Focus On Mexico
Lake Chapala - Header Image
Mexico Topics
Text Size

What Can You Bring into Mexico

 what you can bring into mexicoDepending on your immigration status , you are entitled to bring certain items without any problems.


Household Effects

Retired foreign residents, as well as immigrants, are entitled to take their household effects into Mexico. Important Note! Household effects can be brought into Mexico duty free only once in a lifetime, so plan carefully. A list of such effects must be certified by the Mexican Consulate for Customs in Mexico. The requirements to be met are as follows:

  • Residente Temporal or Residente Permanente issued in the applicant's name plus a notarized copy
    • § Sorry ladies, in Mexico the man is the head of the household. If there is no man, then you do get to bring your “stuff” in your own name, but if there is a man, the application must be in his name. 
  • A typed list of household effects (inventory), in Spanish, accompanied by four additional photocopies, listing all items to be imported. Brand, model and serial numbers must be stated when listing electrical appliances. You will also see or hear it called a Menaje de Casa. It's bascially a list of your household items, organized in a spreadsheet format, listed by box with the contents of each box in Spanish. Your Consulate may provide a format for you to use, so be sure to ask. There is a fee which varies from consulate to consulate.
    • Proof of domicilo (address) in Mexico (last telephone bill or electric bill)
    • Consular Fee

It is important to make your list by box, that is,

  • Box 1 Inventory List
  • Box 2 Inventory List etc
  • and label the boxes accordingly

Once the household effects list has been submitted, all furniture and appliances must enter the country within the next six months as of the date of the issue of the immigration form (FM-3 or FM-2). Important Note! Household effects can be brought into Mexico duty free only once in a lifetime, so plan carefully.

Strom Moving TruckFocus Note: If it isn’t handled properly, I can tell you that it can be a nightmare to move your belongings to Mexico. There are so many more things to know than listed here. On your Focus on Mexico 8-Day Eductional Program, you will get all the information you’ll need, and perhaps even more important, you’ll find out what not to do. We'll even take you to Strom Moving where Doug White, the owner will give you a tour of their warehouse, and give a talk on Moving your Stuff. Strom is the most restected moving company in the area and our Focus clients have been very happy with their services. In fact, we have used them ourselves. We had sold our house and the closing date was one month before the possession on the new house. So we had Strom come in and pack everything up and put it in storage for one month. Then the following month they moved it all into our new home, unpacked everything, put beds etc together and took away all the boxes and paper. We were extremely satisfied with their services.

Having lived here for over 13 years, we have heard story after story of problems, even (and especially) when people are using an International Moving Company from north of the border. Many times they do not have the knowledge or experience in moving goods to Mexico.
Our program has been so successful, because we've "been there; done that" and we also know which expert to ask to keep you in sync with current laws, regulations and practices. If you're thinking about moving to Mexico full or part time, you really have to come on a Focus on Mexico program. I guarantee there's not a better program out there where you will learn so much in eight days and have fun doing it!




Comment on and Rate this Content

 Your Rating:
Your Review:
Learning Adventures
Crash Course On Mexico


On your Journey of Discovery to retire in this land of enchantment, we cover topics that will be important to you…immigration, health options available in Mexico, legal and financial topics, and information that will guide you through the decision-making process of buying or renting a house, options for moving, bringing your pets, and a myriad of other details that we have collected during Focus on Mexico’s 15 years of experience guiding our participants through the Lake Chapala area.

Focus Health Insurance

Best Doctors Hdr
Annual Cost/Benefits in U.S.$
Worldwide Coverage $750,000
 $3900 Deductible
For 2017 Pricing & Forms, email

Senior Couple 

Pre-existing conditions covered after 12 months
Apply from anywhere in Mexico
InterConsulatation 2nd Opinion

Best Doctors helps you make medical decisions with confidence. Access to the best medical minds in the world so you can be sure you have the right diagnosis and treatment plan. Get help to find specialists and expert answers to medical questions.

New Full Coverage Program from WEA. For details, email

Currency Exchange
exchange money
 Focus On Mexico has teamed with two technology leaders in the money transfer industry to ensure clients enjoy a simple and efficient experience when transferring funds anywhere in the world.