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 65 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.

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:[18]

Note: temporary residence permits for Schengen countries are not accepted. Residence permits must be permanent.

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.[19][20]

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.[24]

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:[25]

Entry stamps[edit]


A 2017 report commissioned by the Instituto Nacional de Migración argued that migrants from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were subjected to physical, verbal and sexual abuse in its detention centers, including solitary confinement, death threats and unwanted sexual contact.[26]

By the beginning of the decade of 2020’s, the National Migration Institute of Mexico has become controversial for being one of the countries that refuses entry specially to citizens from Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia and Central Americans; fighting against irregular immigration to the United States, there have been several statements about the inhumane conditions that they keep inadmissible people, breaking their human rights.[27][28]

In December 2019, an Ecuadorian singer and Composer Ricardo Pita traveled to Yucatan via Cancun to join a trova Contest and was returned to his country, alleging that Mexico has the sovereign right not to admit a foreigner to its territory; The Ecuadorian Ministry of International Relations regrets that the Mexican immigration authorities denied him access to the country and took him “to a 70-meter room where he was questioned about his visit for around 30 hours", without granting him the right to contact the Consulate or be fully informed about the reason for the rejection,[29] Ecuador maintains that its citizen "does not have migratory alerts, nor is he persecuted by the Ecuadorian justice" and that he is a well-known musician.

In 2019 the Brazilian consul for Mexico Wanja Campos da Nóbrega [pt] spoke out about the inhumane treatments in the Cancun International Airport and Mexico City International Airport, and about the travelers who complains about poor food during detention, and about not giving the right to give a call to the consulate, rights given in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations[30]

The Colombian chancellery in 2021 also spoke about Colombians who had suffered human rights violations in Mexico, and the chancellor Claudia Blum sent a letter to the chancellor of Mexico regarding concern about the repeated non-admissions of Colombians arriving in Mexico,[31] in 2019 5,935 Colombians were not allowed to enter Mexican territory, while in 2020 with Colombia being closed for 7 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 3,721 Colombians where inadmissible in the 5 months remaining.[32] In October 2019, a 17-year old autistic child was selected to join a drawing competition in Mexico City, and arriving into Mexico he was interviewed by some people who, according to the minor, were yelling at him and telling him that he was not welcome in their country. They took away his cell phone, his drawing book and put him in a room that the minor describes as a prison. [33], an interview by Colombian newspaper Semana describes that arriving into Mexico is like "landing in hell".

In November 2021, Mexico cancelled visa-free access to citizens from Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela[34][35][36]

See also[edit]


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  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. ^ "Bolivia, Mexico agree to lift mutual visa requirement for short stays".
  15. ^ "DOF - Diario Oficial de la Federación".
  16. ^ "Mexico temporarily suspends visa exemption for citizens of Ecuador | Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores | Gobierno |".
  17. ^ "Visas/Vistos".
  18. ^ "Países y regiones que requieren visa para viajar a México - Instituto Nacional de Migracion".
  19. ^ "Instituto Nacional de Migración".
  20. ^ Migración, Instituto Nacional de. "Sistema de Autorización Electrónica (SAE)".
  21. ^ eVisa for Russian citizens
  22. ^ "electronic visa". Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  23. ^ "Українська". Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  24. ^ "Traveling Through Mexico Without a Visa". Aeromexico. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  25. ^ "ABTC Summary - APEC Business Travel Card". Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Mexico Officials Accused of Abuse in Migration Centers: Report". The New York Times. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  27. ^ Díaz, Valentín (31 August 2021). "Ecuatorianos que viajaron como turistas están retenidos en un aeropuerto de México". El Comercio (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  28. ^ Telégrafo, El (24 December 2019). "México negó la entrada a 7.435 ecuatorianos". El Telégrafo (in European Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  30. ^ México, Roxana González | El Sol de. "Maltratan a brasileños en aeropuertos del país". El Sol de México | Noticias, Deportes, Gossip, Columnas (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  31. ^ "Comunicado de Prensa sobre las inadmisiones de colombianos en México". Cancillería (in Spanish). 10 March 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  32. ^ Caracol, Noticias (8 March 2021). "Maltrato a colombianos en México: un grupo fue inadmitido sin explicación". Noticias Caracol (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  33. ^ Semana (11 March 2021). ""Llegar al aeropuerto de México para un colombiano es como aterrizar en el infierno": inadmitido en el país". (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  34. ^ Castañeda, María Julia (27 November 2021). "México vuelve a pedir visa a los brasileños para regular la migración a Estados Unidos". El País México (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  35. ^ Varela, Sara España, Micaela (24 August 2021). "México reinstaura la visa de entrada para ecuatorianos ante una nueva oleada migratoria". El País México (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  36. ^ Espectador, El (21 January 2022). "ELESPECTADOR.COM". ELESPECTADOR.COM (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 February 2022.

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