Crossing the Mexico/Belize border on foot, avoiding the SCAM

If you’re traveling down the Yucatan peninsular there’s a good chance you are going to want to enter Belize. Here’s how you do it on foot.

There are several ways you can enter Belize from Mexico. You might take an ADO bus from Playa del Carmen or Cancun in Mexico all the way to Belize City. You could catch a ferry from Chetumal, the city closest to the border crossing, to Ambergris Caye, one of Belize’s most popular island destinations. You could catch a Belizean local bus from Chetumal’s Nueva Mercado bus ‘station’ to Corozal over the border, if you’re not stuck for time and are leaving a little later in the morning. You might want to fly from Chetumal to Belize City by Maya Island Air. Or you could pay a taxi to take you across. These are all perfectly fine but when I needed to cross the border early one morning, heading south, I soon found that all of these ways are impossible except for hiring a taxi. But that way is rather expensive apparently.




No, the way you do it if you want to get across before 10:30am, and are not planning to re-enter Mexico in the near future, is as follows:

1. Stay in Chetumal the night before you want to cross the border.

2. Catch a taxi to the border (Frontera Belice) from the centre of town. This really should cost you no more than 150 Mexican pesos.

3. The taxi driver will stop near the immigration desk where you need to present your passport. Begin walking to that desk. Now, if you’ve entered Mexico by plane you will have almost certainly been given a small green slip called an FMM. The cost of this slip will have been covered by your airfare. Remember this because you are probably about to encounter a scam.

4. There is NO tourist tax for leaving Mexico. Whatever the old guy in the immigration booth tells you simply refuse to go along with his little scam. He will flip the FMM over and point to where it says $294, saying “You need to pay this to me.” DO NOT DO THIS. Say to him very simply that you don’t want to re-enter the country and that your FMM was included in the airfare.

5. He will say “Can I see your airline ticket?” SAY YOU DON’T HAVE IT ANY MORE. I suspect he would just point at it and say that doesn’t show you’ve paid the fee. The border guard finally gave up when I said “I flew into Cancun by American Airways and the cost of this slip was included in the airfare. I don’t want to re-enter Mexico”. But not before he smoked his cigarette ruefully and pretended to fiddle around with some paperwork. He wasn’t happy but fuck him.

6. Cross the bridge beyond the cubicle of theft with a grin on your face because you’ve broken the noose and escaped!

7. Ahead of you will be the weird duty free enclave of Santa Elena, but you’re not heading here, follow the main road to the right around this fenced area.

8. About 10 minutes later you see the immigration hall for the Belize border. Simply go in and get your passport stamped by the friendly and super-laid-back guard. Don’t forget that Belize time is different to Mexican time when they don’t observe the shift to Summer Time.

Welcome to Belize signs after defeating the Mexican border guard

9. It’s likely that in the car park there will be a collectivo-style taxi waiting for custom. Two of us got from the immigration post to Corozal bus station for $25 Mexican peso. That is insanely bargainous and to this day I’m convinced that the driver got his conversion rate sums all wrong. But he was happy to take peso, so who am I to complain?

10. At Corozal bus station there’s a food and drink kiosk inside, the helpful man staffing it will change Mexican pesos to Belize pounds at a very, very, generous exchange rate so take advantage of that while you can. And buy a bottle of water for the bus journey.

11. From Corozal you can get a bus about every 30 minutes going south. The buses are a great way to induct yourself to Belizean culture as you get to see a hell of a lot of sights and sounds. Make sure you get a seat near the front though because it is likely that it will fill up extremely quickly and you don’t want to have to struggle with bags through a sardine crowd when you get off!

On the bus at Corozal, after defeating the border guard.That’s how we got to Tower Hill, just south of Orange Walk. We needed to connect with a river shuttle to Lamanai and we were able to do it from our hotel room to the boat landing in 3.5 hours. We would have been even faster than that had we not gone to Chetumal’s Nueva Mercado at the crack of dawn to find out if there was a bus to Belize that would have saved us the rigmarole of walking across. We were told that the buses didn’t leave until 10:30 Mexican time so we abandoned that plan quickly. Besides, the Nueva Mercado is actually a great big market place (funny that, eh!) and not a normal bus station like the ADO.

So good luck doing this. It’s not hard, and it is quite fun. Please come back and let me know how you get on with the highway robber as I’m itching to ruin him. I’m lucky that I found out about the scam before I got to the border, plenty of others don’t. He must make an absolute fortune off of unsuspecting tourists during the high season. Bastard.




