Expired tourist visa - fine??
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Apr 5, 2013 11:13 AM Last Post By: lonedingo111
Feb 4, 2013 2:39 PM
Expired tourist visa - fine??Hi there,
When I arrived in to Mexico City I was only issued with a 30 day tourist visa (everyone else I have spoken with was given 180 days without question it seems). I tried to extend it in San Cristobal when I realised my 30 days were almost up but they said I had to return to my point of entry or go to Guatemala. Anyway, neither was an option at the time and my visa has since expired and I fly out in a week's time. I overstayed about 1 month. Does anyone know if I will be fined for overstaying this visa? The lady at immigration in San Cristobal said I 'probably' won't get fined, but wouldn't tell me how much it would be if I did. She also said it was strange I was only given 30 days..
Anyone know if I would be charged/how much or if it is better to just 'lose' my tourist card and pay the fee for that?
Feb 4, 2013 4:26 PM
Feb 4, 2013 6:47 PM
2Whenever I've departed from the Mexico City airport, the ticket clerks make an effort to retrieve my tourist card when I check in. I can't recall anyone actually inspecting it to see if I were in absolute compliance. They are after all busy with more important matters like your ticket and your baggage.
Feb 4, 2013 8:36 PM
Feb 5, 2013 5:06 AM
4The airline clerks check pretty carefully in my experience. Get to the airport early as they will send you to the immigration office in another location. You pay the fine there, its somewhere like $550 pesos, or was when a friend went through this 2 yrs ago, he had to pay cash, no credit card accepted. Then you go back and check in. best wishes!
Feb 5, 2013 8:11 AM
5I leave out of Cancun and I have left with expired cards a couple of times . when I check in the airline clerk usually just throws my card in a heap and gets my ltcket ready. i have noticed that the heap on the counter extends to a heap of cards falling onto the floor. .. I just would not mention that my card has expired. When arriving in Mexico be sure to ask for as much time as allowed just in case......
Feb 5, 2013 3:51 PM
Feb 8, 2013 8:45 AM
Feb 8, 2013 12:50 PM
Apr 5, 2013 11:13 AM
9would be interested to find out the results....??
im am flying out of mexico next week and have also overstayed my visa. does anybody think it will cause any major dramas, ie missing my flight? or will i just have to pay a fine and poss be not allowed back in for a year or so? if anyone has been in a similar situation it would be good to hear your experience. is it worth going to immigration a few days before i fly to sort it out or will this just cause more issues? cheers
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