have an EMERGENCY and must leave Mexico

What to Do if You Have an Emergency and Must Leave Mexico Before Your Residency Is Confirmed?

You have an emergency and must leave Mexico. However, your canje, residency renewal or change of condition procedure is still in progress. In this article we explain what to do

If you want or need to leave Mexico while your immigration status is being processed, you will have to get an exit and re-enter permit to leave the country. As a general rule, this process takes approximately three-four business days.

In Case of Emergency

Immigration procedures in this part of Mexico – Playa del Carmen and Cancun – are currently taking between two-three months . As a result, many clients ask me the same question:


What should I do if I have an emergency and I have to leave Mexico in a hurry?


At Immigration to Mexico we experience this situation frequently – almost on a monthly basis.

The answer is simple: You have to make an appointment at the INM office and attend with the usual paperwork for an exit and re-enter permit. Ask if you can get the permit on the same day or the following day, at the latest. Consult the paperwork requirements here (in Spanish) or see our article referred to below (in English): Exit and Re-entry Permission Requirements.

It is essential to bring written proof from a doctor (in case of serious illness, surgery, death of primary relative). You should receive the permission to get the exit permit faster than usual.


For further information on the exit and re-enter permit, read our other article: Leaving Mexico While Your Residency Is Being Processed: About the Exit Permit.

For a quote or further information on immigration to Mexico, please email Adriana Vela at info@immigrationtomexico.mx.