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27 thoughts on “Crossing the Mexico/Belize border on foot, avoiding the SCAM

  1. I read many a travel blog before making my way south from Tulum to Belize City via ADO bus and was aware if this scam. The immigrantion officer made everyone pay the ‘exit fee.’ When I contested I apparently ‘insulted’ the other immigration officer and he wouldn’t let me get on the bus. It was ridiculous. It was 3am and they were going to leave me stranded at the border until the bank open so I could ‘officially pay.’ The ADO bus driver was even going to take off without me until my friend shouted at him to stop the bus. When i handed $25 over to the officer he wouldnt take it because i had ‘insulted him.’ All in all it was a terrifying experience and these assholes play a mean game of chicken, so choose your battles wisely! (I’m sure being a young American female added fuel to the fire for the f***er.

    • Oh what a supreme cock. I’m so sorry you had that experience. It’s border guards and thieves that are guaranteed to be the only regular things to upset your travels, preying on people’s insecurity in an unfamiliar land. In fact, really they are the same thing. Disgusting. I hope one day they all get what they deserve. Thanks for your comment though Katrina, it’s ‘good’ to have an update on the situation there.

  2. Booby McFee says:

    If it’s not immigration officers in mexico (or in my experience, Thailand), it’s train ticket booth operators short changing you in Italy. Scammers of all descriptions are everywhere. But for every scammer there is a lovely kind nice ‘Maki’ out there and that’s what make travelling worth it!

    • I got scammed at the Thai border too. Stupid smug immigration guy just laughed at me.

      Don’t remember getting done at a train station before though. Where was that in Italy?

      And too true, the Maki’s of the world make it aaaall worthwhile! I see your other half has had a nice time in Okazaki as well. Ace family.

  3. Chetumal to Belize immigration officers scam for years – and no one stopping them !

    March 2014 The mexican immigration booth person asked the Americans in front of us for the $20 to depart mexico. They begrudgingly pay. Then we come up to booth to show our Canadian passports and say we are going to Belize for a few days. He takes our passports and Mexican tourist cards (which expire in a month) and says we will need to wait for his supervisor and sends the bus on to Belize. Then he and his supervisor start the shakedown, they both said we need to pay them 100us each if we want a new tourist card from them. The belizians will be upset with us if we go over to there side without a tourist card with more time on it since they will think we are using them to simply renew our tourist cards. (Which is still legal to do…..leave country and come back in). I said that isn’t the usual process. Then he said he would hold the tourist cards and we could get them back in a few days upon return to his booth. I said that I had no confidence that I would get anything back for that booth since he has already asked for a bribe. We took a bus back to Chetumal and drove back to Playa del Carmen. Horrible experience, we heard they target a few people a day to make some easy money. (PS We took the cheap bus there, and were not looking wealthy).

    • ACK! That’s disgusting. I bet it’s the same damn pirate as we got. If not one of the same gang. What a way to damage your perception of a country – getting officially robbed at the border. Not on. I had the equivalent of about £5 taken from me on the Thailand/Malaysian border by a Thai border guard, my friends went to different booths and didn’t get asked for anything. I don’t believe in physiognomy but these two bastards had such a similar look about them I wouldn’t be surprised if there were such a thing as the thief gene.

  4. My family and I are about to go to the border near Santa Elena to get our passports stamped. We only need to get another 180 visa renewal for MX. Any words of advice on how to get around any extra monies? I heard we only need to pay $250 pesos per person to get this done.

    • Hi Leann, I’m not sure how good this advice is, but if you are certain you know the correct fee then I would stand my ground and refuse to pay any more than that. I reckon the guard would give in eventually but you would need to hold your nerve. If you are really worried then I would try and email the authorities and bring along a print out of their reply. You might not have time to get that arranged though, I guess? If you do have any problems would you mind dropping another comment here so others have an idea of what to expect?

      Good luck!

  5. Heading down through that way tomorrow night with a group of three other guys, tbh we definitely don’t look like we’re from around here so they’ll probably try to mug us off as well :/ seems insane that it’s so open and that nobody does anything about it. Will post what happens when we’re on the other side, if we make it there.

  6. Hi thanks so much for telling I find your article right before I leave for Chetumal and Belize. My friend and I already had the tax money spared in my wallet as other travellers had told me about this tax. I bet not much people know about it as they’ve make it look so official!

