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.

Mexico Exit Fee: Scam or Legit

Many people WRONGLY think the exit fee is a scam by corrupt Mexican land border officials. The exit fee 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 via a land border crossing.

Mexico Land Border Crossing

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

If you flew into Mexico, 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 tourist 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.

Flight from Cancun to Havana

Flying from Cancun, Mexico to Havana, Cuba.

Paying the Mexico Exit Fee

For those that did not have the exit fee included in their flight, you can pay 390 pesos to any bank. They will give you an official receipt to show at a land border crossing, and there will be no issue.

Mexico Exit Fee 390 Pesos

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

Avoid Paying the Mexico Exit Fee

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.

Altered Flight Receipt to Avoid Mexico Exit Fee

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

In a Nutshell

  • Mexico Exit Fee: 390 Pesos for tourists staying longer than 7 days
  • Mexico Exit Fee 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.***

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Visited in October 2016