FAQs

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

  1. What Documents and Paperwork do I need for Hunting in Sonora-Mexico?
  2. Which Hunting equipment is allowed bringing in to Mexico?
  3. Which Airlines flight directly from the USA to Hermosillo or Sonora?
  4. Which Arm fire Weapons I am allowed to use Hunting in Mexico?
  5. Driving to Sonora by Car
  6. Mexican Car Insurance
  7. If You Have an Auto Accident
  8. Roadside Assistance – The Green Angels
  9. Illegal behavior
  10. More Information

 

1. What Documents and Paperwork do I need for Hunting in Sonora-Mexico?

You need unexpired Passport and Visa Permit (this Visa Permit will be provided by the airline and validated by the National Institute of Migration on your arrival to Mexico); Also the non-residents need to make a contract agreement with the ranch owner or authorized outfitter of the UMA (Management and Exploitation Unit or Ranch), the one that will be in charge of making the paperwork for getting the temporary importation permit for bringing your rifle and cartridges.

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2. Which Hunting equipment is allowed bringing in to Mexico?

Binoculars, spotting scope, camera, video camera, range finder, GPS, knife.

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3. Which Airlines flight directly from the USA to Hermosillo or Sonora?

Aeroméxico www.aeromexico.com Phx. – Hermosillo – Phx.,

Aeroméxico Connect www.aeromexico.com Los Angeles – Hermosillo – Los Ángeles, Phx. – Hermosillo – Phx.,

US Airways www.usairways.com Phx. – Hermosillo – Phx.

Viva Aerobús www.vivaaerobus.com Las Vegas – Hermosillo- Las Vegas

The International Airports in Sonora are in the following cities:

Puerto Peñasco, Nogales, Hermosillo, Guaymas, Cd. Obregón.

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4. Which Arm fire Weapons I am allow to use Hunting in Mexico?

The weapons may be authorized to shooting sports and hunting, to own at home and carry licensed are:

I. - pistols, revolvers and .22 caliber rifles, fire ring.

II .- .38 pistols purposes of Olympic shooting or competition.

III .- shotguns in all sizes and models except the barrel length of less than 635 mm. (25), and more than 12 gauge (729 or 18. 5 mm.).

IV .- shotguns with 3 barrels in calibers guns allowed in the preceding section, with a barrel for metal cartridges of different caliber.

V. - high-powered rifles, repeating or semi-automatic operation, no automatic convertible, with the exception of caliber rifles, 30 rifle, .223 caliber muskets and carbines, 7 and 7. 62 mm. and .30 caliber Garand rifles.

VI .- high-powered rifles of calibers higher than those reported in the previous paragraph, with special permission for overseas employment in hunt for larger pieces do not exist in the national fauna.

VII .- The sport features other weapons in accordance with hunting laws, applied by the State Departments or Agencies that have interference as well as national and international regulations for competition shooting.

 

Emergency Contacts:

Telephone 066

US Consulates

If you are a US citizen

http://hermosillo.usconsulate.gov/citizen_services3/emergency-contact.html

http://nogales.usconsulate.gov/emergency_contact_information.html

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5. Driving to Sonora by Car

Visitors to Sonora are able to drive directly to such cities as Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), Guaymas (San Carlos), Hermosillo, Kino Bay, Magdalena and Santa Ana without obtaining a car permit and paying the federal vehicle registry fee. Motorists are required to have proof of U.S. citizenship, a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration.

For travelers going to all border cities or Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point), no immigration permit is required. If traveling beyond 21 kilometers south, an immigration permit is required. This can be obtained at the Customs checkpoints by presenting either 1) Valid passport or 2) Birth Certificate and an official ID (i.e. driver’s license).

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6. Mexican Car Insurance

Mexico only recognizes vehicle insurance issued by Mexican businesses. You can buy short-term coverage from roadside businesses on the way to Mexico or in advance. More information is available at Go to Sonora. 

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7. If You Have an Auto Accident

If you have an auto accident, notify the authorities immediately by calling toll-free 01-800-440-3690. If you have a temporary importation permit for the vehicle, you must notify the nearest customs office about the accident, in writing, within five days. A notification or a copy of the accident report is required by the office. If your vehicle is stolen, report it to the police by dialing 066 from any phone in Sonora.

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8. Roadside Assistance – The Green Angels

The Green Angels (Angeles Verdes), Mexico’s National Road Emergency Services, patrol fixed sections of major highways daily from dawn to sunset. The bilingual drivers, in green vehicles, provide mechanical assistance, towing and first aid. Their services are free, but there is a charge for parts, fuel and lubricants; tips are appreciated.

Dial 078 from any phone in Sonora to contact the Green Angels. If you are unable to contact them, pull off the road and lift the hood of your vehicle.

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9. Illegal behavior

Illegal behaviors include: Drinking in public; fighting; public nudity; disturbing the peace; possession and use of firearms or ammunition; possession, use or being under the influence of drugs; drunk driving; causing an auto accident during which someone is injured; and underage drinking (the legal drinking age in Mexico is 18).

If you are arrested, call your country’s consulate as soon as possible.

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10. More Information

For the latest news, information and tips, visit:

Sonora Tourism

National Institute of Migration

Secretariat of Tourism

U.S. State Department: Tips for Traveling Abroad

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