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Mexico tourist visa: Requirements and application procedure
Updated: October 31, 2023
Mexico tourist visa requirements are clear and easy to understand. Mexico has a liberal visa policy offering visa EXEMPTION to many nationalities. Those who REQUIRE a visa are also exempt from visa if they hold a valid visa from the US, UK, Canada, Schengen or Japan.
Mexico visa application is fairly simple. It costs $44 USD and takes about two business days to process. Mexico tourist visa is valid for 180 days, multiple-entry.
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MEXICO TOURIST VISA REQUIREMENTS BY NATIONALITY
Minimum passport validity required to enter Mexico
- Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the day of arrival
Visa EXEMPT nationalities
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Sint Maarten
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Visa REQUIRED nationalities
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia Herzegovina
- Brunei Darussalam
- Burkina Faso
- The central African Republic
- Congo (Dem. Rep. of)
- Congo (Rep. of)
- Côte d’Ivoire
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- Papua New Guinea
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Salomon Islands
- São Tomé and Príncipe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Vatican City
Visa EXEMPT with a valid VISA from the US, Canada, UK, Schengen or Japan
Visa is NOT REQUIRED for ANY nationality holding a valid visa from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Schengen or Japan for stays up to 180 days as a tourist.
Example: You hold an Indian passport with a US B1/B2 visa, both valid for more than 6 months. You can enter Mexico using your India passport and US B1/B2 visa. No need to apply for a separate Mexico visa.
Visa EXEMPT with a valid PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD from the US, Canada, UK, any Schengen country, Japan or any Pacific Alliance country (Chile, Colombia, Peru)
Visa is NOT REQUIRED for ANY nationality holding a valid permanent resident card from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Schengen, Japan, Chile, Colombia and Peru for stays up to 180 days as a tourist.
Example: You hold an Egypt passport with a US green card, both valid for more than 6 months. You can enter Mexico using your Egypt passport and US green card. No need to apply for a separate Mexico visa.
Visa EXEMPT for cruise passengers
Visa is NOT REQUIRED for cruise passengers of ANY nationality entering Mexico at maritime ports as part of the cruise trip.
Example: You are on a Caribbean cruise trip that will make a stop at Cancun, Mexico. You do not need any visa to enter Mexico at Cancun as part of your Caribbean cruise trip.
MEXICO TOURIST VISA APPLICATION PROCESS
Check if you need a Mexico tourist visa from the “Visa Requirements” section above. Alternatively, you can check if a visa is REQUIRED or EXEMPT on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico website.
Validity of Mexico tourist visa
Mexico tourist visas are valid for 6 months from the date of visa issue. Visas are usually multiple-entry.
Example: If your Mexico visa was issued on December 05, 2020, the visa will be valid until June 05, 2021.
When to apply for Mexico visa
You can apply for a Mexico visa up to 3 months in advance.
Example: If you plan to visit Mexico on April 15, you can apply for your Mexico visa on or after January 16.
How long can you stay in Mexico
The Mexico tourist visa allows you to stay up to 180 days in Mexico.
In most cases, immigration officers give 180-day entry. But there may be occasions where you will be given fewer days. Check your FMM form for the number of days you’re allowed to stay.
Example: If you entered Mexico on July 01, you will be allowed to stay till December 27.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE When asked at the port of entry, I usually say that I’m in Mexico for 1 month. But if necessary I continue staying longer. In one instance, I stayed close to 180 days and it wasn’t a problem leaving or re-entering Mexico.
Mexico tourist visa application is a 5 step process.
- Prepare documents required
- Schedule visa appointment
- Pay visa fee
- Attend visa appointment
- Pick up Passport
1. Prepare documents required
The following documents are required for Mexico tourist visa.
- Completed Mexico visa application form
- One passport-size photograph
- Original passport
- Copy of the first and last page of your passport
- Original employment letter (must have been working for at least 1 year in the current company)
- Bank statements for the last 3 months
- Payslips for the last 3 months
- Copy of the visa/residence permit if applying in a third country (Example: if you hold an Indian passport and applying in the US, you have to provide a copy of your US visa)
1.2. Photo requirements
The photo must be 4.5cm x 3.5 cm with a white background, no glasses and the face covering 80% of the photo.
2. Schedule visa appointment
You must schedule your visa appointment at your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate using the MEXITEL visa appointment website. You cannot appear at the consulate without a prior scheduled appointment.
First, you will have to create an account in MEXITEL. You will need the following details to create your account.
- Surname/Family Name
- Mother’s Last Name
- Primary Phone
- Phone Number
After creating your account, you will have to select the country and the consulate. You will then see the calendar with available dates. You can select the date and time that works for you and schedule the appointment.
After you finish scheduling your appointment, you will receive a confirmation letter in your email. You must print this confirmation letter and carry it with you on the day of your appointment.
The Mexican embassy in India made a nice step-by-step guide on how to schedule visa appointments using the MEXITEL website.
NOTE Use Chrome browser if you can to schedule your appointment. MEXITEL website is not compatible with certain web browsers.
3. Pay visa fee
The Mexico tourist visa fee is $44 USD payable in local currency. You may end up paying a bit more or less due to the exchange rate. Keep in mind that the visa fee is non-refundable.
The payment method for the visa fee depends on the country and consulate. Some Mexican consulates accept cash payments within the consulate. Some require you to pay the fee at a designated bank in person or online prior to attending your appointment at the consulate. Check on your nearest consulate website for the exact procedure and fee.
4. Attend visa appointment
On the day of your visa appointment, you must appear at the Mexican consulate. If the consulate requires the visa payment to be made at the consulate, you will be instructed to pay the visa fee at the cashier.
You will then meet the consular officer. You must present your passport, documents and visa fee receipt.
The consulate office will review your documents and capture your biometrics such as photos and fingerprints. They will ask you a few questions to assess your background and purpose of travel.
If you are not eligible for the visa or do not meet the requirements, you will be told so. Your documents and passport will be returned back. This is not a rejection, so it will not hurt your future visa attempts for Mexico or any other country.
4.1. Visa processing time
Mexico tourist visa processing takes 2 working days. If there are too many applicants, the processing can take up to 10 working days. You will be told at the visa interview when to come back to pick up your passport.
05. Pick up passport
You have to go back to the Mexican consulate again in person to pick up your passport.
Keep in mind that passports cannot be mailed back to you. You also cannot send anyone else to pick up your passport. You must go back in person to pick up your own passport.
After you pick up your passport, verify the name and dates on your Mexico visa to make sure everything is correct.
ENTERING AND LEAVING MEXICO BY AIR
Entering Mexico by air
A Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM) is a Mexican immigration form similar to an arrival/departure card, also called a Mexico Tourist Card. Normally, an FMM card will be given to you on your inbound flight. You must fill this FMM card before you enter the immigration and customs at the first port of entry in Mexico.
At your first port of entry in Mexico, you have to go through passport control. You will be asked about your purpose of travel, whether it’s your first time in Mexico, etc. Your passport will be stamped.
The number of days you will be allowed to stay will be marked on the FMM card. Usually, it’s 180 days but it can be less also. Verify the card right away to make sure you were given enough days for your trip.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I have entered Mexico by air at Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun airports. I was always asked how long I plan to stay in Mexico. I was never asked to show proof of my return ticket or hotel bookings.
IMPORTANT You must retain the FMM card while you are in Mexico. If you lose, you have to pay a penalty on your exit.
As always, carry a copy of your return ticket and hotel booking just in case. If you are traveling on a one-way ticket, don’t forget to get proof of onward ticket .
Leaving Mexico by air
You have to return the FMM card to the airline staff on your exit. If you lose your FMM card, you must pay a penalty. To avoid any penalties and delays on your exit, make sure to keep the FMM card safe while you are in the country.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I left Mexico by air at Mexico City, Guadalajara and Cancun airports. There was no exit passport control. The airline staff verified my FMM card at check-in and took it away at the gate before boarding.
ENTERING AND LEAVING MEXICO BY LAND
Entering Mexico by land
Grab and fill an FMM card at the immigration office. Present your passport, FMM card and cash for tourism tax.
You will be asked about your purpose of travel, whether it’s your first time in Mexico, etc. Your passport will be stamped. The number of days you will be allowed to stay will be marked on the FMM card. Usually, it’s 180 days but it can be less in some instances. Check the FMM card right away to make sure you were given enough days for your trip.
TOURISM TAX All tourists entering Mexico must pay a tourism tax. If you are flying into Mexico, your airline fare will include tourism tax. But if you are entering by land, you must pay tourism tax at the immigration office. The tourism tax is $594 MXN. It must be paid in cash in Mexican pesos only, but at some borders accept USD.
Leaving Mexico by land
You must present your original passport, FMM card and proof of tourism tax paid to the immigration officer.
If you have entered Mexico by air, check your airline booking for itemized price details. You should see a line such as “Tourism Tax”. You can print your booking and show this as proof of the tourism tax paid when leaving Mexico by land. If you do not see tourism tax in your booking, you can email the airline requesting an itemized invoice. If the airline can’t provide you with one, you MUST pay tourism tax when leaving Mexico by land.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I left Mexico by land at Ciudad Cuauhtemoc near the Mexico/Guatemala border. I had a receipt of my tourist tax, so I presented my tourist tax receipt, FMM card and passport. The immigration officer took away the tourist tax receipt, and FMM card and stamped my passport with an exit stamp. It took about 5 minutes at the immigration office.
ENTERING AND LEAVING MEXICO BY SEA
Entering Mexico by sea
TOURISM TAX All tourists entering Mexico must pay a tourism tax. If you are flying into Mexico, your airline fare will include tourism tax. But if you are entering by sea, you must pay tourism tax at the immigration office. The tourism tax is $594 MXN. It must be paid in cash in Mexican pesos only, but some maritime ports accept USD.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I entered Mexico by sea at Chetumal near the Mexico/Belize border. I grabbed an FMM card, quickly filled and lined up at the immigration counter. It took a while to get through the immigration as there were many on the boat and there was only one immigration officer. I paid $533 MXN for tourism tax and received a receipt of payment.
Leaving Mexico by sea
If you do not have a tourism tax receipt or your airline booking doesn’t indicate it clearly, you will have to pay tourism tax when leaving Mexico by sea.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I left Mexico by sea at Chetumal near the Mexico/Belize border. I did not have a receipt for my tourism tax paid, so I had to pay the tourism tax at the port. I did not receive a receipt for tourism tax paid since I’m exiting and the receipt will not be useful anyway. The immigration procedure took about 10 minutes.
Mexico visa requirements are clear and easy to understand. Mexico offers visa EXEMPTION to many nationalities. Any nationality holding any visa from the US, UK, Canada, Schengen or Japan is also visa EXEMPT. The Visa application procedure is fairly easy, and quick and costs $44 USD.
