This is not a government document but is a guide to help get you through
the process to enter Mexico by water and complete the immigration process. If you have any specific questions you should
contact the INAMI.
The National Immigration Institute (INAMI) is required by Mexican Law to
manage the presence of foreign persons visiting Mexico. We welcome our visitors and hope your
experience visiting Mexico is enjoyable.
INAMI has created a new process in order to facilitate documentation of
those persons wanting to visit Mexico by water to engage in recreational
activities. This includes as an example
sportfishing, whale watching, and diving.
The process has three steps to be completed by you and one completed by
INAMI. The following is summary of the
steps followed by the actual procedure and related web links.
Actions By You:
documentation fee on our Web portal,
spreadsheet with the information of the boat and the passengers
spreadsheet to INAMI
Actions By INAMI:
E-mail you back an authorization, which you should keep aboard your boat along
with the receipt of payment.
1. Passport of the Person Responsible for the boat.
2. Vessel Documentation (State or Federal Registration).
3. Credit Card in the name of the Person Responsible for the boat.
The payable fee of $295.00 pesos (Two-Hundred and Ninety Five 00/100
Mexican Pesos) per foreigner is set by the Federal Fee Act (Ley Federal de
Derechos) in its Article 8, Section I.
The following link will take you to a on-line pay point which goes
directly to the Mexican Federal Government.
CLICK HERE TO PAY FEES
Follow the instructions and save the receipt to your computer. You will need it when you E-mail the
passenger list to INAMI in the next step.
Also print out a copy to keep aboard the boat.
1. Names and Passport numbers of
all crew and passengers.
2. Vessel Documentation (State or Federal Registration)
The following link will take you to a web page that has easy to follow
instructions. Download the spreadsheet
to your computer. You will see sample
information on the spreadsheet. Delete
the sample information and insert your passenger list. Save it to your computer following the
instructions on the web page to name the file correctly.
CLICK HERE TO GO TO PASSENGER REPORT FORM
E-mail the spreadsheet and payment receipt to INAMI. A list of the Port INAMI Addresses can be
found at the following Web Site:
Applicants will receive an email from INAMI either authorizing the trip
or denying entry to a passenger intending to enter Mexico’s territorial water
onboard the given vessel.
The authorizing email will contain INAMI’s permit to enter as a Visitor
without Permission to Perform Paid Activities. The length of stay will cover
the amount of time asked for min the application, yet such shall not exceed 180
days nor may it be used for multiple entries and departures. A copy will be
sent to the Secretary of the Navy (SEMAR) and to the Secretary of
Communications and Transportation (SCT.)