Many clients ask me if they have to show their resident cards at the airport when they leave or enter Mexico. My answer is “YES”! You should always bring your passport and resident card when you travel in or out of Mexico. As we approach holiday season, it seems like a good time to issue this reminder.

Leaving Mexico

When you depart, before you go through security, make sure you go to immigration and ask for an FMM form (Forma Migratoria Multiple). This is the same form as the one you fill in as a tourist when arriving in Mexico. This form consists of two parts. Upon boarding, you will have to give the lower part of the form to the immigration agents/boarding staff. It is crucial that you keep the upper part with you for your return to Mexico.

Entering Mexico

When you come back, you must deliver this FMM form filled in with your name, flight info, etc. at the immigration booth. As usual, you must also show your passport and resident card.

Never forget your resident card when you travel, as you will jeopardise your status as resident if you do not show your card. If this happens, you will be treated as a tourist and experience a series of ensuing problems. You can read more about that in this blog post: If You Do This, the Mexican Government Will Cancel Your Resident Card

With all that said, happy travels!

For further information on temporary and permanent residence in Mexico, read: Pros and Cons of Temporary and Permanent Residency in Mexico.

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