Apr 30, 2006, 9:08 AM
Post #34 of 40
Hello bournemouth and others,
QUOTE We are required to have our FM3's (not our passports) stamped with an exit stamp when leaving UNQUOTE
What a strange country Mexico must be. I have lived here now in Zacatecas for 18 years some 15 or so with a FM3 and I have NEVER on ANY occaasion had my FM3 stamped when exiting Mexico at any of the four locations I usually use, Reynosa, Los Indios, Roma, or Nuevo Progreso. In fact, I have never encountered a rule, regulation or law that requires such checkout. True, if you stop and present your FM3 for such a stamp, Inmigración will stamp it for you. Why not? I usually cross into the USA about 4 times a year.
Now the FM2 is different. You MUST stop in at the border and get an exit stamp and also a slip of paper which if you lose will cause all kinds of problems when you re-enter Mexico. You must then stop and check back in with Inmigración as you come back in. This is at the frontier. At the check point later on, Inmigración will also check that stamp-in and the slip of paper which you are slso supposed to have. Without that slip of paper they will send you back to Inmigración at the border. At least this is what they do at Reynosa. These requirements are necessary because on the FM2 you are allowed to be absent from México a limited number of days, so Inmigración must keep track of your time out of the country.
The FM3, allows multiple entries and has no time limit on the number of days you can be absent from Mexico. When you re-enter Mexico, Inmigración at the check point just looks at it to check that it is still current and passes you right by. In fact most of the time all you have to do is hold the FM3 in your hand and at least at the Reynosa and Los Indios check points, you are usually waved right by if you are driving a Mexican plated car. If not, you may be stopped by the Aduanero who will compare your car's VIN with your sticker, and if he is not knowledgeable, he may give you a bit of guff that the sticker date is long past, so all you do is show him a copy of the law which states that as long as your Inmigración documents are current, the temporary permit is valid also. Home Free.
Does Jennifer Rose or any one else know some law that I am ignoring? If so, I'll eventually run into it, probably in another 10 years or so. Please let me know so that at least I will be aware I am a criminal.
(This post was edited by jerezano on Apr 30, 2006, 9:52 AM)