WRITTEN BY THIRUMAL MOTATI
Thirumal Motati is an expert in tourist visa matters. He has been traveling the world on tourist visas for more than a decade. With his expertise, he has obtained several tourist visas, including the most strenuous ones such as the US, UK, Canada, and Schengen, some of which were granted multiple times. He has also set foot inside US consulates on numerous occasions. Mr. Motati has uncovered the secrets to successful visa applications. His guidance has enabled countless individuals to obtain their visas and fulfill their travel dreams. His statements have been mentioned in publications like Yahoo, BBC, The Hindu, and Travel Zoo.
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Mexico visa requirements for us citizens: a step-by-step guide.
Planning a trip to Mexico can be an exciting adventure, but it’s essential to understand the visa requirements for US citizens before embarking on your journey.
This comprehensive guide will outline the step-by-step process of obtaining a visa for Mexico and provide links to relevant government websites for further information and verification.
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Step 1: Determine if You Need a Visa
The good news for US citizens is that, in most cases, you do not need a visa for short-term tourist, business, or transit-related travel to Mexico. Instead, you’ll need a valid passport and a Mexico Tourist Card, also known as the FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple).
The FMM allows US citizens to visit Mexico for up to 180 days.
However, if you plan to stay in Mexico for more than 180 days, work in the country, or engage in specific activities that require a visa, you must apply for the appropriate visa.
Official Source: Mexican Embassy in the United States – https://embamex.sre.gob.mx/eua/index.php/en/visas
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Step 2: Obtain Your FMM (Tourist Card)
If you’re visiting Mexico for tourism, business, or transit purposes and will be staying less than 180 days, you’ll need to obtain an FMM. There are three ways to get your FMM:
- On your flight to Mexico: Most airlines will provide the FMM form on flights to Mexico. Complete the form during your flight and present it to the immigration officer upon arrival.
- At the Mexican border: If you’re entering Mexico by land, you can obtain and complete the FMM form at the border crossing point.
- Online: You can also apply for the FMM online before your trip at the following link: https://www.inm.gob.mx/fmme/publico/en/solicitud.html
Keep in mind that if you obtain your FMM online, you must print it and carry it with you during your trip.
Official Source: National Immigration Institute of Mexico (INM) – https://www.inm.gob.mx/fmme/publico/en/solicitud.html
Step 3: Gather Required Documents for Visa Application (if applicable)
If you’re planning to stay in Mexico for more than 180 days or require a visa for specific activities, you’ll need to gather the following documents :
- A valid US passport with at least six months of validity remaining
- A completed Mexican visa application form (available at Mexican consulates or online at https://consulmex.sre.gob.mx )
- One passport-sized photograph
- Proof of sufficient financial means (such as bank statements, investment certificates, or pay stubs)
- Payment of the visa application fee
Additional documents may be required depending on the type of visa you’re applying for, such as an invitation letter , proof of enrollment in a Mexican educational institution, or an employment offer letter. Consult the Mexican consulate in your jurisdiction for a complete list of required documents.
Step 4: Submit Your Visa Application
To apply for a Mexican visa, you must visit the Mexican consulate or embassy in your jurisdiction. You can find the nearest Mexican consulate in the United States at the following link: https://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/consulados-de-mexico-en-el-exterior
Schedule an appointment , if necessary, and submit your visa application along with the required documents and fees.
Processing times vary depending on the type of visa and the consulate, so it’s essential to apply well in advance of your planned trip.
Official Source: Mexican Consulates in the United States – https://directorio.sre.gob.mx/index.php/consulados-de-mexico-en-el-exterior
Step 5: Receive Your Visa and Prepare for Travel
Once your visa application has been approved, the Mexican consulate will affix the visa to your passport. Make sure to review the visa information carefully, including the validity period and the number of permitted entries.
Before traveling to Mexico, ensure that your passport and visa (if applicable) are up to date, and make copies of these documents to keep in a safe place during your trip. Additionally, don’t forget to obtain your FMM (Tourist Card) if you haven’t already done so.
Step 6: Enter Mexico and Enjoy Your Stay
Upon arrival in Mexico, present your passport, visa (if applicable), and FMM (Tourist Card) to the immigration officer. They will stamp your passport and FMM, indicating the authorized length of your stay in the country.
Keep your FMM in a secure location, as you’ll need to present it when leaving Mexico.
Remember to abide by the terms of your visa and FMM during your stay in Mexico. Overstaying your authorized period or engaging in activities not permitted by your visa can result in fines, deportation, or a ban on future travel to Mexico.
Traveling to Mexico as a US citizen is relatively straightforward, but it’s essential to be aware of the visa requirements and follow the appropriate steps to ensure a hassle-free journey.
By obtaining the necessary documents, such as your FMM or visa, and keeping them safe during your trip, you’ll be well-prepared to enjoy all that Mexico has to offer. ¡Buen viaje!
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Do you need a visa to go to Mexico?
Oct 24, 2023 • 4 min read
Find out if you can apply for a working holiday visa in Mexico © Thomas Barwick / Getty Images
Mexico is a vibrant country full of incredible culture and wonderful people – no wonder it's so continuously popular with visitors.
But navigating tourist permits, visas and officialdom can be daunting when you’re headed to a foreign country, especially one that revels in red tape. Have no fear! Here’s exactly what you need to know about entry requirements for Mexico .
Who doesn't need a visa for Mexico?
Citizens of the US, Canada, EU, Israel, Japan and dozens of other countries are among those who do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists.
The same goes for any visitor, regardless of nationality, who is a permanent resident of or has a valid visa from the US (including an H1-B visa), Canada, the United Kingdom and any country in the Schengen Area or Pacific Alliance.
Notwithstanding visas, all foreign visitors must have a passport with at least six months validity and a completed Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM), Mexico’s tourist card or stamp.
Where do I get an FMM?
The paper version of the FMM is gradually being phased out across Mexico and replaced with a passport stamp. However, when needed, FMM forms are available at border crossings , international airports and ports ; if you’re flying to Mexico, the form will be provided to you on-board your aircraft. The FMM form can also be completed online , printed and presented to immigration officials.
Processing an FMM costs US$28, which is paid on the spot at borders and ports or is integrated into the cost of airline tickets under “fees and surcharges.”
Upon entering Mexico, immigration officials stamp the FMM or your passport, adding the number of days you’re permitted to stay. Officials can approve up to 180 days but often grant less. Be sure to ask for the number of days you’ll need to cover your visit!
When you leave Mexico, you must surrender your FMM, if it’s a paper version. Keep it safe. If you lose it, you’ll face a US$40 fine.
The requirements are a little different if you're entering Mexico by land:
- FMMs are free for visitors staying less than seven days
- FMMs are not required for visitors who stay less than 72 hours in the " Zona Libre " or "Free Zone" – the areas 20 to 26 km (12 to 16 miles) south of the US border
- If you're entering through the Zona Libre but are planning to travel beyond its limits, request an FMM form when crossing the border. If you forget, you’ll be stopped upon return to the Zona Libre and made to pay for the FMM. If departing Mexico from beyond the Zona Libre , you may be fined if you don’t have an FMM.
Visitors requiring a visa
Chinese, Indian, Russian and South African citizens are among those who are required to have a tourist visa to enter Mexico . In addition to having a valid passport, the following must be submitted in person at the nearest Mexican embassy or consulate:
- Visa application form
- A color passport photograph
- Proof of ties to an origin country (eg, a letter certifying employment or full-time study)
- Proof of economic solvency (eg, three months of bank statements or investments)
- Approximately US$51 fee (cash or bank transfers only)
Appointments for tourist visas at Mexican embassies and consulates must be made online with the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores . At the pre-scheduled time, the submitted documents will be reviewed, biometric data taken (photo and fingerprints) and an interview conducted by a consular agent.
Once approved, a tourist visa is valid for up to 180 days. Upon entry to Mexico, travelers with tourist visas must also have an FMM.
Can I extend my stay in Mexico?
It's no surprise that many visitors wish to extend their visa and see more of Mexico. How you do that will depend on the details of your particular visit.
If your FMM was issued for less than 180 days, you can request an extension at an immigration office . Be sure to apply well before your FMM expires! Documents needed include a valid passport, valid FMM, valid tourist visa (if necessary) and proof of sufficient funds to remain in Mexico for the intended length of stay.
If your FMM was issued for 180 days, you'll need to leave Mexico and re-enter – this triggers the issuance of a new FMM. Most travelers opt to visit a neighboring country for just a couple of days before returning.
Travelers with tourist visas should seek an extension or apply for a new visa at an immigration office. Be sure to start the process well before the visa expires, as it may take some time to process the paperwork.
Can I take a working holiday in Mexico?
Mexico offers a working holiday visa called a " Visa Temporal – Vacaciones y Trabajo ," wherein certain foreign nationals are permitted to accept paid work in Mexico for up to 180 days. Those include citizens, aged 18 to 30, from Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Peru and South Korea.
Extensions are not permitted and the visa cannot be converted into a work visa. To obtain this visa, schedule an appointment at your nearest Mexican embassy or consulate via the website of the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores .
This article was first published June 2021 and updated October 2023
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FOREIGN NATIONALS TRANSITING THROUGH MEXICO’S AIRPORTS
If you require a visa to enter Mexico based on your nationality*, and you intend to transit through Mexico’s international airports, remember that you must have a “visitor’s visa without permission to perform remunerated activities”, regardless of the length of time you remain in the airport.
As of October 22, 2023 , you must comply with this requirement in order to board any flight to Mexico.
Who is exempt from the visa requirement? Individuals with permanent residence in Canada, United States, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area, or the member countries of the Pacific Alliance.
Individuals with a current, valid visa for Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area.
*More information below on Section “Do you need a visa?”
Do you need a visa?
If you hold a passport from the Netherlands or from any of the European Union States, you do not need a visa to visit Mexico for as long as 180 days (1). You will only be required to fill an immigration form at the point of entry. Immigration authorities might also ask you to provide proof of the purpose of your trip.
However, you need a visa if you intend to stay in Mexico longer than 180 days and/or if you will engage in remunerated activities of some kind (if you will receive payment or a salary from a Mexican employer for a professional service rendered). Please refer to visa options, according to your traveling purposes.
(1) Visitor without permission to conduct gainful activities , which include tourism, transit, short study programs, business meetings, medical treatment, technical assistance, professional counseling, among others .
Depending on your nationality, you might need a visa to visit Mexico. Please refer to the following links (only in Spanish):
- Countries who do not need visa to Mexico
- Countries who need visa to Mexico
Notwithstanding the above, a visa is not necessary if you can prove permanent residency status (2) in any member country of the European Schengen Area (3).
Additionally, as part of Mexico´s visa exemption program, current Mexican immigration regulations allow foreign nationals to travel to Mexico as Non Immigrants-Visitors (1) without the need to apply for a Mexican visa if they are holders of a valid visa from USA, Canada, Japan, Great Britain or any of the Schengen area countries (4).
Full information is available at Visa exemption program (only in Spanish).
(1) Visitor without permission to conduct gainful activities , which include tourism, transit, short study programs, business meetings, medical treatment, technical assistance, professional counseling, among others .
