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Tax Free Shopping for Tourists in Mexico

November 1, 2005

Tax Free Shopping for Tourists in Mexico
November 1, 2005 – The Mexican Congress has passed law supported by the Tourism Ministry to allow international tourists to make tax-free purchases while vacationing in Mexico.

The law, which will take effect July 1, 2006, was spearheaded by Rodolfo Elizondo Torres, Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, and will grant international visitors a full refund of the tax added to purchases if the buyer follows a few simple steps. The new law is expected to increase competition in the tourism sector and foster private investments in Mexico.

In order for international visitors to be reimbursed they must adhere to the following criteria: the merchandise acquired must be purchased in Mexico and verified by airport or seaport customs and the value of the purchase made by the visitor must be verified with a receipt presented at time of departure to be worth at least 1,200 Mexican pesos (approximately US$110 at current exchange rates). Reimbursement to tourists will be contingent upon any added costs a possible return may generate. For more information, call 800-44-MEXICO or visit

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