Visa requirements for Mexican citizens

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Visa requirements for Mexican citizens are administrative entry restrictions by the authorities of other states placed on citizens of Mexico. As of May  2018, Mexican citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 158 countries and territories, ranking the Mexican passport 21st in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index.[1]

Visa requirements map[edit]

Visa requirements for Mexican citizens
  Mexico
  Visa free access
  Visa on arrival
  eVisa
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required

Visa requirements[edit]

Country Visa requirement Allowed stay Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Afghanistan Visa required[2]
 Albania Visa not required[3] 90 days
 Algeria Visa required[4]
 Andorra Visa not required[5] 90 days
 Angola Visa required[6]
 Antigua and Barbuda Visa not required[7] 1 month
 Argentina Visa not required[8] 90 days
 Armenia eVisa / Visa on arrival[9] 120 days
 Australia Visa required[10]
  • May apply online (Online Visitor e600 visa).[11]
  • Fee 135 AUD.
  • Transit visa is not required.[12]
 Austria Visa not required[13] 90 days
 Azerbaijan eVisa[14] 30 days
 Bahamas Visa not required[16] 3 months
 Bahrain eVisa / Visa on arrival[17][18] 14 days
  • Visa is also obtainable online. Fee 77 USD.[18]
 Bangladesh Visa required[19]
  • Visa on arrival available to business travelers if they are holding a letter of invitation issued by an accredited organization in Bangladesh that has notified the Immigration authorities prior to arrival.
 Barbados Visa not required[20] 6 months
 Belarus Visa not required[21] 30 days
 Belgium Visa not required[22] 90 days
 Belize Visa not required[23] 1 month
 Benin eVisa / Visa on arrival[24][25] 30 days / 8 days
  • Must have an international vaccination certificate.
 Bhutan Visa required[26]
 Bolivia Visa not required[27] 90 days
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Visa not required[28] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 6 month period
 Botswana Visa not required[29] 90 days
 Brazil Visa not required[30] 90 days
 Brunei Visa required[31]
 Bulgaria Visa not required[32] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Burkina Faso Visa required[33]
 Burundi Visa required[34]
 Cambodia eVisa / Visa on arrival[35] 30 days
  • Visa is also obtainable online.
  • Fee 37 USD.[36]
 Cameroon Visa required[37]
 Canada Visa not required[38] 6 months
  • eTA required if arriving by air.
  • Fee 7 CAD.[39]
 Cape Verde Visa on arrival[40]
 Central African Republic Visa required[41]
 Chad Visa required[42]
 Chile Visa not required[43] 90 days
 China Visa required[44]
 Colombia Visa not required[48] 180 days
  • 90 days - extendable up to 180-days stay within a one year period
 Comoros Visa on arrival[49]
 Republic of the Congo Visa required[50]
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Visa required[51]
 Costa Rica Visa not required[52] 90 days
 Côte d'Ivoire eVisa[53]
 Croatia Visa not required[55] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Cuba Tourist Card required[56] 30 days
  • 30 days purchasing Tourist Card
 Cyprus Visa not required[57] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Czech Republic Visa not required[58] 90 days
 Denmark Visa not required[59] 90 days
 Djibouti eVisa[60] 31 days
 Dominica Visa not required[61] 21 days
 Dominican Republic Visa not required[62] 90 days
 Ecuador Visa not required[63] 90 days
 Egypt Visa on arrival[64] 30 days
 El Salvador Visa not required[65] 3 months
  • 10 USD Tourist Card must be purchased upon arrival)
 Equatorial Guinea Visa required[66]
 Eritrea Visa required[67]
 Estonia Visa not required[68] 90 days
