Temporary Import Permit (TIP)

Mexico allows you to keep your boat in the country for up to 10 years with a Temporary Import Permit (TIP). The 2017 one-time fee is $55 USD if purchased in person and $52 USD if purchased on line.

All vessels are required to have a TIP no mater how long you intend to stay in the country. If you do not have one Mexican customs will assume your vessel has illegally entered the country and will assess fines and/or confiscate. You are allowed multiple entrances and exits within the 10 year period without canceling and reissuing the TIP. The permit may be renewed after your 10 years is up.

The TIP can be obtained on line at  www.banjercito.com.mx/registroVehiculos  (note the Inglés button at the top right) no less than 7 and not more than 60 days  prior to entering Mexico. If you do arrive in La Paz without a TIP you can get it at the Banjército office in the ferry terminal in Pichilingue.  There is a bus to Pichilingue from the bus depot on the Malecón. Bring your passport, tourist card, documentation or registration, hull identification number, engine numbers, and $55 USD or a credit card. The office is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 7-3, Tuesday & Thursday 7-6, and Sunday 8:30-4:30.

The TIP is needed to import parts, equipment, and materials for your boat. Go to our Importing Parts page for more information.

When you leave Mexico without planning to return before the TIP's expiration date you must cancel the TIP. There can only be one TIP per boat and it must be in the boat owner's name. If you sell your boat after leaving Mexico without canceling the TIP it will be very difficult for a new owner who wants to take the boat to Mexico.