Border Crossing Card - What documents do I need as a Mexican national to visit the United States?
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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Frequently Asked Questions: Guidance for Travelers to Enter the U.S.
Updated Date: April 21, 2022
Since January 22, 2022, DHS has required non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States via land ports of entry and ferry terminals at the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borders to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination upon request. On April 21, 2022, DHS announced that it would extend these requirements. In determining whether and when to rescind this order, DHS anticipates that it will take account of whether the vaccination requirement for non-U.S. air travelers remains in place.
These requirements apply to non-U.S. individuals who are traveling for essential or non-essential reasons. They do not apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.
Effective November 8, 2021, new air travel requirements applied to many noncitizens who are visiting the United States temporarily. These travelers are also required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. All air travelers, including U.S. persons, must test negative for COVID-19 prior to departure. Limited exceptions apply. See CDC guidance for more details regarding air travel requirements.
Below is more information about what to know before you go, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions about cross-border travel.
Entering the U.S. Through a Land Port of Entry or Ferry Terminal
Q. what are the requirements for travelers entering the united states through land poes.
A: Before embarking on a trip to the United States, non-U.S. travelers should be prepared for the following:
- Possess proof of an approved COVID-19 vaccination as outlined on the CDC website.
- During border inspection, verbally attest to their COVID-19 vaccination status.
- Bring a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative compliant border crossing document, such as a valid passport (and visa if required), Trusted Traveler Program card, a Department of State-issued Border Crossing Card, Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced Tribal Card when entering the country. Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should be prepared to present the WHTI-compliant document and any other documents requested by the CBP officer.
Q. What are the requirements to enter the United States for children under the age of 18 who can't be vaccinated?
A: Children under 18 years of age are excepted from the vaccination requirement at land and ferry POEs.
Q: Which vaccines/combination of vaccines will be accepted?
A: Per CDC guidelines, all Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and authorized vaccines, as well as all vaccines that have an Emergency Use Listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO), will be accepted.
- More details are available in CDC guidance here .
- 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine;
- 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series;
- 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial;
- 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart.
Q. Is the United States requiring travelers to have a booster dose to be considered fully vaccinated for border entry purposes?
A: No. The CDC guidance for “full vaccination” can be found here.
Q: Do U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents need proof of vaccination to return to the United States via land POEs and ferry terminals?
A: No. Vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). Travelers that exhibit signs or symptoms of illness will be referred to CDC for additional medical evaluation.
Q: Is pre- or at-arrival COVID testing required to enter the United States via land POEs or ferry terminals?
A: No, there is no COVID testing requirement to enter the United States via land POE or ferry terminals. In this respect, the requirement for entering by a land POE or ferry terminal differs from arrival via air, where there is a requirement to have a negative test result before departure.
Processing Changes Announced on January 22, 2022
Q: new changes were recently announced. what changed on january 22.
A: Since January 22, 2022, non-citizens who are not U.S. nationals or Lawful Permanent Residents have been required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States at land ports of entry and ferry terminals, whether for essential or nonessential purposes. Previously, DHS required that non-U.S. persons be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States for nonessential purposes. Effective January 22, all non-U.S. individuals, to include essential travelers, must be prepared to attest to vaccination status and present proof of vaccination to a CBP officer upon request. DHS announced an extension of this policy on April 21, 2022.
Q: Who is affected by the changes announced on January 22?
A: This requirement does not apply to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents. It applies to other noncitizens, such as a citizen of Mexico, Canada, or any other country seeking to enter the United States through a land port of entry or ferry terminal.
Q: Do U.S. citizens need proof of vaccination to return to the United States via land port of entry or ferry terminals?
A: Vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. Citizens, U.S. nationals or U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents. Travelers that exhibit signs or symptoms of illness will be referred to CDC for additional medical evaluation.
Q: What is essential travel?
A: Under the prior policy, there was an exception from temporary travel restrictions for “essential travel.” Essential travel included travel to attend educational institutions, travel to work in the United States, travel for emergency response and public health purposes, and travel for lawful cross-border trade (e.g., commercial truckers). Under current policy, there is no exception for essential travel.
Q: Will there be any exemptions?
A: While most non-U.S. individuals seeking to enter the United States will need to be vaccinated, there is a narrow list of exemptions consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Order in the air travel context.
- Certain categories of individuals on diplomatic or official foreign government travel as specified in the CDC Order
- Children under 18 years of age;
- Certain participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials as specified in the CDC Order;
- Individuals with medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine as specified in the CDC Order;
- Individuals issued a humanitarian or emergency exception by the Secretary of Homeland Security;
- Individuals with valid nonimmigrant visas (excluding B-1 [business] or B-2 [tourism] visas) who are citizens of a country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability, as specified in the CDC Order
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age) as specified in the CDC Order; and
- Individuals whose entry would be in the U.S. national interest, as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Q: What documentation will be required to show vaccination status?
A: Non-U.S. individuals are required to be prepared to attest to vaccination status and present proof of vaccination to a CBP officer upon request regardless of the purpose of travel.
The current documentation requirement remains the same and is available on the CDC website . Documentation requirements for entry at land ports of entry and ferry terminals mirror those for entry by air.
Q: What happens if someone doesn’t have proof of vaccine status?
A: If non-U.S. individuals cannot present proof of vaccination upon request, they will not be admitted into the United States and will either be subject to removal or be allowed to withdraw their application for entry.
Q: Will incoming travelers be required to present COVID-19 test results?
A: There is no COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers at land border ports of entry, including ferry terminals.
Q: What does this mean for those who can't be vaccinated, either due to age or other health considerations?
A: See CDC guidance for additional information on this topic. Note that the vaccine requirement does not apply to children under 18 years of age.
Q: Does this requirement apply to amateur and professional athletes?
A: Yes, unless they qualify for one of the narrow CDC exemptions.
Q: Are commercial truckers required to be vaccinated?
A: Yes, unless they qualify for one of the narrow CDC exemptions. These requirements also apply to bus drivers as well as rail and ferry operators.
Q. Do you expect border wait times to increase?
A: As travelers navigate these new travel requirements, wait times may increase. Travelers should account for the possibility of longer than normal wait times and lines at U.S. land border crossings when planning their trip and are kindly encouraged to exercise patience.
To help reduce wait times and long lines, travelers can take advantage of innovative technology, such as facial biometrics and the CBP OneTM mobile application, which serves as a single portal for individuals to access CBP mobile applications and services.
Q: How is Customs and Border Protection staffing the ports of entry?
A: CBP’s current staffing levels at ports of entry throughout the United States are commensurate with pre-pandemic levels. CBP has continued to hire and train new employees throughout the pandemic. CBP expects some travelers to be non-compliant with the proof of vaccination requirements, which may at times lead to an increase in border wait times. Although trade and travel facilitation remain a priority, we cannot compromise national security, which is our primary mission. CBP Office of Field Operations will continue to dedicate its finite resources to the processing of arriving traffic with emphasis on trade facilitation to ensure economic recovery.
Q: What happens if a vaccinated individual is traveling with an unvaccinated individual?
A: The unvaccinated individual (if 18 or over) would not be eligible for admission.
Q: If I am traveling for an essential reason but am not vaccinated can I still enter?
A: No, if you are a non-U.S. individual. The policy announced on January 22, 2022 applies to both essential and non-essential travel by non-U.S. individual travelers. Since January 22, DHS has required that all inbound non-U.S. individuals crossing U.S. land or ferry POEs – whether for essential or non-essential reasons – be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide related proof of vaccination upon request.
Q: Are sea crew members on vessels required to have a COVID vaccine to disembark?
A: Sea crew members traveling pursuant to a C-1 or D nonimmigrant visa are not excepted from COVID-19 vaccine requirements at the land border. This is a difference from the international air transportation context.
Entering the U.S. via Air Travel
Q: what are the covid vaccination requirements for air passengers to the united states .
A: According to CDC requirements [www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html | Link no longer valid], most noncitizens who are visiting the United States temporarily must be fully vaccinated prior to boarding a flight to the United States. These travelers are required to show proof of vaccination. A list of covered individuals is available on the CDC website.
Q: What are the COVID testing requirements for air passengers to the United States?
A: Effective Sunday, June 12 at 12:01 a.m. ET, CDC will no longer require pre-departure COVID-19 testing for U.S.-bound air travelers.
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The FMM applicant shall hold a valid and current passport or card passport (Tarjeta Pasaporte) in accordance with the international law regulations; in case the country of citizenship requires it, the passport must have a valid unexpired visa.
The applicant is aware that the card passport (Tarjeta Pasaporte) can only be used in the border crossings by land and for visiting the border zone; it might not be used to travel to the territory of the Mexican Republic or used for international air trips.
The applicant shall complete the information needed in the request of the FMM, as appears in his/her passport.
The applicant accepts under oath, that the information and documents provided are true; therefore, the applicant acknowledges herein that if any false information is provided, he/she could be subject to penalties in accordance with the applicable legal regulation.
Conditions of the Forma Migratoria Múltiple obtained by electronic means
The Forma Migratoria Múltiple can be obtained by electronic means through the Institute website, the foreigners, who enter to the country by land, can obtain it through the facilities aimed for the international transit of persons.
The applicant agrees that the status condition of stay that he/she shall obtain, by means of the information provided, only be as visitor without permission to work.
The applicant acknowledges herein that the FMM has a maximum validity of 180 calendar days and shall be valid for one entry only.
The applicant acknowledges herein that the validity term of the FMM shall start upon the migratory stamp is fixed, provided with, he/she should comply with the requirements to enter Mexico.
The applicant shall print and bring the FMM to the facility aimed for the international transit of persons where he/she wishes to enter through.
The applicant acknowledges herein that the fees paid to obtain the condition of stay, is not a guarantee to enter Mexico.
The applicant shall produce a valid and current passport or card passport (Tarjeta Pasaporte), as well as the FMM shall be produced at the time his/her enter is requested.
I have read and agree to the terms and conditions above.
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Reissued after periodic review with general security updates, and the removal of obsolete COVID-19 page links.
Country Summary: Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread and common in Mexico. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted. In many states, local emergency services are limited outside the state capital or major cities.
U.S. citizens are advised to adhere to restrictions on U.S. government employee travel. State-specific restrictions are included in the individual state advisories below. U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including app-based services like Uber, and regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees should avoid traveling alone, especially in remote areas. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico, except daytime travel within Baja California and between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Mexico.
Do Not Travel To:
- Colima state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Guerrero state due to crime .
- Michoacan state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Sinaloa state due to crime and kidnapping
- Tamaulipas state due to crime and kidnapping.
- Zacatecas state due to crime and kidnapping .
Reconsider Travel To:
- Baja California state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Chihuahua state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Durango state due to crime .
- Guanajuato state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Jalisco state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Morelos state due to crime .
- Sonora state due to crime and kidnapping .
Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To:
- Aguascalientes state due to crime .
- Baja California Sur state due to crime .
- Chiapas state due to crime .
- Coahuila state due to crime .
- Hidalgo state due to crime .
- Mexico City due to crime .
- Mexico State due to crime .
- Nayarit state due to crime.
- Nuevo Leon state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Oaxaca state due to crime .
- Puebla state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Queretaro state due to crime .
- Quintana Roo state due to crime .
- San Luis Potosi state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Tabasco state due to crime .
- Tlaxcala state due to crime .
- Veracruz state due to crime .
Exercise Normal Precautions When Traveling To:
- Campeche state
- Yucatan state
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas .
If you decide to travel to Mexico:
- Keep traveling companions and family back home informed of your travel plans. If separating from your travel group, send a friend your GPS location. If taking a taxi alone, take a photo of the taxi number and/or license plate and text it to a friend.
- Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night. In many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside the state capital or major cities.
- Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
- Follow the U.S. Embassy on Facebook and Twitter .
- Review the Country Security Report for Mexico.
- Mariners planning travel to Mexico should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts , which include instructions on reporting suspicious activities and attacks to Mexican naval authorities.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
- Visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your travel.
Aguascalientes state – Exercise Increased Caution
Exercise increased caution due to crime.
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Aguascalientes state.
Baja California state – Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel due to crime and kidnapping.
Transnational criminal organizations compete in the border area to establish narco-trafficking and human smuggling routes. Violent crime and gang activity are common. Travelers should remain on main highways and avoid remote locations. Of particular concern is the high number of homicides in the non-tourist areas of Tijuana. Most homicides appeared to be targeted; however, criminal organization assassinations and territorial disputes can result in bystanders being injured or killed. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
U.S. government employees must adhere to the noted restrictions:
- Mexicali Valley: U.S. government employees should avoid the Mexicali Valley due to the heightened possibility of violence between rival cartel factions. The boundaries of the restricted area are: to the east, the Baja California/Arizona and Baja California/Sonora borders; to the south, from La Ventana (on Highway 5) due east to the Colorado River; to the west, Highway 5; and to the north, Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas/Highway 92/Highway 1 to Carretera Aeropuerto, from the intersection of Highway 1 and Carretera Aeropuerto due north to the Baja California/California border, and from that point eastward along the Baja California/California border.
