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Travelers Visiting Mexico Are No Longer Guaranteed A 180-Day Stay

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Mexico has been one of the most popular destinations for Americans during the pandemic, and many digital nomads have chosen to call it home given the generous 180-day visa on arrival for Canadians and Americans.

However, recently there have been changes to the amount of time granted to stay under the visitor permit. Many travelers are reporting that they are no longer being given a 180-day permit upon entering Mexico.

Travelers Visiting Mexico Are No Longer Guaranteed A 180-Day Stay

Mexico Has Changed The Amount Of Time Granted Under The Visitor Permit

For years it was almost guaranteed that an American traveler entering Mexico would receive a permit to stay for 180 days, which is the maximum length of time allowed under current Mexican immigration rules. However, as of late more and more travelers are reporting that they are being given 30 or fewer days on arrival in Mexico.

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According to the National Immigration Institute’s (INM) website, a visitor’s permit, known as a forma migratoria múltiple (FMM), allows the permit-holder to be in the country for “a maximum validity of 180 days.” However, it is up to the discretion of the immigration agent to fill in a portion of the FMM and write the number of days the visitor is permitted to stay.

While some travelers are still being granted the 180 days, many have reported on social media that they are receiving 30 days or less.

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The INM has not released an official public statement on the change of policy, but an INM official in Mazatlán acknowledged the issue and said the manner in which the federal criteria for entry is applied is at the full discretion of the agent.

The agent said that while some nationalities face restrictions, visitors from countries without restrictions still “supposedly” get 180 days. However, many Americans and Canadians have taken to social media panicking after only receiving between 5 and 7 days.

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Mexico News Daily spoke to an agent on the INM helpline, who said they don't know why they are giving less time but offered advice to travelers entering the country.

“We don’t have information about the reasons they are giving less time …” the agent said. “We don’t know if they have received some notification or internal memo.”

“You have to show your return flight, that you have economic solvency … if you have tickets for tours, tickets for where you’re going to stay, it is also necessary to mention that,”

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What It Means For Travelers Entering Mexico

For travelers visiting Mexico for a short-term trip, the changes are unlikely to affect you. When entering the country, be sure to communicate your plans with the border agent so they can give you a sufficient amount of days in the permit.

Panoramic Aerial View of Puerto Vallarta Skyline in Mexico.

Be prepared to show documentation, as the agent may ask for hotel reservations, return flights, or booked tours to prove the purpose of the visit.

For travelers coming to Mexico who intend to stay longer, whether it's to escape the cold winters of Canada or live and work remotely, do not assume you will be given the 180 days. Talk to the border agent before they write the number of days on your permit, and ask for the days you need up to the maximum.

Panoramic idyllic view of palm trees and white sand beach at Cozumel Island, Mexico

Travelers who want to stay in Mexico long-term should consider applying for the Mexico temporary residence visa, which is for foreign visitors who intend to enter and remain in Mexico as temporary residents for a period greater than 180 days and less than four years.

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Justin Helton

Friday 24th of December 2021

Mexico still gives the 180 day visa. In the last 3 years I've spent 11 months here with no issue getting visas. It's the ones who hit 6 and leave for a day. Don't be stupid and leave for a month then come back. The day trips are the ones getting the short visas

Mcduffy nuggets

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Well I was wondering what took mexico so long to enforce anything. In regards to covid. They make it so easy to travel and live there for so many years and now they became strict with who they let in for 180 days max. It was the default and everyone got the 180 automatically so why now change that ? Mexico is already poor and will become even more destroyed because of their evil higher ups telling their agents to make up the days foreighners can come in..the tourist they could have had are now not going to go. Not even mexican-americans will go.


Thursday 9th of December 2021

@Mcduffy nuggets, Mexico didn’t change any law regarding tourist visas, still have no Covid entry requirements, and the president made it very clear multiple times that they won’t introduce vaccine mandates or health passport. You assumption that tourists won’t travel there anymore seems to be based on a wish rather than facts. Even if Mexico was to introduce a law with only 30 days tourist visa, it would still be the easiest country to travel to considering how the rest of the world is shifting to tyranny.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Thanks for alerting us to this!


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

There is no reason to panic. Just tell them you need 180 days if they ask.

Hank kawalchuk

Friday 24th of December 2021

@islamujeres, I flew to mexico in June on a one-way ticket and got 180 days no questions asked. Leaving for the eu of a couple weeks then coming back. I won't have an issue with another 6. It's all in how you behave.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

@carson willis, this is hard to believe. Immigration has always been very profesional in Mexico. I will be returning there tomorrow and will see if anything has changed. In case of them giving me lesser days, I do have the option to show them that I own a condo, meaning that my stay is guaranteed. It is however noteworthy that legally nothing has changed. It is perfectly legal to stay 180 days, leave the country for a few minutes and stay another 180 days. In Mexico they never asked me for return ticket. I mean, who would buy a return ticket 180 days ahead? I think the best is to be honest, tell them you need 180 days, and show documentation of stay/economic solvency. Mexico is the only country in the world that took care of its tourism industry during the plandemic.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

@carson willis, can you explain better what happened? did you had a return ticket? i entered mexico few days ago ( last week of november) from a short stay in costarica , and i had a ticket to go to salvador mid january, they gave me 80 days so approx 20 days more than the ticket. you say with a return ticket for example in 160 days they will give you the 180 days? thanks

carson willis

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

@Christian, I tried that last week, ended up with my passport and phone confiscated, and detained for 6 hours. If they offer you 90 you might wanna take it. That said apparently if you have a return ticket for day 180 its no questions asked.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Not surprising due to abuse - people making border runs to renew tourist visa. If you need longer or living here, APPLY for Residency! Its easy and inexpensive process, don't need lawyer.