip and leptospirosis.

Certification by a Mexican consular authorities is not required for the health or vaccination certificate.

A permit fee may be charged at the time of entry to Mexico.

boatcoder says:
May 13, 2017 07:47 PM

As of May 2017, Pre-Arrival clearing into Isla Mujeres does NOT need to be done. I lost 1000 pesos pre-clearing with the Banjercito link in the Pre-Arrival section.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 10, 2017 10:47 PM

Reported by Larry Gaddy:
I can give you an interesting update on the TIP. We got one in 2013, when we were cruising the Pacific side, so it is still valid until 2023. However, the buddy boat we were with did not have one. They were not asked about it by the marina, customs, or port authority. I have heard different beliefs about how long you can stay without a TIP - anywhere from 3 days to 10 days. Anyway, after we had been in port for a week the marina asked to see our TIP's. They told our friends that they needed to get one, as "sometimes" it is necessary to show one when clearing out. So, our friends had to go over to Cancun to get it. This was difficult, as the taxi drivers didn't know where to take them, but eventually he got the TIP. When we cleared out we were not asked to show the TIP.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 10, 2017 10:48 PM

Reported by Larry Gaddy:
We stayed in Mexico for 10 days. Neither of us had Mexican insurance, and we weren't asked to show our US policies. Maybe having Mexican liability insurance isn't necessary anymore.

Feral says:
Mar 06, 2017 04:16 PM

Does anyone know if a drivers licence is required to get mexican liability insurance. And if not, does any one know of a company that does not require drivers licence? Ill be heading down there after november and have all my paperwork for the boat but have never had a drivers licence.

Joyeux says:
Jan 14, 2017 08:04 PM

Checking out/TIP
After dealing with Aduana for 5 days in Cancun, here is what I have learned: If you leave Mexico and are never coming back with your current boat, you don't need to cancel your TIP. If you leave w/o cancelling, then sell your boat to someone who plans to go to Mexico, they may not be able to Import it, and will be liable for LARGE fines. If you leave w/o cancelling and come back after the expiration date you will be liable for LARGE fines. You can have multiple exits and re-entries until the TIP expiration date. You must apply for a new TIP before the old one expires. I got two conflicting answers about how to cancel the TIP. 1. I would have to go to Aduana at the nearest airport. 2. I can cancel it at the Banjercito in the port where I'm checking out (Zarpe, etc). YOU are responsible for cancelling the TIP. Don't assume that it will be done unless you specifically ask for it. Good Luck.

kairos48 says:
Dec 11, 2015 03:18 PM

When clearing in or out at Puerto Morelos (Marina El Cid)a 24 hour notice is required by Immigracion and Customs. You cannot call in advance to inform them as the marina requires you to be present when making the request. You will be required to stay in the Marina until all of the officials have cleared you in. If you are coming from the south expect to be boarded and searched by customs. Five agents and a K-9 searched my vessel. (I am a male, single handing, and I came from Guatemala so, no surprise since I came from a known narco route and fit the profile). In my ase, none of my meat or food was confiscated as others have reported.The agent and personnel at Marina El Cid were quite helpful.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Nov 10, 2015 02:30 PM

Posted on behalf of Ken Simon:
I followed the link for "Boating in Mexico" on noonsite, which has very detailed instructions for getting an entry permit online. I followed all of these instructions: made the payment online, and sent my documents with my receipt to the listed email address for the customs authorities in Cancun, which is the nearest customs office for where I want to go, Isla Mujeres. I sent my email in both Spanish and English, twice in the last week. It came back with an automatic message, in Spanish, which said the mailbox is full.
I then emailed the manager, Brad Wareing, of the marina where I will be staying on Isla Mujeres, Marina Paraiso. He said he had never heard of this online procedure, although his marina is one of three places on Isla Mujeres for officially clearing into customs. I then emailed the Mexican consulate nearest me in Michigan; no reply.
I think others should be warned that there is a problem with this online procedure, at least for Cancun. I very much doubt now whether the customs people on Isla Mujeres will honor my receipt for 996 pesos when I arrive there.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Apr 29, 2015 03:47 PM

Meat seizure in Mexico: Taken from Yahoo Group Cruisers Network Online
On Saturday, March 14, 2015 we cleared in to Mexico, Puerto Morelos, on our sailboat, Sea Schell, from Belize. Most of the officials were very polite, friendly, efficient and professional.

The woman from SAGARPA came aboard and started looking into everything. In our freezer she found several pounds of frozen meats for our personal consumption. Most of the meats were still labeled in their grocery store packaging and identified as being products of Belize. She said that she was required to seize and destroy any meats not labeled as having been inspected by the USDA, the Mexican department of agriculture or the similar agency of another government. The items she seized were: 4 chicken breasts, 2 chicken legs and thighs, pork chops, 1 pound pork stew meat, 4 minute steaks, 1 package turkey coldcuts. All of those items were still in their store packaging with appropriate store labels. In addition she seized the following: 4 breakfast sausages, 2 italian sausages. These items had also been bought at the grocery store in Belize but we had separated them into meal sized plastic bags before freezing.