    So we decided to try our luck and were prepared to pay in case of serious trouble. But it was pretty easy for us. We were taking a bus (the old school bus) from Chetumal to Corozal and seems to be the only tourist other than another couple with suitcases. Everyone else (most seems to be belizeans) just give the tourist card to the officer in a small booth without showing passport. So I took out mine and try to do the same without letting him see my ‘foreign’ passport. But it’s obviously useless with our Asian look, haha. He paused, flipped over my tourist card and say I have to pay tax. I said I have already paid when I fly into Cancun and it’s included in the flight.

    He said that’s for flying out of Mexico but now I’m crossing land border so I have to pay again. I repeated that it’s already paid when I get the tourist card. He say it’s only for returning to my own country, if I’m to leave for a 3rd country then I have to pay. So I started saying that I’ve asked the immigration officer at Cancun airport and he said I don’t need to pay anything when I leave, and I tell him that I was told even when I’m leaving on a land border to Belize I don’t need to pay.

    He keep saying ‘PLEASE!’ with a tone like dealing with stubborn people. And I kept my confused look and repeated say I’ve already paid. He tried to make me stand aside to wait but the next one was my friend, obviously with the same story as mine. So after 5-10 minutes or so he muttered something in Spanish to our bus driver (who was impatiently waiting next to us) and let us go. Surprised and excited, we went back to the bus and continued our journey with a nice mood. Yay!

    Thanks so much!!

    • HURRAH! That’s made me very pleased indeed!

      If I’ve helped just one person stick two fingers up at these people then I’ve done some good with this sprawling mess of a website 😀

      Well done for standing your ground, it really does take guts in the face of an ‘official’.

      • Yay, We were just looking for information about the bus to Belize and we came across your site. If I hadn’t click in to read through we’d have been scammed. Got another friend gonna take the same route as us too, already sent your article to him to avoid the scam =) So you’ve helped at least the three of us! Gonna post a Chinese version on my page to spread it to more people =)

        • Good stuff, spread the word! Thanks for letting me know that this worked for you. Hope your remaining travels stay trouble-free.

  7. Like most of Mexico, the rules are not exactly crystal clear. Here is the issue (and I’m not excusing the border guards acting like a-seholes, but it’s a common personality defect amongst border guards, and not just in Mexico).

    When you enter Mexico, you get that FMM (“forma migratoria múltiple”, which means multiple-purpose, not multiple-entry). However, the INM (“Instituto Nacional de Migración”) is not permitted to accept money, presumably as an anti-corruption measure. So if you are driving across the border, you stop and get your FMM and your passport stamped, and then you have to find a Banjército (the army bank) to pay your fee at. The fee is called a DNR (“derecho de no remunerada”, or, in the Queen’s English, fee to enter without leave to work). When you pay at Banjército, you’re given a “factura”, a full-sheet receipt that shows your payment.

    With me so far?

    FMM = the form that says you entered the country
    DNR = the fee

    When you leave the country, you’re supposed to show that you paid your DNR and then your FMM is collected and your passport is supposed to be stamped out. (Never mind that in eleventy billion trips into Mexico, I’ve never once had my passport stamped out, nor has any immigration official ever said anything to me about it.)

    Now comes the part that’s specific to Chetumal: there are extremely popular package holidays organised by Thomas Cook and the like. You fly in to Cancún on a chartered aeroplane and fill out the FMM on the plane as you’re required to. You get your passport stamped, and you’re in Mexico. Except that because you’re flying in on a chartered aeroplane, you haven’t paid your DNR in your ticket, nor have you paid your airport use fee. So when you fly back out you file past a metal box where you’re to deposit 800 pesos (about £37), which covers both your DNR and your airport use tax. This allows Thomas Cook et al. to make their package holiday prices look cheaper.

    If you fly in on a real airline, like British Airways or American Airlines, your DNR and your airport use tax are paid in your ticket price; you depart from a different terminal where there’s no such box.

    So when he is asking for your airline ticket, he is asking to see the proof that it was paid. Unfortunately, unless you take great care to print off all the bumf that accompanies your ticket, you don’t have any proof. (Your e-ticket is not good enough, because it doesn’t have a line item specifically for your DNR, it just all the taxes and fees totted up in one line.)

    (to be continued, this comment is too long as it is)

  8. OK. Now for the fun bit.

    So we’ve established why the check: they want to make sure you have paid your DNR before you leave the country, and it can be a pain in the bum to prove it. However, if you can prove it, they should accept that and let you out.