- Travelers may use Highways 2 and 2D to transit between Mexicali, Los Algodones, and San Luis Rio Colorado during daylight hours. Travelers may also use Highways 1 and 8 to transit to and from the Mexicali Airport during daylight hours. Travel on Highway 5 is permissible during daylight hours.
There are no other travel restrictions for U.S. government employees in Baja California state. These include high-traffic tourism areas of border and coastal communities, such as Tijuana , Ensenada , and Rosarito .
Baja California Sur state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Baja California Sur state.
Campeche state – Exercise Normal Precautions
Exercise normal precautions.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Campeche state.
Chiapas state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Chiapas state.
Chihuahua state – Reconsider Travel
Violent crime and gang activity are common. Most homicides are targeted assassinations against members of criminal organizations. Battles for territory between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees, including restaurants and malls during daylight hours. Bystanders have been injured or killed in shooting incidents. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
U.S. government employee travel is limited to the following areas with the noted restrictions:
- Ciudad Juarez: U.S. government employees may travel to the area of Ciudad Juarez bounded to the east by Bulevar Independencia; to the south by De los Montes Urales/Avenida Manuel J Clouthier/Carretera de Juárez; to the west by Via Juan Gabriel/Avenida de los Insurgentes/Calle Miguel Ahumada/Francisco Javier Mina/Melchor Ocampo; and to the north by the U.S.-Mexico border. Direct travel to the Ciudad Juarez airport (officially called the Abraham González International Airport) and the factories located along Bulevar Independencia and Las Torres is permitted. Travel to San Jerónimo is permitted only through the United States via the Santa Teresa U.S. Port of Entry; travel via Anapra is prohibited.
U.S. government employees may only travel from Ciudad Juarez to the city of Chihuahua during daylight hours via Federal Highway 45, with stops permitted only at the Guardia Nacional División Caminos station, the Umbral del Milenio overlook area, the border inspection station at KM 35, and the shops and restaurants on Federal Highway 45 in the city of Ahumada.
- U.S. government employees may travel between Ciudad Juarez and Ascension via Highway 2.
- Nuevo Casas Grandes Area (including Nuevo Casas Grandes, Casas Grandes, Mata Ortiz, Colonia Juárez, Colonia LeBaron, Paquimé and San Buenaventura): U.S. government employees may travel to the Nuevo Casas Grandes area during daylight hours via Mexico Federal Highway 2, and subsequently Federal Highway 10, to Nuevo Casas Grandes. Employees are permitted to stay overnight in the cities of Nuevo Casas Grandes and Casas Grandes only.
- City of Chihuahua: U.S. government employees may travel at any time to the area of the city of Chihuahua bounded to the north by Avenida Transformación; to the east by Avenida Tecnológico/Manuel Gómez Morín/Highway 16/Blvd.José Fuentes Mares; to the west by the city boundary; and to the south by Periférico Francisco R. Almada.
- U.S. government employees may travel on Highways 45, 16, and 45D through the city of Chihuahua and to the Chihuahua airport (officially called the General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport).
- U.S. government employees may travel to Santa Eulalia to the east of the city of Chihuahua, as well as to Juan Aldama via Highway 16 to the northeast.
- U.S. government employees may travel south of the city of Chihuahua on Highway 45 to the southern boundary of Parral, including each town directly connected to Highway 45, including Lázaro Cárdenas, Pedro Meoqui, Santa Cruz de Rosales, Delicias, Camargo, Ciudad Jiménez, and Parral itself.
- U.S. government employees may only travel on official business from the city of Chihuahua on Highway 16 to Ciudad Cuauhtémoc bounded by Highway 21 to the north and east, Highway 5 to the west, and Bulevar Jorge Castillo Cabrera to the south.
- Ojinaga: U.S. government employees must travel to Ojinaga via U.S. Highway 67 and enter through the U.S. Port of Entry in Presidio, Texas.
- Palomas: U.S. government employees may travel to Palomas via U.S. highways through the U.S. Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico, or via Highway 2 in Mexico.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Chihuahua, including Copper Canyon .
Coahuila state – Exercise Increased Caution
Violent crime and gang activity occur in parts of Coahuila state.
U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:
- Zaragoza, Morelos, Allende, Nava, Jimenez, Villa Union, Guerrero, and Hidalgo municipalities : U.S. government employees may not travel to these municipalities.
- Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña: U.S. government employees must travel directly from the United States and observe a curfew from midnight to 6:00 a.m. in both cities.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Coahuila state.
Colima state – Do Not Travel
Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping.
Violent crime and gang activity are widespread. Most homicides are targeted assassinations against members of criminal organizations. Shooting incidents between criminal groups have injured or killed bystanders. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following areas with noted restrictions:
- Manzanillo: U.S. government employee travel is limited to the tourist and port areas of Manzanillo.
- Employees traveling to Manzanillo from Guadalajara must use Federal Toll Road 54D during daylight hours.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Colima state.
Durango state – Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel due to crime.
Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Durango state.
- West and south of Federal Highway 45: U.S. government employees may not travel to this region of Durango state.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Durango state.
Guanajuato state – Reconsider Travel
Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state. Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Areas south of Federal Highway 45D: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area south of and including Federal Highway 45D, Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Guanajuato state, which includes tourist areas in: San Miguel de Allende , Guanajuato City , and surrounding areas.
Guerrero state – Do Not Travel
Do not travel due to crime.
Crime and violence are widespread. Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travelers. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping in previous years.
Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following area with the noted restrictions:
- Taxco: U.S. government employees must use Federal Highway 95D, which passes through Cuernavaca, Morelos, and stay within downtown tourist areas of Taxco. Employees may visit Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park during the day with a licensed tour operator.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of the state of Guerrero, including to tourist areas in Acapulco , Zihuatanejo , and Ixtapa .
Hidalgo state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Hidalgo state.
Jalisco state – Reconsider Travel
Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Jalisco state. In Guadalajara, territorial battles between criminal groups take place in tourist areas. Shooting incidents between criminal groups have injured or killed innocent bystanders. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Jalisco-Michoacan border and Federal Highway 110: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area between Federal Highway 110 and the Jalisco-Michoacan border, nor travel on Federal Highway 110 between Tuxpan, Jalisco, and the Michoacan border.
- Federal Highway 80: U.S. government employees may not travel on Federal Highway 80 south of Cocula.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S government employees in Jalisco state which includes tourist areas in: Guadalajara Metropolitan Area , Puerto Vallarta (including neighboring Riviera Nayarit) , Chapala , and Ajijic .
Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico) – Exercise Increased Caution
Both violent and non-violent crime occur throughout Mexico City. Use additional caution, particularly at night, outside of the frequented tourist areas where police and security patrol more routinely. Petty crime occurs frequently in both tourist and non-tourist areas.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Mexico City.
Mexico State (Estado de Mexico) – Exercise Increased Caution
Both violent and non-violent crime occur throughout Mexico State. Use additional caution in areas outside of the frequented tourist areas, although petty crime occurs frequently in tourist areas as well.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Mexico State.
Michoacan state – Do Not Travel
Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping.
Crime and violence are widespread in Michoacan state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following areas with the noted restrictions:
- Federal Highway 15D: U.S. government employees may travel on Federal Highway 15D to transit the state between Mexico City and Guadalajara.
- Morelia: U.S. government employees may travel by air and by land using Federal Highways 43 or 48D from Federal Highway 15D.
- Lazaro Cardenas: U.S. government employees must travel by air only and limit activities to the city center or port areas.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of the state of Michoacan, including the portions of the Monarch Butterfly Reserve located in Michoacan.
Morelos state – Reconsider Travel
Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Morelos state.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Morelos state.
Nayarit state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout Nayarit state.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S government employees in Nayarit state.
Nuevo Leon state – Exercise Increased Caution
Exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping.
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Nuevo Leon state.
Oaxaca state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence occur throughout the state.
U.S. travelers are reminded that U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:
- Isthmus region: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area of Oaxaca bounded by Federal Highway 185D to the west, Federal Highway 190 to the north, and the Oaxaca-Chiapas border to the east. This includes the cities of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz, and San Blas Atempa.
- Federal Highway 200 northwest of Pinotepa: U.S. government employees may not use Federal Highway 200 between Pinotepa and the Oaxaca-Guerrero border.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees to other parts of Oaxaca state, which include tourist areas in: Oaxaca City , Monte Alban , Puerto Escondido, and Huatulco .
Puebla state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Puebla state.
Queretaro state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Queretaro state.
Quintana Roo state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence may occur in any location, at any time, including in popular tourist destinations. Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations.
While not directed at tourists, shootings between rival gangs have injured innocent bystanders. Additionally, U.S. citizens have been the victims of both non-violent and violent crimes in tourist and non-tourist areas.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Quintana Roo state. However, personnel are advised to exercise increased situational awareness after dark in downtown areas of Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, and to remain in well-lit pedestrian streets and tourist zones.
San Luis Potosi state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in San Luis Potosi state.
Sinaloa state – Do Not Travel
Violent crime is widespread. Criminal organizations are based in and operating in Sinaloa. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Mazatlan: U.S. government employees may travel to Mazatlan by air or sea only, are limited to the Zona Dorada and historic town center, and must travel via direct routes between these destinations and the airport and sea terminal.
- Los Mochis and Topolobampo: U.S. government employees may travel to Los Mochis and Topolobampo by air or sea only, are restricted to the city and the port, and must travel via direct routes between these destinations and the airport.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Sinaloa state.
Sonora state – Reconsider Travel
Sonora is a key location used by the international drug trade and human trafficking networks. Violent crime is widespread. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping. Travelers should maintain a heightened level of awareness of their surroundings in all their travels in Sonora. Security incidents may occur in any area of Sonora.
- Travel between Hermosillo and Nogales: U.S. government employees may travel between the U.S. Ports of Entry in Nogales and Hermosillo during daylight hours via Federal Highway 15 only. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures. Travelers should exercise caution and avoid unnecessary stops as security incidents, including sporadic, armed carjackings, and shootings have been reported along this highway during daylight hours. Travelers should have a full tank of gas and inform friends or family members of their planned travel.
- Nogales: U.S. government employees may not travel in the triangular area north of Avenida Tecnologico, west of Bulevar Luis Donaldo Colosio (Periferico), nor east of Federal Highway 15D (Corredor Fiscal). U.S. government employees also may not travel in the residential and business areas to east of the railroad tracks along Plutarco Elias Calle (HWY 15) and Calle Ruiz Cortino, including the business area around the Morley pedestrian gate port-of-entry. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in Nogales due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
- Puerto Peñasco: U.S. government employees may travel between Puerto Peñasco and the Lukeville-Sonoyta U.S. Port of Entry during daylight hours via Federal Highway 8 only. They may not travel on any other route to Puerto Peñasco. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in Puerto Peñasco. due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
- Triangular region near Mariposa U.S. Port of Entry: U.S. government employees may not travel into or through the triangular region west of the Mariposa U.S. Port of Entry, east of Sonoyta, and north of Altar municipality.
- San Luis Rio Colorado, Cananea, and Agua Prieta : U.S. government employees may travel directly from the nearest U.S. Port of Entry to San Luis Rio Colorado, Cananea (via Douglas Port of Entry), and Agua Prieta, but may not go beyond the city limits. Travel is limited to daylight hours only. Travel between Nogales and Cananea via Imuris is not permitted. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in these cities due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
- Eastern and southern Sonora (including San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas and Alamos): U.S. government employees may not travel to areas of Sonora east of Federal Highway 17, the road between Moctezuma and Sahuaripa, and State Highway 20 between Sahuaripa and the intersection with Federal Highway 16. U.S. government employees may travel to San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas and Alamos; travel to Alamos is only permitted by air and within city limits. U.S. government employees may not travel to areas of Sonora south of Federal Highway 16 and east of Federal Highway 15 (south of Hermosillo), as well as all points south of Guaymas, including Empalme, Guaymas, Obregon, and Navojoa. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in these areas due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
U.S. government employees may travel to other parts of Sonora state in compliance with the above restrictions, including tourist areas in: Hermosillo , Bahia de Kino , and Puerto Penasco .
Tabasco state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Tabasco state.
Tamaulipas state – Do Not Travel
Organized crime activity – including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault – is common along the northern border and in Ciudad Victoria. Criminal groups target public and private passenger buses, as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers and demanding ransom payments.
Heavily armed members of criminal groups often patrol areas of the state and operate with impunity particularly along the border region from Reynosa to Nuevo Laredo. In these areas, local law enforcement has limited capacity to respond to incidents of crime. Law enforcement capacity is greater in the tri-city area of Tampico, Ciudad Madero, and Altamira, which has a lower rate of violent criminal activity compared to the rest of the state.
U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo: U.S. government employees may only travel within a limited radius around and between the U.S. Consulates in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, their homes, the respective U.S. Ports of Entry, and limited downtown sites, subject to an overnight curfew.
- Overland travel in Tamaulipas: U.S. government employees may not travel between cities in Tamaulipas using interior Mexican highways. Travel between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey is limited to Federal Highway 85D during daylight hours with prior authorization.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other parts of Tamaulipas state.
Tlaxcala state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Tlaxcala state.