 Ethiopia eVisa / Visa on arrival[69]
 Fiji Visa not required[70] 4 months
 Finland Visa not required[71] 90 days
 France Visa not required[72] 90 days
 Gabon eVisa / Visa on arrival[73]
 Gambia Visa not required[75]
  • An entry clearance must be obtained from the Gambian Immigration prior to travel.[76]
 Georgia Visa not required[77] 1 year
 Germany Visa not required[78] 90 days
 Ghana Visa required[79]
 Greece Visa not required[80] 90 days
 Grenada Visa not required[81] 90 days
 Guatemala Visa not required[82] 90 days
 Guinea Visa required[83]
 Guinea-Bissau eVisa / Visa on arrival[84] 90 days
 Guyana Visa required[85]
  • Exempt from obtaining a visa for stays of up to 90 days if they hold a valid visa issued by Canada, the United States or a Schengen member state [86]
 Haiti Visa not required[87] 3 months
 Honduras Visa not required[88] 3 months
 Hungary Visa not required[89] 90 days
 Iceland Visa not required[90] 90 days
 India e-Visa[91] 60 days
  • e-Visa holders must arrive via 25 designated airports[Note 1] or 3 designated seaports.[Note 2][92]
  • An Indian e-Tourist Visa can only be obtained twice in one calendar year.
 Indonesia Visa not required[93] 30 days
 Iran Visa on arrival[94] 30 days[95]
 Iraq Visa required[96]
 Ireland Visa not required[97] 90 days
 Israel Visa not required[98] 3 months
 Italy Visa not required[99] 90 days
 Jamaica Visa not required[100] 6 months
  • 90 days (business), 6 months (tourist)
 Japan Visa not required[101] 180 days
  • 90 days, extendable up to 180 days[102]
 Jordan Visa on arrival[103]
 Kazakhstan Visa not required[105] 30 days
 Kenya eVisa / Visa on arrival[106] 3 months
  • Fee 51 USD.
 Kiribati Visa required[107]
 North Korea Visa required[108]
 South Korea Visa not required[109] 3 months
 Kuwait Visa required[110]
 Kyrgyzstan eVisa / Visa on arrival[111] 1 month
 Laos Visa on arrival[112] 30 days
  • Conditions apply.
  • Available at international airports Luangphabang, Pakse, Savannakhet and Vientiane, and at 4 land borders Friendship Bridge,[Note 3] and at 13 border crossings[Note 4] as well as Tanalaeng train station in Vientiane, which connects to the train station in Nongkai, Thailand.[113]
  • Entry points Lalai, Lantui, Meuang mom, Pakxan, and Phoudou are open only to visa holders.
  • Extendable up to 60 days.
 Latvia Visa not required[114] 90 days
 Lebanon Visa on arrival[115] 1 month
  • Extendable for 2 additional months; granted free of charge at Beirut International Airport or any other port of entry if there is no Israeli visa or seal, holding a telephone number, an address in Lebanon, and a non refundable return or circle trip ticket.
 Lesotho eVisa[116][117]
 Liberia Visa required[118]
 Libya Visa required[119]
 Liechtenstein Visa not required[120] 90 days
 Lithuania Visa not required[121] 90 days
 Luxembourg Visa not required[122] 90 days
 Macedonia Visa not required[123] 90 days
 Madagascar Visa on arrival[124] 30 days
  • Fee 28 USD.
 Malawi Visa on arrival[125]
 Malaysia Visa not required[126] 30 days
 Maldives Visa on arrival[127] 30 days
 Mali Visa required[128]
 Malta Visa not required[129] 90 days
 Marshall Islands Visa on arrival[130] 90 days
 Mauritania Visa on arrival[131]
 Mauritius Visa not required[132] 90 days
 Micronesia Visa not required[133] 30 days
 Moldova Visa not required[134] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Monaco Visa not required[135] 90 days
 Mongolia Visa required[136]
 Montenegro Visa not required[137] 90 days
 Morocco Visa not required[138] 3 months
 Mozambique Visa on arrival[139] 30 days
 Myanmar eVisa[141] 28 days
  • eVisa holders must arrive via Yangon, Nay Pyi Taw or Mandalay airports. 50 USD.[142]
 Namibia Visa required[143]
 Nauru Visa required[144]
   Nepal Visa on arrival[145] 90 days
