Pack comfortable clothes. Look stylish and appropriate for the places you'll be visiting. A bit of thought beforehand about what clothing will be most appropriate for the destination, time of the year, and activities you have planned will make your life easier once you’re here. It's easy to find laundromats and dry-cleaning services in Mexico.
You are allowed to bring, free of charge, merchandise in your personal luggage when entering the country. Please review the list of merchandise allowed on the SAT web site (SAT Customs authority).
Website: http://omawww.sat.gob.mx/aduanasPortal/Paginas/en/index.html#!/franquicia (web page verified 25/02/2022)
It is a tax exemption granted by the Mexican Government to a national or foreign passenger for certain merchandise the visitor brings to Mexico.
Duty-Free Goods: Travelling either by air or land
$300 USD all year
$500 USD Holiday season
Exemption: You have to declare If you carry more than
USD$10K in cash or cashing receipts.
Declaring money: Passenger coming from abroad
You should declare to Mexican Customs if you are introducing more than $10,000 USD or its equivalent in other currencies, from a foreign country in any of the following formats: cash, national, or foreign checks, payment orders, or any other document receivable or a combination of the above. You have the obligation to declare this to Mexican Customs through the following:
- Customs Declaration for passengers coming from abroad once you enter the country.
- Customs Declaration upon Departure when you are leaving the country.
Declaration of Goods
When should you declare?
You must declare when your goods’ value exceeds your duty exemption. The value of your goods must not exceed $3,000 dollars or its equivalent in Mexican currency.
How do you fill out the declaration?
Upon your arrival to Mexico:
Airplane or ship: you will have to fill out the "Customs Declaration for Passengers from abroad” form at the port of entry.
Bus: You should go to the designated checkpoint at the border and fill out the "Customs Declaration for passengers from abroad" form.
Also, you can fill out your Customs Declaration before your arrival to Mexico on the following webpage www.sat.gob.mx.
Goods you cannot bring to Mexico
Due to the fact that these goods are prohibited or controlled, the following are not allowed:
- Live fish or predatory species of any size
- Images of any kind that represent children in a degrading or ridiculous way, or in an attitude inciting violence or destruction.
- Clothing or footwear that are not part of your personal luggage.
- Weapons and ammunition