Veracruz state – Exercise Increased Caution
Violent crime and gang activity occur with increasing frequency in Veracruz, particularly in the center and south near Cordoba and Coatzacoalcos. While most gang-related violence is targeted, violence perpetrated by criminal organizations can affect bystanders. Impromptu roadblocks requiring payment to pass are common.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Veracruz state.
Yucatan state – Exercise Normal Precautions
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Yucatan state, which include tourist areas in: Chichen Itza , Merida , Uxmal , and Valladolid .
Zacatecas state – Do Not Travel
Violent crime, extortion, and gang activity are widespread in Zacatecas state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Zacatecas City : U.S. government employee travel is limited to Zacatecas City proper, and employees may not travel overland to Zacatecas City.
- U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Zacatecas state.
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Embassies and Consulates
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR U.S. CITIZENS IN MEXICO From Mexico: 800-681-9374 or 55-8526-2561 From the United States: 1-844-528-6611
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U.S. Embassy Mexico City Paseo de la Reforma 305 Colonia Cuauhtémoc 06500 Ciudad de México
U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez
Paseo de la Victoria #3650 Fracc. Partido Senecú 32543 Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara Progreso 175 Colonia Americana 44160 Guadalajara, Jalisco
U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo
Monterey, Esqueda 141 El Centenario 83260 Hermosillo, Sonora
U.S. Consulate General Matamoros
Constitución No. 1 Colonia Jardín 87330 Matamoros, Tamaulipas
U.S. Consulate General Merida
Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31 Colonia Alcalá Martin 97050 Mérida, Yucatán
U.S. Consulate General Monterrey
Avenida Alfonso Reyes 150 Colonia Valle del Poniente 66196 Santa Catarina, Nuevo León
U.S. Consulate General Nogales
Calle San José s/n Fracc. Los Álamos 84065 Nogales, Sonora
U.S. Consulate General Nuevo Laredo
Paseo Colon 1901 Colonia Madero 88260 Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
U.S. Consulate General Tijuana
Paseo de las Culturas s/n Mesa de Otay Delegación Centenario 22425 Tijuana, Baja California
Acapulco Hotel Continental Emporio Costera M. Alemán 121 – Office 14 39670 Acapulco, Guerrero Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo
Los Cabos Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular 23406 San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur
Playa Gaviotas 202, Local 10
Zona Dorada 82110 Mazatlán, Sinaloa
Oaxaca Macedonio Alcalá 407, Office 20 68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Piedras Negras Abasolo 211, Local 3, Centro 26000 Piedras Negras, Coahuila Playa del Carmen Plaza Progreso, Local 33 Carretera Federal Puerto Juarez-Chetumal, Mz. 293 Lt. 1. 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Puerto Vallarta Paradise Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros 85 Sur, Local L-7 63732 Nuevo Nayarit, Nayarit San Miguel de Allende Plaza La Luciérnaga, Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavala 165, Locales 4 y 5 Colonia La Luciérnaga 37745 San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
See the State Department’s Fact Sheet on Mexico for more information on U.S.-Mexico relations.
Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
A valid passport book is required to enter Mexico by air, and those attempting to enter at an airport with a U.S. passport card only may be denied admission.
Review the Mexican government’s most current entry, exit, and visa requirements ( Spanish only ) or visit the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., for more information.
For travelers entering Mexico by air only, Mexican immigration authorities implemented a process to replace the previous paper Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM with a Forma Migratoria Multiple Digital or FMMD. The FMMD process is in place at all 66 international airports in Mexico. Upon arrival at an airport, Mexican immigration authorities will determine a traveler’s authorized length of stay and either place a date stamp in the traveler’s passport or direct the traveler through a self-service electronic gate (E-Gate) that will generate a printed receipt with QR code. Air travelers who wish to download a record of their FMMD or find more information on the FMMD process may visit the National Migration Institute’s (INM) website .
Travelers entering Mexico by land should have a valid passport book or card. If you enter Mexico by land and plan to travel beyond the immediate border area (approximately 12 miles or 20 kilometers into Mexico), you must stop at an INM office to obtain an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM), even if not explicitly directed to do so by Mexican officials. INM may opt to allow tourists entry of up to 180 days without a visa or may limit authorized stays to shorter periods at their discretion; visitors should confirm the specific length of authorized stay written on the entry permit (FMM) or by the stamp in their passport. Mexican immigration authorities could ask you to present both your passport and entry permit if applicable at any point and may detain you while they review your immigration status if you are not carrying your passport and proof of legal status in Mexico, or if you have overstayed your authorized stay. Immigration check points are common in the interior of Mexico, including in popular tourist areas far from the border.
You will also need a temporary vehicle import permit to bring a U.S.-registered vehicle beyond the border zone. These permits are processed through Banjercito and require a deposit that will be refunded once the vehicle leaves Mexico. For more information, visit the Banjercito website ( Spanish only ).
Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora have a “hassle-free” zone that allows cars traveling without an entry permit or car registration within the zone.
Mexican authorities can impound a vehicle that enters the country without a valid U.S. registration, a vehicle driven by a Mexican national who is not resident in the United States, or a vehicle found beyond the border zone without the temporary import permit.
Mexican law permits Mexican immigration authorities to deny foreigners entry into Mexico if they have been charged with or convicted of a serious crime in Mexico or elsewhere.
Travelers bringing in goods beyond their personal effects worth $300.00 or more must declare those goods with Mexican customs (SAT) Mexican customs ( Spanish only ) or risk having them confiscated. This also applies to used goods or clothing, including items for donation. U.S. citizens driving such items into Mexico without declaring them or without sufficient funds to pay duty fees are subject to having their vehicle seized by Mexican customs authorities. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page .
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents in Mexico.
A parent or legal guardian departing Mexico with minor children should carry a notarized consent letter from the other parent if traveling separately. INM requires at least one parent to complete a SAM ( Formato de Salida de Menores, Spanish only ) for all Mexican or foreign minors with Temporary Resident, Temporary Student Resident, or Permanent Resident status departing Mexico alone or with a third party. Further information about the prevention of international parental child abduction is available on our website.
Find information on dual nationality , and customs regulations on our websites. Both Mexico and the United States allow dual nationality.
Safety and Security
Travelers are urged to review the Mexico Travel Advisory for information about safety and security concerns affecting the country on a state-by-state basis.
U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Mexico should not expect public health and safety standards like those in the United States. Even where such standards exist, enforcement varies by location. Travelers should mitigate the risk of illness or injury by taking standard health and safety precautions.
The phone number to report emergencies in Mexico is “911.” Although there may be English-speaking operators available, it is best to seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker to place the call.
Crime: Crime in Mexico occurs at a high rate and can be violent, from random street crime to cartel-related attacks. Over the past year, Mission Mexico has assisted U.S. citizens who were victims of armed robbery, carjacking, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, pick-pocketing, and sexual assault. Increased levels of cartel-related violence have resulted in territorial disputes and targeted killings, injuring or killing innocent bystanders. Travelers who find themselves in an active shooter scenario should flee in the opposite direction, if possible, or drop to the ground, preferably behind a hard barrier.
Drivers on roads and highways may encounter government checkpoints, which often include National Guard or military personnel. State and local police also set up checkpoints in and around cities and along the highways to deter criminal activity and enforce traffic laws. In some parts of Mexico, criminal organizations and other non-governmental actors have been known to erect unauthorized checkpoints and have abducted or threatened violence against those who fail to stop and/or pay a “toll.” When approaching a checkpoint, regardless of whether it is official, cooperate and avoid any actions that may appear suspicious or aggressive.
While Mexican authorities endeavor to safeguard the country’s major resort areas and tourist destinations, those areas have not been immune to the types of violence and crime experienced elsewhere in Mexico. In some areas of Mexico, response time of local police is often slow. In addition, filing police reports can be time consuming. See our Mexico Travel Advisory for more information.
Demonstrations occur frequently. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events. Protesters in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major thoroughfares, or take control of toll booths on highways. Travelers who encounter protesters who demand unofficial tolls are generally allowed to pass upon payment. U.S. citizens should avoid participating in demonstrations or other activities that might be deemed political by authorities, as Mexican law prohibits political activities by foreign citizens and such actions may result in detention or deportation.
- Demonstrations can be unpredictable, avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.
- Past demonstrations have turned violent.
- Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.
International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information.
Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Mexico. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:
- Romance/Online dating
- Money transfers
- Lucrative sales
- Grandparent/Relative targeting
- Free Trip/Luggage
- Inheritance notices
- Bank overpayments
Mexico’s consumer protection agency, PROFECO (Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor, Spanish only), can sometimes provide assistance (Spanish only) to victims of such scams. In addition, there have been allegations of banking fraud perpetrated by private bankers against U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens who believe they have been victims of fraud can file a police report file a complaint (Spanish only) with the Mexican banking regulatory agency, CONDUSEF (Comision Nacional para la Proteccion y Defensa de los Usuarios de Servicios Financieros, Spanish only), or consult with an attorney.
Victims of Crime: U.S. victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest Consulate for assistance. Report emergencies to the local police at 911, report crimes already committed to the Ministerio Publico, and contact the Embassy or Consulate at +52-55-85262561. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
U.S. citizen victims of crime should contact the local authorities to file a Mexican police report before departing Mexico. In most instances, victims of crime will file reports with the Ministerio Publico (equivalent to the office of public prosecutor or district attorney in the United States) and not with police first responders. U.S. citizens should also inform the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulat e .
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas . We can:
- help you find appropriate medical care ,
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police,
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent,
- provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion,
- provide a list of local attorneys ,
- provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States ,
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution,
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home,
- replace a stolen or lost passport.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate for assistance.
Kidnapping: Mexico experiences very high rates of kidnapping. If you believe you or your U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) relative has been kidnapped, please contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate immediately.
Robbery: Mexico experiences robberies, typically in cities, in which abductors force victims to use their debit or credit card to withdraw money from ATMs in exchange for their release. Perpetrators commonly work in cooperation with, or pose as, taxi drivers. To minimize the risk of such robberies:
- Only use a reputable taxi company or a trusted ride-sharing app.
- Book taxis through your hotel or an authorized taxi stand.
Extortion: Extortion schemes are common in Mexico. In a typical scheme known as a virtual kidnapping, criminals convince family members that a relative has been abducted, when, in fact, the person is safe but unreachable. The purported abductors will often use threats to persuade victims to isolate themselves, making communication with family members less likely. Unable to reach their loved ones, family members often consent to paying the “ransom” demand. Criminals use various means to gather information about potential victims, including monitoring social media sites, eavesdropping on conversations, or using information taken from a stolen cell phone. Some of these extortions have been conducted from Mexican prisons. You can reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of extortion through the following:
- Do not discuss travel plans, your room number, or any other personal information within earshot of strangers.
- Do not divulge personal business details to strangers in person or over the phone, especially when using hotel phones.
- If you are threatened on the phone, hang up immediately.
Sexual Assault: Rape and sexual assault are serious problems in some resort areas. Many of these incidents occur at night or during the early morning hours, in hotel rooms, on hotel grounds, or on deserted beaches. In some cases, assailants drug the drinks of victims before assaulting them. Pay attention to your surroundings and to who might have handled your drink.
Credit/Debit Card “Skimming:” There have been instances of fraudulent charges or withdrawals from accounts due to “skimmed” cards. If you choose to use credit or debit cards, you should regularly check your account to ensure there are no unauthorized transactions. Travelers should limit the amount of cash they carry in public, exercise caution when withdrawing cash from ATMs, and avoid ATMs located in isolated or unlit areas.
Alcohol: If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill. There have been reports of individuals falling ill or blacking out after consuming unregulated alcohol. The Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk, COFEPRIS ( Comision Federal para la Proteccion contra Riesgos Sanitarios, Spanish only ), is responsible for inspecting hotels, restaurants, and other establishments for health violations, including reports of unregulated alcohol. Please email COFEPRIS at [email protected] for more information or if you wish to file a report. You can file a report online (Spanish only) via the COFEPRIS website, by calling the COFEPRIS call center at 800 033 50 50 (from Mexico) or +52 (55) 5080-5425 (from the United States), or by scheduling an appointment (Spanish only) to visit a COFEPRIS office.
There have also been instances of criminals drugging drinks to rob or sexually assault victims. Additionally, if you feel you have been the victim of unregulated alcohol or another serious health violation, you should notify the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate . You may also contact the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries).
Drug Smuggling: Mexican criminal organizations are engaged in a violent struggle to control trafficking routes. Criminal organizations smuggling drugs into the United States have targeted unsuspecting individuals who regularly cross the border. Frequent border crossers are advised to vary their routes and travel times and to closely monitor their vehicles to avoid being targeted.
Tourism: In major cities and resort areas, the tourism industry is generally well-regulated. Best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas and activities are identified with appropriate signage, and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and/or provide life-saving assistance. In smaller towns and areas less commonly frequented by foreign tourists, the tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in or near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .
Since 2016, Mexico has opened seven multilingual Centers for the Care and Protection of Tourists (CAPTA) and Tourist Assistance Centers (CATTAC) in Los Cabos, La Paz, Acapulco, Playa del Carmen, Mazatlan, Ciudad Madero, and Queretaro. These offices have proven helpful assisting U.S. citizen visitors in resolving disputes with merchants and government entities, filing criminal reports, securing needed services, and locating special needs accommodations.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities prior to practicing or operating a business.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information.
The Mexican government is required by international law to contact the U.S. Embassy or consulate promptly when a U.S. citizen is arrested if the arrestee so requests. This requirement does not apply to dual nationals.
Firearms and Other Weapons: Weapons laws in Mexico vary by state, but it is generally illegal for travelers to carry weapons of any kind including firearms, knives, daggers, brass knuckles, as well as ammunition (even used shells). Illegal firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico is a major concern, and the Department of State warns all U.S. citizens against taking any firearm or ammunition into Mexico. If you are caught entering Mexico with any type of weapon, including firearms or ammunitions, you likely will face severe penalties, including prison time. U.S.-issued permits allowing an individual to carry weapons are not valid in Mexico. Visit the Department’s Traveling Abroad with Firearms webpage .
Vessels entering Mexican waters with firearms or ammunition on board must have a permit previously issued by a Mexican embassy or consulate.
Drugs: Drug possession and use, including medical marijuana, is illegal in Mexico and may result in a lengthy jail sentence or fines.
Electronic Cigarettes (Vaping Devices): It is illegal for travelers to bring electronic cigarettes (vaping devices) and all vaping solutions to Mexico. Customs will confiscate vaping devices and solutions and travelers could be fined or arrested. Avoid delays and possible sanctions by not taking these items to Mexico.
Real Estate and Time Shares: U.S. citizens should exercise caution when considering time-share investments or purchasing real estate and be aware of the aggressive tactics used by some sales representatives. Before initiating a real estate purchase or time-share investment, U.S. citizens should consult with a Mexican attorney to learn about important regulations and laws that govern real estate property.
Mountain Climbing and Hiking: The Mexican government has declared the area around the Popocatepetl and the Colima volcanoes off limits. In remote rural areas, there can be limited cell phone coverage and internet connectivity, and it may be difficult for rescue teams and local authorities to reach climbers and hikers in distress.
Potential for Natural Disasters: Mexico is in an active earthquake zone. Tsunamis may occur following significant earthquakes. For information concerning disasters, see:
- U.S. Embassy Mexico City website
- Civil Protection ( Proteccion Civil, Spanish only ) provides information from the Mexican Government about natural disaster preparedness
- U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides general information about natural disaster preparedness
- U.S. Geological Survey provides updates on recent seismic and volcanic activity
Storm Season: Tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico or along the Caribbean and Pacific Coast between May and November can produce heavy winds and rain. Please visit our Hurricane Season webpage for more information.
Spring Break: Millions of U.S. citizens visit Mexican beach resorts each year, especially during “ spring break ” season. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. See the “Alcohol” section above to learn more about the risks associated with drinking, as well as reports of illnesses associated with the possible consumption of unregulated alcohol.
Resort Areas and Water Activities: Beaches in Mexico may be dangerous due to strong currents, rip tides, and rogue waves. Warning notices and flags on beaches should be taken seriously. Not all hazardous beaches are clearly marked. If black or red warning flags are up, do not enter the water. Strong currents can lead to dangerous conditions for even the most experienced swimmers. U.S. citizens simply walking along the shore or wading have been swept out to sea by rogue waves, and some citizens have drowned or disappeared at Mexican beaches. Avoid the consumption of alcohol while engaging in water activities and do not swim alone.
Boats used for excursions may not be covered by accident insurance and sometimes lack adequate life jackets, radios, and tools to make repairs. Participation in adventure sports may not be covered by accident insurance and safety protections and regulations for these activities may differ from U.S. standards. Visit our website and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about adventure travel.
Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also be subject to fines or forced to relinquish the goods if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTQI+ Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or on the organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Intersex (LGBTQI+) events in Mexico. However, due to sporadic reports of violence targeting LGBTQI+ individuals, U.S. citizens should exercise discretion in identifying themselves publicly as LGBTQI+. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and Section 6 of the Department of State’s Human Rights Report for Mexico for further details.
Travelers with Disabilities: Mexican law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disabilities. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States. The most common types of accessibility may include accessible facilities, information, and communication/access to services/ease of movement or access. Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure in more rural and remote parts of the country, and more common in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure in major cities. U.S. citizens with disabilities should consult individual hotels and service providers in advance of travel to ensure they are accessible.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .
Women Travelers: There were several reports of sexual assault or domestic violence involving U.S. citizen women over the past year. See our travel tips for Women Travelers .
Excellent health facilities are available in Mexico City and other major cities. Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi to a health provider. Mexican facilities often require payment “up front” before providing medical care, and most hospitals in Mexico do not accept U.S. health insurance. A list of doctors and hospitals is available on the U.S. Embassy or consulate website.
U.S. citizens have lodged complaints against some private hospitals in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos to include exorbitant prices and inflexible collection measures. Travelers should obtain complete information on billing, pricing, and proposed medical procedures before agreeing to any medical care in these locations. Be aware that some resorts have exclusive agreements with medical providers and ambulance services, which may limit your choices in seeking emergency medical attention. Some hospitals in tourist centers utilize sliding scales, deciding on rates for services based on negotiation and on the patient’s perceived ability to pay. In some instances, providers have been known to determine the limits of a patient’s credit card or insurance, quickly reach that amount in services rendered, and subsequently discharge the patient or transfer them to a public hospital.
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism.
For emergency services in Mexico, dial 911 . Although there may be English-speaking operators available, it is best to seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker to place the call.
Ambulance services are:
- widely available in major cities but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards,
- not present in many remote and rural areas of the country,
- not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
- Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.
We do not pay medical bills: Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation as well.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check the Mexican government’s Drug Schedule to ensure the medication is legal in Mexico.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information :
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery:
- U.S. citizens have suffered serious complications or died during or after having cosmetic or other elective surgery.
- Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. People seeking health care overseas should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on Medical Tourism.
- Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Mexico.
- We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.
- Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in Mexico. Several foreigners have successfully enlisted the support of PROFECO (Spanish only) in order to resolve disputes over medical services.
- Although Mexico has many elective/cosmetic surgery facilities that are on par with those found in the United States, the quality of care varies widely. If you plan to undergo surgery in Mexico, make sure that emergency medical facilities are available and professionals are accredited and qualified.
- Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with little controls. Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
- The Drug Enforcement Agency reports counterfeit prescription pills are sold by criminals on both sides of the border. These pills are sometimes represented as OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax, and others, and may contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Counterfeit pills are readily advertised on social media and can be purchased at small, non-chain pharmacies in Mexico along the border and in tourist areas. U.S. citizens have become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.
- Visit the Mexican Health Department website (Spanish only) or contact the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., for more information about obtaining a permit to import medicine into Mexico.
- For a list of controlled substances in Mexico, visit the COFEPRIS website (Spanish only) and the Mexican Drug Schedule (Spanish only). U.S. citizens should carry a copy of their prescription or doctor’s letter, but it is still possible that they may be subject to arrest for arriving in Mexico with substances on these lists. Note that a medicine considered “over the counter” in some U.S. states may be a controlled substance in Mexico. For example, pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in Sudafed, is considered a controlled substance in Mexico. For more information, contact the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.
Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy
- If you are considering traveling to Mexico to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) or surrogacy, please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page .
- Surrogacy is legal for foreigners in most of Mexico, in some states surrogacy is either not legal or is not governed by regulation.
- If you decide to pursue parenthood in Mexico via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with a gestational mother, be prepared for long and unexpected delays in documenting your child’s citizenship.
- Make sure you understand Mexican law, which can vary from state to state and is ambiguous in its treatment of non-Mexican or same-sex intending parents. Mexican courts, for example, may fail to enforce surrogacy agreements between non-Mexican or same-sex intending parents and gestational mothers.
- Gestational mothers are normally treated as the child’s legal parent with full parental rights in most states. The gestational mother’s name is typically listed on the Mexican state-issued birth certificate. In Mexico City, the intended parents may be listed on the Mexican birth certificate if they can demonstrate a valid surrogacy agreement was in place regarding the child’s birth.
- Be aware that individuals who attempt to circumvent local law risk criminal prosecution. Mexican authorities have made arrests stemming from surrogacy cases.
- Many hotels and other lodgings are not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, even if they contain sources of this potentially lethal gas. U.S. citizens have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning throughout Mexico. If your lodging is not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, consider traveling with a portable one.
- In many areas in Mexico, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks might be made using tap water.
- Many cities in Mexico, such as Mexico City, are at high altitude, which can lead to altitude illness. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Travel to High Altitudes .
- Participation in adventure sports and activities may not be covered by accident insurance and safety protections and regulations for these activities may differ from U.S. standards. Visit our website and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about adventure travel.
The following diseases are prevalent:
- Typhoid Fever
- Travelers’ Diarrhea
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Parasitic Infections
- Chronic Respiratory Disease
- Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in Mexico.
- Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in Mexico. Consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you and consult your doctor before traveling if necessary.
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Private Residential Treatment Facilities:
- These facilities provide care to U.S. citizens throughout Mexico and include child behavior modification facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living centers.
- There is a wide range in standards for education, safety, health, sanitation, immigration, and residency. Staff licensing may not be strictly enforced or meet the standards of similar facilities in the United States.
- The State Department has received reports of abuse, negligence, or mismanagement at some of these facilities. U.S. citizens should exercise due diligence and do extensive research before selecting a residential treatment facility.
Travel and Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of U.S. citizen deaths in Mexico. If you have an emergency while driving, dial “911.” If you are driving on a toll highway (“ cuota ”) or any other major highway, you may contact the Green Angels ( Spanish only ), a fleet of trucks with bilingual crews, by dialing 078 from any phone in Mexico. Generally, individuals involved in an accident who do not require immediate medical care should contact their insurance providers, who may come to the site to provide an immediate assessment.
Avoid driving on Mexican highways at night. Travel with a charged and functional cell phone capable of making calls in Mexico. Travelers should exercise caution at all times and should use toll (“ cuota ”) roads rather than the less secure free (“ libre ”) roads whenever possible. Do not hitchhike or accept rides from or offer rides to strangers anywhere in Mexico. Travelers encountering police or security checkpoints should comply with instructions.
Road conditions and maintenance across Mexico vary with many road surfaces needing repair. Travel in rural areas poses additional risks to include spotty cell phone coverage and delays in receiving roadside or medical assistance.
Vehicular traffic in Mexico City is subject to restriction Monday through Saturday, according to the license plate number, in order to reduce air pollution. For additional information, refer to the Hoy No Circula website ( Spanish only ) maintained by the Mexico City government. See our Road Safety Page for more information. Also, visit Mexico’s national tourist office website , MexOnline, and Mexico’s customs website Importacion Temporal de Vehiculos ( Spanish only ) for more information regarding travel and transportation.
Traffic Laws: U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Mexico. Mexican law requires that only owners drive their vehicles or that the owner be inside the vehicle. Failing to abide by this law may lead to impoundment and a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.
Mexican citizens who are not also U.S. citizens or LPRs may not operate U.S.-registered vehicles in Mexico. Mexican insurance is required for all vehicles, including rental vehicles. Drivers involved in accidents, even minor incidents, may be subject to arrest if they are found to be driving without proper insurance, regardless of whether they were at fault. Driving under the influence of alcohol, using a mobile device while driving, and driving through a yellow light are all illegal in Mexico.
If you drive your vehicle into Mexico beyond the immediate border area (approximately 12 miles into Mexico), you must apply for a temporary vehicle import permit with Mexican customs, Banjercito , or at some Mexican consulates in the United States. The permit requires the presentation of a valid passport and a monetary deposit that will be returned to you upon leaving Mexico before the expiration of the permit. Failing to apply for a temporary vehicle import permit may lead to impoundment and a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.
Vehicles crossing into Mexico must have a valid license plate and registration sticker. Mexican authorities will often refuse to admit vehicles with temporary or paper license plates. Vehicles with expired registration or unauthorized plates will likely be confiscated and the operator could be charged with a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.
The Mission Mexico Vehicle Recovery Unit assists with the return of stolen U.S. vehicles recovered by Mexican authorities.
If you have an emergency while driving, dial “911.” If you are driving on a toll highway (“cuota”) or any other major highway, you may contact the Green Angels (Spanish only), a fleet of trucks with bilingual crews, by dialing 078 from any phone in Mexico. Generally, individuals involved in an accident who do not require immediate medical care should contact their insurance providers, who may come to the site to provide an immediate assessment.
Public Transportation/Taxis: Security on public buses varies throughout the country but is considered a relatively safe transportation option in Mexico City and other major tourist centers. Passengers should protect their personal possessions at all times as theft is common. Intercity bus travel should be conducted during daylight hours in preferably first-class buses using toll roads.
