Natvisa is a one-stop source of online visa applications, and Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations!
We’re here to provide everything you need to know about the documents required for visiting mystifying Mexico.
The land which attracts nearly 45 million travelers each year — Mexico — has some of the trickiest tourism policies. This article is complete enough to acquaint you with all the information a soon-to-be Mexican tourist needs.
Mexico Tourist Visa (and Mexico Tourist Card)
The Mexican tourist visa policy, designed by The National Immigration Institute in Mexico City, Mexico states that depending on the visa applicant’s nationality, Mexico offers different types of visas.
- All tourists and travelers require the Mexico Tourist Card to enter Mexico, which can be easily obtained online through Natvisa.
- Citizens of around 70 countries require just the Mexico Tourist Card to visit Mexico — they need not obtain Mexican Visa.
- Citizens of around 130 nationalities require the Mexico Tourist Visa alongside the Mexico Tourist Card in order to visit Mexico.
- Citizens of 3 countries (Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine) require both the Mexico Tourist Visa and SAE (Sistema de AutorizaciónElectrónica or Electronic Authorization System in English) in addition to the mandatory Mexico Tourist Card.
The Mexico Tourist Card is only granted to those individuals who are arriving in Mexico by air or land. Therefore, when applying for the Tourist Card to Mexico, the visitors must provide details of their itinerary.
Mexico Tourist Card Requirements
The online process for the Tourist Card is a document-free one. However, the applicants must possess the following:
- A valid original passport with 6 months of validity after their arrival date in Mexico.
- Flight details about their arrival in Mexico, such as the flight date, airline name, and the flight number.
Mexico Tourist Visa Requirements
The Mexico Tourist Card is in no way the substitute for a visa. Citizens of certain countries can enter Mexico without a visa, while citizens from other countries require a visa.
In case a Mexico Tourist Visa is needed; everything you’re required to provide while applying for the tourist visa is easy to arrange for. The needed documents are:
- Passport: A valid original passport, that hasn’t expired or approaching the expiration date. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months from your entry into Mexico.
In addition to that, there must be a blank page in your passport for the Mexican authorities to stamp on.
- Proof of return tickets:The Mexican consulate requires you to submit the proof of confirmed return tickets, or confirmed onward journey tickets, which should indicate your departure from Mexico before your Mexico Tourist Visa expires.
- Proof of sufficient funds:This can be provided either in the form of bank statements or cash.
Step by Step Guide to Apply for Mexico Tourist Card
Applying for the Mexico Tourist Card through Natvisa is simple, quick, and economical.
There are just 3 simple steps to go through:
- Fill out the application form for the Mexico Tourist Card:
Natvisa provides a straightforward and user-friendly interface to apply for the Mexico Tourist Card.
Just click on Apply Now, and you’ll be prompted to provide customary information such as first name, last name, gender, nationality, passport issue, and expiration date, email address, date of birth, and phone number.
- Pay the required fee:
The successful payment of your application form marks the end of the Tourist Card application process.
Now, you’ll have to wait for the relevant document to be delivered to your inbox.
- Receiving and taking a print of your Mexico Tourist Card:
The Mexico Tourist card will be sent as a .pdf file to the specified email address after the processing is complete.
It is advised to take a print of the Tourist Card along with having multiple digital copies, so that you may be verified by the Mexican authorities conveniently.
And that is it! After these 3 no-sweat steps, you’d have your Mexico Tourist Card!
Applying for Mexico Tourist Visa
There’s no online option to apply for the Tourist Visa for Mexico. You’d have to book an appointment with your nearest Mexican embassy in order to get a Mexico Tourist Visa (if you need one).
The processing time for a Mexican visa may vary from country to country. It also depends on the consulate from which you plan to apply for the tourist visa.
All in all, the time is taken for the processing of your Mexican Tourist Visa can range from two days to a month!
Post-COVID Entry Restrictions
Thanks to the efficient actions taken by the Mexican officials in their fight against COVID-19, the 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival requirement is no longer in place.
Moreover, Mexico is now completely open to tourists. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test upon your entry in Mexico as well.
The only thing the travelers arriving in Mexico must do on arrival is to fill out a health declaration form and scan an included QR code alongside. There are no more COVID related formalities to undergo unless explicitly stated by the Mexican authorities.
List of The Designated Airports
With the Mexico Tourist Card (Air), you can arrive in Mexico only through the following international airports:
- General International Aerodrome Ignacio Lopez Rayón
- Benito Juarez
- Abraham González
- Nuevo Laredo
- Angel Albino Corzo
- Cabo San Lucas
- Capitàn P.A Carlos Rovirosa
- Bahias de Huatulco
- Ciudad Acuña
- Ciudad del Carmen
- Ciudad Obregón
- Del Mar de Cortés
- North International Airport
- El Bajío
- General Abelardo L. Rodriguez
- General Leobardo C. Ruiz
- General Mariano Escobedo
- General Mariano Matamoros
- General Pedro José Méndez
- Ing. Alberto AcuñaOngay
- Engineer Fernando Espinosa Gutierrez
- Jesus Terán
- Plan of the Lovers
- Ponciano Arriaga
- International Airport of the City of Ensenada
- La Paz, Loreto
- Piedras Negras
- Puerto Escondido
- Puerto Vallarta
- San Felipe
- San Jose del Cabo
List of The Visa-Exempt Countries for Mexico Tourism
Citizens of the following countries need only the Mexico Tourist Card to arrive in Mexico:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Republic of Cyprus
- San Marino
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
List of The Visa Requiring Countries for Mexico Tourism
Citizens of the following countries need both the Mexico Tourist Card and the Mexico Tourist Visa to arrive in Mexico:
- Aland Islands
- American Samoa
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Brunei Darussalam
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Cayman Islands
- The central African Republic
- Christmas Island
- Cocos Islands
- Cook Islands
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Falkland Islands
- Faroe Islands
- French Guiana
- French Polynesia
- The Gambia
- Isle of Man
- Ivory Coast
- New Caledonia
- Norfolk Island
- North Korea
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Palestinian Territory
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Saint Barthelemy
- Saint Helena
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Martin
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- Sint Maarten
- Solomon Islands
- South Africa
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Svalbard and Jan Mayen
- The Syrian Arab Republic
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United States Virgin Islands
- Wallis and Futuna
List of The SAE Requiring Countries for Mexico Tourism
Citizens of the following countries need all the three — the Mexico Tourist Card, Mexico Tourist Visa, and SAE to arrive in Mexico:
- Russian Federation