To Cruise Mexico by private boat Mexico's custom regulations are the same as regulations for motor vehicles. When you arrive at a Mexican port cruising in your private boat, you must obtain a temporary import permit similar to the one given for motor vehicles at the boarder crossing.
Visiting cruisers may keep their private boats and boat trailers in Mexico for up to 20 years and they can leave and return without their private boats (or trailers) whenever they choose.
To cruise your private boat into Mexico you'll need:
- The private boat's original documentation - for example the U.S. Coast Guard Documentation or State Registration.
- A valid passport for each person onboard.
- Any private boat permits or if planning to fish, individual fishing licenses.
- If a marina handles your clearance paperwork they'll provide blank tourist cards for each person to fill out and sign.
- As well as a crew list.
Blank crew-list forms, for your cruising private boat in Mexico, are sold in many nautical bookstores and vessel-documentation offices, but you can type one up simply by including:
- The vessel's name
- Home port
- Vessel registration number
- The cruising private boat's net and gross tonnage
- Port of U.S. departure
- The farthest Mexican cruising destination you plan to travel
- The crew list should also provide details for each 'crew member' onboard - name, age, sex, citizenship, passport number and country of birth.