Visa policy of Mexico

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Mexican visas are documents issued by the National Migration Institute, dependent on the Secretariat of the Interior, with the stated goal of regulating and facilitating migratory flows.

A foreign national wishing to enter Mexico must obtain a visa unless they are a citizen of one of the 68 eligible visa-exempt countries or one of the three Electronic Authorization System eligible countries.[1]

All visitors entering by land should obtain a document Forma Migratoria Multiple to present at checkpoints within the country.[2] In 2016 Mexico has introduced the electronic version of the form (Forma Migratoria Múltiple Electrónica, or FMME) which can be obtained online at a price of US$40.[3]

Visa policy map[edit]

  Countries with visa-free access to Mexico
  Electronic Visa Authorization
  Visa required for entry to Mexico

Visa exemption[edit]

Nationals of the following 67 countries and jurisdictions holding normal passports do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists, visitors in transit or business visitors. Tourists and business visitors can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days. Visitors in transit can stay for up to 30 days.[1][4]


  1. ^ Including residents of French overseas departments and territories, Danish territories and Dutch Caribbean territories.
  2. ^ For British nationals, only holders of British citizen, British National (Overseas), British Overseas Territory Bermudan and British Virgin Islands Passport Holders, and British subject passports are eligible for visa-free entry. Including permanent residents or valid visa holders of the United Kingdom.
  3. ^ Including permanent residents or valid visa holders of countries that comprise the Schengen area.
  4. ^ Including citizens of Australia and New Zealand residing in Australian territories and New Zealand territories.
  5. ^ Including holders of Permanent Resident Cards or valid visas issued by Canada.
  6. ^ Including holders of permanent residence permits issued by Chile.
  7. ^ Including holders of permanent residence permits issued by Colombia.
  8. ^ Including holders of Permanent Residence Card, Permanent Re-entry Permit or valid visas issued by Japan.
  9. ^ Including holders of permanent residence permits issued by Peru.
  10. ^ Including holders of valid US visas or Green Cards.
  11. ^ Ecuadorian ordinary passport holders will require a visa starting on September 4, 2021.

Substitute visa[edit]

Nationals of any countries for which there is a visa requirement are exempt from it if they have any of the following:[16]

Electronic Authorization System[edit]

The Electronic Authorization System (Sistema de Autorización Electrónica, SAE) is an online system, which allows citizens of the eligible countries travelling by air to obtain an electronic authorization to travel to Mexico for transit, tourism or business purposes without a consular visa. It is valid for 30 days and a single entry. Upon arrival, visitors are authorized to stay in Mexico as tourists for up to 180 days. SAE does not apply to travelers entering Mexico by land or sea, or those who are travelling on a non-participating airline, and they must hold a valid Mexican visa or an applicable visa issued by a third country.[17][18]

Eligible countries are:[1]

Transit without a visa[edit]

Passengers requiring a visa who are transiting in Mexico City can do so without a visa if their connection time does not exceed 24 hours and if their flight is nonstop, without intermediate stops within Mexican territory. They are escorted to the transit hall of the Mexico City International Airport in the custody of an agent of the National Immigration Service who holds passports and/or travel documents until the passenger boards the connecting flight.[20]

Non-ordinary passports[edit]

  Visa free access for diplomatic and service category passports
  Visa free access for diplomatic passports

Holders of diplomatic or service category passports issued by Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Barbados, Bolivia, China, Cuba, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United States and of diplomatic passports only of issued by Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Benin, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, Honduras, Hungary, Kuwait, Lithuania, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Netherlands, Norway, Palau, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay do not require a visa.[1]

Holders of diplomatic or service category passports of Australia, Bahamas, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco and San Marino require a visa. Holders of non-Diplomatic special passports issued by the United States require a visa.

APEC Business Travel Card[edit]

Holders of passports issued by the following countries who possess an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) containing the "MEX" code on the reverse that it is valid for travel to Mexico can enter visa-free for business trips for up to 90 days.[1]

ABTCs are issued to nationals of:[21]

Entry Stamps[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Mexico". Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Migración - Forma Migratoria Múltiple".
  4. ^ "Países y regiones que No requieren visa para viajar a México - Instituto Nacional de Migracion".
  5. ^ "Monthly statement" (PDF). 1958.
  6. ^ Under Visa exemption agreement on 1959 until 1984 [1]
    From 15 June 1984 under Visa exemption agreement on 1984 [2]
  7. ^ "Monthly statement" (PDF). 1968.
  8. ^ "一部旅券査証及び査証料の相互免除並びに一部旅券に対する数次査証の相互付与に関する日本国政府とメキシコ合衆国政府との間の取極(口上書)" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. 21 April 1972. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Monthly statement" (PDF). 1984.
  10. ^ "Monthly statement" (PDF). 1984.
  11. ^ "Monthly statement" (PDF). 1997.
  12. ^ "Visa list for Barbados" (PDF). 2012.
  13. ^ "UAE, Mexico exchange MoU on visa exemption".
  14. ^ "DOF - Diario Oficial de la Federación".
  15. ^ "Bolivia, Mexico agree to lift mutual visa requirement for short stays".
  16. ^ "Países y regiones que requieren visa para viajar a México - Instituto Nacional de Migracion".
  17. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Migración".
  18. ^ Migración, Instituto Nacional de. "Sistema de Autorización Electrónica (SAE)".
  19. ^ E-visa for Turkish nationals
  20. ^ "Traveling Through Mexico Without a Visa". Aeromexico. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  21. ^ "ABTC Summary - APEC Business Travel Card". Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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