Hello Forum members,
Looking for related experiences regarding expired FMMs. In advance, I fully realize YOUR experience(s) will likely not be what WE experience - only looking for some honest feedback :-)
Entered Mexico on foot from the United States in early November 2019. On a chance, took a sublease in Mazatlan several weeks later. Booked a ticket (in December!) from MAZ to TIJ one-way to cross back into the U.S. for April. Our 180 days FMM is up - mas y menos - at the start of May.
Our one-way flight is flexible based on the fare-class, but we wish not to cross back into the U.S. right now in order to get another 6-month FMM, due to uncertainties with a lot of things - too many to list!
We have several options - and I would appreciate some expert opinions and hopefully someone's experience to guide me - Again, I do understand YOUR experience does not in any way suggest this will be OUR experience - just looking for honest feedback.
Option 1: Overstay by 6 months, then cross back on foot into the U.S. In the past - on foot AND in a vehicle within the free zone - our experience has shown us we WILL NOT come in contact with any Mexican official, meaning we will not hand in our FMM card.
Question For Option 1: Does anyone think that this will be found out if and when we decide to re-enter into Mexico on foot several days later, in order to get another 180-day FMM?
Option 2: We've already spoken with an official at the immigration office here in Mazatlan; sadly we were not too prepared with our questions... We left there with the knowledge that we could get another FMM after our original FMM expiration (around the beginning of May), pay any fines there on the spot and get issued a new FMM - with no guarantee regarding the amount of days this new form could be issued for.
Question for Option 2: My apologies for making muddy any water, but after reading responses here on this forum, I must mention I've read elsewhere several things - The fine for overstaying is a per-day fine and also there is a maximum fine (about 300 USD). Can anyone relate their personal experiences with anything similar?
Option 3: Continue our travels south for about another 6 months (or until things get somewhat back to normal?) and exit, on foot, into either Belize or Guatemala. We entered into Guatemala this way in 2013 and seem to remember turning in the FMM, which wasn't expired!
Question for Option 3: See question for Option 2!
Sorry for the the 8x12 version; I just want to list every angle I can think of. Again, just looking for thoughts and experiences and I know the latter will undoubtedly differ from ours once this is all said and done.
Thanks forum members!