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US Customs – Departing Mexico

Warning, this is for reference only. All information must be verified with official sources.

Border Crossing – Departing Mexico

Unlike the U.S., when departing Mexican airspace the last stop before crossing the border must be at a Mexican Airport of Entry (AOE).

What to Expect:

  • Immigration (Migración) will take back your tourist cards.
  • Customs (Aduana) will ask you a few questions.
  • The General Declaration will be taken back.
  • A Mexican border crossing flight plan must be filed with the authorities at the Mexican AOE.
  • An abbreviated U.S. border crossing flight plan must be filed with U.S. FSS prior to crossing into U.S. airspace. This can be accomplished by phone, by radio, or by filing a “return trip customs notification” prior to departing the U.S. and updating your ETA at least 30 minutes prior to your arrival.
  • WARNING: U.S. Customs needs to be notified a minimum of 60 minutes prior to arrival at a U.S. AOE. This is strictly enforced. A $5000 fine can be imposed for early arrival. Stay south of the U.S.