Monday, January 25, 2016

And a partridge in a pear tree

As part of my Baja trip research, I came across a list of things you're allowed to bring with you into Mexico.
Personal clothing and footwear

Personal toiletries and beauty products

Baby travel accessories such as strollers and baby walkers (you must have a baby present)

Two photographic cameras or video recorders

12 rolls of film or videocassettes

Three cell phones or other wireless networks

Global Positioning Equipment (GPS)

One typewriter

One electronic calendar

One laptop computer

One portable printer/copier

One portable projector

Two items of sporting equipment

Four fishing rods

Three speedboats with or without sails and their accessories, trophies or recognitions, provided that they can be transported normally and commonly by the passenger

One stair climber

One bicycle

One portable radio or digital sound reproducer with speakers and accessories

Five laser disks

10 DVDs

30 compact disks (CD) or magnetic tapes (audiocassettes)

Three software packages

Five storage devices or memory cards for any electronic equipment

Books, magazines and printed documents

Five toys

One video game console and five videogames

One blood pressure instrument

One glucose-testing device

Personal medications (you must have your prescription with you for any psychotropic drugs that you’re bringing with you into Mexico)

One set of binoculars

One telescope

Luggage necessary to transport personal items

Passengers over 18 years of age are allowed: 10 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco, three liters of liquor or beer, six liters of wine. Any items in excess must be declared and have duties paid.

Two musical instruments and the accessories for the instruments

A camping tent

Camping equipment

A toolset

Up to three dogs or cats, may be brought to Mexico as well as their accessories, provided that the corresponding zoo sanitary import certificate issued by (SAGARPA) is presented to the customs officials


Guns or ammunition

Pepper spray

Lethal knives and machetes (anything over 8” is not allowed)

Live predator fish

Totoaba fish (fresh or frozen)

Turtle eggs

Poppy seeds or flour of poppy seeds

Marijuana, medicinal marijuana, marijuana products, marijuana seeds or spores, or marijuana extracts

Opium extract

Stamps or prints, displayed for their sale in envelopes or packages, containing illustrations that represent childhood in a degrading, violent, self-destructive, anti-social or ridiculous way (i.e. Garbage Pail Kids trading cards)

Thallium sulfate

Isodrin, Aldrin, Heptaclor, Drinox, Endrin, Mendrin, Nendrin, Hexadrin or Leptophos insecticides


Medication prepared with acetylmorphine or its derivatives

Loggerhead turtles or turtle skins

Goods that have been declared as archaeological monuments by the Secretary of Public Education

Air compression spearguns are prohibited. Rubber band spearguns are permitted.

Guess I'll need to leave the second stair climber and my fourth speedboat behind, along with my heroin and loggerhead turtles. I'll really be roughing it.


  1. Good thing Chet's over 18.

  2. I can almost hear the conversations that led to some of those additions to the list.

  3. I'm a little unclear; Do you take your own "dancing girls" or get those in Mexico?

  4. I always wonder about "you must have the prescription" with you. If you filled the prescription, the pharmacist took the piece of paper and kept it. I think I'm ok with not taking the RV into Mexico.