 Netherlands Visa not required[146] 90 days
 New Zealand Visa not required[147] 90 days
 Nicaragua Visa not required[148] 90 days
 Niger Visa required[149]
 Nigeria Visa required[150]
 Norway Visa not required[151] 90 days
 Oman Visa required[152]
  • Eligible for eVisa if holding a valid Schengen Visa, or a valid visa or residence permit from Australia, Canada, UK or USA.
 Pakistan Visa required[153]
  • Visa on arrival when travelling on business valid for 30 days. Conditions apply.[154]
 Palau Visa on arrival[155] 30 days
 Panama Visa not required[156] 180 days
 Papua New Guinea Visa on arrival[157] 60 days
 Paraguay Visa not required[158] 90 days
 Peru Visa not required[159] 183 days
 Philippines Visa not required[160] 30 days
 Poland Visa not required[161] 90 days
 Portugal Visa not required[162] 90 days
 Qatar eVisa / Visa on arrival[163] 30 days
 Romania Visa not required[164] 90 days
  • 90 days within any 180 day period
 Russia Visa required[165]
 Rwanda eVisa / Visa on arrival[166] 30 days
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Visa not required[167] 3 months
 Saint Lucia Visa not required[168] 6 weeks
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Visa not required[169] 1 month
 Samoa Entry Permit on arrival[170] 60 days
 San Marino Visa not required[171] 90 days
 São Tomé and Príncipe eVisa[172]
  • Visa is obtained online.[173]
 Saudi Arabia Visa required[174]
 Senegal Visa required[175]
 Serbia Visa not required[176] 90 days
 Seychelles Visitor's Permit on arrival[177] 3 months
 Sierra Leone Visa required[178]
 Singapore Visa not required[179] 30 days
 Slovakia Visa not required[180] 90 days
 Slovenia Visa not required[181] 90 days
 Solomon Islands Visitor's permit on arrival[182] 3 months
 Somalia Visa on arrival[183] 30 days
 South Africa Visa required[184]
 South Sudan Visa required[185]
 Spain Visa not required[186] 90 days
 Sri Lanka eVisa / Visa on arrival[187] 30 days
  • Fee 35 USD.
 Sudan Visa required[188]
 Suriname Tourist Card on arrival[189] 90 days
 Swaziland Visa required[190]
 Sweden Visa not required[191] 90 days
  Switzerland Visa not required[192] 90 days
 Syria Visa required[193]
 Tajikistan eVisa[194][195] 45 days
  • Fee 50 USD.
 Tanzania Visa on arrival[196]
 Thailand Visa required[197]
 Timor-Leste Visa on arrival[198] 30 days
 Togo Visa on arrival[199] 7 days
 Tonga Visa required[200]
 Trinidad and Tobago Visa not required[201] 90 days
 Tunisia Visa not required[202] 90 days
 Turkey eVisa / Visa on arrival[203] 30 days
  • Free for 30 days
 Turkmenistan Visa required[204]
 Tuvalu Visa on arrival[205] 1 month
 Uganda eVisa / Visa on arrival[206]
  • May apply online.
  • Fee 50 USD.[207]
 Ukraine eVisa / Visa on arrival[208][209]
 United Arab Emirates Visa required[211]
  • A 96-hour transit visa can be obtained on arrival at Dubai (DXB), provided transit time is at least 8 hours; and holding onward ticket to a third country; and holding a passport valid for at least 6 months from date of arrival. Visa fee of 170 AED. Visas are only issued as a part of a transit package together with hotel accommodation and airport transfer.[212]
 United Kingdom Visa not required[213] 6 months
 United States Visa required[214]
 Uruguay Visa not required[215] 3 months
 Uzbekistan Visa required[216]
  • 5-day visa free transit when in transit at the international airports on condition of holding a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country.[217]
 Vanuatu Visa not required[218] 30 days
  Vatican City Visa not required[219]
 Venezuela Visa not required[220] 90 days
 Vietnam Visa required[221]
 Yemen Visa required[224]
 Zambia eVisa / Visa on arrival[225] 90 days
 Zimbabwe eVisa / Visa on arrival[226] 3 months
  • 30 days for visits on business, 3 months for tourists

