Mexico APIS Now Mandatory

Mexico has released a new regulation that now requires all aircraft to submit an APIS (Advanced Passenger Information System) manifest for all flights arriving into and departing out of Mexico.

Effective Dec. 31, 2013, the Mexican Government's National Institute of Immigration (INM) will begin enforcing the mandatory submission of APIS. In accordance with Article 46 of the Immigration Law, this new regulation applies to all commercial, non-scheduled commercial (charter), and private non-revenue operations. Non-compliance can result in fines up to $5,000 per day.

Colt's Trip Support team can assist you in complying with this regulation which requires completion of a detailed Excel file submitted prior to each flight with required information, such as departure and arrival airport IATA Code, passenger and crew names along with DOB and passport numbers for each. The completed file is submitted via a web portal, which Colt can submit on your behalf. We are working on a more efficient solution that will allow us to submit your APIS manifest direct to Mexico Immigration and will expedite the process.


The spreadsheet requires the inclusion of the following information:

Flight Information

  • Name of airline
  • Airline Code
  • Airline representative Name
  • Phone number of representative
  • Fax Number (Optional)
  • Flight number
  • Departure Airport
  • Destination Airport
  • Date and time of departure
  • Date and time of arrival

Passenger and Crew Information

  • Name (Last name)
  • Name (First Name)
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Country of residence
  • Port of embarkation
  • Port of landing
  • Country of birth
  • Transit Passenger (Passenger, Crew, Transit)
  • Nationality
  • Document Type
  • Document number
  • Expiration Date of the document
  • Country where the document was issued
  • PNR Number (Optional)
We will keep you updated as new information about the Mexico APIS regulation becomes available. Please contact us for assistance with your next trip to Mexico.


For further information, please find contact information and links to the National Institute of Immigration's Official Notification, Excel File Template and eGov Portal User Guide below:

Contact the Mexican Government:

The information provided is based on current information at time of publication and may be subject to change.
Please contact your Colt Trip Support specialist for assistance and services.