Tuesday, October 3, 2023



Mexico bound? Be prepared for (possible) permit requirements

By Russ and Tiña De Maris

RVers planning to travel into Baja, Mexico, may – or may not – run into a bit of unexpected permit hassles on their entry. According to a story that appeared on sandiegoreader.com, some travelers have recently been hit by border officials with the need to purchase Travel Import Permits (TIP) and pay refundable deposits for rigs taken into Mexico. 

Officially, a TIP is required for any vehicle entering the Baja, and it costs $52. For non-RVs, the permits are good for six months; for RVs, the permits are good for ten years. Deposits are based on the age of the vehicle, and can range anywhere from $200 to $600. While some internet sites offer the opportunity to purchase the TIPs online, they may also be purchased at the border. Deposits may be paid for with a credit card bearing a Visa or MasterCard logo.

It’s important to pay attention to the details. If you let your permit expire and then return to the border expecting your vehicle deposit back, it won’t happen. And if you should fail to cancel your permit when you decide your time in Mexico is over, bring your rig back to the states and sell it, the new owner won’t be able to get a TIP for the rig. Cancel (return it to the Mexican authorities) your permit when you’re done with it, or deal with difficulties down the road.

There are some of you who may be tempted to hit the “comment” button and fire off nasty comments about the TIP system. Yes, it’s true, some folks report they’ve been able to cross the border into Mexico and never paid for or had a TIP. Evidently this is one of those “loosey-goosey” affairs that may depend on the mood and disposition of the Mexican border crossing folks. On the other hand, you may hit the guard whose on a tear for making sure the gringos dot every I and cross every T. Be prepared when you go.

South-of-the-Border travel commentator Mexico Mike has plenty to say about the subject, and may be one of the most up-to-date sites on the web. 


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.


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Jim Rutledge
5 years ago

Russ thanks for your good articles. I just was told about two links clarifying requirements: tourists driving into The Mexican state of Baja don’t have to obtain “Temporary Import Permits ” or “refundable cash/visa/MC deposits “. Check out these links:
http://www.bajabound.com/before/permits/ vehicle.php

RV Staff
5 years ago
Reply to  Jim Rutledge

Hi, Jim — Thanks for the links regarding Baja. However, the links appear to be the same. Can you please add the other intended link in a comment? It looks like this will be very useful information for our readers heading to Baja. Thanks! —Diane at RVtravel.com

5 years ago

Good Sam gave me a second free membership after I renewed my roadside assistance. I had turned down their renewal offer.

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