Territories[edit]

Visa requirements for Mexican citizens for visits to various territories, disputed areas, partially recognized countries and restricted zones:

Africa
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 British Indian Ocean Territory Special permit required Special permit required.[227]
 Eritrea outside Asmara Travel permit required To travel in the rest of the country, a Travel Permit for Foreigners is required (20 Eritrean nakfa).[228]
 Mayotte Visa not required[229]
 Réunion Visa not required[229]
 Ascension Island Entry Permit required Entry Permit must be obtained minimum 28 days in advance (3 months for 20/30 pounds sterling, single/double entry).[230]
 Saint Helena Visitor's Pass required Visitor's Pass granted on arrival valid for 4/10/21/60/90 days for 12/14/16/20/25 pound sterling.[231]
 Tristan da Cunha Permission required Permission to land required for 15/30 pounds sterling (yacht/ship passenger) for Tristan da Cunha Island or 20 pounds sterling for Gough Island, Inaccessible Island or Nightingale Islands.[232]
 Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Undefined visa regime in the Western Sahara controlled territory.
 Somaliland Visa on arrival 30 days for 30 US dollars, payable on arrival.[233][234]
 Sudan Travel permit required All foreigners traveling more than 25 kilometers outside of Khartoum must obtain a travel permit.
Sudan Darfur Travel permit required Separate travel permit is required.[235]
Asia
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 China
Hainan
Visa not required 30 days[236]
 Hong Kong Visa not required 3 months[237]
 India PAP/RAP PAP/RAP required Protected Area Permit (PAP) required for whole states of Nagaland and Sikkim and parts of states Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh. Restricted Area Permit (RAP) required for all of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and parts of Sikkim. Some of these requirements are occasionally lifted for a year.[238][239][240][241][242][243]
 Iraqi Kurdistan Visa on arrival Visa on arrival for 15 days is available at Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.[244]
 Kazakhstan Special permission required Special permission required for the town of Baikonur and surrounding areas in Kyzylorda Oblast, and the town of Gvardeyskiy near Almaty.[245]
Iran Kish Island Visa not required Visitors to Kish Island do not require a visa.[246]
 Macao Visa not required 90 days[247]
Malaysia Sabah and Sarawak Visa not required These states have their own immigration authorities and passport is required to travel to them, however the same visa applies.[248]
Maldives Maldives Permission required With the exception of the capital Malé, tourists are generally prohibited from visiting non-resort islands without the express permission of the Government of Maldives.[249]
 North Korea outside Pyongyang Special permit required People are not allowed to leave the capital city, tourists can only leave the capital with a governmental tourist guide (no independent moving)
 Palestine Visa not required[250] Arrival by sea to Gaza Strip not allowed.[251]
 Taiwan Visa required[252]
Tajikistan Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province OIVR permit required OIVR permit required (15+5 Tajikistani Somoni) and another special permit (free of charge) is required for Lake Sarez.[253][254][255]
China Tibet Autonomous Region TTP required Tibet Travel Permit required (10 US Dollars).[256][257][258]
 Turkmenistan Special permit required A special permit, issued prior to arrival by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is required if visiting the following places: Atamurat, Cheleken, Dashoguz, Serakhs and Serhetabat.[259]
United Nations Korean Demilitarized Zone Restricted zone.
United Nations UNDOF Zone and Ghajar Restricted zone.
Vietnam Phú Quốc Visa not required 30 days[260]
 Yemen Special permission required Special permission needed for travel outside Sana’a or Aden.[261]
Caribbean and North Atlantic
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)f
 Anguilla Visa not required 3 months[262]
 Aruba Visa not required 30 days, extendable to 180 days[263][264]
 Bermuda Visa not required Up to 6 months, decided on arrival[265]
Netherlands Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba Visa not required 3 months[266][267]
 British Virgin Islands Visa not required 30 days, extensions possible[268]
 Cayman Islands Visa not required 6 months[269]
