Here's a new press release from Mexico, you will not need a Visa, but you will need a Permit to fish in Mexico, the good news is that the Permit will be good for six months! I'm happy to see that Mexico is working on this.
• There is no visa or new immigration requirement for sport fishing purposes. U.S.
citizens, permanent residents of the United States, and foreigners who carry any
type of valid U.S. visa do not require a Mexican visa to enter the country as
tourists for a period of up to 180 days.
• According to current regulations, US citizens that wish to enter Mexico for any
purpose, including sport fishing, must: (i) present themselves before migration
authorities in a port open for international transit of persons. Ensenada is
presently the nearest Mexican seaport to San Diego that offers this service; (ii) fill
out the Multiple Migratory Form (FMM); (iii) present a valid Passport or any other
valid form of government issued id; and make the tourist immigration rights
payment of $294 (Two hundred and ninety four Mexican pesos)
• Mexican law considers the possible participation of consignee agencies. Their
function is to support all administrative procedures, such as gathering
information, filling out forms and payment of fees. The hiring of the
aforementioned services for recreational or sport fishing vessels for private use is
not mandatory. Fees charged by consignee agencies are not part of the
government rates applicable to the issuance of various permits.
• It is also required for every person that intends to enter Mexico for sport fishing
activities to obtain the individual sport fishing permit, issued by the National
Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA). This permit may be
processed at: http://e5cinco.conapesca.gob.mx. Fees as of January 2012 are:
1 day $110 Mexican pesos
1 week $ 276 Mexican pesos
1 year $ 553 Mexican pesos
Excursion $ 787 Mexican pesos
• Commercial recreational or sport vessels, Mexican or foreign-registered, that will make use
of any Mexican port must obtain a permit for the provision of tourism services. This is issued
by the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) and must be requested in
advance to the corresponding Port Captain’s Office. This requirement is not applicable to
private vessels that engage in sport fishing in Mexican waters.
• The Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) is empowered to carry out inspections in local
and foreign vessels navigating Mexican territorial waters in order to ensure
compliance of applicable regulations.
The promotion of tourism to our country is one of the high priorities of the Mexican
government. Information will be provided in a timely manner about new measures to be
taken to facilitate the entrance of foreign tourist to our territory, including those tourists
that wish to do sport fishing in Mexican territorial waters