Are you thinking of walking around Mexico City and would you like to do it by car and independently? If the answer is YES, this post “CDMX tourist pass What is it for?”, you will be interested…

Visiting the famous CDMX requires a very good selection of the places that you want to know and enjoy; There are many alternatives and there are options for all tastes, both during the day and at night.

There are those who choose to hire tours and get to know the most popular sites on foot, but there are also those who want to make a more personalized tour, sometimes saving a little, or simply enjoying the time at ease…

For those who choose to travel through cosmopolitan Mexico City by car, it is necessary to consider the CDMX Tourist Pass, then we will tell you why?

What is the CDMX Tourist Pass?

The CDMX Tourist Pass is a certificate that is granted to vehicles from abroad or foreigners to Mexico City and the State of Mexico, with the aim of allowing circulation without any restrictionbeing exempt from the provisions of the Hoy No Circula Program.

The Pass is granted only to private gasoline and gas fuel vehicles, from 2008 to 2022 models.

The purpose of this pass is consistent with the objectives of state entities that seek to contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution, thus limiting the number of cars that can circulate through certain territories of CDMX and the State of Mexico.

Likewise, you have to consider that the restrictions on vehicular traffic do not apply to all cars and are limited to certain areas previously defined by the competent authorities.

All electric vehicles, hybrids and those with a hologram 0 and 00, are exempt from the measures of the Hoy No Circula program.

More details below…

Photo: CDMX Government

What is the Today No Circulation Program?

If you are not from Mexico City, you should know that, for a few years, a program was implemented that limits vehicular circulation due to the high levels of pollution that were registered in the Valley of Mexico.

Thus, controlled by SEDEMA in Mexico City and by the Ministry of the Environment in the municipalities of the State of Mexico where it is applied, the purpose of the restrictions is to control and reduce the levels of environmental pollution.

The Hoy No Circula Program works based on two types of movement restrictions:

1 Weekly restriction: prevents circulation one of the 5 days of the week.

2 Saturday restriction: prevents traffic on two Saturdays or every Saturday of the month.

The aforementioned restrictions, whether weekly or Saturday, are applied within the same time range that goes from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Said limitation is based on the model of the car, the emission levels and the age of the car, in combination with the finish of the plate and the color of the vehicle’s gumming.

You can find more details in the Calendar Today It does not circulate available HERE.

CDMX Tourist Pass


CDMX Tourist Pass


Where does the Program apply?

The program works in the 16 delegations that make up Mexico City: Álvaro Obregón, Iztapalapa, Azcapotzalco, M. Contreras, Benito Juárez, Miguel Hidalgo, Coyoacán, Milpa Alta, Cuajimalpa, Tláhuac, Cuauhtémoc, Tlalpan, Gustavo A. Madero, Venustiano Carranza, Iztacalco, Xochimilco.

In addition to the 18 specific municipalities of the State of Mexico: Atizapán, Coacalco, Cuautitlán, Chimalhuacán, Chalco, Chicoloapan, Ecatepec, Huixquilucan, Ixtapaluca, La Paz, Naucalpan, Nicolás Romero, Nezahualcóyotl, Tecámac, Tlalnepantla, Tultitlán, Valle de Chalco

Other details to consider about the Hoy no Circula Program:

1. In case of environmental contingency, the restrictions are more severe and there are more limitations. You must check on the web the special provisions in this case, since it is possible that the Passes will not be issued and if they have already been issued they may not be valid.

2. There are cars that are outside the scope of the vehicle restriction rules established by the Program, they are: those that run on electricity, natural gas or are hybrids, those that have plates for the disabled, those dedicated to urban services (includes those funeral homes), those that offer school or passenger transportation and those intended for public safety and/or civil protection.

3. You also have to consider that the States belonging to the CAMe (CDMX, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Michoacán, Morelos, Puebla, Querétaro and Tlaxcala) will not be able to generate a Tourist Pass, this is because in these states the vehicle verification and a hologram is granted, the same one that will allow you to travel without problems depending on the type of hologram obtained.

Nor can business, government, school or foundation vehicles generate the pass, and vehicles without a license plate (with a circulation permit) are added to the list.

4. Another important detail is that the Hoy No Circula 2021 Program may be suspended on holidays or holidays, but this will depend on the resolution adopted by the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (CAME) in each case.

But on the official website there is a table that shows the probabilities that it will be suspended, based on what has happened in recent years:

CDMX tourist pass


5. Lastly, it is necessary to bear in mind that the fact of not having the Tourist Pass in order, in the event of a traffic control, is reason for the application of a fine.

For how long can I get the Tourist Pass?

The Tourist Pass lasts a maximum of 14 days, per semester; namely,

1 You can take out two 7-day passes every six months or

2 You can get a 14-day pass every six months

There is also a Tourist Pass option for 3 days that will be granted only on official long bridges authorized by the General Directorate of Air Quality Management.

This last alternative can be combined with the 7-day option if required by the owner of the car.

How to process the CDMX Tourist Pass?

If your idea is to visit Mexico City or some of the municipalities of the State of Mexico included in the list that we mentioned before, you must complete the procedure to obtain the Pass.

You do not have to stress as it is a relatively simple procedure, you only need to have an email, your circulation card, then you enter this link, once there you enter the data and they will send you a personalized link to your email, it is in that link where you proceed to complete the process, initially generating a key that will allow you to continue with the registration of your vehicle.

On the registration page you enter data and you can choose the time you need the Pass, either 1 or 2 weeks and once it is complete, 2 permits are generated, one issued by the CDMX and the other issued by the State of Mexico, you must print both and always carry them in your car during your period of visit to the destinations.



If you have doubts or need more information on the same website, there are the means to advise you:

You can dial Tel. 01 (55) 5278 9931 Extensions 1690 to 1693 from Mexico City, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or contact the email [email protected].

For the State of Mexico, contact Tel. 01 (55) 5366 8264.

If with everything you have read up to here, you have doubts as to whether it is a good idea to go by car during your visit to the Valley of Mexico, you can analyze the alternative options such as using local means of transport such as taxis, the bus from Central del Norte, the Tlaxqueña, etc., or call us to hire a tour of Mexico City, we can advise you very well, on our website HERE or at the number 8004440618.


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