According to Mexican government regulations, as of March, 2010, all U.S. citizens must show a valid passport, book or card, to enter Mexican territory, by any means of transportation, beyond the border zone (20 kilometers, 13 miles, from the border); no exceptions are made for children. No visa or tourist card is required for stays of less than 72 hours within the border zone.
When traveling beyond the border zone, or when entering the country by air, U.S. citizens are required to pay a fee to obtain a tourist card (FM-T), which is available at border crossings, Mexican tourist offices and airports, within the border zone. Major airlines will provide this form during your trip. You must include the following information on the form: numbers of days you will be in the country, passport number, destination, city of origin and other related information.
Business travelers must complete and file form FM-N 30 DAYS, which authorizes them to perform business activities, but not to accept employment, for a period of 30 days. Entering the country for other purposes, besides tourism and business, or for stays of more than 180 days, requires a visa and a valid U.S. passport.
U.S. citizens who plan to work or live in Mexico, must request the corresponding Mexican visa at the Mexican Embassy (1911 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006; telephone (202) 736-1000) or at any Mexican consulate in the United States.
All U.S. citizens who are 16 years old or older must show either a U.S. passport, in a book or a card form, in order to re-enter the country by land or by sea. Children under the age of 16 can re-enter the United States by land with a legal document (naturalization certificate or birth certificate).
Upon entering the United States by air, all citizens, regardless of their age, must show a U.S. passport in book format. A U.S. passport in a card format is not valid for entering the United States by air.
Mexico City’s International Airport
Capitán Carlos León s/n Col. Peñón de los Baños Del. Venustiano Carranza.
Telephone. (55) 2482 2424
Monterrey International Airport
Carretera Miguel Alemán km 24, Apodaca,
Telephone. 52 (81) 8288 7700
Guadalajara International Airport
Carretera Guadalajara Chapala km 17.5
Municipio de Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco.
Telephone. (5233) 3688 5248
Cancun International Airport
Carretera Cancún-Chetumal km 22, Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo.
Telephone. (998) 848 72 00
Los Cabos International Airport
Carretera Transpeninsular, s/n km 43.5, C.P. 23420, San José del Cabo, B.C.S.
Telephone. (624)146 51 11
Puerto Vallarta International Airport
Carretera a Tepic, Km 7,5, col. Villa de las Flores, C.P. 48311, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.
Telephone. (322) 221 12 98
Mazatlan International Airport
Carretera Internacional al sur s/n Mazatlán, Sin. C.P. 82000
T. (669) 982 23 99
Cozumel International Airport
Av. 65 y Boulevard Aeropuerto, Cozumel, Quintana Roo.
T. (52) 98 78 72 20 81
066 Civil Protection, Police, Red Cross, Fire Department
The emergency number throughout Mexico is 066. Here you can ask for assistance from Civil Protection, the police, the Red Cross (medical services) and the fire department.
For accidents on toll roads, you can get in touch with the “Green Angels” at Telephone (55) 52 50 82 21.
Other numbers for assistance services:
Assistance for victims of crime 01 800 007 45 33
Major emergencies 56 83 22 22
Red Cross 065
Tourist hotline 078