Colombia San Andrés and Leticia Tourist Card on arrival Visitors arriving at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport and Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport must buy tourist cards on arrival.[270]
 Curacao Visa not required 3 months[271]
France French Guiana Visa not required[272]
France French West Indies Visa not required French West Indies refers to Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.[273]
 Greenland Visa not required[274]
Venezuela Margarita Island Visa not required All visitors are fingerprinted.[275]
 Montserrat Visa not required 6 months[276]
 Puerto Rico Visa required[277]
 Saint Pierre and Miquelon Visa not required[229]
 Sint Maarten Visa not required 3 months[278][279]
 Turks and Caicos Islands Visa not required 90 days[280]
 U.S. Virgin Islands Visa required[281]
Europe
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Abkhazia Visa required[282]
Flag of the Greek Orthodox Church.svg Mount Athos Special permit required Special permit required (4 days: 25 euro for Orthodox visitors, 35 euro for non-Orthodox visitors, 18 euro for students). There is a visitors' quota: maximum 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox per day and women are not allowed.[283][284]
Belarus Brest and Grodno Visa not required Visa-free for 10 days[285]
 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Visa not required 3 months[286][287]
United Nations UN Buffer Zone in Cyprus Access Permit required[288] Access Permit is required for travelling inside the zone, except Civil Use Areas.
 Faroe Islands Visa not required[274]
 Gibraltar Visa not required[289]
 Guernsey Visa not required[290]
 Isle of Man Visa not required[291]
Norway Jan Mayen Permit required[292] Permit issued by the local police required for staying for less than 24 hours[293] and permit issued by the Norwegian police for staying for more than 24 hours.[294]
 Jersey Visa not required[295]
 Kosovo Visa not required 90 days[296]
 Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Visa required[297][298] Travellers with Nagorno-Karabakh visa (expired or valid) or evidence of travel to Nagorno-Karabakh (stamps) will be permanently denied entry to Azerbaijan.[299]
 Russia Special authorization required Several closed cities and regions in Russia require special authorization.[300]
 South Ossetia Visa not required Multiple entry visa to Russia and three-day prior notification are required to enter South Ossetia.[301][302]
 Transnistria Visa not required Registration required after 24h.[303][304]
Oceania
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 American Samoa Entry permit required[305]
Australia Ashmore and Cartier Islands Special authorisation required Special authorisation required.[306]
France Clipperton Island Special permit required Special permit required.[307]
 Cook Islands Visa not required 31 days[308]
Fiji Lau Province Special permission required Special permission required.[309]
 French Polynesia Visa not required[310]
 Guam Visa required[311]
 New Caledonia Visa not required[229]
 Niue Visa on arrival 30 days[312]
 Northern Mariana Islands Visa required[313]
 Pitcairn Islands Visa not required 14 days visa free and landing fee 35 USD or tax of 5 USD if not going ashore.[314][315][316]
United States United States Minor Outlying Islands Special permits required Special permits required for Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island.[317][318][319][320][321][322][323]
 Wallis and Futuna Visa not required[229]
South America
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
Bandera Provincia Galápagos.svg Galápagos Pre-registration required Online pre-registration is required. Transit Control Card must also be obtained at the airport prior to departure.[324]
South Atlantic and Antarctica
Visitor to Visa requirement Notes (excluding departure fees)
 Falkland Islands Visa required[325]
 South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Permit required Pre-arrival permit from the Commissioner required (72 hours/1 month for 110/160 pounds sterling).[326][327]
Antarctica Special permits required for  British Antarctic Territory,  French Southern and Antarctic Lands,  Argentine Antarctica, Australia Australian Antarctic Territory, Antártica Chilena Province Chilean Antarctic Territory, Australia Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Norway Peter I Island, Norway Queen Maud Land, New Zealand Ross Dependency.[328][329][330][331][332][333][334][335][336][337][338][339]

