Customs & Immigration
Mexican Customs Allowances
If you come to Mexico from any country, there are limits on the amount items & goods you can bring with you, without paying duty.
The full list of allowable items is documented on the customs entry form that you must sign at the port of entry. Allowances are subject to change without notice.
The amounts you are allowed
- Goods for personal use, such as clothing, footwear and personal toiletries and beauty products, as long as they are appropriate for the duration of the trip, including wedding party items.
- Two photographic cameras or video recorders, 12 rolls of film or videocassettes; photographic material; two cellular telephones or radio phones; a portatil typewriter; an electronic calendar; a portable computer (laptop), notebook or similar items; a copier or portable printer; a portable projector, and their accessories.
- Two sports equipment, four rods, three speedboats with or without sails and their accessories, trophies or recognitions, provided that they can be transported normally and commonly by the passenger, one stair climber and bicycle
- A portable radio for the recording or reproduction of sound or mixed tapes; or a digital sound reproducer or portable reproducer of compact discs and a portable reproducer of DVD’s, such as a pair of portable speakers, and their accessories.
- Five laser disks, 10 DVD disks, 30 compact disks (CD) or magnetic tapes (audiocassettes), for the reproduction of sound and five storage devices or memory cards for any electronic equipment.
- Books, magazines and printed documents.
- Five toys, —included those that are collectible— and a video game console and videogames.
- One device that permits measurement of arterial pressure and one for glucose, as well as medications of personal use; in the case of psychotropic’s the medical prescription should be shown.
- One set of binoculars and a telescope.
- Valises, trunks and suitcases necessary for the movement of goods.
- Passengers over 18 years of age, may introduce a maximum of up to 20 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco and up to three liters of alcoholic beverages, and six liters of wine; in excess of the above, cannot be imported without complying with applicable regulations and restrictions.
- Baby travel accessories, such as strollers and baby-walkers.
- Two musical instruments and its accessories.
- A camping tent and camping equipment, as well as their accessories.
- Handicapped or old travelers may introduce items for personal use, useful to have a better performance of their activities, such as walkers, wheelchairs, crutches and canes.
- A set of tools including its case, it might have a hand drill, wire cutters, wrenches, dices, screwdrivers, current cables, among others.
- Beddings, that will be able to include a set of matching sheets and pillowcases, a set of towels, a set of bath, a set of table linen and a set of kitchen.
- Up to two dogs or cats, maybe introduced as well as their accessories, if the corresponding zoo sanitary import certificate issued by (SAGARPA) is presented to the customs officials.
- Animals, agricultural products and medications.
If you are carrying more than US$10,000, or its equivalent in other currencies, in cash, checks, money orders or any other monetary instrument, or a combination of them, you must declare the amount exceeding US$10,000. You will not have to pay duties or taxes, but you must declare it on the Customs Declaration form. Failing to declare it is a violation of Mexican Law and such violation is sanctioned with administrative and even criminal penalties.
If you arrive by air and are transferring to another flight within Mexico, at the transfer point you need only declare goods in your hand baggage. You do not declare your hold baggage until you collect it at your final destination.
For further information about Mexican Customs and Allowances, visit the Mexican Customs web site at www.aduanas.gob.mx