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Old 12-29-2011, 09:28 PM   #1
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FMN Visa now required to fish Mex...

This is awesome.

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Old 12-30-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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Oh no, that is horrible.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:50 AM   #3
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I agree. This sucks the high hard one. Aside from the extra cost this is terribly inconvenient to the private boater.
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:13 AM   #4
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AND you have to check back in 24 hours after your return to the US.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:09 AM   #5
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Re: FMN Visa now required to fish Mex...

i don't even know what to say about this other than my depression just sank a whole lot deeper. What the Hell!!!!?!?!?!?! Socal fishing is experiencing a Blitzkrieg. This is really $*&^*( news
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:01 AM   #6
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:18 AM   #7
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Holy crap.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:21 AM   #8
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Re: FMN Visa now required to fish Mex...

This is discussed in another thread, but I'll repeat what I said there.


I can't believe the Mexican government is that stupid. Surely this will result in a reduction of visits and the Visa revenue will be more than offset by loss of other revenues from Americans fishing in Mexico.

Take my own situation for example. Its a long tow for me to launch in San Diego, and I hesitate to buy a Mexican license that I might use just one time in a year. But add on the expense and hassle of the Visa requirement, and its a no brainer. I'm not dragging my boat down there. I'm sure that there must be plenty of others in my situation.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:23 AM   #9
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Can't we just follow Mexico's Visa / immigration laws the same way they follow ours?
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:57 AM   #10
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I guess there is no way we can discuss an issue without people getting their wider political bitches off their chests.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:19 PM   #11
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Can't we just follow Mexico's Visa / immigration laws the same way they follow ours?
No, Mexico has and enforces very strict immigration laws wether it is a gringo residing in mexico illegally or immigrants from southern countries moving through Mex while going north.

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Old 12-30-2011, 12:22 PM   #12
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I don't think that we have all the info yet on this. I would be suprised if this turns out to be more than $30 to cover the entire summer. $22 FMM tourist VISA through the consulate?
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:36 PM   #13
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Re: FMN Visa now required to fish Mex...

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As expected, all anglers venturing into Mexico on fishing trips – by sea or by land -- now are required to obtain a visa in order to fish there due to an immigration law enacted recently in May by the Mexican government.

Mexican authorities are expected to begin enforcing the visa requirements on Jan. 1 with random checks of commercial passenger fishing boats and private boats in Mexican waters.

The cost of the visas will range from $33.06 for three days of fishing or less to $250 for a yearly visa. The cost will vary depending on the value of the peso. All captains and crew members of sport boats will need the visa as well as all anglers on the boats. Fishermen who venture to Mexico on private boats also will need the visas and a Mexican fishing permit (approximately $11) or a yearly Mexican fishing license (approximately $45).

California Department of Fish and Game statistics show there are more than 70,000 licensed fishermen in San Diego County, but this new law requiring a visa will impact hundreds of thousands of anglers who travel from all over the United States and the world and fish Mexican waters out of San Diego and other ports.

The Sportfishing Association of California on Wednesday released some of the parameters surrounding the new documentation that all anglers must have to fish in Mexico. The local landings are working out an arrangement for a private company, MEX Tour Assistance, to administer the visas at the docks. SAC member vessels will obtain a visa through a program sanctioned by the Mexican Immigration Department (INAMI). All crew members must have a visa in order to work on fishing boats in Mexico. MEX Tour Assistance will work out of the local landings to make it easier for local anglers to obtain a visa. At some point, private boater anglers also may be able to get visas at the landings in order to fish in Mexico.

“This program will permit the application process to be administered through a company approved by INAMI,” the SAC release said. “This company is currently working with the sportfishing landings in San Diego to establish the required infrastructure. Once the process is ‘live’ the feasibility of opening it up to the general boating public will be evaluated by the San Diego Landings.”

The fee schedule charged by MEX Tourist Assistance will be as follows:

FMM 3 days or less – $33.06.

FMM 4-9 days -- $38.06.

