After years of multiple complaints from the tourism sector, due to complicated immigration procedures to enter the country, Cancun International Airport finally entered a pilot program yesterday. Now, the The FMM migration form is no longer required at the Cancun airport for tourists from the United States and Canada…
Roberto González López, responsible for the representation of the National Migration Institute (INM), explained it “on average of 30 thousand people enter our country daily through this air terminal, which carry out this procedure, which will now be changed to a digital format with the aim of reducing the entry of each tourist to 20 minutes, half the current time”.
“We consider that these are old practices that we must improve to speed up the admission process. This pilot program is being carried out in Mexico City; Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco; Los Cabos and La Paz, Baja California Sur, and now Cancun International Airport, which receives thousands of tourists during peak season.” He explained.
A problem with a solution
the migratory formor tourist card, it is the information of the visitor who arrives in the country where the National Migration Institute knows when the person arrives and the time of stay, which makes it possible to have a historical record. Now thThe information will remain on the passport stamp and in the system.
The chaos also originated from the fact that the format was only in English and Spanish. This factor caused confusion for many travelers and generated more than an hour of queuing at the arrival of flights.
This pilot program, which began operating in August at the Cancun airport, was made known to the business sector, as well as representatives of the consulates, so that they know the scope and information, after a request of the Mexican Association. of Travel Agencies (AMAV).
How will it work now?
Since the FMM Migration Form is no longer required at the Cancun airport, the way it works is for the entering tourist to show their passport, the information will be noted and he will enter, and only in special cases will other attention be paid in order not to diminish the security filters.
Once the FMM is completed, the migration officer would define the days allowed to stay in the country. The maximum time given was 180 days in the country. This will no longer apply at Cancun Airport.
now, tFreelancers from the United States and Canada arriving at Cancun International Airport need only show their passport and the customs officers will take some data, stamp it and automatically grant this residence permit.
The intention of this change is to reduce the waiting time to go through immigration at the airport. This could be up to a couple of hours during high season.
As mentioned, the Mexican immigration authorities estimate that around 30,000 people arrive at the airport every day. All this will normally have to be presented to the FMM, which will now speed up the waiting time for the immigration process,
Tourists coming on holiday (from these countries) will not need to fill out this form (FMM), neither the printed nor the electronic format, they will only receive a stamp in their passport.
An easier way for millions of travelers
Between January and June 2022, Cancun International Airport received 7.2 million travelers. This resulted in 4.8 million international tourists, according to figures from the Mexican Ministry of Tourism.
More information: Cancun airport tourism report
sources: Sipse Noticias