Robberies and assaults on passengers in taxis not affiliated with a taxi stand (known as “libre” taxis) are common. Avoid taking any taxi not summoned by telephone or contacted in advance, including “libre” taxis. When in need of a taxi, telephone a radio taxi or “sitio” (regulated taxi stand) and ask the dispatcher for the driver’s name and the taxi’s license plate number. Application-based car services such as Uber and Cabify are available in many Mexican cities, and generally offer another safe alternative to taxis. Official complaints against Uber and other drivers do occur, however, and past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries to U.S. citizens in some instances.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Mexico’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Mexico’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA safety assessment page .
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Mexico should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings .
If you enter by sea, review the Mexican boating permit requirements prior to travel or contact the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., for more information.
Maritime Safety Oversight: The Mexican maritime industry, including charter fishing and recreational vessels, is subject solely to Mexican safety regulations. Travelers should be aware that Mexican equipment and vessels may not meet U.S. safety standards or be covered by any accident insurance.
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U.S. citizens are reminded that if you enter Mexico by land and plan to travel beyond the immediate border area you must stop at a National Migration Institute (INM) office to obtain an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple, or FMM), even if not explicitly directed to do so by Mexican officials.
When traveling in Mexico, the law requires that foreign visitors carry a passport and entry permit. You may be asked to present these documents at any point. If you do not present these documents, immigration authorities may lawfully detain you for up to 60 days while they review your immigration status.
Immigration check points are common in the interior of Mexico, including in popular tourist areas far from the border.
U.S. Citizens resident in Mexico should carry their resident identification cards at all times.
Actions to Take
- Obtain entry permit (FMM) at INM office if entering Mexico through a land border and traveling beyond the immediate border area.
- Carry your passport and entry permit (FMM) with you.
- For U.S. citizens who reside in Mexico, carry your resident identification card.
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- $800 exemption for gifts and personal articles, including one liter of alcoholic beverages per person over 21 every 30 days.
- Cuban cigars are prohibited.
- Check with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about importing any medications prior to crossing into Mexico.
- CBP has a zero-tolerance policy on illegal drugs. Any type, in any amount may result in serious fines, seizure of vehicle, federal record and/or imprisonment.
- Switchblade knives, sea turtle boots or any other articles of endangered species (i.e. spotted cats, coral, crocodile, elephant, etc) are prohibited.
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- Most fruits are prohibited (No oranges or apples)
- Do not take U.S. fruits and meats to Mexico-You cannot bring them back.
- Before you go to Mexico, ask a CBP Officer for a list of items you can bring back.
- Fines of $50 to $1,000 may result if you fail to declared agricultural items.
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- You must be 21 years of age to possess alcoholic beverages, if you are not 21, the alcohol will automatically be confiscated.
- One liter of alcohol and one case of beer may be imported per person every 30 days.
- No ID=no liquor. You must prove that you are 21 or older. If you show false or altered personal identification, the ID will be confiscated and you will be prosecuted.
- If you are 18 or over one carton of cigarettes may be imported.
- It is illegal in Texas to consume or possess with intent to consume alcoholic beverages in a public place on Sundays between 2:15 a.m. and noon or on any other day between 2:15 a.m. and 7 a.m.
- You are required to pay state tax on all alcoholic beverages and all cigarettes imported into Texas.
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In general, you will need to present a passport from your country of citizenship or your refugee travel document to travel to a foreign country. In addition, the foreign country may have additional entry/exit requirements (such as a visa). For information on foreign entry and exit requirements, see the Department of State’s website .
If seeking to enter the United States after temporary travel abroad, you will need to present a valid, unexpired “Green Card” (Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card). When arriving at a port of entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your permanent resident card and any other identity documents you present, such as a passport, foreign national I.D. card or U.S. Driver’s License, and determine if you can enter the United States. For information pertaining to entry into the United States, see U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s webpage .
Permanent residents are free to travel outside the United States, and temporary or brief travel usually does not affect your permanent resident status. If it is determined, however, that you did not intend to make the United States your permanent home, you will be found to have abandoned your permanent resident status. A general guide used is whether you have been absent from the United States for more than a year. Abandonment may be found to occur in trips of less than a year where it is believed you did not intend to make the United States your permanent residence. While brief trips abroad generally are not problematic, the officer may consider criteria such as whether your intention was to visit abroad only temporarily, whether you maintained U.S. family and community ties, maintained U.S employment, filed U.S. income taxes as a resident, or otherwise established your intention to return to the United States as your permanent home. Other factors that may be considered include whether you maintained a U.S. mailing address, kept U.S. bank accounts and a valid U.S. driver’s license, own property or run a business in the United States, or any other evidence that supports the temporary nature of your absence.
If you plan on being absent from the United States for longer than a year, it is advisable to first apply for a reentry permit on Form I-131 . Obtaining a reentry permit prior to leaving the United States allows a permanent or conditional permanent resident to apply for admission into the United States during the permit’s validity without the need to obtain a returning resident visa from a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Please note that it does not guarantee entry into the United States upon your return as you must first be determined to be admissible; however, it will assist you in establishing your intention to permanently reside in the United States. For more information, see the Travel Documents page.
If you remain outside of the United States for more than 2 years, any reentry permit granted before your departure from the United States will have expired. In this case, it is advisable to consider applying for a returning resident visa (SB-1) at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. An SB-1 applicant will be required to establish eligibility for an immigrant visa and will need a medical exam. There is an exception to this process for the spouse or child of either a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or civilian employee of the U.S. Government stationed abroad on official orders. For more information on obtaining a returning resident visa, see the Department of State’s webpage on returning resident visas .
Additionally, absences from the United States of six months or more may disrupt the continuous residency required for naturalization. If your absence is one year or longer and you wish to preserve your continuous residency in the United States for naturalization purposes, you may file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes on Form N-470. For more information, please see the Continuous Residence and Physical Presence Requirements page.
If you lose your Green Card or reentry permit or it is stolen or destroyed while you are abroad, you may need to file a Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation) . This carrier documentation will allow an airline or other transportation carrier to board a lawful permanent resident bound for the United States without the carrier being penalized. For more information, please see the Form I-131A, Application for Travel Document (Carrier Documentation) page.
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Mexico offers visitor permits for visits and short business trips lasting 180 days or less to passport holders on its 'no visa required' list
People who come to Mexico for leisure or business visits lasting 180 days or less, and who are passport holders of one of the many countries which don’t require a visa to enter Mexico can complete a visitors permit, known as Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM, at the port of entry.
Mexico is phasing out paper versions of the FMM
The paper versions of the FMM are being gradually phased out and replaced with a stamp in your passport.
Read this article for further details .
- If you arrive in Mexico by land, you will need to get a visitors permit at the port of entry;
- If you fly to Mexico, air crews on international flights might hand-out the visitor permit forms before the flight lands; although note that paper forms are being phased out;
- Paper forms might be available at some Mexican airports, near the immigration desks, otherwise the immigration official will place a stamp in your passport instead.
- You can get your FMM online and print this out to take with you; the official at the port of entry will stamp the printed form; or will take the form and place a stamp in your passport insteead.
- If you are visiting a Mexican port(s) as part of a cruise ship, you’ll need to get a visitors permit at your first Mexican port of call: either a paper version or (more likely) a stamp in your passport.
(If the country that issued your passport appears on this list of countries which do require a visa for Mexico, read this .)
Fee for Mexico’s Visitor Visa (FMM)
If you arrive by land and leave Mexico within 7 days of your arrival date, there is no fee for the permit. If you fly into Mexico from overseas, the fee is usually included within your air ticket’s “fees and surcharges.” The fee is approximately US$25.
Keep Your Visitors Permit (FMM) Safe
If you are given a paper form: Once completed, the immigration official at the port of entry will stamp both halves of the form and hand you the smaller half, stamped with the date you entered the country. It’s important to keep this paper document safe , as you will need to surrender it when you leave Mexico.
If you have a stamp placed into your passport: This stamp will serve in lieu of your paper visitor permit (FMM).
If you are departing Mexico on a flight, your airline will insist you surrender your paper Visitors Permit, or show them the stamp in your passport before they will allow you to board.
If you have a Visitors Permit (paper version) and are leaving the country by land you should voluntarily surrender your form to an immigration official before your departure. Failure to do so might cause delays the next time you try and enter Mexico.
Your Mexico Visitor Permit: FAQs
Here are the most frequently asked questions about Mexico’s visitor permit
How long can I stay in Mexico with a Visitors Permit (FMM)?
Your visitor permit is valid for the number of days granted by the immigration official and written on the permit —that will never exceed 180 days, but may be less than 180 days— starting from the date of your arrival. The arrival date is always stamped on the permit.
Read this article about the number of days being granted to people arriving in Mexico under auspice of a visitor permit, FMM.
This allowance is given per entry : every time you exit and re-enter Mexico on another date the allowance ‘resets.’ (You surrender your current FMM when you leave and get a new FMM when you return.)
- If you enter Mexico as a tourist or visitor, to volunteer , or as a business visitor, then the immigration official at the port of entry will grant you a maximum 180 days to stay in Mexico.
- The number of days you are allowed to stay will be written on the part of the form that’s handed to you for safe-keeping.
- The date stamped on your permit is your arrival date .
- To determine the latest date you must leave Mexico , count the number days (some months are longer than others) from the arrival date stamped on your form.
- The permit’s expiry date might also be hand written on the stamped visa by the immigration official.
Caution about Tampering with your FMM form
We’ve seen stories on Social Media that suggest some people might be manually altering the number of days written on the form. The form has a unique serial number printed on it that correlates to an electronic record of your entry to Mexico. The number of days you are granted is stored on that record and the INM will not take kindly to anyone tampering with the form by altering the number of days written on it by the immigration official.
If you received a stamp in your passport , your passport number will be associated with the number of days granted.
What happens if I overstay my Visitor Permit?
If you overstay the time you were granted on your visitors permit (see previous question about validity), you will need to visit an immigration office, or the immigration kiosk at the airport, and pay a fine before you can leave the country.
The amount of the fine depends on how long you have overstayed; it is calculated on a per-day basis; contact your local immigration office (or the immigration kiosk at the airport) for details.
Can my Visitor Permit be extended or renewed?
Visitors Permits cannot be extended or renewed. If the immigration official at the port of entry writes a number fewer than 180 days on your Visitors Permit, you must leave Mexico within the time frame given to you by the official at the entry port.
Check your form to calculate your exit date based on the number of days you have been given: you must leave Mexico before it expires.
Learn more about the number of days being granted to people arriving in Mexico under the auspice of a visitor permit, FMM.
How long do I have to remain outside of Mexico before returning under the auspice of a new Visitor Permit?
There is no time limit to remain outside the country before re-entering using a new FMM—and thus obtaining up to another (maximum of) 180 days to stay in Mexico. There is also no limit on how many times you can re-enter Mexico each year with a new FMM; however, see the caution note below about continual exit and re-entry to Mexico using a FMM.
Caution – Using a visitor permit for continual re-entry to Mexico
Some people have been using the flexibility of the FMM to stay in Mexico longer-term—leaving Mexico when it expires, and re-entering Mexico again in short order.
However, with today’s computerized entry and exit systems, immigration officials at ports of entry have ready-access to your movements through Mexico and ‘perpetual visitors’ —people who continuously enter, stay for a few months, exit and then re-enter Mexico in short order— are now having their intentions questioned at the port of entry.
We know of cases where people have been turned away at the border after trying to re-enter Mexico continually using a FMM; if you intend to stay in Mexico longer-term, we recommend you consider applying for residency in Mexico .
Also: Read this article about changes in the number of days being granted to people arriving in Mexico under auspice of a visitor permit, FMM.
Can a Visitor Permit be exchanged for a Residency Permit?
In a small number of circumstances , mostly related to Family Unit situations and humanitarian reasons, a Visitor’s Permit can be exchanged for a residency permit or other visa in-country, but most people need to begin their application for residency in Mexico at a Mexican Consulate abroad .
What if I lose my Visitor Permit?
If you are issued with a paper version and lose your Visitors Permit (FMM) while you’re in Mexico, you will need to visit one of the local immigration offices situated in towns and cities across the country, or at the airport, and apply for a replacement before you can leave. This will involve some form-filling and filing, and payment of a permit replacement fee (about US$40).
What happens if I accidentally kept my Visitor Permit after leaving Mexico?
We sometimes get emails from readers who have arrived home and realized that they still have their paper FMM visitor permits , usually after driving back across the Mexico-US border. The best thing to do, if this happens to you, is to contact your nearest Mexican Consulate , who will provide you with guidance. Note that paper versions of the permit are being phased out and substituted for a stamp in your passport, so this issue is becoming less relevant.
How do I apply for a Visitor Permit FMM online?
You can apply for your visitor permit online, make the payment, print-out the form and get this stamped/confirmed at the border. As paper versions of the permit are phased out , the official at the border might retrieve your paper print out and place a stamp in your passport instead.
Note that authorization for entry and the number of days granted remains at the discretion of the immigration official at the port of entry, even if you pre-apply online.
See the eFMM Application Page on the Mexican immigration site for details, terms and conditions.
If you have questions or experience difficulties with the online procedure, please contact the Immigration authority (INM) directly—Mexperience cannot help you with issues related to online visitor permits (FMMs).
