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American and Canadian visitors can enter Mexico with a valid passport or with a birth certificate accompanied by photo ID. Travelers from other countries may need a visa. Minors traveling alone or with one parent need notarized consent from the other parent. In addition, visitors must carry a Mexican Tourist Permit, which is issued free of charge upon arrival. Tourist Permits issued in Quintana Roo are good for only 30 days and if you plan to stay longer you will have to visit the Immigration Office to apply for an extension (about $15 per person). If you lose your Tourist Permit while in Cancun, you can obtain a copy or permission to leave the country from the Immigration office located downtown. Departure Tax is approximately US $17 (before you leave home check with your travel agent or airline to see if the departure tax has been included in your ticket price). Children under two are exempt. For more information on the tourist card or other visa requirements such as residency for longer than 180 days or work permissions follow the appropriate link below.

Cancun's Immigration Offices

Av. Nader corner Uxmal
SM 5 Lote 1
(998) 884-1404
(998) 884-1658
Hours:
9AM - 2PM

1. FMT TOURIST VISA
The tourist visa is those visiting Mexico for less than six months and are not going to engage in any work or business activity during their stay. 

2. VISA / FM3 FOR  RESIDENCY
This visa is for those who wish to reside in Mexico on a more permanent basis (greater than six months) and are not going to engage in any work or business activity during their stay.

3. VISA / FM3 FOR WORKING IN MEXICO
This visa is for those who wish to reside and engage in any work or business activity during their stay in Mexico. 

4. STUDENT VISA REQUIREMENTS
This applies to foreign students who plan to study in Mexico.

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