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Mexico Exit Tax & Tourist Visa via Land: Is It a Scam?

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The Mexico exit tax is not a scam – you must pay 390 pesos / $18.25 if you stay over 7 days regardless of if you have a Mexico tourist visa. Find out if you already paid it, how to pay it if you didn’t, and how to avoid paying it again.

Mexico Exit Tax: Scam or Legit?

Many people WRONGLY think that the Mexico exit fee is a scam by corrupt Mexican land border officials.

The Mexico exit tax is equivalent to a tourist visa, but only applies to people staying over a week.

It is usually contained in your Mexican flight’s taxes and surcharges, which is why most people are unaware of the tourist fee.

The only time it really surfaces is when you try to leave Mexico by land such as the El Carmen border crossing with Guatemala.

Mexico Land Border Crossing

The only time you need to worry about the Mexico exit tax is when crossing borders by land.

If you flew into Mexico like us here at DIY Travel HQ then there is a good chance you paid the tourist fee indirectly.

However, you need to prove that you paid it to the Mexican Immigration Officers to avoid paying it again.

To do that, you need to produce a detailed receipt showing the MX – Tourist Tax.

Mexico Immigration Office

If you can’t prove you paid the Mexico exit fee, then you didn’t in the eyes of Immigration Officials.

We flew Interjet round-trip from Cancun to Havana, and they did not include the Mexico exit tax upon analyzing the itemized receipt.

We aren’t sure if they never do, or if they don’t include it when they don’t know when you are departing Mexico.

It is worth it to check so you know what step to take next.

* Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before any trip to Mexico. We’ve been using World Nomads for over 10 years – it’s the best-value provider we’ve found but there are important things to consider. Check out our post & find out which of our claims were successful or denied.

Mexico Exit Tax

Flying from Cancun, Mexico to Havana, Cuba.

Paying the Mexico Exit Fee

Like many visitors to the country, we didn’t have to apply for a Mexico tourist visa. However the Mexico exit tax is equivalent to a tourist visa and must be paid if you stay over 7 days.

 

For those that did not have the Mexico exit tax included in their flight, you can pay 390 pesos / $18.25 to any bank.

They will give you an official receipt to show at a land border crossing, and there will be no issue.

Do keep your passport in an RFID blocking passport holder or RFID blocking travel document organizer.

And always be aware of pickpockets. We recommend wearing a money belt with RFID blocking & traveling with an anti-theft daypack.

Mexico Exit Tax 390 Pesos

You can pay the Mexico exit fee at the border, or any bank during your stay.

Avoid Paying the Mexico Exit Tax

Alternatively, computer savvy backpackers can edit their flight receipt in word, acrobat, or photoshop to include the MX – Tourism Tax.

Immigration Officials are not going to verify the authenticity of each flight receipt so it just has to say the key words they are looking for.

This trick cannot be done if you entered Mexico via land since the stamp location will give away that you did not arrive by air.

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Mexico Exit Tax Flight Receipt

This is the 2nd page of a flight confirmation, and the * and corresponding line were added to show a paid tourism tax.

Know Before You Go

  • Mexico Exit Tax: 390 Pesos / $18.25 for tourists staying longer than 7 days
  • Mexico Exit Tax Payment: At a bank, or included with your flight
  • Proof of Payment: An official receipt from a bank, or itemized flight receipt

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Mexico does in fact have a 390 peso exit fee if you stay over 7 days in the country. Find out if you already paid it, how to pay it if you didn’t, and how to avoid paying it again. Many people WRONGLY think the exit fee is a scam by corrupt Mexican land border officials. It is usually contained in your Mexican flight’s taxes and surcharges, which is why most people are unaware of the tourist fee. The only time it really surfaces is when you try to leave via a land border crossing.

 

***The Final Word – Mexico is very generous with their 180 day visa, but doesn’t mean we want to pay the extra if we don’t have to.***

Did you decide to pay the Mexico exit tax?

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