Here is some further information you may find helpful:
Documentation required for entry to Mexico
For a summary of the documentation required to enter Mexico, see Documents required for travel and entry to Mexico
Entry entry procedures at the Mexican border
To learn about the procedures at the Mexican border see Procedures for entering and leaving Mexico
Obtaining legal residency in Mexico
Mexperience publishes information and resources to help you learn about how to apply for and obtain legal residency in Mexico:
- Learn about the principal routes to obtaining legal residency
- These are the financial criteria to qualify for residency in Mexico
- See the latest residency-related fees charged by Mexico’s government
- Download our free eBook: Mexico Immigration Guide that encapsulates essential information about visas and residency permits for Mexico.
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One question: I’m a US citizen planning to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico. I have my US passport ready, but I have yet to get the required FMM. This is my question: Which one do I need, the “by land” or “by air” form? Although I am entering by land through a US/Mexico border crossing (Calexico/Mexicali), I am flying from Mexicali, BC, Mexico. I don’t want to err in this, because I don’t want to have to pay for two forms. Thank you in advance for responding.
Hi Maria, the online FMM application procedure is quite new and you’d need to contact the INM direct to ask them to be sure, although it’s probably the Air option you need. Another option would be for you to get your FMM in person at the land border, and take that to the airport with you.
I am flying back to Vancouver next week only because I want to turn around and come back to Puerto Vallarta and stay another 180 days. For a four day visit back to Canada, it’s going to cost me approximately $2,000 as I no longer have a casa there. Today an expat from Calgary told me that I can just go to immigration at the airport and pay a fee (around 2,400 pesos) and that immigration will then give me another 180 day visitors permit.
Is this true, and will it affect the next time I want to leave Mexico and return?
According to immigration law, it’s not possible to extend the FMM (Visitor’s permit) beyond the number of days you were granted when you arrived and you must leave the country; it cannot be extended at a Mexican airport, nor at the local INM offices. If you over-stay on a FMM, you need to pay a fine at the (air)port you leave from; the fine is based on the number of days over-stay.
I am in Monterrey with a foreign vehicle and FMM. I would like to travel to McAllen for a few hours. Do I need to surrender my FMM and vehicle permit?
You can register your vehicle for “multiple entries and exits”. For details about this, read the section on multiple entries and exits on our Driving in Mexico Guide, here: https://www.mexperience.com/lifestyle/transport/driving-in-mexico/#31
I need to go to Juarez for a 3 hour business meeting. Do I need to get an FMM for this?
No, as the article says, you only need a FMM is you intend to travel beyond the ~35km “free zone”. As Juarez is on the border and well within the free zone, there is no need to get a FMM.
Hi, not sure if this thread is still active, but I’ll try my question and see. Is Mexican immigration strictly enforcing the only 180 days per year requirement? We are planning to stay near Puerto Vallarta 5 months until Christmas, then fly home for the holidays then hopefully fly back to the RV with a fresh 180 days and continue south to Central America. Do you know if that’s possible. Thanks
Hi Mike, The 180 day limit is per-visit, not per year. So you can remain in Mexico for as many days as the official gave you when you entered (that will not exceed 180 days), and then you must leave the country. You can return afterwards (there is no minimum time you have to be away before you can return) and get another FMM. If you continue to leave and re-enter you are likely to have your intentions questioned when you return.
Hi there, I am a South African citizen and want to visit Mexico. I know that I need a visa but is it true that if I have a valid US tourist visa currently that I do not need to apply again? Kind Regards, Lirika
Hi Lirika You can find details about that on this related article: https://www.mexperience.com/do-i-need-a-visa-to-visit-mexico/
Hi Mexperience, great article and thank you for the information. I am coming up to the end of my 180 day FMM permit. I am in Yucatan taking care of my grandparents place. I need to stay here longer, is there any way to extend my stay without leaving here? I am U.S. citizen and my grandparents are Mexican. I’m staying in Yucatan and I need to stay longer because my grandmother returned for her U.S. residency renewal; my grandfather returned to the U.S. because of health issues. Thank you.
The FMM Visitor’s Visa is non-extendable and you need to leave Mexico before its expiry date.
If you plan to apply for Mexican residency, in a small number of circumstances you can exchange your FMM for a resident permit, see this article for details: https://www.mexperience.com/applications-for-residency-from-within-mexico/
We live near the border and are planning to take a taxi to the Reynosa airport and fly to Mexico City from there (ridiculously cheaper). Would we have to stop at the border and get the form there or could we do it at the Reynosa airport? Thank you.
Hi Stephen, You might be able to get one at the airport, but to be sure, it’s probably best to stop at the border and get one there. It would be a nuisance to get to the airport and be sent back to the border for your FMM.
Do NOT plan on getting your FMM at the Reynosa airport. You may well be sent back to the bridge/border depending on the agent in charge that day.
Hi there! A quick note: you guys are awesome!
My friend’s mother (American) owns a paddle boarding business in Manzanillo. I (also American) want to spend up to six months volunteering there. I’ll be staying at the house she owns free of rent, which is nice.
Since I won’t be on a payroll of any kind, I won’t have to get any special permits, right? It’s my understanding that I’ll only have to fill out a Forma Migratoria Multiple. Is that correct or am I overlooking something here?
I appreciate the help–thank you!
If you;re volunteering in Mexico, there’s no need to get any special permit. You can find details on this article: https://www.mexperience.com/volunteering-in-mexico/
I turned in my FMM when I left Mexico, but they did not put an exit stamp in my passport. Will that matter in the future?
Hi John, No exit stamp is placed in passports when you hand-back your FMM, so you should have no problems when you revisit in the future.
Thank you so much for the response. That makes me feel so much better about when I drive into Mexico in January.
Do all children regardless of age need a tourist visa? We are visiting family for 2 weeks I’m Monterrey.
Your children will need their own FMM (which you complete on their behalf, on the flight or at the border).
I was planning a trip (honeymoon) to Mazatlan for one week from the U.S. in August, but I do not yet have my Passport (applying for it this week). I read that it’s best to have it 6 months prior to visiting, but the immigration officer may allow me to visit anyway. Who should I contact to know for sure if I would be allowed in the country or not?
The recommendation is that your passport is valid for at least six months, but if you have a return ticket, the immigration officer is very likely to allow you entry to Mexico even if your passport expires in less than six months.
You could contact your nearest Mexican Consulate for advice. You can find a directory of Mexican Consulates overseas here on Mexperience https://www.mexperience.com/lifestyle/mexico-essentials/mexican-consulates-abroad/
I have a temporary residence card (Residente Temporal). I now need to fly to the US and do not have a FMM card. Will I be allowed? I could get an FMM card each time I enter by land, but because I do not have to return every 180 days, the FMM card could be expired by the time I might need to fly.
As you are a temporary resident of Mexico, you need to attend an immigration kiosk at the airport/border before you depart the country. There, show the immigration official your resident card and complete the FMM they will give you. Keep the larger half of the stamped FMM safe until your return. When you return, you don’t fill-out a new FMM, but instead present the half of the FMM they gave you when you left Mexico, along with your resident card to the immigration official. This will enable re-entry to Mexico as a resident.
Hi, my wife is a filipino ciyizen but has a uk residents card as a spouse. Dies she need a visa for a holiday
Hi Stephen Please see this article for details about who needs a visa to enter Mexico: https://www.mexperience.com/do-i-need-a-visa-to-visit-mexico/
Hi, I am travelling to Cancun from London (Gatwick Airport) in Semptember and wondered if you could tell me if I will have to pay the fee on the plane?
The tourist permit fee is usually included in the flight’s ticket price under “taxes and fees”. If it’s not, then the airline will ask for payment separately. Check with your airline for details.
Recently I lost my FMM while on a trip in Campeche (laundry machine got it). I just wanted to share that it was not as easy as just going to the immigration office. I had to go to the immigration office, get some papers to fill out, get a police report saying that I lost it, fill out a form online, provide copies of ID and passport, go to the bank to pay the fee, return to the immigration office to get new FMM. Just thought I would share my experience. It’s not as simple as going to the immigration office (at least not in the state of Campeche).
Hi Chuck, thank you for sharing your experience: while procedures will vary by state (some may not ask for a police report) the bureaucracy is time consuming and a reminder to folks to take good care of the FMM (Visitor Visa) card while you’re in Mexico. A tip is to fold it into your passport and use a paperclip to make sure it doesn’t slip out.
I’m flying from Vancouver into Cancun and crossing the border to Belize from chetumal. And returning from San Pedro to Chetumal. Can I use my FMM card for multiple land entries before I fly home from Cancun? Do I still have to hand in my FMM card over to immigration?
Hi Rebecca, you can’t use the FMM for multiple entries. You need to surrender each one when you leave Mexico and complete a new form when you return.
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What Documents Do I Need for Mexico Travel?
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- Passport or PASS Card
- Acceptable ID
- Mexico Tourist Card
- Where You'll Show Documents
- COVID-19 Documents
- Travel Insurance
If you're a U.S. citizen planning a vacation to Mexico, you'll be happy to hear you don't need much in the way of documentation in order to visit this beautiful country! Read on to discover just what you need to make sure you have with you in order to cross the border south.
Passport or PASS Card?
To return to the U.S. from Mexico by land, sea, or air, you must present a passport or PASS card (available to anyone) or Enhanced Driver's License (residents of some U.S. states can get these) at the border.
Please be aware that you can no longer use proof of U.S. citizenship, like an embossed birth certificate, with a government-issued photo ID (more on those below) to get into or out of the country. Regardless of your ID choice, you will also need a Mexico tourist card , which you'll be given to fill out on the plane or at the border if you'll be traveling overland.
Identification Acceptable for Crossing U.S./Mexico Borders by Land
For decades, it was the case that U.S. citizens could use a combination of proof of U.S. citizenship, like a birth certificate and a driver's license or other state-issued photo ID, to return from Mexico to the U.S. At that time, it was still the case that passports weren't needed to return from Mexico by land even after it became necessary to use a passport to return to the U.S. by air.
All of that changed back in 2009, and you must now have a passport, PASS card, Enhanced Driver's License, or other acceptable ID. A full list of IDs you can use is below:
- A Valid Passport
- Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)
- State Issued Enhanced Driver's License (when available)
- Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available)
- U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business
- Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card
- Form I-872 American Indian Card
Tip: it is far cheaper to get a passport at your leisure than to rush a passport just before you need it. If you need to rush a passport application , though, do it yourself—there's no need to pay even more for a passport expediting service.
How to Get a Mexico Tourist Card
A Mexico tourist card, also called an FMT, is a government form declaring that you have stated the purpose of your visit to Mexico to be tourism, and it must be carried with you while you are visiting Mexico. Although more than one kind of Mexico visa exists, this is a simple declaration of your intention to vacation in Mexico for no more than 180 days.
It's essentially a standard arrivals card you have to fill in when entering most countries. At immigration, they'll attach a departure card to your passport to hand back when you leave the country. Make sure to fill this out in advance of arriving back at the airport to save time when passing through immigration.
If you are driving to Mexico, you can get a tourist card at or near the border. If you are flying to Mexico, you will get a tourist card on the plane.
Where Will I Need to Show My Documents in Mexico?
Whenever you cross the Mexico border, you will need to show your travel documents.
If you are flying into Mexico, you will need to show your travel documents to the Mexico customs agents before leaving the airport. You may have to show your travel documents again before picking up your luggage. When you leave Mexico by plane, you will need to show your travel documents before you pass through security and board the plane. You'll be expected to hand in your departure card as you pass through immigration, as well, so make sure not to lose it while you're in the country.
If you are driving into Mexico , you will need to show your identification before crossing the border. You will get a tourist card at or very close to the border, and you'll be expected to carry this with you at all times while you're in the country. If you are driving out of Mexico, you will need to show all of your travel documentation before crossing back into the United States.
COVID-19 Related Documents
At this time, there is no required COVID-19 documentation to enter Mexico. Once you land (if you're flying), you will be required to pass a health screening at the airport, and depending on where you're staying for the duration of the trip, you might need to fill out a health questionnaire at your lodgings.
However, those travelers returning to the United States must present a negative COVID-19 test at least one day prior to travel. If you had COVID within 90 days of your trip, you could also use documentation of recovery to get back over the border.
Remember to Keep Track of Your ID and Tourist Card
You will need to turn your tourist card in when you leave Mexico, and you might need ID at different points during your Mexico visit, although after seven months spent traveling across the country, I've never been asked for mine.
While it's rare for you to need to produce yours, it's best to keep everything on your person at all times, just in case you are asked. The last thing you want is to be taken down to the police station because you can't produce your ID.
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Travel insurance is a travel essential, so if you're going to be going to Mexico and you're organized enough to be researching which documents you need, there are no excuses for not getting insured. There's plenty that can go wrong on a vacation to Mexico: your overnight bus could be in a crash; you could get pickpocketed while walking around a market; you could contract dengue fever; you could fall from your hotel balcony (it's happened.)
Suppose something serious happens while in Mexico; you'll need travel insurance. The costs of medical care can often add up to far more than you'd spend on insurance, and if it's so bad that you have to be repatriated to the United States, you could find yourself in seven figures worth of debt. It's not worth taking the risk: get travel insurance.
