Mexico has issued new guidelines for pilots flying from the United States. Pilots must obtain prior authorization before entering the country.
In the last few weeks, there has been some confusion about a supposed new "landing permit" in Mexico. AOPA has confirmed with the Mexican government that no new permit is required, just prior authorization for entry of aircraft.
The authorization must be obtained in advance from the Mexican Department of Civil Aviation, Air Traffic Control and Transport Department prior to the date of the planned flight into Mexican airspace. Pilots may also choose to obtain sole entry or multiple entry authorization that runs through the calendar year (January-December). This annual permit expedites multiple entries, producing less paperwork for the pilot.
Pilots will still pay a 459 pesos ($48.11 at current exchange rates) general declaration fee collected at the first airport of entry on each flight regardless of having the authorization. Experienced Mexico fliers will recognize this as the airspace use fee or "sky tax."
The annual or multiple entry authorization is a direct benefit for our members who have homes or family in Mexico or frequently travel there. The annual authorization will expedite the clearing process.
Whether sole entry or multiple entry, the authorization must be requested in writing and received by the Mexican authorities at least three (3) to five (5) working days prior to the date of the planned flight into Mexican airspace, depending on the authorization requested.
See " Guidelines for admission to Mexico of foreign aircraft," which includes the necessary form to apply for authorization for the entry of corporately registered aircraft.
For additional information on flying in Mexico, visit AOPA's Flight Planning Guide to Mexico.
AOPA has confirmed this information with Ing. Jorge Nevarez Jacobo, Director de Transporte y Control Aeronautico in Mexico City, Mexico.