Mexico Annual Permits for Private Operators Replaced by Single-Entry Authorization in 2024

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We just learned about a major change coming that will impact private Part-91 operations into Mexico. Here’s what you need to know, including an FAQ at the end of the post.


Discontinuation of Mexico Annual Permits for Private Operators Replaced by Single Entry Authorization

During a recent meeting with Mexico Civil Aviation (AFAC), Universal Aviation Mexico learned that beginning Jan. 1, 2024, Mexico Annual/Multiple-Entry permits for private operators will no longer be available. Instead, private operators and aircraft will only be able to obtain one-time permits. In early 2024, we received an update.

The Single Entry Permit and Multiple Entry Permit will be replaced by the Single Entry Authorization (AIU), which is valid for 180 days. This authorization allows multiple international flights during its validity. Operators must carry the original AIU document onboard. The required documents for this authorization remain the same but must now also include the “Layout of Passenger Accommodations” from the Cargo and Balance manual.


Why are Annual/Multiple Entry Permits Being Discontinued?

This change is a result of the modification of Mexico’s Civil Aviation Law, which was updated on May 3, 2023, removing the provision for multiple entry permits in an effort to minimize illegal charters operating in Mexico.


This Does Not Impact Blanket Charter Permits

Note that blanket permits for charter operations are not impacted and will still be available.


Universal Can Help

While this will reduce operating flexibility for operators, Universal Trip Support and Universal Aviation Mexico can efficiently facilitate one-time permits with short lead times in most locations. We do this daily already.


FAQs

Does this affect charter operations?

No, this change is only for private operations

What is the lead time to process a single entry authorization?

The usual lead time is 24 hours, however, during normal business/operating hours, we would be able to get the permit with a 2-hour notice.

Is there a limit on how many private single-entry authorizations I can get?

No, there is no limit on how many one-shot private permits an operator can obtain.

Do we have to apply for a single-entry authorization each time we operate into Mexico?

No, the Single Entry Permit and Multiple Entry Permit will be replaced by the Single Entry Authorization (AIU), which is valid for 180 days. This authorization allows multiple international flights during its validity. Operators must carry the original AIU document onboard. The required documents for this authorization remain the same but must now also include the “Layout of Passenger Accommodations” from the Cargo and Balance manual.

Will the authorization have to be processed prior to arriving in Mexico?

Yes. Although the authorization is not issued until the aircraft arrives, the local authorities must be presented with the flight, aircraft, and crew information prior to the arrival.

What is the validity of a single-entry authorization?

Single-entry authorizatis are currently valid for 180 days from the initial date of the aircraft arrival. The Single Entry Authorization (AIU) is valid for 180 days. This authorization allows multiple international flights during its validity. Operators must carry the original AIU document onboard.

Can I make multiple stops in Mexico with the single-entry authorization?

Yes, the one-time permit is valid for as many operations within the country as needed.

What is the difference between a blanket, an annual permit, and multiple entry permits?

A blanket permit is for charter operations. It is an indefinite permit that allows a charter operator multiple operations in the country.

An annual permit is the same thing as a Multiple Entry permit. This is for private operators and would allow a private aircraft to make multiple operations into the country during a calendar year.


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