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CBP encourages travelers to prepare for the upcoming traffic at El Paso area ports
Posted: November 19, 2023 | Last updated: November 20, 2023
EL PASO, Texas ( KTSM ) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is encouraging travelers to plan ahead for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday travel season and include applying for I-94 travel permits online.
“CBP is preparing for the added traffic flow commonly experienced in late November through early January,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operation Hector Mancha. “While CBP leaders will monitor traffic flows and adjust staffing accordingly, visitors and shoppers arriving from Mexico should also consider time-saving facilitation measures such as filing and prepaying their tourist permit applications electronically via the CBP One™ mobile app.”
Travelers can apply for their tourist permits online via the CBP One™ mobile application, available on Google Play or Apple App Store or through http://i94.cbp.dhs.gov , according to CBP.
Travelers receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online. To finalize the I-94 process, travelers must present themselves at a port of entry within seven days of their application to be interviewed by a CBP officer, submit biometric finger scans and a photo is taken.
The mobile app serves as a single portal to a variety of CBP services. Through a series of guided questions, the app will direct each type of user to the appropriate services based on their needs.
CBP says the I-94 Entry feature allows travelers to apply for a provisional I-94 prior to arriving at a land border crossing. Travelers who apply for their I-94 ahead of time will experience faster processing times to expedite entry.
Travelers can also quickly access their current I-94 submission to view critical information such as, how long they can remain in the U.S., and use it for proof of visitor status once in the United States, according to CBP.
Travelers should download the free app on their web-enabled smart device. Note that a free login.gov account is required to use the app. After opening the app, tap “Sign In with Login.gov”.
- Travelers who do not have a login.gov account should “Create an account” and follow the instructions.
- Travelers who already have a login.gov account should sign into their existing account, and will be redirected back to the app.
After signing into the app, users can access the different CBP services based on their specific needs.
Other measures to prepare ahead of travel season include the following:
- Monitor Border Wait Times or also obtain the BWT app via Apple App Store and Google Play (CBP BWT) so that travelers can observe the wait times and make an informed decision on which bridge to use. These wait times are updated on an hourly basis. The City of El Paso also has live camera feeds at three of El Paso’s international bridges which travelers can use as a resource.
- Avoid any potential delays or fines due to travelers bringing prohibited/restricted agricultural items, CBP encourages travelers to declare all agricultural items to a CBP officer upon arrival and before making their journey to consult the Know Before You Go guide.
“Being prepared for the inspection process and declaring all items that are being brought from Mexico to the U.S. will save time and help travelers avoid potential penalties,” said Mancha. “Travelers should also expect longer than normal crossing times and adjust their travel schedules accordingly.”
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Can I travel to Mexico from the United States?
Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Mexico.
Can I travel to Mexico if I am vaccinated?
Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Mexico without restrictions.
Can I travel to Mexico without being vaccinated?
Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Mexico without restrictions.
Do I need a COVID test to enter Mexico?
Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Mexico.
Can I travel to Mexico without quarantine?
Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.
Do I need to wear a mask in Mexico?
Mask usage in Mexico is not required in enclosed environments and public transportation.
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2023 Travel Requirements for US Residents Traveling to Mexico
- August 1, 2023
Traveling to Mexico from the United States can be an exciting and rewarding experience. However, it is important for US residents to understand the travel requirements before embarking on their journey. By having a clear understanding of passport requirements, visa requirements, travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, currency and money matters, travel insurance, safety and security tips, and top destinations in Mexico, travelers can ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip.
II. Passport Requirements
One of the most important travel requirements for US residents going to Mexico is a valid passport. It is essential that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Mexico. This is a common requirement for many international destinations and ensures that you have a valid form of identification throughout your trip.
In addition to the validity period, it is important to check that your passport has at least two blank visa pages. This is necessary as Mexican immigration officials may stamp your passport upon entry and exit.
When it comes to passport options, US residents have the choice between a passport card and a passport book. A passport card is a wallet-sized card that is valid for land and sea travel between the United States and Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. However, if you plan to travel to Mexico by air or need to visit countries beyond the Western Hemisphere, a passport book is required.
III. Visa Requirements
Fortunately, US citizens are generally exempt from obtaining a visa for tourism and business visits to Mexico. This exemption allows US citizens to stay in Mexico for up to 180 days, depending on the purpose of their visit.
However, it is important to note that specific purposes such as work, study, or volunteering may require a different visa. It is advisable to contact the nearest Mexican embassy or consulate for detailed information on visa requirements for these specific purposes.
For most tourists, a tourist permit, also known as a visitor’s permit or FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple), is sufficient. This permit can be obtained upon arrival at the airport or at land border crossings. It is important to fill out the FMM correctly and keep it with you throughout your stay, as it may be requested by immigration officials during your trip.
IV. Travel Restrictions
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are travel restrictions in place for travelers entering Mexico. It is important to stay updated on the latest travel advisories and entry requirements before your trip.
Currently, travelers to Mexico are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. However, there may be health screenings and temperature checks at airports and other points of entry. It is also advisable to check if there are any quarantine protocols in place, as these may vary depending on the state or city you are visiting.
It is important to note that these travel restrictions are subject to change and it is recommended to check the official websites of the Mexican government or consult with your airline before traveling.
V. Vaccination Requirements
As of now, there are no mandatory vaccinations required for US residents traveling to Mexico. However, it is always a good idea to be up to date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and the yearly influenza vaccine.
It is also recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or travel medicine specialist to assess any additional vaccinations that may be recommended based on individual factors such as the duration of stay, planned activities, and current health status.
VI. Currency and Money Matters
The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN). While US dollars are widely accepted in tourist destinations, it is advisable to have some Mexican Pesos on hand for smaller establishments, local markets, and transportation.
Currency exchange can be done at banks, exchange offices (casas de cambio), and some hotels. It is recommended to avoid exchanging currency at the airport, as the rates may not be as favorable.
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in most places, but it is important to notify your bank or credit card company about your travel plans to Mexico to avoid any issues with card transactions. It is also advisable to have some cash for emergencies or situations where cards may not be accepted.
VII. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling to Mexico, or any destination for that matter. It provides coverage for unforeseen events such as medical emergencies, trip cancellations or interruptions, lost or delayed baggage, and other travel-related issues.
It is important to carefully review the coverage options and policy details before purchasing travel insurance to ensure that it meets your specific needs. Travel insurance can provide peace of mind and financial protection in case of any unexpected situations during your trip.
VIII. Safety and Security Tips
While Mexico is a popular tourist destination, it is important to be aware of local laws, customs, and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe trip. Here are some safety and security tips to keep in mind:
1. Research the destination: Before traveling to Mexico, research the destination you plan to visit. Familiarize yourself with the local customs, laws, and any travel advisories issued by the US Department of State.
2. Stay informed: Stay updated on current events, potential risks, and local conditions in the areas you plan to visit. Register with the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates and travel alerts.
3. Use reliable transportation: When using transportation, it is best to choose licensed taxis, reputable transportation companies, or official airport transportation services. Avoid using unmarked taxis or accepting rides from strangers.
4. Be cautious with your belongings: Keep your valuables and important documents safe and secure. It is advisable to use a hotel safe or a money belt to store your passport, cash, and other valuables. Avoid displaying signs of wealth and be cautious in crowded areas.
5. Respect local laws and customs: Familiarize yourself with the local laws and customs of Mexico. Respect local traditions, dress modestly when visiting religious sites, and avoid engaging in any illegal activities.
IX. Top Destinations in Mexico for US Travelers
Mexico offers a diverse range of destinations that cater to a variety of interests. Here are some of the top destinations that are highly recommended for US travelers:
1. Cancun and the Riviera Maya: Known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and vibrant nightlife, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are popular destinations for both relaxation and adventure.
2. Mexico City: The capital city of Mexico is rich in history, culture, and culinary delights. Explore ancient ruins, visit world-class museums, indulge in delicious street food, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this dynamic city.
3. Tulum: Located on the Yucatan Peninsula, Tulum is renowned for its picture-perfect beaches, Mayan ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea, and eco-friendly resorts. It’s a great destination for those seeking a mix of relaxation and exploration.
4. Playa del Carmen: Situated along the Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen offers a laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and a bustling Fifth Avenue filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. It also serves as a gateway to the stunning Cozumel Island.
5. Puerto Vallarta: Nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta is known for its picturesque coastline, charming old town, vibrant art scene, and thrilling outdoor activities.
These are just a few examples, and Mexico has so much more to offer in terms of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unique experiences. Whether you seek relaxation on the beach, adventure in the mountains, or immersion in rich history and traditions, Mexico has something for everyone.
In conclusion, it is of utmost importance for US residents traveling to Mexico to be well-prepared and informed about the travel requirements. From passport and visa requirements to travel restrictions, vaccination requirements, currency and money matters, travel insurance, safety and security tips, and top destinations, having this knowledge will ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. By being prepared and taking necessary precautions, travelers can fully immerse themselves in the wonders of Mexico and create unforgettable memories. Remember, you can always take a helicopter tour to witness the must-visit destinations from a unique perspective.
Q: Do US citizens need a visa to travel to Mexico? A: US citizens are generally exempt from obtaining a visa for tourism and business visits to Mexico. However, specific purposes such as work, study, or volunteering may require a different visa. It is advisable to contact the nearest Mexican embassy or consulate for more information.
Q: What are the passport requirements for US residents traveling to Mexico? A: US residents traveling to Mexico must have a valid passport that is valid for at least six months beyond their intended stay. The passport should also have at least two blank visa pages.
Q: Are there any travel restrictions in place for travelers entering Mexico? A: Yes, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are travel restrictions in place for travelers entering Mexico. It is important to stay updated on the latest travel advisories and entry requirements before your trip.
Q: Is travel insurance necessary when traveling to Mexico? A: Travel insurance is highly recommended when traveling to Mexico, or any destination for that matter. It provides coverage for unforeseen events such as medical emergencies, trip cancellations or interruptions, lost or delayed baggage, and other travel-related issues.
Q: What are some popular destinations in Mexico for US travelers? A: Some popular destinations in Mexico for US travelers include Cancun and the Riviera Maya, Mexico City, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, and Puerto Vallarta. However, Mexico offers a wide range of destinations to suit various interests and preferences.
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Mexico has a number of entry requirements that citizens of the United States must meet when visiting the country.
US citizens planning to travel to Mexico should first check if they require a visa to cross the border, according to the Mexican visa policy.
What US Citizens Need to Travel to Mexico
American citizens must have a few essential documents to travel to Mexico. These include:
- US passport
- Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) — the Mexico tourist card for Americans
- Mexican visa (if applicable)
A visa for Mexico may not be required for US passport holders. This depends on the period of stay and your reason for traveling.
US passport requirements for Mexico
Your US passport must meet certain criteria when traveling to Mexico. It must not expire for at least 6 months after the date of arrival.
If your passport is due to expire sooner than this, renew it before getting the FMM and traveling to Mexico.
Do US citizens need a Tourist Card for Mexico?
Americans must register for a Mexico tourist card to visit the country for the following reasons:
The tourist card required by visitors from the US is called the Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM) .
The FMM is not a visa. It’s an entry requirement for all foreign visitors, including Americans . It’s mandatory if you plan to travel more than 20 kilometers into Mexican territory and stay more than 72 hours.
A Mexican tourist card for United States citizens is a single-entry document. It becomes invalid once you leave Mexico. You need to get a new FMM for every trip to the country.
Do US citizens need a Mexican visa?
Tourists and business travelers from the United States can stay up to 180 days visa-free in Mexico. Americans can also transit in Mexico for up to 30 days without a visa.
The same is true for non-US nationals who hold a valid US visa or Green Card . These documents must be brought as proof to gain visa-free entry to Mexico.
Citizens of the United States who plan to work, study, or engage in other non-tourist or business activities need a visa for Mexico .
Americans also need a visa to stay in Mexico for more than 180 days.
How Can US Citizens Apply for a Mexico Tourist Card
US citizens can now complete the tourist card form online. This saves time and the inconvenience of dealing with paperwork during their journey or at border control.
The streamlined electronic form greatly expedites the process of entering Mexico .
What Are the Mexico Travel Requirements for US Nationals?
Citizens of the United States of America must comply with Mexico’s immigration policy when traveling to the country.
US nationals must :
- Have the correct documentation, including the FMM for Americans
- Comply with customs and border regulations
- Leave Mexico within the time permitted (180 days for visa-free visitors)
Americans must not :
- Bring any unauthorized or illegal items into Mexico
- Overstay the terms of their visa or visa exemption
Although there are no mandatory health requirements at present, it is advisable to check COVID-19 travel rules and recommended vaccines when planning a trip from the US to Mexico.
Do Americans need vaccinations for Mexico?
Mexico’s travel rules for US passport holders do not include any mandatory vaccinations .
However, the US CDC highly recommends being immunized against the following before traveling to Mexico:
- Hepatitis A and B
Malaria is present in certain areas of Mexico. US nationals are advised to bring anti-malaria medication if staying in these regions.
Travel requirements to Mexico from the US with a Mexican FMM
A Mexico tourist card for US nationals is issued as a slip of paper made up of 2 parts :
- One remains with Mexican authorities after being validated at the border.