(2) You will need to prove this status directly to the immigration authority at the point of entry. The Embassy of Mexico cannot offer guarantees for your admittance. It is the traveler´s own responsibility to offer proper documentation. Keep in mind that admittance to Mexico (as to any other country) is subject to the final approval of immigration officials at the point of entry, whom have the authority to evaluate your case, verify the authenticity of all the documents and the truthfulness of the information you provide. They will also confirm that no outright restrictions exist for your admittances.
(3) A Dutch Residency Card valid for 5 years is not considered as permanent.
(4) Please be aware that the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is not a visa and therefore you cannot use this for the purpose of traveling to Mexico under the Mexican visa exemption benefits.
Only citizens from Russia , Türkiye and Ukraine are eligible to apply for an Electronic Authorization ( electronic visa ) to travel to Mexico. Apply here .
Full information for each country available at: Russia / Türkiye / Ukraine
Which type of visa is for you?
Please select according to your traveling purposes
Please send your documents at least ten weeks prior to your intended departure date.
Visitor without permission to conduct gainful activities
This category is applied to travelers visiting Mexico for no more than 180 days, and whom will not engage in any kind of remunerated activity (will not receive any salary from a Mexican employer).
Visiting Mexico without conducting gainful activities includes tourism, transit, studies, business meetings, medical treatment, technical assistance, professional counseling , among others.
1. Visa application form (one per each traveler)*** . Download here
- Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information.
- Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed.
- Make sure to sign and fill both pages of the application form.
- Supporting document should be enlisted on page two of the application form.
- In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds the legal guardianship rights.
2. Valid Passport.
- Please provide clear photocopies of pages where personal details, validity and signature are visible.
- It is advisable to include copies of previous visas.
- Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.
3. One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old).
- Color, white background , size 3.5 x 4.5 cms.
- Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind.
- No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or houseprints.
- Make sure you properly attach your photograph to your application form .
4. Proof of financial means to support the intended trip.
- Savings-account bank statements which show an average monthly balance of at least €2,978.00 in the last three months (recently opened bank accounts will not be accepted).
- Last three work payment receipts
- In case of corporate or business trips, please include invitation letter.
- We do not need to see your transactions, only the bank statement page where the following elements are visible: your name, bank account details, date, and end balance for the month.
5. Proof of stable employment.
- ORIGINAL employment letter which expresses position held, salary and period of time working (minimum of one year) at the company or institution. *Must be printed in company´s official stationary and bear original signatures and official company stamp.
- For independent entrepreneurs or freelance professionals: commercial registration (Chamber of Commerce).
- Other acceptable documents: investment certificates, property deeds.
- In case of students, it is necessary to include proof of enrollment which clearly states the applicant is a full-time student, name of academic program, and if you receive a scholarship.
6. Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens).
A photocopy of both sides of the resident card is required.
7. Consular interview.
- To be conducted after visa application and supporting documents have been approved**
8. Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate.
A letter with your signature, stating the purpose of the visit, intended date of entry, length of stay, places to be visited and itinerary.*
9. Payment of visa fees.
Refer to up-to-date consular fees here
* In case of family dependents (spouses and offspring under the age of 25), include a second personal letter signed by the family member who is financially supporting the trip-related expenses. Also, it will be necessary to provide that family member´s documents mentioned in numbers 2, 4 and 5 and proof of kinship (i.e. certificate of birth or certificate of marriage).
** After receiving the application, personnel from the Consular Section will establish contact with you via the phone number and/or e-mail address you provided (please review your Spam mailbox). Consular interviews are scheduled directly by personnel of the Consular Section once your application and supporting documents have been reviewed.
*** In case of family members, please make sure each member individually fulfills the requirements and provides own set of supporting documents.
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This category applies to foreigners who wish to travel to Mexico to attend a specific employment commitment (remunerated activity), based on an invitation from a corporate, academic, artistic, sporting or cultural institution, or to engage in a paid seasonal activity.
Visa application is submitted by the Mexican employing company or institution, on behalf of the foreigner, directly to the National Immigration Institute (INM), in Mexico . Once this process is complete and the visa has been approved by the INM, please abide by the following:
- The Consular office will validate the information uploaded to the immigration system, and subsequently reply with a confirmation email with details on how to schedule an appointment for a consular interview.
Applicants must come to their appointment with the following:
- Visa application form Download here . Please include all relevant information. Make sure to sign and fill both pages of the application form. Supporting document should be enlisted on page 2 of the application form.
- Valid Passport. Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.
- One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old). Color, white background , size 3.5 x 4.5 cms. Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind. No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or house prints. Make sure you properly attach your photograph to your application form .
- Copy of visa approval provided by INM. This is the authorization letter that INM addresses to the Mexican employer. It includes the full name of the applicant, passport number and authorization number ( Número Único de Trámite - NUT).
- Invitation letter.
- Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens). A photocopy of both sides of the resident card is required.
- Payment of visa fees Refer to up-to-date consular fees here .
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Students enrolling in courses lasting less than 180 days need to apply for a visa as Visitor without permission to conduct gainful activities , unless visa is not necessary according to nationality (see list of countries who do not need visa to Mexico – only in Spanish).
If a person wishes to remain in Mexico for a period longer than 180 days, to attend courses, pursue studies, or conduct research projects at a Mexican academic institution, he/she must apply for a Student Temporary Resident Visa , regardless of the nationality .
- Visa application form (one per each traveler). Download here Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed. Make sure to sign and fill both pages of the application form. Supporting document should be enlisted in page two of the application form. In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds the legal guardianship rights.
- Valid Passport. Please provide clear photocopies of pages where personal details, validity and signature are visible. It is advisable to include copies of previous visas. Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.
- Proof of financial means to support the trip and intended studies.* Savings-accounts bank statements from parents of legal tutors must show an average monthly balance of at least €9,927.26 in the last three months. We do not need to see your transactions, only the bank statement page where the following elements are visible: your name, bank account details, date, and end balance for the month. Proof of scholarship or if employed, work payment receipts, which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €992.73 in the last three months. Recently opened bank accounts will not be accepted.
- Letter of acceptance from academic institution. Original letter of acceptance from the receiving Mexican university or academic institution. This letter must include full name of applicant, name of the course, degree and area of study that will be pursued, dates of beginning and end of the courses, school fees, and school´s contact information.
- Consular interview. To be conducted after visa application and supporting documents have been approved**.
- Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate. A letter with your signature, stating the purpose of the visit and description of the study program, intended date of entry and length of stay.
- Payment of visa fees Refer to up-to-date consular fees here .
* In the case of students under the age of 25, financial means can be provided by the parents who are financially supporting the trip-related and studying expenses. Please include a second personal letter signed by the responsible family member. Also it will be necessary to provide that family member´s documents cited in numbers 2 and 4, and proof of kinship (i.e. certificate of birth).
IMPORTANT NOTE : Once requirements have been met, the Embassy will issue a single-entry visa. Applicants must approach Mexico´s National Immigration Institute (INM) within the first 30 calendar days of entering the country, in order to apply/exchange the visa for their Student Temporary Resident Card.
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Temporary Resident visa
This category is applied to foreigners entering Mexico with the purpose of staying more than 180 days but less than 4 years. IMPORTANT NOTE: Visas submitted to the Embassy under this category do not allow applicants to engage in any kind of remunerated activity (cannot receive any salary from a Mexican employer). If the applicant will receive payment based on an employment offer, visa application must be submitted by the Mexican employing company or institution, on behalf of the foreigner, directly to the National Immigration Institute (INM), in Mexico . (refer to information on Work Permits )
General Requirements (for non-remunerated activities):
1. Visa application form (one per each traveler)***. Download here
- Supporting document should be enlisted in page two of the application form.
2. Valid Passport.
3. One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old).
4. Fulfill requirements for one of the following conditions:
Proof of your own financial means to support your stay, with: a. Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements which show an average monthly balance of at least €49,636.29 in the last twelve months. Recently opened bank accounts will not be accepted. We do not need to see your transactions, only the bank statement page where the following elements are visible: your name, bank account details, date, and end balance for the month. b. If pensioner or employed, payment receipts which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €2,978.00 in the last six months.* If invited by a Mexican public or private institution to participate in a non-remunerated activity: c. Letter from the Mexican institution which must contain applicant´s full name and nationality, institution´s name and registration number, purpose of the organization, name of the welcoming and/or host institution (if different), a description of the activities to be performed and expected length, and the commitment to act as applicant´s financial sponsor during his stay in Mexico, as well as guarantor of applicant´s return to his/her home country once completed the project. d. Copy of the official identification document of the person who signs the letter of invitation. e. In order to prove that it has resources to fulfill the financial obligation referred to in (c) above, the receiving private organization or institution must provide an original and a copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with an average monthly balance equivalent to at least €99,300.00, during the last twelve months. Government institutions and private institutions affiliated to the National Education System are exempted from this requirement. f. Documents to prove that applicant has the right qualifications for the intended activity. g. If the host institution will not sponsor financially, comply with proof of your own financial means as in a) and b) above.
If related to a Mexican citizen or to a legal Temporary Resident (family unity):* h. If the applicant is married to a Mexican citizen, please provide marriage certificate and copy of Mexican spouse´s passport. i. If the applicant is married to a legal Temporary Resident, please provide marriage certificate and copy of resident card. j. If the applicant has a son/daughter living in Mexico as a Temporary Resident, please provide birth certificate and copy of resident card. k. If the applicant has a father/mother living in Mexico as Temporary Resident, please provide copy of resident card and birth certificates of both the applicant and the resident (applies only if applicant is under 18 years old). l. Additionally, the holder of a Temporary Resident visa must prove enough stability to support financially each one of the family members with: Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements which must show an average monthly balance of at least €992.73 per family member in the last twelve months, or, if employed, work payment receipts which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €992.73 per family member in the last six months. We do not need to see your transactions, only the bank statement page where the following elements are visible: your name, bank account details, date, and end balance for the month. If applicant is owner of property in Mexico: m. Legal (Notarized) document which proves the applicant is the owner of real estate in Mexico, with a market value of the equivalent of at least $8,297,600.00 Mexican pesos. Investor: n. Legal (Notarized) documents to prove the applicant is a shareholder of a Mexican established company, with an investment amount of the equivalent of at least €198,545.00. o. Documents to prove the development of economic or business activities in Mexico, such as contracts, service orders, invoices, payment receipts, business plans, and others, and particularly the declaration issued by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) confirming the applicant´s company employs at least three workers.
5. Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens).
6. Consular interview.**
7. Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate.
8. Payment of visa fees (only when/if visa is approved).
IMPORTANT NOTES: Once requirements have been met, the Embassy will issue a single-entry visa. Applicants must approach Mexico´s National Immigration Institute (INM) within the first 30 calendar days of entering the country, in order to apply/exchange the visa for their Temporary Resident Card .
Family Unity applications can only be accepted if the foreigner with temporary resident status in Mexico or the Mexican citizen accompanies the family member at the time the application is submitted.
