Published On: Mon, Aug 25th, 2014

Foreigners Detained in Tulum by INM for not Carrying Documentation

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On Saturday August 23rd, more than 20 foreigners of different nationalities were detained in Tulum, Quintana Roo by agents from the National Migration Institute (INM) for not having their proper immigration documents with them.

It was around noon when agents of the INM and the municipality of Playa del Carmen, supported by the federal and the municipal police arrived aboard several vehicles and set up a checkpoint on the stretch of highway known as the “T”, near the Tulum Toursitic Zone.

INM agents were asking for immigration documents to all foreigners circulating by the site, whether riding motorcycles, bicycles
or automobiles, in order to prove their legal status in the country.

INM Delegate in Playa del Carmen, Joaquin Vega declared that every foreigner needs to carry documentation to prove they are legally present, and if people don’t want to carry their papers around, at least they must carry a photocopy of them. Either it is a passport photo page, INM document, or Permanent Resident card.

More than 20 foreginers were detained in Tulum

More than 20 foreginers were detained in Tulum (Photo: Por Esto)

The INM is doing periodical raids, (last June, they raided bars and clubs in Tulum), but now they are focusing especially on businesses. The recent reforms and new laws have made it harder for foreigners to get permission to work legally in Mexico, and so there might be a greater number of people working illegally now in different parts of the State of Quintana Roo (especially people from far away countries for whom it is impractical to fly home to the Consulate, like Russians, for example).

If a report is filed turning in a business or a person, INM will follow it up, and will investigate if there are any foreigners working there without permission.


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  1. Maira Poole says:

    Wow, finally! It was about time they pay attention to this issue!

  2. sue montigny says:

    @ John Garvin, when you say ‘landlords’ who don’t have permission from INM to earn income, do you mean earning income by renting to ‘tourists’ for either weeks, or months at a time…? Although I’m pretty sure that most of these Mexican landlords don’t even realize that they should be reporting this income! I’m curious though, IS THAT WHAT you meant…?

    • The subject matter that is being addressed in the above article is a matter of foreigners working illegally in Mexico. And yes, all income activity derived in the country is addressed via SAT (the Mexican equivalent of the IRS). But, all foreigners must have the appropriate permission to earn income in the country, be it earned, rental, investments, etc…

      So, the suggestion of weather Mexican Landlords are or are not paying for their rental income has no bearing of the above topic as this is an immigration this pertaining to foreigners illegally earning.

    • VivaVillaJijos says:

      Most of the land lords are foreiners (Canada, USA)

  3. We Don’t need our country to be change by any arrogant people who think they can make better. We like it the way it is.

  4. Sam Slick says:

    Simple just marry a mexican. The latinas are good in bed and make great food and are cheap to keep.

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