- The other is given back to the visitor.
When leaving Mexico , you’re required to present the tourist card alongside your passport.
Therefore, it’s important to keep the slip of paper safe during the entirety of the stay in the country.
The validity of the FMM document for Americans begins from the moment it is stamped at the Mexican border . If the FMM is lost or stolen before arriving at immigration control in Mexico, you can obtain another form online.
If a validated Mexico FMM for US citizens is lost or stolen within Mexico, you should report the theft to local police. You must then include the subsequent police report in the application for a replacement tourist card. You can do this at an Instituto Nacional de Migración office within Mexico.
The US Embassy in Mexico
The US Embassy in Mexico is located in Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City. The embassy provides a variety of services to American citizens in Mexico.
These include emergency assistance in cases of:
- Loss of passport
- Arrest of a US Citizen
- Death of a US Citizen
- International Parental Child Abduction
The embassy can provide emergency financial assistance and support to US citizens who are victims of crime. It is also authorized to issue certifications of US citizenship for eligible individuals born abroad to American parents, among other services.
Register with the US Embassy in Mexico
It is now possible for US citizens and nationals to register with the nearest embassy or consulate when traveling in Mexico.
By registering with a US embassy in Mexico, travelers can:
- Make informed travel plans based on information received from the embassy, such as safety and security advice.
- Be contactable in the case of emergency: the US embassy will get in touch in circumstances such as a natural disaster or family emergency.
- Help family and friends to get in contact in an emergency.
US passport holders can enrol when registering for the tourist card on this website . Simply select the Embassy Registration option on the payment page.
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Mexico has a liberal visa policy allowing many nationalities to substitute Mexican visas with other country visas. The question often comes up: can you enter Mexico with US visa? The answer is a simple yes, but there are certain rules and requirements to keep in mind.
In this article, I’m going to answer all your questions about using a US visa to travel to Mexico.
Can you enter Mexico with US visa?
Yes. You can enter Mexico with US visa. Any nationality with a valid US visa can enter Mexico without requiring a Mexican visa. The US visa must be valid during the entire stay in Mexico. You can use any US visa including tourist, work, study and transit visas.
The airline staff and Mexican immigration officers are well aware of this visa requirement. There is no need to explain anything at check-in or immigration. Just present your passport and US visa.
Mexican immigration officers at land and seaports are also aware of these visa requirements, so entering Mexico with a US visa via land or seaports is a breeze too.
Traveling to Mexico with US visa
Mexico offers visa exemption to any nationality holding a valid US, UK, Canada, Schengen or Japan visa. Therefore, those that require a visa to Mexico can substitute a valid US visa for a Mexico visa.
I entered Mexico several times using my US B1/B2 and H1B visas, via popular airports like Mexico City and Cancun and also via the seaport at Chetumal.
The airport staff and immigration officials are very well aware of this requirement. So they don’t make a fuss about not holding a Mexican visa. They would check your passport for your US visa and then let you in.
If your US visa is valid but it’s in your old/expired passport, make sure to bring your old passport along with your new passport. Present both passports and tell the airline staff or immigration officer that your US visa is in your old passport.
Can I travel to Mexico with US B1/B2 visa?
Yes. You can travel to Mexico with US B1/B2 visa . Any nationality with a valid US B1, B2 or B1/B2 visa can enter Mexico without requiring a Mexican visa.
Keep in mind that your US B1/B2 visa must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in Mexico.
Your US B1/B2 visa can be used or unused. Meaning, that if you have a fresh US visa and you haven’t used it to travel to the US yet, you can still use that US B1/B2 visa to enter Mexico.
All you have to do is to present your passport and valid US B1/B2 visa to the border officials.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I entered Mexico many times using my US B1/B2 visa via Mexico City airport and Chetumal seaport. I didn’t have to say that I plan to use my US B1/B2 visa. They flipped through the pages of my passport, found my US B1/B2 visa and stamped me in.
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Can I travel to Mexico with US H1B visa?
Yes. You can travel to Mexico with US H1B visa. Any nationality with a valid US H1, H2, H3 or H4 visa can enter Mexico without requiring a Mexican visa.
Your US H1B visa must be valid for your entire stay in Mexico. For example, if you plan to stay 1 month in Mexico, your H1B visa must be valid for at least 1 month at the time of entering Mexico.
If your H1B has already expired and you would like to travel to Mexico, then you would need to apply for a Mexico tourist visa .
That being said, if your H1B visa expires while you are in Mexico, you may not be able to return to the US.
If you stayed less than 30 days in Mexico and your US visa expired while you were in Mexico, you can still return to the US on your H1B using automatic revalidation . Since this article is about entering Mexico, I will not go deep into returning to the US.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE I lived and worked in the US for over 8 years on an H1-B visa. I have traveled to Mexico many times using my US H1B visa. It’s super quick and easy to enter Mexico with a US H1-B visa. All border officials at the airports, seaports and land borders are aware of this US visa requirement, so you will not have any trouble using your US H1B to enter Mexico.
Can I enter Mexico with US F1 visa?
Yes. You can enter Mexico with US F1 visa. Any nationality with a valid US F1, F2, M1 or M2 visa can enter Mexico without requiring a Mexican visa.
Your F1 visa must be valid for your entire stay in Mexico. The airline staff and border officials are well aware of this requirement. They will treat all US visas alike and do not make a fuss about your US visa type or category.
If your US F1 visa is valid but is in an old/expired passport, you must bring your old passport along with the new passport. You must present both passports to the airline staff and border officials.
If your US F1 visa expires while you are in Mexico, you may not be able to get back to the US. But if you were in Mexico for less than 30 days, then you can return to the US using automatic revalidation even if your visa expired while you were in Mexico.
Can I visit Mexico with US L1 visa?
Yes, You can visit Mexico with US L1 visa. Any nationality with a valid US L1A, L1B or L2 visa can enter Mexico without requiring a Mexican visa.
Both L1 and L2 visas can be used to enter Mexico for tourism for up to 180 days. The Mexican border officials do not scrutinize the type of US visa. As long as your US visa is valid at the time of entering Mexico, you will be fine. But if your US L1 visa expires while you are in Mexico, you may not be able to get back to the US.
If your US L1 visa is valid but is in an old/expired passport, you must bring your old passport along with the new passport.
Can I enter Mexico with a US Green card?
Yes. You can enter Mexico with a US Green card . Any nationality with a valid US green card can enter Mexico without requiring a Mexican visa. Your US green card must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in Mexico.
US green card holders are pretty much treated like US passport holders for Mexican immigration. All you need is your passport and US green card.
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Can I enter Mexico with expired US visa?
No. You cannot enter Mexico with an expired US visa. The US visa must be valid at the time of entering Mexico and must be valid for the entire duration of the stay in Mexico.
If your visa expires after you enter Mexico, you may continue to stay for the allowed number of days. But you cannot return to the US.
If your US visa is valid but it’s in an expired passport, then you must carry both passports when you travel to Mexico.
Can I go to Cancun with US visa?
Yes. You can go to Cancun with US visa. Not only Cancun, but you can enter Mexico via any airport, seaport or land border using your US visa.
Cancun is a top tourist destination in Mexico. Hundreds of tourists who arrive at Cancun airport use their US visas to enter Mexico. All immigration officers at Cancun airport are aware of the US visa requirement. There is no need to explain anything. You just have to present your passport and valid US visa.
Can I enter Mexico with a one way ticket?
Yes. You can enter Mexico with a one-way ticket. But oftentimes, the Mexican border officials ask for proof of onward travel. It doesn’t have to be a flight ticket, it can be a bus or boat ticket out of Mexico.
It’s quite common for many to travel to Mexico on one-way tickets for the following reasons.
Many travelers leave for Belize by boat or to Guatemala by bus. Booking boat or bus tickets months in advance can be challenging.
Many travelers want to stay longer and decide their next destination later since Mexico grants 180-day entry.
Since there is a chance that immigration officers may ask for your return or onward ticket, it’s wise to have some proof of an onward ticket . If you can’t book a bus or boat ticket early, get proof of onward flight from any of those onward ticket agencies.
Do I have to enter the US first before going to Mexico?
No. You can fly into Mexico from anywhere as long as your US visa is valid.
This is a misconception that you have to enter the US first or enter Mexico from the US. All you need is a valid US visa. It doesn’t matter where you enter Mexico from.
I entered Mexico many times from the US, but I have also entered Mexico from various countries without even stepping into the US. The requirement is specifically about the US visa but has nothing to do with US travel itself. Therefore, you can enter Mexico from any country using your valid US visa.
Do I have to use my US visa first to enter the US before going to Mexico?
No. You don’t have to use your US visa to enter the US first. As long as the US visa is valid, you can enter Mexico without needing a Mexican visa.
Yes, there are a few countries that require you to use your US visa first to enter the US. But not Mexico. You can use your fresh and unused US visa to enter Mexico.
Can I travel to Mexico while in the US on a B1/B2 visa?
You can. But if you stay less than 30 days in Mexico and return to the US, then it won’t be considered a fresh entry.
As per the CBP, re-entering the US from contiguous countries such as Mexico or Canada does not constitute a fresh entry (new admission). This is to discourage travelers from doing visa runs for continuous stays in the US. Because of this, the re-entry process is also stringent. You may be asked quite a few questions when re-entering the US.
Let’s look at an example. When you enter the US, you will be granted 180 days of stay. Say, after 4 months, you leave for Mexico for a month and reenter the US, then you will only have 1 more month in the US. You will not be granted a fresh 6-month entry. You will have to leave within that 1 month.
Can I enter Mexico with Japan visa?
Yes. You can enter Mexico with a valid Japan visa. Any nationality with a valid Japan visa or Japan permanent residence card can enter Mexico without requiring a Mexican visa.
The Japan visa can be of any visa type but must be valid and affixed in your passport. If you are using your Japan residence visa or card, it must be a permanent residence card that would allow you to stay in Japan permanently.
Can I enter Mexico with Schengen visa?
Yes. You can enter Mexico with Schengen visa . Any nationality with a valid Schengen visa or a permanent residence permit in any Schengen country can enter Mexico without needing a Mexican visa.
The Schengen visa can be a short stay or a long stay, but it must be valid and affixed in the passport. If it’s a residence permit, then it must be a permanent residence permit that would allow you to reside in the Schengen area permanently.
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Can I enter Mexico with a UK visa
Yes. You can enter Mexico with a UK visa . Any nationality with a valid UK visa or UK permanent residence permit can enter Mexico VISA-FREE.
Your UK visa can be a visitor, study, work or spouse visa but it must be valid and affixed in your passport. If you hold a residence permit it must be an ILR that would permit you to reside in the UK indefinitely.
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Can I enter Mexico with a Canada visa
Yes. You can enter Mexico with a Canada visa . Any nationality with a valid Canada visa or Canada permanent residence card can enter Mexico VISA-FREE.
Your Canada visa can be a visitor, study or work visa but it must be valid and affixed in your passport. If you hold a residence permit it must be a permanent residence card that would permit you to reside in Canada permanently.
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Can you travel to Mexico with a US visa? Yes. Any nationality with a valid US, UK, Canada, Schengen or Japan visa can enter Mexico VISA-FREE. The visa must be valid for the entire duration of the stay in Mexico.
There you go, guys! Everything you need to know about entering Mexico with a US visa.
Have you entered Mexico with a US visa? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments.
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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Frequently Asked Questions
1. can a child travel from mexico to the us by air with only a birth certificate, 2. what if the child does not have a birth certificate, 3. do both parents need to be present when crossing the border, 4. can a grandparent travel with a grandchild from mexico to the us, 5. are there any age restrictions for traveling with only a birth certificate, 6. can a child travel by bus from mexico to the us with only a birth certificate, answering the question.
Yes, a child can travel from Mexico to the US with a birth certificate. However, there are some important factors to consider when doing so. First of all, the birth certificate must be the original, certified copy, and not a photocopy. It should be accompanied by a valid photo ID, such as a passport. Additionally, if the child is traveling with only one parent, a notarized letter of consent from the other parent is usually required.
It’s important to note that the regulations for traveling from Mexico to the US can vary depending on the method of travel (i.e., by air, by land, or by sea). It’s always best to check with the specific airline or border crossing for the most up-to-date information and requirements.
Yes, a child can travel by air from Mexico to the US with a birth certificate. However, it’s highly recommended to also have a passport, as it’s the most universally accepted form of identification for international travel.
If the child does not have a birth certificate, it’s necessary to obtain one before attempting to travel to the US. This can typically be done through the local government office where the child was born.
If the child is traveling with both parents, then no additional documentation is typically required. However, if the child is traveling with only one parent, then a notarized letter of consent from the other parent is usually necessary.
Yes, a grandparent can travel with a grandchild from Mexico to the US. In this case, it’s important to have written consent from the child’s parents, as well as all the necessary identification and travel documents.
There are no specific age restrictions for traveling with only a birth certificate, but it’s always best to have a passport, especially for children over the age of 16.
Yes, a child can travel by bus from Mexico to the US with a birth certificate. However, it’s important to check with the specific bus company for any additional requirements or documentation needed.
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