    Now for the fun bit.

    99 per cent of the people who leave Mexico at Chetumal are just going over to the depressing schlock shops in the free zone before you get to Corozal. If they forced everyone to fill out another FMM upon returning to Mexico, the queue would be hours long. So what they do is they collect your FMM and put it aside. When you come back in, you pay again (remember, an FMM is a single-entry visa, so you pay another DNR) and they just give you your old FMM back. I’m not sure whether to characterise it as laziness or expediency, but that’s what happens.

    Telling them you’re not coming back is not really a believable story, because I’m sure they’re going to assume you’re trying to swindle them out of 300 pesos, but if you are polite, can prove you’ve paid your DNR, and ask them to stamp you out so that you’re officially out of the country, you stand a non-zero chance of having it work without further payment necessary.

    For the commenter above who needed to stamp out to Belize in order to reset the clock on their Mexico FMM, you’re going to have to be insistent about needing a new one.

    It’s poorly explained, you’d think they’d have some official sign explaining it, but at its core it is on the up-and-up and not a scam. Unfortunately, there are some real pendejos working in the INM, and it sounds like you’ve encountered some of them; Mexican bureaucracy approaches French bureaucracy in its complete lack of socialisation and pleasant manners. Shouting, however, is not the way to go.

    I hope this helps. It’s still unpleasant, it still feels like a scam even to me (and I speak absolutely fluent Spanish and can engage quite politely with them), but it is actually the way it’s intended.

    • First of all – WOAH! That’s a mighty pair of comments, so thank you for taking the time.

      Overall I get where you’re coming from but there are some points I’d like to counter in there. I just popped into the FCO website, Visit Mexico, and the Consulate site, and I see the situation is pretty much identical to where it was two years ago:

      The most important part of your comment I’d like to address is that being that possession of the stamped FMM is in itself proof that you have paid for it. That is its own receipt. They take great pains to remind you at the entry points that you need to retain this little slip of paper until you leave. Absolutely nowhere in any documentation or guidelines does it claim you have to retain a flight ticket or breakdown of flight surcharges, because it is unnecessary. As far as I am aware you cannot obtain an activated FMM without paying at least the 295 peso fee, it is significantly more than that if you’ve lost it and need to get a new one. This is why the border guard is meant to retain it once you leave the country.

      If you have entered Mexico via a flight that did not pay airport taxes then that’s a very different matter. Once which surely cannot be a regular thing? Even the smallest airports have immigration desks these days, don’t they? But we digress…

      Another thing is that it is rather a moot point whether the guard decides that you aren’t actually leaving because if you are carrying an FMM and are actively trying to give it back then you are explicitly waiving your access to Mexico for the time being. He has no right to say out of the blue ‘I don’t believe you are really leaving Mexico, you are really going to go live in Santa Elena aren’t you!’ that’s illogical, and could quickly be countered by saying ‘Well why not come watch me cross into Belize?’. Going to Santa Elena and returning to Mexico proper would require you to have the valid documentation after all. If they have retained your paid-up FMM then I reiterate – there is no fee because you haven’t actually really left. If you DID try and play the system by entering Belize, whilst planning to return to Mexico within FMM validity then the guard will certainly catch you out, bang to rights, because you will have a Belize entry and exit stamp in your passport. Then you would owe Mexico for a new FMM, again not paid in cash into his grubby mitts but at the little bank place present at every single entry point.

      So in summary, these particular border guards are playing on tourist insecurity, timidity, and uncertainty in order to extort money illegally. That is a scam. There’s no other way of looking at it.

      Totally agree that shouting is never the way to approach officials in ANY country, but polite insistence that you know your situation, that you are not coming back, that you don’t understand why what they are saying differs from what you know to be right, and that you are going to stonewall until they cave in, is a fair and just way to go. When they know you are savvy they have no option but to give in. Just make damn sure you know that you are in the right, everyone, before you try this otherwise you will look stupid!

      And again thanks for things like your translations of the acronyms in your comment because I can see where someone might misinterpret those too.

      • Dave Lieberman says:

        I hesitate to argue (“correcting the Internet”, see https://xkcd.com/386/), but you are not correct that being in possession of the stamped FMM shows you’ve paid for it. Only the INM can stamp the FMM, and it indicates you’ve been allowed in. I’m assuming you’ve been to the U.S.; the FMM in Mexico is like the the I-94 form non-USians are given that has to be turned in when they leave. An “activated” FMM is the stamped FMM plus the proof you’ve paid for it.

