When it comes to permitting, allow yourself some time. We have very good relationships with the Mexican Film Commission and can proceed a little bit quicker than other production companies. An average time estimate to consider for a location is about 2-3 weeks. You can ask for an emergency permit, but that often comes at a higher price. Some locations are free but others, like cultural heritage sites, take up to a month to permit and are expensive.
For productions looking to bring in film equipment, Mexico is an ATA carnet country. If you bring lighter equipment, there is no need for an ATA carnet.
Mexico has 74 airports (11 nationals and 63 internationals) - its’ capital, Mexico City, is a 3 hour flight from Los Angeles and a 5 hour flight from New York. Mexico is a large country and flight is required to travel between all major cities.
For shooting with drones, Mexico requires that you have a certified Mexican drone permit, a foreign/international drone permit is not valid. We work with local drone operators who have a standing permit.