1st December, 2017

A. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS

1. Only Passports and “Border Cards” (Tarjeta de Visitante Regional - TVR) are valid for entry to Mexico.

2. TVRs issued by Mexican Immigration authorities are valid for travel to Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and Chiapas only and only for 3 days – including the day of arrival.

For information on applying for a TVR, please see: https://www.gob.mx/inm/acciones-y-programas/eres-guatemalteco-o-beliceno-y-deseas-visitar-los-estados-de-la-frontera-sur-de-mexico.

Even when using a TVR, travellers should ensure that they are in possession of a valid passport. Just in case.

3. Permits issued by Belize Immigration authorities are valid to EXIT Belize but NOT to ENTER Mexico, that includes Chetumal and even if only for a day.

The practice of paying for a "Pass" from Mexican immigration authorities is irregular and could result in legal difficulties.

4. As of January 2017, a Departure Fee of MX$500 per person is payable for visits longer than 7 days.

5. Immigration regulations apply to ALL travellers, including children and babies.

6. If you are carrying over US$10,000 cash or its equivalent in other currencies or negotiable instruments (cheques, etc.) when departing from or arriving to Mexico, you are required to declare it to Customs (SAT).

7. There is no “temporary” importation of pets – no matter the size, even if only for a day, and even if you’re travelling only as far as Chetumal.

If you intend to bring a pet into Mexico (dogs and cats only), please see the following page which contains information on the procedure you need to follow: https://www.gob.mx/senasica

B. VEHICLES

1. Belizean visitors are STRONGLY encouraged to have insurance coverage for all travel within Mexico, even if only in Chetumal. Even minor accidents can result in considerable legal and financial difficulties.

Third Party insurance is REQUIRED for all vehicles on Federal roads, i.e. highways.

Insurance can be purchased at the Mexican border or from a Belizean Insurance company that has an agreement with a Mexican company. Check with your insurance provider for coverage.

2. Do not drink and drive.

You put lives at risk, you may be subject to arrest, and your vehicle may be confiscated.

3. Respect speed limits, obey all traffic signs (particularly Stop signs at intersections), and use seat belts at all times.

4. Ensure your vehicle is in good condition, that you have a valid Driver`s Licence, and that all vehicle documents are in order.

5. Mexican law prohibits vehicles with heavily tinted windows from circulating in the territory. If you do so, you risk paying a fine and your vehicle being impounded.

6. Vehicles with Belizean licence plates may only circulate within the state of Quintana Roo (which includes Cancun and Playa del Carmen) without a Temporary Importation Permit.

Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 metric tons cannot travel farther than Chetumal and no Temporary Importation Permit can be granted.

7. If the vehicle is to travel beyond the State of Quintana Roo (for example, to Merida which is in the State of Yucatan), a Temporary Importation Permit must be purchased at the Chactemal Border at the Banjercito Bank.

Banjercito working hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday.

The cost of the permit is US$51 plus tax and payment can be done in cash (US$) or credit card. Depending on the model of the vehicle, a deposit (between US$200 and US$400) is required, refundable on cancellation of the permit.

8. If a Temporary Importation Permit is required, the driver must have the following in original and copy:

When owner is present:

  • Passport
  • Immigration Entry Registration Form
  • (Forma Migratoria Múltiple – FMM)
  • Certificate of Title
  • Certificate of Registration
  • If the vehicle is being purchased through a lending institution such as a bank or credit union, an authorisation from the institution is required (no older than three months)
  • If the vehicle is a rental, a copy of the rental contract is required.
  • When owner is not present (including company vehicles):
  • Passport
  • Immigration Entry Registration Form
  • (Forma Migratoria Múltiple – FMM)
  • Certificate of Title
  • (under the company`s name if that is the case)
  • Certificate of Registration
  • If the vehicle is company owned, authorisation letter with letterhead, logo and stamp with the details of the vehicle and of the person who is going to drive.
  • If the vehicle is a rental, a copy of the rental contract is required.

9. Mexican Transit Permits for vehicles imported overland from the United States expire when the vehicles exit Mexican territory, i.e. when the vehicle is first imported into Belize. The vehicle cannot re-enter Mexico with United States licence plates even if the permit date has not expired.

10. Vehicles with "Dealer" licence plates are not permitted to enter Mexico.

C. PERSONAL SAFETY

1. Take the same safety precautions as you would in any unfamiliar place or city.

2. BEFORE entering Mexican territory, be sure to check your vehicle and luggage thoroughly for prohibited items, including firearms, firearm components, and ammunition.

3. Avoid giving personal information or information on your activities to strangers.

4. Do not accept phone calls transferred by the hotel front desk if you do not know the person calling. That is how “virtual extortions” are carried out.

5. Be respectful of all Federal, State, and Municipal officials.

6. Belize Currency can only be exchanged for Mexican Pesos at the Belize Northern Border or in Chetumal. If you intend to travel beyond the border area, be sure to have US currency to exchange at designated "Casas de Cambio"

D. EMBASSY AND HONORARY CONSULATES OF BELIZE, MEXICO

1. Be sure to have contact information for the nearest Diplomatic or Consular Mission handy in case of an emergency.

2. To facilitate Consular support and confirmation of nationality, keep a copy of your Passport, Drivers Licence, Social Security card, and Voters I.D. in an accessible digital media such as e-mail.

3. Embassy of Belize, #Mexico
Bernardo de Gálvez 215
Lomas de Chapultepec
C.P. 11000
Ciudad de Mexico
Tel.: (+52 55) 5520 1274 /1346
E-mail: embelize@prodigy.net.mx

4. Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal, Quintana Roo
Dr. Luis Montero
Ignacio Zaragoza 211
Colonia Centro
Chetumal
Tel.: (+52) 983 832 0939 & (+52) 983 833 4680
E-mail: luismontero62@hotmail.com

5. Honorary Consulate of Belize in Merida, Yucatan
Mr. Miguel Dutton
Honorary Consul of Belize
Calle 53 No. 498 (Por 56 y 58),
Colonia Centro
Apartado Postal 89
C.P. 97000,
Mérida, Yucatán
Tel: (+52) 999 928 6152
Fax: (+52) 999 928 3962
E-mail: dutton@sureste.com / consbelize@dutton.com.mx

6. Honorary Consulate of Belize in Veracruz, Veracruz
Ms. Sandra Vázquez
Honorary Consul of Belize
Av. Xicotencatl No. 756, Altos Letra D
Colonia Centro
C.P. 91700
Veracruz, Veracruz
Tel: (+52 1) 22 9216 8414
E-mail: rempresarial@hotmail.com

7. Honorary Consulate of Belize in Monterrey, Nuevo León
Mr. Raymundo Pérez
Honorary Consul of Belize
Av. Industria 923, Entre Villagrán y Villagómez,
Colonia Bella Vista
C.P. 64410
Monterrey, Nuevo León
Tel: (+52) 818 331 5780
Fax: (+52) 818 331 5788
E-mail: letra@prodigy.net.mx

8. Honorary Consulate of #Belize in Tijuana, Baja California
Mr. Arturo Pérez
Honorary Consul of Belize
Boulevard Bellas Artes No. 17686, Int. 116
Colonia Garita de Otay
Delegación Tijuana
C.P. 22430
Tijuana, Baja California
Tel: (+52) 664 647 5501 /502 /503
E-mail: aperez@grupologix.com