FMM 10 days or more -- $43.06.

FM3 for one year -- $250.

MEX Tourist Assistance is a Mexican-based company owned by Ana Guillermina Amezaga, according to her U.S.-based partner in the company, Troy Williams. MEX Tourist Assistance guarantees a three-hour turnaround on visa applications, said Williams, who works in the aerospace industry and is an avid angler.

Williams said Thursday morning that he was on his way to the SAC office in Point Loma to work out details of the process. MEX Tourist Assistance will also provide training at the landings so personnel there will be able to collect fees so that MEX Tour Assistance employees can go to Tijuana to obtain the visas.

“We’ll need a three-hour window to get the visas,” Williams said, adding that the landings will have visas there for anglers wanting to board boats at 6:30 a.m. to go on three-quarter-day trips into Mexico.

According to SAC, on May 25, 2011, a new immigration law in Mexico was enacted by Mexico’s Immigration Department “in order to create in our country a framework of guarantees to protect the rights of the individuals in our country, facilitate and manage the migratory flows to and from Mexico, favoring the protection and respect of human rights of Mexicans and foreigners, regardless their origin, nationality, gender, ethnicity, age and immigration status.” Source INAMI (Mexico’s Immigration Department).

“The law is in Articles 33, 44, 46, 50, 153 and 154 of the new immigration law that all foreigners entering Mexican territory, which includes Mexican territorial waters and contiguous waters (24 miles) from shore, must have a visa,” the SAC release said.

INAMI said anglers have two primary ways to apply for a Mexican visa if they intend to enter Mexico’s territorial waters. Boaters may appear at the Mexican land border points of entry and obtain a visa through an INAMI designated facility. There is one just across the border in Tijuana. Or boaters may report to the Port of Ensenada’s point of entry and contact the IMANI Office at the Port of Ensenada to obtain a visa.

SAC’s third option is to work through MEX Tour Assistance to make it easier for anglers to get their visas.

The new rules are:

All U.S. or international tourists travelling to Mexico must have a visa to enter Mexico. It’s called a FMM permit. This permit must go through a different process, depending on whether one is entering Mexico by land or by sea.

INAMI has authorized a third party organization to issue the water entry visa at the five San Diego landings for tourists with passage on any SAC member vessel. All other visas must be obtained in Mexico.

The cost of the visa will vary and depend on the length of the trip and the value of the peso.

INAMI will monitor the border and do random inspections of all vessels crossing into Mexican waters. Private boaters along with commercial passenger fishing vessels will be checked.

All those boarded will be asked to show a national ID and a Mexican visa.

All FMM visas must be returned within 24 hours upon return to the U.S.

Recreational boaters who aren’t fishing, but just traveling through Mexico’s territorial waters, will not be required to have a visa.

Also, all crew members will be required to have a FM3 visa, which can be obtained through the third party company set up at the landings or at a INAMI office.

Visa applications may be made at the following locations:

Fisherman’s Landing, 2838 Garrison Street, San Diego, CA 92106 (619) 221-8500 www.FishermansLanding.com

H&M Sportfishing, 2803 Emerson Street, San Diego, CA 92106, (619) 222-1144 www.HMLanding.com

Point Loma Sportfishing, 1403 Scott Street, San Diego, CA 92106, (619) 223-1627 www.PointLomaSportfishing.com

Seaforth Sportfishing, 1717 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA 92109 (619) 224-3383 www.SeaforthLanding.com

Dana Landing, 2580 Ingraham Street, San Diego, CA 92109, (619) 226-2929 www.Danalanding.com
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:58 PM   #14
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That's stupid...250.00? Guess we know where the seized drugs end up
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:59 PM   #15
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Re: FMN Visa now required to fish Mex...

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hahaha... right! somehow i squeaked a smile thru this anti-fishing blitzkrieg happening right now. really looking forward to see the details of how this one pans out. crossing fingers as i have been contemplating not getting a CA fishing license and just taking the jet ski down to Mex. all the time. This hurdle may make that a bad option.
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