        I live on the northern border, which is essentially long stretches of pointless desert punctuated by cities that rise up like two fingers against the realities of the water supply. Unless you cross at a major point like Tijuana or Cd. Juárez, chances are the border will be open but the banks won’t be. So if you are crossing southbound at, say, Tecate at 9 p.m., the border will be open and you can get your FMM, but Banjército is not open, and they tell you to pay at any Banjército. I have gotten my FMM at Tecate and not paid for it till Ensenada, 110 km south. Technically I could pay for it in central La Paz, B.C.S., because I have a stamped FMM and that’s all they care about at the inspection at the Eagle Monument near Guerrero Negro.

        Here is the government’s official position on the FMM: http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/corea/images/stories/fmm.pdf

        As for the flights without FMM or airport tax, well, it’s quite usual, enough so that the travel sites are full of angry Britons complaining about the 800-peso “exit tax”. You can thank Thomson and Thomas Cook for what must surely be flirting with the truth-in-advertising laws. All flights are processed through immigration, of course, but all immigration does is determine whether you’re eligible to enter Mexican territory and stamp your FMM to indicate that you are. Nothing whatsoever to do with payment, and so everyone, BA and AA and Thomas Cook, all go through the same immigration procedures upon entering.

        So here is the issue: you are the agente de migración at Chetumal (or at Tapachula, where a similar situation occurs, and with which I’m more familiar). You are tasked with making sure everyone has paid his DNR. If their FMM says land or sea, you know you have to ask for a DNR receipt. However, if their FMM says you arrived by air, you don’t know whether it’s been paid or not, because some flights don’t have the DNR in their cost… so how are you to determine that Mexico hasn’t just been conned out of the DNR fee to which they’re entitled? (It’s 306 pesos now, incidentally.)

        The replacement fee is somewhere in the 450-peso range (I saw the amount when I flew out of MEX a few weeks ago, but didn’t pay attention to the exact number), but that is a replacement fee, not the purchase of a new one.

        I’m not sure I understand what you mean by they haven’t really left—your FMM is collected when you leave the country, the argument here is whether you have to pay at that time. I’ve long experience with the fine art of the mordida (“señor, you were travelling 63 km/h, but the sign said 60 km/h, this is very serious!”) and it just seems impossible to me that there could be an organised scam of this magnitude at the Chetumal border. I wonder if perhaps a fluent Spanish speaker, acting politely, could get the actual story from the agents. (Probably not; as I said, they’re as well-socialised as French functionaries.)

        As a side note, on the northwestern frontier there is actually no check for FMMs when you leave, because there’s an enormous “free zone” that extends past Ensenada on the west side and all the way to Empalme, Sonora on the east side of the Sea of Cortez… so if you’ve retained your FMM, you’re supposed to mail it in to Mexico City. Fortunately, SEPOMEX, the Servicio Postal Mexicano, is so abysmal at their one and only reason for existence that it furnishes an unassailable excuse for why your passport is irregular.

        • Haha! Gotta love XKCD!

          Interesting. Those charter companies deserve an almighty slap on the wrist, Mexico needs to enforce so this issue doesn’t arise in the first place. Remove the possibility and remove the ambiguity. Maybe that’s wishful thinking? :S

          Okay, I concede your point on the proof because I found this which I hadn’t seen so far: http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/belice/index.php/en/education-a-culture/cultural-institute-of-mexico-in-belize/726

          It states that the proof is on your flight ticket. Thus you might extrapolate that you need to retain it… Would be useful for them or anyone to make that clear at a point of entry. Anywhere. Not a mention of it on any documentation anywhere else as far as I can see. It’s certainly not as clear as the notices that you have to keep the FMM.

          Without a doubt you should never be asked to hand over a fee in cash to an immigration officer though – that’s my overarching point in all this. That’s where I stand by the ‘scam’ point of view because he told us we had to pay him for the FMM, plain and simple. He hadn’t even asked to see our flight tickets at that point. Only when I said that it was in our flight payment did he decide to actually check whether we might need to pay it at all. Too late – rumbled.

