I’m planning an extended stay in Cozumel this winter (180 days). I plan on working while I’m there and would like to bring my newish Mac Pro with me but I’m not sure if I’m allowed to bring something like this into Mexico.


Using a standard tourist visa. Am I allowed to bring an expensive computer tower from the US to Mexico? What are the rules and considerations I need to take into account?

  • I’ve been to Cozumel many times and have a secure place to stay. Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 21:03
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    On a tourist visa? Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 21:10
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    Six months isn't a typical vacation. Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 21:18
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    I think Mexico is tolerant and has a digital nomad visa. Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 21:22
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    @WeatherVane Mexico allows people to work remotely (for non-Mexico companies) on regular tourist permits and visas. (working for Mexican companies though is a strict NO without a work permit)
    – Midavalo
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 22:36

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The answer is Yes, but they will charge you import tax on the item. I learned this the hard-way, but fortunately they didn't charge me tax on the full price of the item, just what I stated it was worth.

I was told that a Digital Nomad Visa would allow me to avoid this import tax on work related items.

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    Obtaining an ATA Carnet is also an option.
    – gparyani
    Commented Dec 6, 2022 at 4:50
  • @gparyani Interesting, I'll read up on this. Commented Dec 9, 2022 at 17:17
  • Are you sure that's the case? Hundreds of thousands of Americans travel into Mexico with expensive laptops every year and don't pay anything. Was it because it was a computer tower and not a laptop?
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Feb 20, 2023 at 16:16
  • @JonathanReez It cost me $600 to find out. So, yup, I'm pretty sure. And they tend to ignore laptops because there are so many of them that come through. Once you come through with a large big-ticket item, they will stop you and you will be taxed. Commented Apr 3, 2023 at 22:37

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