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Permanent Resident visa
This category applies to foreigners who wish to travel to Mexico and stay in the country indefinitely. The Embassy of Mexico can only issue visas to permanent residency in the following cases:
a) Pensioners b) Family ties to a Mexican citizen or legal permanent resident (family unity). Applicant must be father/mother of a Mexican born child.
- Visa application form (one per each traveler)***. Download here
- Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed. Make sure to sign and fill both pages of the application form. Supporting document should be enlisted on page two of the application form. In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds the legal guardianship rights.
- One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old). Color, white background , size 3.5 x 4.5 cms. Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind. No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or houseprints. Make sure you properly attach your photograph to your application form .
- Proof of kinship (only for family unity). If the applicant has a Mexican born son/daughter, please provide: Mexican birth certificate. If the applicant has a Mexican born father/mother, please provide: applicant´s birth certificate and Mexican birth certificate of father/mother ( Only applies if applicant is under 18 years old ). If the applicant is the father/mother of a legal Permanent Resident in Mexico, please provide: permanent resident card and birth certificates of both the applicant and the permanent resident. If the applicant is the son/daughter of a legal Permanent Resident in Mexico, please provide: permanent resident card and birth certificates of both the applicant and the permanent resident ( Only applies if applicant is under 18 years old ).
- Proof of financial means For Pensioners: Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements must show an average monthly balance of at least €198,545.18 in the last twelve months. Recently opened bank accounts will not be accepted, or Payment receipts related to pension, which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €4,964.00 in the last six months. We do not need to see your transactions, only the bank statement page where the following elements are visible: your name, bank account details, date, and end balance for the month. For Family unity: Family member must prove enough financial stability to care for each of his/her family members with: Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements must show an average monthly balance of at least €993.00 in the last twelve months, or If employed, work payment receipts which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €993.00 in the last six months. We do not need to see your transactions, only the bank statement page where the following elements are visible: your name, bank account details, date, and end balance for the month.
- Consular interview . To be conducted after visa application and supporting documents have been approved**.
- Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate. A letter with your signature, stating the purpose of the visit, intended date of entry, and place in Mexico where you intend to establish permanently*.
- Payment of visa fees Refer to up-to-date consular fees here
Once requirements have been met, the Embassy will issue a single-entry visa. Applicants must approach the National Immigration Institute (INM) within the first 30 calendar days of entering the country, in order to apply/exchange the visa for their Permanent Resident Card .
Family Unity applications can only be accepted if the foreigner with permanent resident status in Mexico or Mexican citizen accompanies the family member at the time the application is submitted.
Please abide by the following procedure when applying for a visa ( except work permits ). No applications will be considered otherwise .
A. Send original application form and clear copies of supporting documents (according to type of visa) to:
Embassy of Mexico / Consular Section Nassauplein 28, 2585 EC, Den Haag
We strongly suggest you use PostNL certified mail ( aangetekende ) .
DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT OR MONEY.
B. Once the documents are delivered to the Consular office, within 30 working days applicants will receive a confirmation email with the results of the analysis of their application.
- If visa application is approved, the applicant will receive further instructions as to how to schedule an appointment for a consular interview. Otherwise, more information will be provided as to status related to missing or insufficient documents.
C. Copies are acceptable, but all ORIGINAL documents must be submitted when called for an interview.
D. If the consular interview is satisfactory, visa could be issued on the spot. For cases that need data verification or submission of further documentation, the processing period could take up to 20 additional working days. Therefore, it is important to plan your trip taking into consideration this waiting period.
E. Payment is accepted only through Dutch-banks transfer, in Euros (€), upon service rendered. Bank account details will be provided during interview. Refer to up-to-date consular fees here
a) Make sure you submit the correct application form ( download here ). Application forms obtained or downloaded from non-official sites or sources other than this website will not be accepted.
b) The Embassy of Mexico reserves the right to request additional documents/information, if deemed necessary.
c) All documents must be presented in original and duly translated to Spanish . No documents in Dutch or other languages will be accepted (*).
d) Documents submitted must be easy to read and clearly legible.
e) In cases of family dependents, supporting documents must also be presented in original and follow description as in c) above.
f) Non-Dutch documents will not be accepted unless they bear proper legalization/apostille stamps.
g) In accordance to Mexican immigration laws, a visa does not guarantee admission to Mexico . Final decision on admittance to Mexico (as to any other country) is subject to the final approval of sanitary and immigration officials at the point of entry, whom have the authority to evaluate your case, verify the authenticity of all the documents and the truthfulness of the information you provide. They will also confirm that no outright restrictions exist for your admittance See admittance brochure here .
h) Mexican immigration law imposes severe restrictions to children traveling alone or in company of a person other than the parents. Therefore, it is important for those traveling with children to provide full proof of the relationship or, if applicable, of legal guardianship.
(*) Documents in English are acceptable if they are issued at origin in that language.
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Mexico is a beautiful country in the Southern part of North America. It shares its northern borders with the United States and its southern borders with Belize and Guatemala. Mexico welcomes many visitors every year. Therefore, the Mexican government authorized Mexican tourist visas to foreigners for tourism, business, visit, and cultural events.
In this article, we will explain about Mexico tourist visa, its requirements, Mexican tourist card, and how to apply for Mexico tourist visas.
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Who Needs a Mexico Tourist Visa?
If you are about to submit an application for a tourist visa, you need to check the Mexican visa-waiver list. National tourists who are from the following countries do not need to receive a tourist visa from the Mexican government to stay in Mexico for 180 days or less:
Find the links and extra information explained in the video here:
List of Mexico embassies
Tourist visa application form
Website to apply for Mexico SEU or electronic travel authorization
Note: If you are not from the mentioned countries but have a Schengen or US visa, you don’t need to apply for a tourist visa.
What is a Mexico Tourist Card?
The Mexico tourist card or FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple) is a Residence permit. All foreign travelers visiting Mexico by land or air must obtain an FMM tourist card.
This card includes information, such as the number of days travelers are allowed to stay in the country. Remember that the FMM card only provides temporary residency for tourists, and they cannot work with this card.
Travelers can obtain an FMM card
- When they arrive in Mexico.
- From their airlines along with their ticket price.
- Online up to 7 days before they travel.
Tourists from countries with visa exemption only need to acquire the FMM card. However, tourists from other countries must obtain both the Mexico tourist visa and the FMM card.
What are the Requirements for a Mexico Tourist Visa?
Mexican embassies ask tourists to collect and present certain documents. These required documents are as follows:
- A complete Mexico Tourist Visa Application Form (must be printed and signed)
- An FMM card
- A passport with blank pages (must be valid for at least six months)
- A copy of relevant pages of the passport
- Pictures (must be passport-size)
- Reserved round-trip travel tickets
- Evidence of sufficient financial status via bank statements (the last three months).
- Evidence of a hotel booking. If tourists plan to stay with their friends or family members, they must state their name and address.
- Employment status documents
- A Cover letter which explains the reason for the tourist’s travel, details of the trip like the arrival and departure dates and tourist’s accommodation.
- Evidence of paid Mexico visa fee
Note: Depending on the reason for the travel and tourists’ employment status, embassies might also ask for other documents.
How to Get a Mexico Tourist Card?
Tourists must have an FMM card to be able to enter Mexico. Tourists can get FMM cards in different ways.
- From the plane crew. The cabin crew distributes these cards when the plane is about to land (only if the price of the Tourist Card is included in the cost of tickets).
- From clerks of immigration desks inside the airport.
- At a Mexican embassy before their flight.
- If tourists are traveling by sea, they can get the Tourist or FMM card at the Mexico port of call.
- If tourists are traveling by land, they can get the Mexico Tourist or FMM Card at the point of entry.
- If tourists are applying online, they must print the Tourist Card and bring it when they travel.
Mexico Tourist Card Fee
A Tourist Card can cost between 25 to 35 US Dollars, depending on tourists’ countries.
Mexico Tourist Card Validity
A Mexico Tourist Card can be issued for 30, 60, 90 up to a maximum of 180 days based on the decision of the immigration officers at the point of entry. Tourists must leave Mexico before their tourist Card expires.
How to Extend a Mexico Tourist Card?
If a tourist visa card is issued for less than 180 days, tourists can go to the immigration officers and extend it to the full 180 days from inside Mexico. However, if a tourist card is issued for 180 days, it cannot be extended.
How to Apply for a Mexico Tourist Visa?
Acquiring a tourist visa includes several steps. First, tourists need to find a Mexican embassy nearby. Then, Tourists have to:
- Set a time for an appointment at the embassy.
- Fill out the Mexico Visa Application Form. This form is also accessible from the website of the embassy.
- Gather the required documents.
- Set another appointment at the embassy.
- Submit the documents, application form, and make the visa fee payments at the Mexico embassy.
- Wait for the embassy to complete the visa process and reach a verdict.
- Take their passport to the embassy because the Mexico visa will be affixed to their passport.
Note: Method for paying the Mexico visa fee and opening hours and days of the embassy can depend on the country tourists are applying from.
What is SAE?
SAE (Sistema de Autorización Electrónica) or the Electronic Travel Authorization is another method to apply for a Mexico tourist visa. This online method is valid for one entry and is only available for Turkey, Russia, and Ukraine citizens.
How much is a Mexico Tourist Visa Fee?
The Mexico Tourist Visa fee is typically about 36 US Dollars. However, the visa fee and the payment method may differ depending on the country tourists apply from.
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If you're planning to visit Mexico, you'll need to apply for a Mexico tourist visa, also known as a visitor visa.
Mexico is a diverse and exciting country with a rich culture, stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and delicious food. It's no wonder that millions of tourists visit Mexico every year.
At iVisa, we understand that getting a Mexico tourist visa can be time-consuming and confusing, especially if you're unfamiliar with the requirements. That's why we offer an easier and more efficient way to obtain your visa.
We recommend downloading our iVisa app to save you time and frustration during your application process, you can get your visa approved fast and 100% online.
What is the Mexico Tourist Visa?
The Mexico Tourist Visa is a document issued by the Mexican government that allows travelers to enter Mexico for tourism purposes . It is also called a Visitor Visa. The visa is typically valid for up to 180 days after issued and can be used for single or multiple entries.
The Mexico Tourist Visa was implemented to regulate the entry of foreign visitors into Mexico and ensure that travelers enter the country for legitimate tourism purposes. The visa allows visitors to explore Mexico's culture, history, and attractions while contributing to the country's tourism industry.
What can you do with the Mexico Tourist Visa?
Enjoy Mexico's beaches, cultural events, and tourist attractions
Visit family and friends
Engage in volunteer work or language study
Attend conferences or business meetings (without receiving payment)
What can’t you do with the Mexico Tourist Visa?
Engage in paid work or employment
Participate in activities that violate Mexican law
Overstay the duration of the visa
Use the visa for permanent residency purposes
It's important to note that a Mexico Tourist Visa does not guarantee entry into the country. Mexican customs authorities at the port of entry have the final say in whether or not to allow a traveler into Mexico. It's essential to ensure that all the necessary documents are in order before traveling to Mexico.
Who can apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa?
