The customs form is basically where you declare that you are not bringing any merchandise for sale, or illegal items into Mexico. It is a very easy form to fill out, with good instructions on the back.
You fill out one form per family.
A husband and wife will complete only one form.
A husband and wife with three children would
still complete only one form.
A couple who are not married will each have to
complete their own form.
An family group consisting of a husband and wife, two children, and the wife's parents will complete two forms (one for the family, and one for the wife's parents)
Below we fill out a sample form, and we'll use
John Lloyd Stephens (the original explorer to the
Yuctan) as our example tourist.
ITEM 1: NAME & NATIONALITY
This area is well marked and easy to follow. You write your last name on the first line, your first name on the second line, and your nationallity on the third
ITEM 2: RESIDENCY & LENGTH OF VACATION
IThe majority of tourists will mark the box "Foreing Resident"
(they'll probably fix that spelling on future printings).
For length of vacation, most tourists will be traveling for 7 nights and will mark "4 to 10 days".
ITEM 3: PASSPORT NUMBER & ISSUING COUNTRY
On the first line you write your entire passport number (on the inside cover of your passport).
On the second line you write the name of the country where the passport was issued.
Then, you fill in the circles that match the last 5 numbers of your passport number (I start at the bottom row of numbers, filling it in with the last number
on my passport, then work backwards through the last 5 numbers).
ITEM 4: FLIGHT NUMBER
On your airline ticket there will be a flight number that begins with two letter that identify your airline, then four numbers for the flight number. Write this
information on the first line.
Then, fill in the circles to match the four numbers
of that flight number.
ITEM 5: NUMBER OF RELATIVES & PIECES OF LUGGAGE
The number of relatives are additional family members using this same form. If you are traveling alone, mark 0; if you are traveling with a spouse, mark 1; traveling
with spouse and 2 children,
For pieces of luggage you'll need to add the total number of bags for all family members using this same form. Don't forget to include backpacks.
ITEM 6: MONEY DECLARATION
If you are carrying less than $10,00U.S. into Mexico you
can mark this box "NO".
ITEM 7: PROHIBITED ITEMS
Don't bring fruit, nuts, plants, flowers, or toxic chemicals into Mexico and you can mark the first box as "NO".
Don't bring firearms or ammunition into Mexico so you can mark the second box "NO".
The third box is for items subject to taxes. If you are only bringing items for your personal use during your trip, you can check "NO".
FINALLY, SIGN AND DATE THE FORM
But look closely at the date. They want you to write the DAY first, then the MONTH, and finally the YEAR.