in both directions. (See “Navigating the
border,” p. 36.) Visit cbsa-asfc.gc.ca and
do your due diligence with phone calls
and emails to make sure you have all the
paperwork and identification required.
Motoring to Mexico
The Mexican government has attempted
to make entering Mexico by pleasure
boat less complicated, but there’s still
a checklist of documentation required.
Getting that paperwork in order months
ahead is necessary. Start with a valid
passport, required for each crewmember.
Most critical for any skipper to enter
Mexico on your own boat is having origi-
nal vessel documentation for proof of
ownership, obtaining a temporary import
permit (TIP) and displaying the decal, as
well having your boat’s hull identification
number (HIN) where inspectors can see
it. This is especially important if you
plan to leave your boat in Mexico while
returning stateside. In 2013, Mexican
authorities seized dozens of U.S.-flagged
boats that didn’t have the permit decal
and/or the HIN visible.
Apply for a TIP at one of 10
Mexican consulate offices in the U.S.
pdf). You can also apply and pay for
the TIP online through its Banjercito
website ( banjercito.com.mx/registro
Vehiculos). The site is in Spanish, but
you can switch to English by clicking
the option in the upper right corner.
The cost is around US$51 plus tax.
Everyone on board will also need an
FMM visitor card (formerly called a
Vessels also must complete an
International Clear-In Document on
arrival. A fee of about US$15 is required
for each person aboard and must be paid
by credit card. The fee can be prepaid
online through the Mexican government’s Banjercito website.
Casual anglers should know that if
there’s fishing gear on board, every person on board must obtain a Mexican
fishing license, whether or not they’re
fishing. Go to sportfishinginmexico.com
to find out more and apply for a license.
In addition to
proper documentation, boating in
three types of
coverage, liability coverage, and
automobile liability coverage, if
your boat on land.
The wrinkle is
that a Mexican
– outside of your
normal insurance policy – must issue
liability coverage for boat and trailer.
BoatU.S. Marine Insurance works with
partners through Mexpro ( mexpro.com).
Restrictions may apply for storm seasons,
destination, and length of stay.
CBP reminds Americans that it’s
illegal to carry firearms or ammunition into Mexico. For comprehensive
information on border-crossing document requirements, visit CBP’s “Get
You Home” page on its website (cbp.
The U.S. Department of State
to register their
travel plans. See
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