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Exit tax leaving Mexico #364751
01/21/10 11:38 AM
01/21/10 11:38 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
from a friend in Corozal....

I have had several guests complain about being taxed when they exit Mexico.
Accordingly I went to see the Mexican Consul in Corozal, a nice lady called Jo.
She said that if a person leaves Mexico within 7 days of arriving (the arrival day is day one), there is no exit tax. After 7 days there is an exit tax of 230 pesos (she thought, she wasn't sure of the exact amount). The tax should be paid to a bank, (not a person).

There is no exit tax from Mexico if you leave the country within 7 days of your arrival. After 7 days the tax is around $20 U.S. (depends on exchange rate). This tax should be paid to a bank not to a person. This is often ignored by border personnel who try and collect cash from everyone.

I am hesitant to give advise on what to do if the border immigration insist on payment!!

Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: Marty] #364755
01/21/10 12:16 PM
01/21/10 12:16 PM
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I have departed Mexico and entered Belize a few times without paying anything at the border on the Mexican side.

My understanding is that is no "exit tax" at all. There is a fee for the FMT tourist card that visitors get when they enter Mexico.

When you enter Mexico by air, you should be issued (on the plane) with a form called Forma Migratoria Para Turista, Transmigrante, Visitante Personade Negocios o Visitante Consejero – Internacion Aerea (in English: Migratory Form for Foreign Tourist, Transmigrant, Business Visitor or Councilor Visitor – Entrance by Air).

The fee for the FMT is usually included in the cost of the airline ticket, so there is nothing to pay on arrival in Mexico and nothing to pay at a bank.

If you entered Mexico by land, there is a similar FMT form. There are instructions on the back of the form stating that the fee must be paid at a bank before departing Mexico, and there's even a list of banks. I think the fee is about MX$280 (that's pesos).

The FMT allows a maximum stay of 180 days. When you go through immigration, the immigration officer will write in the actual number of days you can stay; it will be between 30 and 180 days depending on your nationality. Immigration will keep the top part of the FMT form, and you keep the bottom part with your passport.

When you leave Mexico via Chetumal by bus, the bus will stop at a small immigration booth on the Mexican side of the border. Passengers get off, without luggage, and present their passports with FMT to the immigration officer. He will ask (in Spanish) for MX$100 (that’s pesos) or sometimes US$10. If you pay, the immigration officer should stamp your part of the FMT form “doble entrada” and put it back in your passport. This stamped FMT will allow you to re-enter Mexico within the allotted time (30 to 180 days) without paying a new re-entry fee. I have heard of people saying that the officer took the money, and did not return the stamped card; beware of that.

You may choose not to pay the MX$100, but then immigration will keep your part of the form, and the next time you enter Mexico, you will have to pay the full fee for a new FMT. And the fee for the new FMT isn’t paid at the border, but at a bank.

Whenever I've gone through the procedure, the immigration officer has always just asked for the money, and other passengers on the bus just paid without knowing that they didn't have to pay if they weren't returning to Mexico. The immigration officers I've encountered have never displayed an ability to speak English, so visitors can't even ask about the fee, and think it is an "exit fee". And the bus drivers were not helpful in explaining the fee.

When I come to Belize through Chetumal, and if I don't intend on returning to Mexico within the 180 days, I say "no regresa" and don't pay anything.

Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: MisterB266] #370123
03/10/10 04:20 PM
03/10/10 04:20 PM
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MisterB266 Offline
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I just met with an official representing the Mexican Embassy in Belize regarding reports of tourists being asked for money when exiting Mexico at the Chetumal border immigration booth.

In summary, it was confirmed that:

1. Visitors staying in Mexico for 7 days or less do not pay the FMT fee; the fee paid only for visits of 8 days or more,

2. When exiting Mexico, there is no exit fee or exit tax,

3. When exiting Mexico, tourists may request a “doble entrada” (double entry) stamp on a paid FMT form; there is no fee for this stamp.

Last edited by MisterB266; 03/12/10 03:10 PM.
Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: Marty] #464230
05/13/13 04:06 PM
05/13/13 04:06 PM
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Anyone have the current exit fees to cross from Chetumal to Corozal. Have someone taking a transfer service soon wanting to know what needs to be paid where and in what currency? Will refer her to check this thread.

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Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: Marty] #464238
05/13/13 05:10 PM
05/13/13 05:10 PM
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MisterB266 Offline
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There have been some changes since 2010 when this thread was started.

The FMT has been replacedby the FMM.
There is a fee for the FMM (295 pesos).
Check with the airline to see if the fee has been included with the ticket price. If the fee has not been included with the ticket price, it will have to be paid at a bank before leaving Mexico.

There is no exit fee/tax.

Mexican Immigration officials are not authorized to collect any money.
Edit to add...
That doesn't stop them from asking for money.

Last edited by MisterB266; 05/13/13 06:26 PM.
Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: MisterB266] #464475
05/16/13 10:31 AM
05/16/13 10:31 AM
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TExarkana, USA
catdance62 Offline
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we went through this when We left Mexico at after Christmas (we;d been in Mexico for a little over a week. It was so B.S. but they basically have you hostage.

Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: Marty] #465550
05/30/13 07:42 AM
05/30/13 07:42 AM
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cracked up Offline
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exit tax leaving Mx via Cancun Int. arpt. is $58US

Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: Marty] #465561
05/30/13 10:31 AM
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Last time I paid the Tax at Chetumal, I then took the recite to the airport at Cancun and did not pay the tax there when I left for England.

Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: Marty] #465584
05/30/13 03:17 PM
05/30/13 03:17 PM
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Caye Caulker, Belize
C Offline

.  Offline
I just went to the U.S. via Cancun in early May and had the same experience as Inplub. I came into Chetumal Mexico by boat on the San Pedro Belize Express water taxi, paid the fee to immigration when I was entering, presented my receipt at the airport and did not pay again.

Re: Exit tax leaving Mexico [Re: Marty] #465694
06/01/13 09:34 AM
06/01/13 09:34 AM
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San Pedro
Phil Offline
Phil  Offline
There is a timeframe spent in Mexico that changes the fee too - once you stay a certain period there's a fee or it is more. I think the change/charge is after a stay of 6 nights/seven days.

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