Bringing Items into Mexico / U.S.

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The Mexican Customs Authorities provide information (in Spanish) regarding imports to and exports from Mexico.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Customs and Border Control provides information on regulations relating to goods brought into the United States.

It is illegal to bring into Mexico some over-the-counter medicines commonly used in the United States, including inhalers and some allergy and sinus medications. Specifically, products that contain stimulants (medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, such as Actifed, Sudafed, and Vicks inhalers) or codeine are prohibited.  

Consult the following websites for lists of controlled substances in Mexico: http://www.cofepris.gob.mx/AS/Paginas/EstupefacientesPsicotropicosYSustancias-Quimicas.aspx (check the “Lista Amarilla,” “Lista Verde,” and “Lista Roja) and http://www.aduanas-mexico.com.mx/cgi-bin/ctarnet/notas_ex/listas_cap29.html .

Individuals are advised to carry a copy of the prescription or doctor’s letter but it is still possible that you may be subject to arrest for arriving to Mexico with substances in these lists.

For information about bringing pets into Mexico you may wish to contact the nearest Mexican Consulate in the United States, or the
Dirección General de Inspección Fitozoosanitaria” in Mexico City,
Tel. 011-52-55-5571-3124
Fax 011-52-55-5784-3231.

You may also obtain useful information from several U.S. agencies, including:

For guidance regarding taking a car into Mexico, contact the nearest Mexican Consulate in the United States and Tips for Travelers.

As explained in our Consular Information Sheet for Mexico, there are severe penalties for possessing firearms in Mexico.

You must contact a Mexican Consulate in the United States before attempting to import weapons into Mexico or purchase any while in Mexico. Failure to do so will result in stiff fines and/or jail time.