Most foreign nationals are eligible to apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa except for countries that are visa-exempt for Mexico, such as All European Union countries, The United States of America, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand.
You can use our Visa Checker Tool to determine if you need a Mexico visa to travel to Mexico and what type of visa is required.
Minors traveling to Mexico may also need a Mexican visa, regardless of age. The application process for minors is similar to that for adults. Still, legal guardians may need to provide additional documentation such as birth certificates, parental consent forms, and copies of their own identification documents. It's essential to check the specific requirements for minors traveling to Mexico based on your nationality and travel purpose.
Mexico Tourist Visa validity: How long can I stay in the country?
The Mexico Tourist Visa is a Multiple Entry visa that allows you to stay in the country for up to 180 days Per Entry . The visa is valid for six months from the issue date.
It's important to note that the Mexico Tourist Visa must be used within 90 days from the date of issue, or it will expire. Additionally, each entry into Mexico can be for a maximum of 180 days . however, this is determined by an immigration officer when you arrive in Mexico. If you plan to stay longer, you must apply for an extension with the National Immigration Institute (INM) in Mexico.
Remember that the Mexico Tourist Visa is for tourism purposes only and does not allow you to work or engage in any other paid activity in the country.
Mexico Tourist Visa requirements
To apply for a Mexico Tourist Visa, immigration officials require the following to permit entry into Mexico:
Required Documents to apply
A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond your planned stay in Mexico
A completed Mexico Tourist Visa application form
Proof of onward travel (such as a return ticket)
Evidence of sufficient funds such as a bank statement or cash for the entirety of your stay
A recent passport-style photograph , taken within the last six months. If you need new passport photos, use our passport photo service to get government-compliant pictures from the comfort of your home.
To apply for most Mexico visas, foreign citizens need to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support their stay in Mexico. This can include a bank statement or cash . The exact financial requirements may vary depending on your nationality and travel purpose.
Generally speaking, it's a good idea to have enough funds to cover your accommodation, transportation, and other expenses while in Mexico .
Additionally, on entry to Mexico, you may need to provide the following:
Your valid passport with at least one blank page for the entry stamp
A valid visa for Mexico
Proof of onward travel such as a return ticket
Evidence of sufficient funds to support your stay in Mexico (such as a bank statement or cash)
A health declaration form (if required at the time)
It's important to note that these requirements may vary based on your nationality, travel purpose, and other factors such as pandemics. We recommend checking the specific entry requirements for Mexico based on your individual circumstances.
How do I apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa online?
To apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa with us is super easy. Simply complete these three steps:
Step 1 : Fill out our simplified iVisa form with your travel details.
Step 2 : Attend the embassy or application center with the required documents and pay the fee.
Step 3 : Wait for the embassy's response, receive your visa, and get ready to travel.
One of our agents will carefully check all your information , along with your supporting documents, to ensure there are no inconsistencies. If there is a problem, we will reach out to you via email before processing your request. You will pay the visa fee when you go to the embassy or application center to drop off the documents.
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What are the costs and processing times of the Mexico Tourist Visa?
The standard processing of the Visa will take 30 days from the moment you start your application. The cost varies depending on nationality and other factors, and all total prices will include a USD $60 government fee.
During the application process on our site, we also offer additional services such as an iVisa Plus subscription, Premium Concierge Service, Embassy Registration, or Premium Photo Services.
You can also opt to get iVisa Fee Protection , which allows us to process a new application for no additional processing fee if you are unable to make your trip, as well as the option to get a flight reservation or itinerary that is valid for two weeks and can be used to apply for a visa, as proof of return to show to immigration officers while traveling, for car rental purposes, etc.
All these additional services carry varying costs and extra charges. Use our application form to check your application's total cost based on your circumstances.
Do I need a Mexico Tourist Visa if I’m transiting through Mexico?
If you are transiting through Mexico and will remain within the airport's international transit area, you generally will not need a Mexico Tourist Visa .
However, you may need to apply for a tourist visa if you plan to leave the airport or if your layover is longer than 24 hours. If you are unsure whether you need a visa, it's best to check with your airline or Mexican immigration authorities to confirm the entry requirements.
Benefits of getting your Mexico Tourist Visa with us
The Mexico visa application process can take time to figure out independently. Thus, we offer it as a Guided Visa. This means our team guides you through the whole process to increase your chances of approval.
Opting to use our guided visa service gives you the following benefits:
100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all information and ensure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.
Unlimited access to your iVisa Expert: You’ll have access to our iVisa Experts who will guide you through the entire application process and answer any questions.
Simplified form: Visa applications can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we’ll only include relevant questions, making the application up to 50% shorter than usual! It’s like filling out a short survey.
Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.
Step-by-step guide: Apply with iVisa and receive a PDF manual with all the tips to answer difficult sections and a step-by-step guide to get your document without problems.
COVID-19 requirements or restrictions for Mexico
Mexico currently has no entry restrictions or obligation to carry a COVID test or quarantine. However, these requirements can change at any time due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic.
We advise checking the current status of the pandemic in Mexico and your airline's regulations before your trip. Remember to follow all sanitary rules and social distancing to prevent infection.
What else should I keep in mind before traveling to Mexico?
Once you have your visa, you’re ready for your adventure through the land of delicious food and rich culture. To make your trip a fun and memorable one, keep these tips in mind:
Research and be aware of the safety situation in the areas you plan to visit. Some regions of Mexico have higher crime rates and may need to be more safe for tourists.
Be sure to stay up-to-date with travel advisories and take necessary precautions such as avoiding walking alone at night and securing your valuables.
Pack with Mexico’s varying weather in mind . If you're traveling to the beach areas, remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the intense sun. If you're visiting high-altitude regions, bringing warm clothing is crucial.
Check if any particular vaccines are mandatory or recommended for the area you plan to visit. Some regions of Mexico have a higher risk of diseases like yellow fever, so taking necessary health precautions before your trip is essential.
The official language is Spanish , so it's a good idea to learn a few basic phrases to communicate with locals.
The official currency is the Mexican peso . It's recommended to exchange money at banks or exchange offices to get a fair exchange rate.
Tipping is customary in Mexico, especially in the service industry. It's recommended to leave a 10-20% tip at restaurants and for other services.
Overall, Mexico is a vibrant and welcoming country with plenty to offer visitors. Pack any medication, skincare, and important documents you need to enjoy the trip without any hitches. Check out our ultime Mexico guide for more info about travel recommendations.
Where can I learn more about Mexico and the Mexican Tourist Visa?
If you have more questions, contact our customer support team at any time via online chat or email at [email protected] . They will happily answer and explain anything our guide has missed.
Required Documents to Apply
- Passport scan
- Proof of Residence (if applicable)
- Bank statements of the last 3 months (if applicable)
- Parental Authorization (if applicable)
- Applicant's photo
- National ID (if applicable)
- Employment Proof (if applicable)
- Proof of Sufficient Funds (if applicable)
- Property Deed (if applicable)
- Travel Itinerary (if applicable)
- Proof of Accommodation (if applicable)
- Airline confirmation (if applicable)
- Student Certificate (if applicable)
The Mexico Tourist Visa is a travel authorization required for those entering Mexico for tourism purposes.
iVisa offers a convenient online application process for a multiple-entry Mexico Tourist Visa.
The validity of the visa can range from 3 months to 10 years, depending on your travel plans.
To apply for the visa, you must have a passport with at least 2 blank pages.
If you are applying for the visa from a different country of residence, you will need to provide proof of legal residency, such as a utility bill no older than 3 months.
Standard processing time for the Mexico Tourist Visa is 30 days from the start of your application.
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Can I apply for free?
No, to apply for the Mexico Tourist visa, there is a fee.
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What is the fee for the Mexico Tourist Visa?
For the Mexico Tourist Visa, there is a fee that may cost approximately 51 USD, depending on the country you are in.
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How long does it take to apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa?
If you apply with the iVisa platform that protects all your data and information, applying will take you less than 15 minutes. We will also ensure that your application is 100% government-compliant so that you can avoid rejections and waste time and money.
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What is a consent letter when traveling with a child?
The consent letter is a legal document where the child's other parent or guardian confirms their agreement for the child to travel.
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How much money should be shown on Bank Statements for a Mexico Tourist Visa?
In order to obtain a Mexico Tourist Visa, your bank statements must show a balance of between 1,738 USD to 5,214 USD. This is to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover the expenses of your trip.
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Do You Need A Visa To Go To Mexico: Mexico Visa Requirements And Passport Requirements
Last Updated : Oct 2, 2023
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Have you lately asked yourself the following: "Do I need a visa to go to Mexico?", "Do US citizens need a visa to go to Mexico?" or something like "Do US citizens need a passport to go to Mexico?" If you have, then this post is especially for you.
If you want to visit Mexico, you might need a Mexican Visa. However, certain citizens enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico. I know it sounds a bit confusing, but that's why I will explain everything about the Mexico Visa in this post. We'll cover essential information like what is a Mexican visa, who needs a visa, whether US citizens need a passport to go to Mexico, and the entry requirements.
Let's get you ready for Mexico:
What Is The Mexico Visa?
The Mexico Visa policy is a document foreign nationals require who wish to enter Mexico for business, tourism, or other purposes. The visa is obtained from a Mexican Consulate or Embassy. It can be valid for up to six months, depending on your visa type. There are different types of Mexico visas, and the requirements for each type vary. For example, the requirements for a business visa may differ from those for a tourist visa.
For this post, I will explain everything about the Mexico Tourist Visa. Please remember that you can only use the Mexican Tourist Visa for tourism and business purposes for up to 180 days.
What Is The Mexico Tourist Card?
The Mexican Tourist Card , commonly known as the Multiple Immigration Form (FMM) or Forma Migratoria Multiple. The Tourist Card allows visitors from other countries to enter Mexico. However, it is not an actual visa and does not take the place of a visa.
Anyone visiting or doing business in Mexico for a short period (up to 180 days) must obtain a Mexico Tourist Card. Fortunately, completing the online FMM form is simple, and you only need a few documents. However, ensure your passport is valid and not about to expire before applying for your tourist card.
Do I Need A Visa To Go To Mexico?
As I mentioned earlier, you might need a Mexico Visa. It all depends on your nationality and the type of passport you have. For that reason, I will explain the Mexico Visa requirements.
Later in this post, I will explain if you need a passport to go to Mexico and the Mexico entry requirements. Please use the links above if you want to skip ahead.
Do US Citizens Need A Visa To Go To Mexico?
Do us green card holders need a visa to go to mexico, which countries do not require a mexico visa, do diplomatic passport holders need a visa to go to mexico, do diplomats with a service category passport need a visa to go to mexico, do i need a visa if i have an apec business travel card.
No, US citizens do not need a Mexica Visa. US citizens enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico for up to 180 days. Although US citizens do not need a Mexican Visa, they must apply for a Mexican Tourist Card. For more information, go and check out our Mexican Tourist Card guide .
No, US Green Card Holders do not have to apply for a Mexico Visa. Additionally, suppose you have a permanent residency in one of the following countries. In that case, you also do not have to do a visa application. These countries include Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area, and, as I mentioned, the USA.
