Cancun Airport is part of the country’s pilot program to eliminate the use of paper FMMs and issue a 180-day stay

What are the FMM requirements in Mexico?

Cancun International is part of a pilot program to permanently eliminate the use of paper FMM. Tourists entering the country must complete the Multiple Migration Format (MMF) then queue to have it validated for their stay.

General requirements


The applicant for the Multiple Immigration Form Obtained Electronically for Air Entry (FMME) must have a valid and up-to-date passport as per international law regulations. If the nationality requires it, he must present a valid and up-to-date visa.

The applicant knows that the only document that can be used for air travel within the Mexican Republic is the valid and current passport (book type).

The applicant must enter the information required in the application for the Multiple Immigration Form Obtained Electronically for Air Entry (FMME) as it appears on their passport.

The applicant accepts, subject to telling the truth, that the information and documents provided are true, of which he is informed that in the event of falsification of the information, he may be sanctioned in accordance with the applicable legal provisions.

Since August 19, the National Institute for Migration (INM) has included Cancún among the five airports in Mexico to test its elimination. According to Sergio González Rubiera, president of the Mexican Association of Travel Agencies (AMAV) in Quintana Roo, the program will reduce waiting times from hours to minutes.

Rather than filling out a Formato Migratorio Múltiple (FMM) paper, most tourists will simply have their passport stamped for a stay of 180 days.

“Now, instead of the FMM, they (INM) will just stamp them,” he said, adding that “normal tourists who come on vacation will not have to fill in the FMM, neither printed nor electronic, and everyone will be granted a 180-day residence permit.

INM agents at Cancun International no longer require paper FMMs

The new system will reduce wait times from more than two hours to around 20 minutes, he said. He also clarified that the stamping does not apply to all nationalities. Tourists arriving from Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Venezuela and Brazil will be the exception since visitors to Brazil, for example, only get 30-day visas.

There will also be other exceptions. Travelers arriving under special circumstances such as work visas or student visas, will need to use the electronic FMM.

González Rubiera said INM officials have already been trained in the use of the new paperless system. He said the Cancun airport will join four others across the country under the program. Other Mexican airports with the paperless FMM system are AIFA in Santa Lucia, Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and San José del Cabo.

González Rubiera explained that the new program has entered into force after repeated requests by the Mexican Caribbean tourism business sector to reduce tourist waiting times at INM airports.

The program was implemented by the Immigration Control and Verification Branch.

ENTRY BY LAND: Multiple Migration Form (FMM)

General requirements


The FMM candidate must be in possession of a valid and up-to-date passport or passport card in accordance with the regulations of international law. If the nationality requires it, he must present a valid and up-to-date visa.

The applicant knows that the passport card can only be used at land border crossings and visit the border strip; It cannot be used for travel within the Mexican Republic or used for international air travel.

The applicant must enter the required information in the FMM application exactly as it appears on their passport.

The applicant accepts, subject to telling the truth, that the information and documents provided are true, of which he is informed that in the event of falsification of the information, he may be sanctioned in accordance with the applicable legal provisions.

The Multiple Migration Form can be obtained electronically through the Institute’s web portal, by foreigners entering the country by land, by places intended for the international transit of people.

The applicant accepts that the condition of stay which will be obtained when entering the information is that of a visitor without authorization to engage in remunerated activities.

The applicant acknowledges that the FMM is valid for a maximum of 180 calendar days and can be used for a single hospitalization.

The applicant acknowledges that the validity of the FMM will be counted from the stamp of the migratory seal, as long as the requirements for entry into Mexico are accredited.

The applicant will print the FMM and must present it at the place of destination of the international transit of persons through which he intends to enter.

The applicant acknowledges that payment of the fee to obtain the condition of stay does not guarantee entry into Mexico.

The applicant must present a valid and up-to-date passport or passport card and FMM at the time of application for admission.

Source: periodoquequi.com, inm.gob.mx

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