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Puerto Vallarta Eliminates Immigration Form To Speed Up Arrivals

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We have great news for travelers heading to the fascinating Mexican destination Puerto Vallarta soon. The airport entry for international visitors will be easier and more efficient for tourists, which is what we all need right now.

As part of the strategy approved by the National Migration Institute (INM by its Spanish acronym), Puerto Vallarta International Airport has recently announced that the immigration form will no longer be required for international travelers. 

The elimination of the Formato Migratorio Múltiple (FMM), as the form is called, is part of a pilot test implemented by the Mexican government in selected airports to speed up the security process upon arrival. 

According to the information shared by the Mexican travel news outlet Nitu, travelers arriving at this airport will no longer need to show the form —neither printed nor digital— and will only have to go through basic security protocols and present their passports for the quick interview with migration agents. 

Puerto Vallarta is not the first top Mexican destination chosen to eliminate this form. A few days ago, it was also announced that Cancun will no longer require international travelers to present the FMM. Puerto Vallarta joins a new strategy that just started in specific touristic destinations.

Since the beginning of 2022, Puerto Vallarta has received over 1 million tourists from foreign countries and expects to maintain international travelers' interest. Travelers should just bear in mind that the elimination of this form has only been approved at specific airports and it is still required in other destinations.

Stress-Free Arrival At Puerto Vallarta Airport

Now travelers do not have to stress about filling out the immigration form or waiting for hours at the airport before reaching their accommodations. The waiting time at the airport will be reduced. Authorities have estimated that it will now take travelers about 10 minutes to go through immigration upon arrival.

Puerto Vallarta International airport has 14 immigration filters and currently about 20 migration agents working at the revision stations. Local authorities expect that without the migration form the process can go even faster and official agents can speed up the system.

In addition, the new Terminal 2 at Puerto Vallarta International Airport is under construction. The new modern building will be NetZero —it will cut greenhouse gas emissions to near zero— and will reduce both electricity costs by 40.78% and water consumption by 58.3%. It will also have high-technology security systems for baggage revisions. 

bags in trolley

The new terminal is expected to open its doors in October 2024 and will have the capacity to welcome 4.5 million passengers a year. More tourists will be welcome and an optimized modern space will also improve passengers' experience during their visit to this top destination.

Travel To Puerto Vallarta – What Travelers Should Know

Puerto Vallarta has been considered one of US Travelers’ favorite vacation spots in Mexico. Now that access is getting easier and the Mexican government has been making updates and promoting this tourist destination, surely more travelers will be interested in visiting. 

Visitors enjoy this resort town for its beautiful beaches, delicious food, nightlife scene, and local culture. Puerto Vallarta is known as a great bachelorette party, wedding, and honeymoon destination. It even has a Zona Romántica, a lovely street with fantastic restaurants and bars.

Busy Street In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Another top attraction of this place is the Malecón Boardwalk, where travelers get to walk and enjoy the amazing views of the ocean, shop from local artisans, and eat or drink from bars and restaurants in the area. The historic center also attracts visitors for its colonial charm, beautiful churches, and distinctive houses.

Of course, the beaches are the main attractions too. The most popular beaches are Playa Los Muertos very close to downtown, the romantic Conchas Chinas, Playa de Oro, and Playa Las Gemelas. Those who like more quiet spaces can also visit private beaches nearby. Visitors will discover that Puerto Vallarta has a lot to offer.

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Friday 26th of August 2022

to exit the country , airlines requires the FMM paper also if the police stops you in the country , they want to see it so what is the idea? if they stop me or when exiting the country, i say them i was FMM exented ? will they put a special stamp on the passport with the number of days as many other countries do? do you have more info? thanks

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 27th of August 2022

Yes, instead of the paper FMM they have a stamp in your passport with the days written, much like other countries have done for ages. Then, you would show the airlines this stamp upon leaving, or immigration if you are stopped inside the country, etc.