We had never heard of any regulation that required destruction of meats on our boat for our personal consumption upon entry into Mexico. Friends on other boats clearing in to Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and San Miguel, Cozumel at approximately the same time and had not had that happen. Marina El Cid reported that they had never heard of such a thing. Detailed searches we did of websites from the Mexican government, tourist information sites and other cruisers showed no similar seizures and no indication that there was such a requirement. When we reported the incident on a radio net that covered all of the northwest Caribbean no one had heard of any such seizure in Mexico or any other country.

When we asked the woman where we could find the regulation she referred us to <> . There is no information on that site that refers to what cruising boats can bring into Mexico.

We are reporting this incident to all the cruising websites that we use to learn how to comply with all government regulations. If there is such a regulation the Mexican government should make it clear to all vessels prior to entering. This news will deter cruisers from visiting El Cid Marina and Puerto Morelos. That’s a shame because the marina is beautiful, the people are wonderful and it’s a great spot to stop to tour Mexico.

Royce says:
Jan 31, 2015 10:15 AM

The web link for the online TIP does work correctly. The address is right but clicking the link confuses their server. Instead, go to their home page, paste 'Importacion Temporal de Embarcaciones' into the Google search bar and click <Buscar>. This will take you to the right page, in fact the same address as listed above.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 31, 2014 08:53 PM

Latitude 38 are warning cruisers planning on joining the annual fall migration to Mexico, to hold off on completing paperwork in advance. The problem is that Banjercito (the Mexican military bank) adopted their web page from the web page for automobiles crossing into Mexico. Aduana (Customs) is working to get them to change the website now. It's recommended that cruisers wait until the end of September or even early October to apply for their TIP once the Banjercito web site has been properly amended for yachts. Read more about this at

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jul 28, 2014 12:49 PM

If using Navionics to navigate in Mexico waters, Latitude 38 report that chart data on which the Navionics charts are based are sometimes off by a significant amount. It is recommended if relying on digital charts, to do a Google Earth overlay of a chart to ensure the coastline is correct, particularly if navigating near islands and at night. See the Latitude 38 article about this at

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San Blas, Matanchen Bay: Attempted Dinghy Theft & Burglary - December 2012 (18 Jan 2013)

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Clearing into Mexico from El Salvador (15 Jan 2013)

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Heading USA to Mexico? Important Information (16 Jul 2012)

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A Good Port of Call on Mexico's Pacific Coast (04 Jun 2012)

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Xcalak - no longer a port of entry (17 May 2012)

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Mexico: Visas Now Required in Advance (20 Mar 2012)

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Bahia Banderas: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Marina Dinghy Landings (23 Feb 2012)

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Warning Not to Enter Mexico at Cedros Island. (22 Feb 2012)

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Isla Isabel - between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta (16 Jan 2012)

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Planning to Cruise Central America? (11 Sep 2011)

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Central America Ports: Panama to Mexico (18 May 2011)

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Warning if Taking on Fuel at Turtle Bay (19 Apr 2011)

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Clearing Into Cozumel, Mexico (13 Jan 2011)

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Cedros and San Benitos Islands for Cruisers (03 Dec 2010)

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Sea of Cortes - A Cruiser’s Guidebook (29 Sep 2010)

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Spanish for Cruisers - 2nd Edition (03 Jun 2010)

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Declare your Firearm or Face Jail (05 May 2010)

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Entering Mexico with a Pet (Dog) (06 Apr 2010)

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Huatulco: Marina Chahue (30 Jan 2010)

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Sea of Cortez - Navigation Warnings (Updated) (16 Dec 2009)

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Mexico - Baja California Fuel Contacts - More Information (16 Dec 2009)

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Sea of Cortez and western mainland Mexico - Calling all Cruisers (13 Dec 2009)

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Mexico to the Line Islands - Expected Weather in December (21 Oct 2009)

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Problem Exiting Mexico - Additional Information (28 Jun 2009)

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Cruising Mexico (21 May 2009)

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Isla Mujeres to Florida Keys and onto Bahamas (21 May 2009)

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Mexico to Galapagos (11 Jul 2008)

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Galapagos to Mexico (24 Jun 2008)

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Grenada to Isla Mujeres, Mexico (14 May 2008)

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Cruising Guide To Belize and Mexico’s Caribbean Coast (23 Nov 2007)

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Question About Gulf of Tehuantepec Winds (02 Mar 2007)

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Report on El Cid Marina, Puerto Morelos (05 May 2006)

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A Positive Response to Cruising Mexico's Pacific Coast (07 Jan 2003)

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