The National Immigration Institute (INAMI) manages the presence of foreign individuals visiting Mexico. In their efforts to welcome tourists, INAMI created an online process to facilitate documentation of foreign visitors entering Mexico by sea to engage in recreational activities such as fishing, whale watching, and diving.
ACTIONS BY VISITOR:
Pay the FMM fee on the web portal, complete a spreadsheet with vessel and passenger information, then email the spreadsheet and payment receipt to INAMI. Print a copy of the receipt and electronic manifest, and present to Mexican Navy if inspected.
Please note that for privately owned vessels, all passengers must purchase and process their FMMs individually. The process remains the same, and you may share this website and steps with your passengers for them to follow through. Copies of all receipts and manifest are required in case of inspection.
ACTIONS BY INAMI:
INAMI will email back an authorization statement, which should be kept aboard as well.
Step 1 - Pay fees
What is needed:
1. Passport (from vessel owner or representative)
2. Vessel documentation (State or Federal Registration)
3. Credit card (cardholder must match vessel owner or representative)
The payable fee of $687 pesos (as of January 2023) per foreigner is set by the Federal Fee Act (Ley Federal de Derechos) in Article 8, Section I.
Follow instructions and download a receipt copy, as it will be needed in step 3. Print an additional copy to keep aboard the vessel.
Step 2 - Electronic manifest
1. Full name and passport information of all crew and passengers.
2. Vessel documentation (State or Federal Registration).
A template of the electronic manifest is available by clicking the image on the right. Sample information is present on spreadsheet 1 for illustration purposes only.
- Fields without * may be left blank
- "Consignee / Shipping Agent" refers to company name
- Dates are written in the following order: DDMMYY
- The document should be saved as follows:
PTO stands for the port of arrival. BOAT refers to vessel's name. If the vessel is not stopping at any port, information is sent to Ensenada (code ENS).
*Click the image to download template
Step 3 - email INAMI
A copy of the spreadsheet and payment receipt should be emailed to INAMI. A list of the INAMI email addresses can be found at the following website: Click HERE to go to Mexican Port INAMI Email Addresses.
When visiting Coronado, emails should be sent to the Ensenada office: BC_ensenada@inami.gob.mx
Step 4 - visit Mexico
Applicants will receive an email from INAMI either authorizing the trip or denying entry to a passenger intending to enter Mexico’s territorial water onboard the vessel and provide instructions on how to comply. The email will contain INAMI’s authorization to enter as "visitor without permission to perform paid activities". The length of stay will cover the amount of time requested in the application, shall not exceed 180 days, or used for multiple entries and departures.
A copy will be sent to the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) and to the Secretary of Communications and Transportation (SCT). It is also required that visitors to Mexico travel with a valid passport.
We strongly encourage captains to keep a copy of the receipt and manifest onboard at all times during the trip.
For assistance on filling up the electronic list of passengers, or submitting information to banjercito's website on step 1, contact the SAC office to