If you're not a US citizen or a US Green Card Holder, there is still a chance that you don't need a visa to travel to Mexico. The Mexican Government established a Visa-free policy where citizens of 70 countries enjoy travel to Mexico without a visa. With that being said, if you're a citizen from one of the following countries, you don't need a visa to go to Mexico:
A ndorra, Argentina, Australia, B ahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, C anada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, E cuador, H ong Kong, I celand, Israel, J amaica, Japan, L iechtenstein, M acau, Marshall Islands, Malaysia, Micronesia, Monaco, N ew Zealand, Norway, P alau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, S an Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, T rinidad and Tobago, U nited Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, V atican City, and Venezuela.
Perhaps your country is not on the list of countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico. However, you can still enjoy visa-free travel if you are a diplomatic passport holder from one of the following countries:
A ndorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, B elgium, Benin, C zech Republic, D enmark, Dominican Republic, E cuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, F inland, H onduras, Hungary, K uwait, L ithuania, M arshall Islands, Micronesia, N etherlands, Norway, P alau, P ortugal, S lovakia, South Africa, T rinidad and Tobago, Turkey, U kraine, and Uruguay
Mexico has a range of visa-free travel categories, including citizens with a service category passport. The service category passport refers to a citizen that will work in another country on behalf of their state. If you have a service passport from one of the following countries, you also enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico:
A lgeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, B arbados, Bolivia, C hina, Cuba, G uatemala, Guyana, I ndia, Indonesia, K azakhstan, L aos, M alaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, P akistan, Philippines, R ussia, S aint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, T hailand, Tunisia, U nited Arab Emirates, and the United States.
The last category of countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico are citizens with an APEC Bussines Travel Card (ABTC). Remember that your ABTC must have the MEX code on the back to be eligible for travel to Mexico. Citizens from the following countries that have an ABTC enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico:
A ustralia, B runei, C hile, China, H ong Kong, I ndonesia, J apan, M alaysia, N ew Zealand, P apua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, R ussia, S outh Korea, Singapore, T aiwan, Thailand, and V ietnam.
***Please feel free to check out the Mexican Embassy website to* find out if you need a valid visa to go to Mexico .**
Do I Need A Passport To Go To Mexico?
Although US citizens and US Green Card Holders do not need a Visa to go to Mexico, you must still travel with your valid passport.
However, this depends on your way of entry. For example, if you travel to Mexico by air, you must have your passport. But, if you travel to Mexico through the land border, you do not have to present your passport. Therefore, when you reach the border area or the border crossings, Mexican authorities will ask to see your documents.
The last port of entry to Mexico would be by entering on a cruise ship. If you're on a closed-loop cruise to Mexico, you must show your birth certificate and government-issued ID.
For more information about traveling with your passport, check out our guide on passport requirements for Mexico .
Can I Go To Mexico With An Electronic Travel Authorization?
Through the SAE, or Mexican Electronic Authorization System, qualified applicants can obtain their travel authorization for Mexico online without first applying for a visa. However, you must provide your passport details when you apply and travel by air to be qualified to use the electronic permission method.
If you get an electronic travel authorization for Mexico, you can visit, conduct business, or travel to Mexico for up to 180 days. You may only enter the country once and must use it within 30 days of receiving it.
The countries that can apply for the Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization include Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Do I Need A Visa To Go To Mexico If I Have A US Or Schengen Visa?
No, if you have a US visitor visa or a Schengen Visa, you do not have to apply for a Mexican Visa. Additionally, you also enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico if you have a visa from one of the following countries:
C anada, J apan, S chengen Area, U nited States, and United Kingdom
Do I Need A Visa To Transit Through Mexico?
You do not need a visa to transit through a Mexican airport if you are from a nation whose citizens generally require one, but only if your transit won't last more than 24 hours and you don't leave the transit area of the Mexico City International Airport.
A Mexican immigration officer will collect your passports and lead you to the transit area, where you can wait for the following aircraft when your plane lands at the airport.
You must apply for a Mexico visa if you want to leave the transit area and the airport because doing so qualifies as entering the country.
Suppose you are involved in a criminal investigation or have been found guilty of a major crime. In that case, Mexican immigration authorities may reject your request to enter the country.
What Are The Mexican Entry Requirements?
Now that you know whether or not you need a Mexican Visa, I will explain the Mexico travel documents. If you enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico, you must have the following documents to enter Mexico:
Valid passport (if traveling by air)
Passport card (only applicable if you are driving to Mexico)
Means of subsistence (proof of financial sufficiency such as bank statements)
Please visit the US Embassy website for additional information about Mexico entry requirements.
How Can I Get A Mexico Tourist Visa?
You must apply for your Mexican Tourist Visa at a Mexican Embassy or Consulate. Alternatively, I suggest you apply through Atlys . Instead of doing everything yourself, Atlys will ensure to make your Mexican Tourist Visa application much easier.
Now Your Are Travel Ready
Now that you know everything there is to know about the Mexico visa requirements, you can start planning your trip. However, it is important to note that COVID-19 requirements can change without notice. Therefore, please stay updated on Mexico's entry requirements and requirements when leaving Mexico.
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The Visa and Border Crossing Card (Application for Form DSP-150, B-1/B-2), is a card issued by the Department of State (DOS). A citizen of Mexico, who seeks to travel temporarily to the United States for business or pleasure without a visa and passport, must apply to the DOS on Form DS -156, Visitor Visa Application, to obtain Form DSP-150 in accordance with the applicable DOS regulations, see 22 CFR 41.32 f or instructions. The Border Crossing Card (BCC) is a laminated card, which has enhanced graphics and technology that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) use to confirm the identity and citizenship of the traveler. The expiration date is on the front of the card, and usually expires ten years after issuance. Travelers who are eligible for the BCC may apply for one at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Mexico. Travel by air Mexican nationals are required to present a valid passport and visa or a valid passport and BCC when traveling to the United States by air. Mexican diplomats (and accompanying family members) holding diplomatic or official passports, not permanently assigned to the United States, may enter without a visa or BCC for a stay not exceeding 6 months. Family members not traveling with the principal diplomat require a visa to enter the United States. Travel by land or sea BCC when traveling to the United States by land. For travel by sea, Mexican nationals will need to present a valid passport and visa or a valid passport and BCC. The BCC is acceptable as a stand-alone document (no other documentation is required) only for travel from Mexico by land, or by pleasure vessel or ferry. Together with a valid passport, though, it meets the documentary requirements for entry at all land, air, and sea ports of entry (to include travel from other countries such as Canada). Mexican nationals are required to present a valid passport and visa or BCC when traveling to the United States by land. For travel by sea, Mexican nationals will need to present a valid passport and visa or a valid passport and BCC. Certain nonimmigrants presenting a BCC or other proper immigration documentation, are not required to obtain a Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record . The BCC holder is allowed to visit border areas of the United States when entering by land or sea, for up to 30 days. The region is known as the “border zone” and includes:
- California within 25 miles of the border
- Arizona within 75 miles of the border
- New Mexico within 55 miles of the border or up to interstate10, whichever is further north
- Texas within 25 miles of the border
When presented with a passport, the BCC functions as a B visa, accepted for entry to any part of the United States by any means of transportation. For more information about the Border Crossing Card, please visit the DOS website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/tourism-visit/border-crossing-card.html .
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If you visit the U.S. for tourism or business, you may need a visitor visa, also known as a tourist visa. Learn how to get and renew this type of nonimmigrant visa.
To enter the U.S., you must bring a passport issued by your country of citizenship along with your visa. Officials at your port of entry into the U.S. will also issue you a Form I-94, which electronically records your arrival and departure dates. Learn more about Form I-94 and how to apply .
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The visitor visa, also known as a tourist visa, is a type of nonimmigrant visa for people who wish to temporarily enter the U.S. There are two categories:
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You must renew your visitor visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. Only diplomatic visa holders and their dependents can renew their visas within the U.S.
The process to renew a visitor visa is the same as getting one for the first time. Follow the process to apply for a visitor visa from the Department of State.
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What's behind the rise in undocumented Indian immigrants crossing U.S. borders on foot
An unprecedented number of undocumented Indian immigrants are crossing U.S. borders on foot, according to new data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. What has been a years-long increase in migration has now developed into a dramatic spike.
From October 2022 to this September, the 2023 fiscal year, there were 96,917 Indians encountered — apprehended, expelled or denied entry — having entered the U.S. without papers. It marks a fivefold increase from the same period from 2019 to 2020, when there were just 19,883.
Immigration experts say several factors are at play, including an overall growth in global migration since the pandemic, oppression of minority communities in India, smugglers’ use of increasingly sophisticated and in-demand methods of getting people to America, and extreme visa backlogs.
The number of undocumented Indians in the U.S. has been climbing since borders opened post-Covid, with 30,662 encountered in the 2021 fiscal year and 63,927 in the 2022 fiscal year.
Out of the nearly 97,000 encounters this year, 30,010 were at the Canadian border and 41,770 at the Southern border.
“The Southern border has just become a staging ground for migrants from all parts of the world to come to the U.S. most quickly,” said Muzaffar Chishti, a lawyer and the director of non-partisan research group Migration Policy Institute’s New York office. “Why would you wait for a visitor visa in Delhi if you can make it faster to the Southern border?”
The Canadian border, on the other hand, has large stretches that are virtually unguarded at times, said Gaurav Khanna, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California at San Diego, whose research concentrates on immigration.
While not all routes look the same, a journey from India to the U.S. might take migrants on several legs, all while being passed among various facilitators.
“People will get you to, let’s say, the Middle East, or people will get you to Europe,” Chishti said. “The next journey from there would be to Africa. If not Africa, maybe then to South America. Then the next person will get you from South America to the south of Mexico. Then from the south of Mexico to the northern cities of Mexico, and then the next person will get you over to the U.S.”
Long, treacherous journeys often land migrants in limbo, facing overwhelmed immigration systems, he said. CBP told NBC News that families coming to the U.S. illegally will face removal.
“No one should believe the lies of smugglers through these travel agencies. The fact is that individuals and families without a legal basis to remain in the United States will be removed,” a CBP spokesperson said.
But when those migrants are coming from across an ocean, experts say, the reality is far more complicated.
“You can easily turn people back to Mexico — that’s their country, ‘make a U-turn,’” Chishti said. “But you can’t deport people to faraway places that easily. Mexico won’t take them. Why would Mexico take an Indian?”
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Though still relatively low compared to migration from Mexico and Central America, the number of undocumented Indians crossing U.S. borders has been growing for several years, said Pawan Dhingra, a professor of American studies at Amherst College. But the growth this past fiscal year was unprecedented.
He and other South Asian American scholars worry that the recent spike might have something to do with worsening conditions for minorities like Muslims, Sikhs and Christians in India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which has been widely criticized for human rights violations .
