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Here on Tourist visa with vehicle, can I fly out and back?


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Old 11th May 2011, 03:56 AM
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I am pretty sure the answer to this question is no but I am desperate so am asking if anyone knows a way around it. I entered Mexico with my vehicle Feb 1 and just found out I have to make an emergency trip NoB. Haven't applied for FM3 yet. Is there a way to do this by flying out and back? I do plan on returning in a few days and would hate to have to drive to the border then fly home for this sudden emergency but all the searching I am doing is saying I can't leave without my vehicle. Even if I am coming back in less than 72 hours.

I apologize if this is a repeat question, I am sure it is. I am a bit distraught so my search and research abilities are not up to par.

Thanks in advance.

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Technically, the answer is no, but having been in your situation before, we have done it. Just make sure your vehicle is secure and no one is driving it while you are away!

No one checks when you leave Mexico and turn in your sticker what visa you have - they just check the vin on your paperwork.

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So the car will be locked in the garage, I will have the keys, I fly out and fly back in and get a new tourist visa when I fly back in and just keep quiet? I will be doing the paperwork for an FM3 (I forget the new names for the visas) as soon as I get back.

Thank you so much Monica, takes a huge weight off my mind!

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That is basically it - we also did the FM3 with no problems - so far, the system is set up separately for vehicles and visas.

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i am on a tourist visa too, recently i flew back out to New York and they didnt say anything to me at the border, i just turned my first immigration permission in at the airport. be warned though it seems airlines are making you buy a return ticket to your home country.... in other words i bought the round trip ticket from Guadalajara to New York, and then while checking into the airport in NY they told me i had to buy a return ticket back to the US! but if you buy a first class ticket when you get back to Mexico you can call the airline and have it refunded

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Monica is absolutely right at least for now. Paperwork says car permit tied to your "visa" and not legal to separate but systems not yet fully connected. With aging parents, I've had two family emergencies while under FMM or FMT and needed to fly out. Remember that when you get back car is on original 180 days unless you complete "FM3". Also, it is real important that car secured! By the way, this a key reason why I converted to "FM3".

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Thanks again everyone, huge relief. I had intended to start the FM3 process the first month I was here but you know how it goes. Then emergency hits and I am jammed. Will be applying the minute I return.

That is odd about the airlines wanting a return ticket. I wonder if that is just for Mexico? Because we all know we are a second away from being beheaded by banditos right? LOL. Maybe they don't want to have to evacuate people for free when disaster hits.

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yeah Grizz thats what i was thinking they want everyone to have a way back just in case poop hits the fan! im not sure if its just for mexico but from what they told me it was definitely for all the airlines, then again it might just be delta trying to get some extra cheddar!

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Never heard of having to buy a round trip ticket in either direction. Someone may be confused

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yeah its something new that the airlines(at least delta) are doing, but its all good ill be getting my refund check for the entire ticket price here in about a week

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