Mexico Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import
1. (only for persons over 18 years of age:) 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 200 grams of pipe tobacco;
2. (only for persons over 18 years of age:) 3 liters of wine or liquor (alcoholic beverages);
3. a reasonable quantity of perfume, eau-de-cologne and lotions for personal use;
4. a photo or movie or video camera. One additional camera for passengers residing outside Mexico;
5. 12 rolls of film or video cassettes;
6. goods up to USD 500.-.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Firearms and ammunition require import permit and declaration form, to be obtained from Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional ("Secretary of the National Defense"), Estado Mayor 6a. Seccion, Lomas de Sotelo, Mexico D.F.. Airlines must inform (in writing) the customs authorities, at least 24 hours in advance. Further information can be found at:

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES:

Additional Information on regulations:

- any uncanned foodstuff (e.g. pork) and derivatives.
Import of canned food is permitted, except for pork and derivatives. For full information contact the nearest representation of Mexico.
- earth, plants, parts of them, flowers, fruits, seeds or materials of vegetable origin used as containers, packing or in the manufacture of handicrafts.
It is allowed to import seeds and plants of varieties and species that are beneficial to the nation, having first secured authorization from the Ministry of Agriculture.

Goods imported in addition to the categories above are dutiable, but exempt from import license, if the total value of these additional goods is max. USD 500.- and the value of goods of the same character (e.g. leather goods) included therein is max. USD 100.-. Excluded from these additional goods are articles considered unnecessary luxury goods, e.g. ivory, cutglass, porcelain, electrical appliances etc.

Export regulations:

Free export of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Prohibited: the export of archaeological relics.

Crew members customs regulations:

- goods for personal use only;
- digital or written manuals and/or documents related to their job, including software;
- 1 laptop or notebook (or similar) and its accessories;
- 1 video camera and its accessories;
- 10 DVDs, 30 CDs and a storage device for any electronic equipment;
- books, magazines and other publications;
- 1 photo camera, 1 mobile phone (or similar), 1 electronic agenda and its accessories;
- 1 piece of luggage or any other items necessary for the transfer of baggage.
Merchandise not exceeding USD 150.- in value can be imported against payment of a global tax of 16%.


Cats and dogs require a Good Health certificate (the original and a copy) signed by an official veterinarian in country of export, with a maximum validity of 15 days that specifies:
-name and address of person responsible for the pet, and
-that the pet was clinically healthy during prior to departure inspection, and
-that it was treated against internal and external parasites in the last 6 months, and
-date and validity of rabies vaccination, (exempt are pets younger than 3 months), or
-a Rabies Vaccination Certificate (the original and a copy).
Handwritten health certificates are not accepted.

Exempt from a health certificate are:
- pets arriving from Canada or U.S.A.;
- pets which originally departed from Mexico and that have a "Certificado Zoosanitario de Exportacion" (CZE).

Per passenger a maximum of 3 pets is allowed. The owner must contact the Mexican Animal and Plant Health Inspection Office (OISA) on arrival as the pets will be subject to a veterinary check.
For detailed information, please refer to: .

Baggage Clearance regulations:

All baggage in transit and connecting with a domestic flight must be cleared at the first port of entry. Passengers will have to claim their baggage and proceed through customs for inspection.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Mexican Peso-MXN) and foreign currencies: up to USD 10,000.- or equivalent in freely convertible currencies. Higher amounts must be declared on arrival. Exchange into local currency is only allowed at authorized banks.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Mexican Peso-MXN) and foreign currencies: up to USD 10,000.- or equivalent in freely convertible currencies. Higher amounts must have been declared on arrival.

Airport Tax

International Airport Departure Tax/Tourism Tax is levied on passengers departing from Mexico on international flights, which differs per airport and ranges USD 18-29.- each.
Place of payment: airport of departure in Mexico (if not already included in ticket).
1. Children under 2 years of age;
2. Holders of a diplomatic passport (not applicable to nationals of Ecuador).
3. Transit passengers complying with the TWOV conditions;
4. Airline crew traveling on duty;
5. From Tourism Tax: nationals and residents of Mexico.

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