“Many of them are Sikh, seeking asylum based on how they feel they’ve been mistreated and targeted in Punjab under Modi’s government,” he said. “Now the U.S. has a big problem on its hands. It’s cozying up to Modi in every possible way, in terms of state visits and rhetoric, but it has an increased set of asylum-seekers from this country.”
A series of laws deregulating India’s agricultural sector in 2020 threatened to upend the lives of many farmers, especially in the North Indian state of Punjab. Modi’s government, among other things, removed the minimum prices of key crops, leading to massive protests around the country that were sometimes met with violence from the state.
In September 2021, over 500,000 farmers gathered in the state of Uttar Pradesh to protest the laws.
The bills were formally repealed in December 2021.
But experts say the destabilization and the scale of the protests were enough to constitute an asylum claim.
“They have a perception that they have no future in that country,” Chishti said.
In comparison to an India that migrants might feel is pushing them out, a promised new life in the U.S. seems ideal. The general success of Indian Americans in the U.S. or of previous migrants who have taken the same journey are some of the factors that pull people in.
“People in Punjab might know people who went from their village, cousins and aunts and uncles and so forth,” Khanna said. “That creates more waves of movement.”
Decades-long visa backlogs have made it difficult for would-be immigrants to join their families in the U.S., leaving many with little recourse. On top of that, Covid’s devastation has also created a crop of desperate migrants in India and around the world, experts said.
With social media-savvy groups masquerading as travel agencies, hopeful migrants often pay their life savings to make the journey, Khanna and Chishti said.
“The poorest people in the country do not migrate; they can’t afford to,” Dhingra said. “But those who will undergo such challenges to migrate are still desperate for some kind of economic or political change.”
With lofty claims and misinformation often circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp and even plastered around small towns in India, migrants might not know exactly what they are getting themselves into, they said.
“It is extremely treacherous, but people might not actually know how treacherous it is,” Khanna said.
Last year, a lower-income family of four with two young children was found dead near the U.S. border with Canada . Having made the journey from a village in Gujarat through a similar illegal pathway, they were separated from the rest of the group during a blizzard. Their bodies were found just 13 yards from the border.
“You have to really either mortgage your life savings or mortgage your life to take this difficult journey,” Chishti said.
What happens at the border
Those who make it to the U.S., sometimes after having traversed multiple continents, are often met with an immigration system that is extremely disorganized and lacks the capacity to give them real answers, Chishti said.
The processes at the Southern border have, for decades, been designed with the idea that single Mexican men are coming in to work, Chishti said. But that’s not the case anymore, and the systems have not adapted to meet the new volume and challenges, he said.
Now, there are more families, as well as those who are neither Mexican or Central American, and the biggest reason is asylum.
“There are not enough beds and not enough Border Patrol officers to screen you,” Chishti said. “So what we do now, mostly, we just let people in in various buckets.”
A spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told NBC News that each case is carefully and individually assessed before a decision is made.
“Regardless of nationality, ICE makes custody determinations on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with U.S. law and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy, considering the circumstances of each case,” they said.
Though sending asylum-seekers back is also not as easy as it sounds, Chishti said.
“It’s a diplomatic hassle to return people,” he said, noting it requires an agreement between two countries that does not exist between the U.S. and India.
What typically happens, instead, is that Indian migrants are issued notices to appear before judges on specific dates, he said, and those immigration courts have backlogs of their own. If migrants do not have lawyers, their hearing dates may be delayed for months or years.
“It is a system breaking under its own weight,” Chishti said. “So smugglers know that; they publicize that.”
The U.S. as a promised land for the South Asian diaspora
While it might be logistically easier for migrants to go to Europe or the U.K., the U.S. holds a unique promise for Indian nationals specifically, experts said.
“I don’t think it takes much propaganda or marketing for people to see the U.S. as a highly developed country that has opportunities,” Dhingra said. “So the question becomes ‘What are my chances of making it there versus making it somewhere else?’”
For a burgeoning diaspora with a high median household income, level of English proficiency and college education level, it remains to be seen how Indian Americans will receive this growing group of lower-income undocumented immigrants.
“Will we be a community that preaches acceptance of these migrants and others, or will we be a community that’s focused on quote-unquote ‘law and order’ that has very little sympathy towards those who cross without full documents?” he asked. “That’s hard to predict.”
Sakshi Venkatraman is a reporter for NBC Asian America.
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CBP releases October 2023 monthly update
WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection today released monthly operational statistics for October 2023, which show an overall decrease in migrant encounters along the southwest border, even as we continue to see the largest displacement of individuals globally since World War II. CBP Monthly reporting can be viewed online.
“In conjunction with our resumption of removal flights to Venezuela consistent with delivering consequences for those who cross the border unlawfully, CBP saw a 65 percent decrease in southwest border encounters of Venezuelans in the second half of October, compared to the second half of September. In October, CBP also saw an overall decrease of 14 percent between ports of entry, as well as an overall decrease of family units. We continue to enhance our border security posture and remain vigilant,” said Troy A. Miller, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner. “CBP’s narcotics seizures in October highlight our work on the frontline in the fight against fentanyl and other dangerous substances entering the United States – but we need more resources to sustain and increase these efforts. The President’s supplemental budget request is critical to funding the frontline, and would provide much-needed personnel, resources, and technology to go after transnational criminal organizations, enhance border security – including the enforcement of consequences for those who break the law – and support state and local partners, all to keep Americans safe.”
Below are key operational statistics for CBP’s primary mission areas in October 2023. View all CBP statistics online.
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CBP remains steadfast in enforcing our immigration laws: increasing operational capabilities as needed, deploying new technology, and fielding additional resources to support our border security mission and to act as a force multiplier for our agents and officers on the ground. Recognizing that transnational criminal organizations continue to prey on vulnerable migrants, we are actively working to combat the spread of disinformation by smugglers. We are working closely with foreign governments, including in particular our partners in Mexico, to ensure a regional approach to addressing and curtailing irregular migration.
CBP is processing all noncitizens under Title 8 immigration authorities, and placing noncitizens who cross the border unlawfully into Expedited Removal or Section 240 Removal Proceedings. Noncitizens who cross between the ports of entry or who present themselves at a port of entry without making a CBP One™ appointment and have traveled through another country without claiming asylum are subject to the Circumvention of Lawful Pathways rule. This rule presumes asylum ineligibility for those who fail to use lawful pathways, with certain exceptions.
Individuals and families without a legal basis to remain in the U.S. are subject to removal pursuant to CBP’s longstanding Title 8 authorities. These individuals and families are subject to a minimum five-year bar on reapplying for admission and potential criminal prosecution if they subsequently re-enter without authorization. Through coordination, planning, and execution that includes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, since May 2023 and through October 31st, DHS removed or returned over 355,000 individuals, including more than 54,000 individual family members. DHS has removed or returned more individual family members in the last six months than in any previous full fiscal year.
In October 2023, the U.S. Border Patrol recorded 188,778 encounters between ports of entry along the southwest border, a decrease of 14% from September 2023. CBP’s total encounters along the southwest border in October were 240,988 , a decrease of 11% from September 2023.
Among CBP’s 240,988 total southwest border encounters in October 2023, encounters of family unit individuals decreased by 14% and encounters of unaccompanied children decreased by 16% from September. Additionally, encounters with single adults also decreased by 7% .
On October 5, DHS announced that the United States would begin to return Venezuelans back to their home country. On October 18, DHS conducted the first removal flight to Venezuela and flights have been taking place regularly since then. CBP encounters of Venezuelans at the southwest border dropped 65% from October 15-30, compared to September 15-30.
CBP’s message for anyone who is thinking of entering the United States illegally along the southwest border is simple: don’t do it. When noncitizens cross the border unlawfully, they put their lives in peril. The U.S. Border Patrol has undertaken significant efforts in recent years to expand capacity to aid and rescue individuals in distress. To prevent the loss of life, CBP initiated a Missing Migrant Program in 2017 that locates noncitizens reported missing, rescues individuals in distress, and reunifies decedents’ remains with their families in the border region. In October 2023, the U.S. Border Patrol conducted 1,198 rescues.
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CBP One™ App
The CBP One™ mobile application remains a key component of DHS’s efforts to incentivize noncitizens to use lawful, safe, and orderly pathways and disincentivize attempts to cross between ports of entry. In October, CBP processed more than 44,000 individuals at ports of entry utilizing advanced information submitted in CBP One™.
Since the appointment scheduling function in CBP One™ was introduced in January 2023 through the end of October, nearly 324,000 individuals have successfully scheduled appointments to present at a port of entry using CBP One™. The top nationalities who have scheduled appointments are Venezuelan, Mexican, and Haitian.
A percentage of daily available appointments are allocated to the earliest registered CBP One™ profiles, so noncitizens who have been trying to obtain appointments for the longest time will be prioritized. CBP is continually monitoring and evaluating the application to ensure its functionality and guard against bad actors.
Safeguarding Communities by Interdicting Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
As the largest law enforcement agency in the United States, CBP is uniquely positioned to detect, identify, and seize illicit drugs before they enter our communities. CBP’s combination of interdiction and intelligence capabilities, complemented by its border search authorities, scientific services, non-intrusive inspection equipment, and canine detection teams, places it at the forefront of the U.S. government’s efforts to combat fentanyl and other dangerous drugs.
In October CBP released an updated, comprehensive strategy to continue to fight fentanyl and synthetic drugs. The CBP Strategy to Combat Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Drugs drives a whole-of-CBP approach that feeds into the work taking place all across DHS as we lead interagency efforts against illicit synthetic narcotics. This 2023 strategy aligns resources, enhances partnerships, and builds on the successful enforcement intelligence and data-driven operations CBP has executed this year, while leveraging CBP’s vast expertise and data holdings to disrupt the transnational criminal organizations responsible for the illicit production, distribution, and trafficking of illicit fentanyl, its analogues, and other synthetic drugs in the United States.
As an immediate first step in implementing the updated fentanyl strategy, CBP recently announced Operation Apollo: a southern California counter-fentanyl joint operation, with a focus on intelligence collection. The CBP-led operation will concentrate law enforcement efforts on disrupting drug and chemical supply, collecting and sharing intelligence, and leveraging valuable partnerships. Participating agencies, led by CBP, include state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies as well as federal agencies from within DHS including Homeland Security Investigations, and other federal agencies that have a nexus to narcotics trafficking as well as the intelligence community.
Following the success of Operation Blue Lotus earlier this year, Department of Homeland Security announced the next phase of its surge campaign to target and prevent fentanyl from entering the United States. Operation Artemis, led by CBP, leveraged intelligence and investigative information derived from Blue Lotus to target drug traffickers’ fentanyl supply chains and interdict items required in the production of fentanyl. In four months of operation, Operation Artemis led to over 900 seizures, including over 13,000 pounds of fentanyl precursor chemicals, over 2,590 pounds of non-fentanyl precursor chemicals, 142 pill presses and 325 pill molds, more than 270 pounds of fentanyl pills and powder, and more than 210 pounds of Xylazine, more than 1,160 pounds of methamphetamine, and over 11,230 pounds of other finished synthetic drugs.