          So, everyone, to save bother:

          1) If you fly into Mexico try to check whether the DNI is paid by your airline. It usually will be – from what I read it’s certainly supposed to be by all airlines departing Canada and USA.
          2) Keep your ticket and the FMM card.
          3) Never pay cash to a border guard.
          4) If you know you don’t have to pay the fee, just don’t.

  9. hello Guys WE MADE IT TOO!! SO happy….we just did what Chris said and we didn’t get to pay… is a bit scary to be at 4 or 5 m in this little office in the middle of nowhere having to handle a conversation with police officers, but THEY ARE CORRUPTED and you ARE RIGHT! So, keep in nice, clear and smile even BUT DON’T PAY! We were around 15 tourists and half were brave and informed enough not to pay, the rest did it. They didn’t put a stamp on our passport, but at the belize border we didn’t have any problem! THANKS for sharing this! good luck everybody!

  10. This is my story:- On January 31st 2015 we entered Mexican immigration, the line was long and we had to wait,we were approached by a guard that said that we can buy an express pass, and instructed me to bring the car to the area that stamps the passport..
    I proceed to enter the gate, A shit head Mexican border guard ask me where I was going,i told him I am going to pay for an express pass as instructed by the other security..He ask for my papers and I gave him my passport, All of a sudden he shouted, go back to Belize and come back tomorrow you cannot cross today!!!!, When my friend and the other guard ask him what is the matter he said ; I lied to him, I told him I already paid for the express pass.. i just turn around and in disgust came back to Belize..I never lied to the shit head …
    So be care full when speaking English to the Mexican shit head.
    (Trinidadian)

  11. My husband and I crossed the boarder today (26th March 2015) and thanks to Chris we made it across without paying anything.

    We traveled down from Bacalar in a shared taxi and we were the only ones going through mmigration at the time. We handed over our passports with the FMM, as expected the officer turned over the paper and said we need to pay $332 MX, I said we had already paid as it was included in our flight to Cancun with British Airways.

    He then asked for our receipt, so I politely said we don’t have it anymore. He said we needed to pay. I then said that the immigration officer in Cancun said we don’t need to pay when we leave. The officer then says that only covers you for leaving by air not at land boarders. So I politely said that we told the immigration officer in Cancun that we would be leaving by land and he said we still would not have to pay anything when we leave by land.

    He then stamped our passports and off we went, no interrogation in the office, in fact it was all done and dusted in 90 seconds, if not less.

    So we gladly took our passports and thanked the officer and walked across the bridge with a very smug grin on our faces.

    The officer was not forceful, was polite and spoke to us in English, so maybe we got one of the nicer ones, even if he did try it on.

    So I say to anyone else reading this, go for it. And maybe if you have the choice to cross independently, do that, then you won’t feel presurised if others are waiting for you on a bus.

  12. Thanks for some good info on this topic.

    Here’s some follow up questions. Say, after flying into Cancun, I decide to spend a few days in Belize (3-4 max) before flying home. When I return to Mexico from Belize where do I pay for the new FMM card? Is there a Banjercito near the border? Or do I pay at the Cancun airport when I return to catch my flight back to the U.S.? I’ve heard conflicting stories on this and I’ve heard that the DNI is extremely high if entering via Chetumal and leaving via the airport in Cancun.

    • Dave Lieberman says:

      The DNI is exactly the same no matter where you go. The higher cost is for people who lost their FMM, it’s something like 500 pesos instead of the usual 306.

      There’s a Banjercito at the border, on the right as you enter Mexico over the bridge. If you miss it, there’s one in Chetumal, on Av. Héroes and Plutarca Elias Calles.

      If the time between when you re-enter Mexico and when you fly back out is 7 days or less, you can try to ask for a free FMM at the border, tell them “viaje corto, nomás # días” where you fill in the right number instead of the #.

    • Dave Lieberman says:

      Oh, you may be thinking of the 800 pesos for British people on chartered holidays. 306$ of that is their DNI and the other 494$ is airport use tax. If you’re flying to the U.S., you won’t have that issue, since you won’t leave from the terminal with the collection boxes.

      • Thank you. That clears up a lot of confusion. Our trip isn’t for another few months. I’ll try to report back to explain how it went.

  13. Sweet, thanks for this! Came by bus from tulum to belize last night, everyone else paid the exit fee, I just said ‘I flew into Mexico City and already paid the exit fee, I have my receipt to show I paid the exit tax’. Then I showed him my phone with invoice and itinerary – it just has one line saying all fees a d taxes included. He stamped my passport and I went on my merry way.

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