Mexican (XE) amateur radio permits for foreigners

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Updated 8 May 2023

On 23 January 2023, the Mexican Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones (IFT) announced that it will issue temporary permits for foreign radio amateurs to operate in Mexico, but only on amateur radio satellites.  This announcement (in Spanish) appeared in Mexico's Diario Oficial de la Federacion, similar to the Federal Register in the USA:

This announcement is supposed to take effect 30 business days after that date. 

Based on this announcement, it appears that foreign radio amateurs will be able to send requests for these permits to IFT, along with copies of an identity document (like the ID page in a passport) and foreign amateur license.  Foreign hams will need to explain when and where they will operate in Mexico, and the equipment that would be used to work the satellites.  Permits will be valid for up to 5 years, and foreign hams will use their call sign with a Mexican prefix in front of the call sign. 

IFT has recently posted a document explaining the process for issuing permits to use amateur satellites in Mexico.  Since it appears the IFT web site blocks access from certain foreign countries, I have a PDF copy of the new process on my web site.  I still need to make a translation, but at least you can read (and translate) the process now in effect. 

Separate from the issues around Mexico issuing permits to foreign radio amateurs, a senator in the Mexican Congress announced in early March 2023 he was presenting legislation that would change how Mexican radio amateurs are authorized to operate.  Unfortunately, this legislation did not pass out of the congress, so the current licensing process for Mexican hams remains in effect.  Hopefully it will be filed in a future congressional session, and make its way into law. 

DISCLAIMER!  I am not a lawyer, nor am I a Mexican national or citizen.  This new process may be changed at any time without advance notice.  I have no control over any of that.  Anyone using this information does so at their own risk