CBP seized 1,661 pounds of fentanyl in October 2023. In FY 2023, CBP seized more than 27,000 pounds of fentanyl, compared with over 14,600 pounds in FY 2022. CBP’s fentanyl seizures in FY 2023 increased more than 860% compared to FY 2019.
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Facilitating Lawful Trade and Travel and Promoting Economic Security
As international travel rises, CBP continues to leverage technology to streamline efficiency and increase security at air and land ports of entry. Travelers arriving by air into the United States increased 17% from October 2022 to October 2023, and pedestrians arriving by land at ports of entry increased 8.5% over the same period. Passenger vehicles processed at ports of entry increased 2.6% from October 2022 to October 2023.
CBP works diligently with the trade community and port operators to ensure that merchandise is cleared as efficiently as possible and to strengthen international supply chains and improve border security. In October 2023, CBP processed more than $2.9 million entry summaries valued at more than $289 billion . CBP identified nearly $6.8 billion of duties to be collected by the U.S. government. In October, trade via the maritime environment accounted for 40% of the total import value, followed by air, truck, and rail.
View more travel statistics , and trade statistics .
CHNV Parole Processes
Building upon the successful parole process established for Venezuelans one year ago in October 2022, the parole processes for nationals of Cuba, Haiti, and Nicaragua announced by President Biden on January 5, 2023, have significantly reduced irregular migration and denied smugglers the opportunity to exploit individuals who have instead benefited from the expansion of safe, orderly, and humane pathways.
Through the end of October 2023, 269,744 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans arrived lawfully and were granted parole under the parole processes. Specifically, 57,243 Cubans, 107,697 Haitians, 48,840 Nicaraguans, and 77,021 Venezuelans were vetted and authorized for travel; and 55,568 Cubans, 99,110 Haitians, 43,267 Nicaraguans, and 71,801 Venezuelans arrived and were granted parole.
Protecting Consumers and Eradicating Forced Labor from Supply Chains
CBP continues to lead U.S. government efforts to eliminate goods from the supply chain made with forced labor from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. In October, CBP stopped 504 shipments valued at more than $199 million for further examination based on the suspected use of forced labor.
Intellectual property rights violations continue to put America’s innovation economy at risk. Counterfeit and pirated goods threaten the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, the livelihoods of American workers, and the health and safety of consumers. In October, CBP seized 1,499 shipments that contained counterfeit goods valued at more than $160 million if the items had been genuine.
View more UFLPA enforcement statistics , and intellectual property rights enforcement statistics.
Defending our Nation’s Agricultural System
Through targeting, detection, and interception, CBP agriculture specialists work to prevent threats from entering the United States.
CBP issued 5,803 emergency action notifications for restricted and prohibited plant and animal products entering the United States in October 2023. CBP conducted 94,931 positive passenger inspections and issued 630 civil penalties and/or violations to the traveling public for failing to declare prohibited agriculture items.
View more agricultural enforcement statistics .
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.
Mexican activist who counted murders in his violence-plagued city is himself killed
The Associated Press
November 22, 2023, 12:12 PM
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — An activist who documented murders in one of Mexico’s deadliest cities has himself been killed, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Adolfo Enríquez was killed in the city of Leon, in north-central Guanajuato state. The city has the third-highest number of homicides in Mexico, trailing only the border cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.
Enríquez described himself on his social media profiles as an “activist, demanding a country with the rule of law.”
For years, Enríquez has posted a simple, moving tally of each murder in Leon, writing just hours before his death that “murder number 55 in Leon so far in November just occurred in the Margaritas neighborhood.”
He himself became murder victim number 56 late Tuesday, local police confirmed, without providing details on the attack. State prosecutors confirmed his death and said it was under investigation.
Local media reported Enríquez was shot to death after leaving a restaurant, and that the attacker fled on a motorcycle.
The number of murders in Leon in November was not remarkable. In October, the city saw 64 murders, according to official figures.
Leon is an industrial hub which, like the rest of Guanajuato, has been the scene of bloody turf battles between the Jalisco drug cartel and local gangs backed by the Sinaloa cartel.
Crimes against activists in Mexico are depressingly common.
Six volunteer search activists who looked for disappeared relatives have been killed in Mexico since 2021.
In perhaps the most famous case involving those who documented drug cartel violence, blogger Maria Elizabeth Macías was murdered in 2011 in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Her body was found along with a note purportedly signed by the Zetas cartel: “Here I am because of my reports.” A computer keyboard and headphones lay next to her severed head.
According to a 2022 report by the nongovernmental group Global Witness, Mexico was the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists in 2021, with 54 killed that year.
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Vietnam Looks to Offer Visa-Free Entry to Indians: India Report
Ashvita Singh, Skift
November 20th, 2023 at 11:00 PM EST
After Thailand and Sri Lanka, Vietnam is now keen to offer visa-free entry to Indians, a testament to the growing global recognition of India as a powerful force in outbound travel.
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After Sri Lanka and Thailand, Vietnam is likely to be the next destination to offer visa-free entry to Indians. According to local media, Vietnam Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung suggested it allow Indians and Chinese to visit without a visa for a short period. As of now, only nationals of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland can enter Vietnam without a visa.
- In the first 10 months of this year, Vietnam had almost 10 million visitors. This is a significant increase, about 4.6 times more than the same time last year. It’s even higher than the figure Vietnam was hoping to reach by the end of 2023.
Visa-Free Entry for Indians
Recently, both Thailand and Sri Lanka announced visa waivers for India. As of November 10, Thailand has eliminated the visa requirement for Indian travelers. This visa exemption permits Indian tourists to stay for 30 days and will remain in effect until May 10 of the following year. The Thai government has also indicated the potential for extending the program if there is an increase in demand.
In October, Sri Lanka also launched a program allowing visa-free entry for visitors from seven countries, such as India, China, and Russia, as part of a trial period. The pilot project will remain active until March 31, 2024.
What 1 Report States:
- Beyond traditional tourist destinations, Indian travelers are now on a quest for novelty, craving authentic and immersive experiences, as highlighted in Booking.com ’s report released in collaboration with McKinsey & Company .
- As per the report, the strong economy, a growing middle class and a fairly young population, are driving these travelers.
Skift’s earlier articles have explored how Indian travellers are now opting for destinations that don’t require them to navigate the maze of visa applications.
Oyo’s Debt Repurchase Earns Positive Ratings from Moody’s and Fitch
Oyo recently initiated part prepayment of its debt through a buyback process. The company has said it will use internal cash to repurchase approximately $195 million (30%) of an outstanding loan of $645 million due in May 2026.
Global credit rating agencies Fitch and Moody’s have termed Oyo’s move as positive.
- Moody’s has kept Oyo’s B3 stable rating unchanged.
- Fitch has emphasised the positive effect on Oyo’s credit metrics and interest savings.
- Fitch believes this move will enhance Oyo’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and hints at a possible positive rating adjustment.
- Moody’s predicts Oyo will achieve an adjusted EBITDA of approximately $90-$100 million for the fiscal year 2024.
- Oyo showed improvement in adjusted EBITDA for the the six months ending September 30, 2023. It made around $50 million, compared to a loss of $31 million during the same period in 2022.
Fitch Ratings stated that Oyo’s cash and equivalents could decrease to around $80 million from approximately $280 million in September 2023.
Assuming Oyo repurchases $195 million of its outstanding loans, its total adjusted debt will be reduced to around $450 million. However, Moody’s notes that any rating upgrade is unlikely at this point due to Oyo’s short track record of positive EBITDA.
Moody’s Investors Service had earlier expected Oyo to generate between about $50 million and $55 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization — a measure of profit — this fiscal year.
IndiGo Expands Connectivity in Northern Europe
IndiGo is expanding its codeshare connections with Turkish Airlines to include Helsinki, Stockholm , and Oslo via Istanbul.
- The connection to Oslo has already started while Helsinki and Stockholm flights will start from November 23.
- This expansion increases connectivity to northern Europe, providing access to a total of 42 destinations beyond Istanbul.
Hilton to Bring Curio Collection by Hilton to India
Hotel Hilton has just signed a deal to bring its first Curio Collection hotel to India. The Curio Collection includes upscale hotels that offer “special experiences.” The hotel will be located in Whitefield, Bengaluru, about an hour from the Kempegowda International Airport.
The newest establishment in Whitefield, Bengaluru, will feature 221 rooms. As Whitefield is popular for housing numerous multinational companies, startups, and IT tech firms, the hotel aims to cater to both business and leisure travellers.
In April 2023, Hilton announced the launch of its luxury brand Waldorf Astoria in India. The Curio Collection will join Hilton’s collection of 25 operating and 12 pipeline hotels and resorts in India. This brings the company’s portfolio of brands in India to seven.
Hilton has been slowing in scaling of operations in India, but according to Alan Watts, Asia Pacific president of Hilton, even though it has been patient in the Indian market, Hilton wants to replicate the China success model in India.
More Countries Urge India to Increase Flight Operations
Destinations, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Singapore and Indonesia , have urged India to increase the allocation of seats for their airlines and encourage Indian carriers to expand their flight operations to more destinations within these countries, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.
However, as of now, none of these requests have been entertained or acted upon.
This appeal comes in the wake of a substantial rise in the volume of travelers, particularly in the period preceding the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent relaxation of travel constraints.
Other nations that have urged India to increase flight operations include Qatar , Malaysia , and Turkey .
The government believes that if they allow foreign airlines to increase their operations through more agreements, it could make it challenging for Indian airlines to grow internationally.
How to Promote Tourism Around Taj? Prepare a Master Plan
Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) is working on a plan for a 10,500-hectare area in Agra in a bid to boost tourism around the Taj Mahal .
The authority plans to allocate 7% of a 10,500-hectare area for tourism activities around the Taj Mahal. YEIDA expects an increase in foreign tourists once the Noida International Airport begins operating next year.
The authority believes that there is significant potential for establishing a robust hospitality industry near Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal has long been neglected with some sectors in India keen to rewrite the monument’s history.
Kerala Tourism Investor Meet Attracts INR 150 Billion Investment
Kerala recently held its first-ever Tourism Investors Meet (TIM), and the state received investment offers totalling INR 150 billion .
- One significant agreement was a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kerala Tourism and Tamara Leisure Experiences.
- This INR 2,500 million deal involves the Bengaluru-based hospitality group executing houseboat hotel projects in the Alappuzha and Kannur districts.
- The day-long discussions in the state capital concluded on Thursday night, leading the Tourism Department to establish a dedicated facilitation centre.
- This new centre, led by the Tourism Secretary, will take prompt actions following the outcomes of the discussions and business meetings at the investors’ meet.
The meet had almost 500 participants, including 46 startups and 118 investors in Responsible Tourism. There were a total of 75 projects discussed, with 52 coming from the private sector.
Out of these, 23 were proposed by the tourism department, and 16 were suggested as public-private partnerships, with investment offers totalling INR 2.51 billion. Among the 52 private sector proposals, 21 projects secured investment offers of INR 12.61 billion.
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