APEC Business Travel Card[edit]

  Full members of the scheme
  Transitional members (United States, Canada)

Holders of an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) travelling on business do not require a visa to the following countries:[348]

1 – up to 90 days
2 – up to 60 days
3 – up to 59 days

The card must be used in conjunction with a passport and has the following advantages:[349]

  • no need to apply for a visa or entry permit to APEC countries, as the card is treated as such (except by  Canada and  United States)
  • undertake legitimate business in participating economies
  • expedited border crossing in all member economies, including transitional members
  • expedited scheduling of visa interview (United States)

Non-visa restrictions[edit]

Passport validity length[edit]

In the absence of specific bilateral agreements, countries requiring passports to be valid at least 6 months on arrival include Afghanistan, Algeria, Anguilla, Bahrain,[350] Bhutan, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Curaçao, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel,[351] Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu, Venezuela and Vietnam.[352]

Turkey requires passports to be valid for at least 150 days upon entry.

Countries requiring passports valid for at least 4 months on arrival include Micronesia and Zambia.

Countries requiring passports valid for at least 3 months beyond the period of intended stay include European Union countries (except the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (and always excepting EU/EEA/Swiss nationals), Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Nauru, Moldova, New Zealand and 3 months validity on arrival in Albania, Honduras, Macedonia, Panama, Qatar and Senegal.

Bermuda requires passports to be valid for at least 45 days upon entry.

Countries that require a passport validity of at least one month beyond the period of intended stay include Eritrea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Macau and South Africa.

Other countries require either a passport valid on arrival or a passport valid throughout the period of the intended stay. Some countries have bilateral agreements with other countries to shorten the period of passport validity required for each other's citizens[353][354] or even accept passports that have already expired (but not been cancelled).[355]

Blank passport pages[edit]

Many countries require a minimum number of blank pages in the passport being presented, generally one or two pages.[356] Endorsement pages, which often appear after the visa pages, are not counted as being available.

Vaccination[edit]

An International Certificate of Vaccination required to prove that someone has been vaccinated against yellow fever

Many African countries, including Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia, require all incoming passengers to have a current International Certificate of Vaccination.

Some other countries require vaccination only if the passenger is coming from an infected area or has recently visited one.[357]

Israeli stamps[edit]

Israeli border control Entry Permit (issued as a stand-alone document rather than a stamp affixed in a passport)

Kuwait,[358] Lebanon,[359] Libya,[360] Saudi Arabia,[361] Sudan,[362] Syria[363] and Yemen[364] do not allow entry to people with passport stamps from Israel or whose passports have either a used or an unused Israeli visa, or where there is evidence of previous travel to Israel such as entry or exit stamps from neighbouring border posts in transit countries such as Jordan and Egypt.

To circumvent this Arab League boycott of Israel, the Israeli immigration services have now mostly ceased to stamp foreign nationals' passports on either entry to or exit from Israel. Since 15 January 2013, Israel no longer stamps foreign passports at Ben Gurion Airport, giving passengers a card instead that reads: "Since January 2013 a pilot scheme has been introduced whereby visitors are given an entry card instead of an entry stamp on arrival. You should keep this card with your passport until you leave. This is evidence of your legal entry into Israel and may be required, particularly at any crossing points into the Occupied Palestinian Territories." [365] Passports are still (as of 22 June 2017) stamped at Erez when travelling into and out of Gaza. Also, passports are still stamped (as of 22 June 2017) at the Jordan Valley/Sheikh Hussein and Yitzhak Rabin/Arava land borders with Jordan.

Iran refuses admission to holders of passports containing an Israeli visa or stamp that is less than 12 months old.

Armenian ethnicity[edit]

Due to a state of war existing between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the government of Azerbaijan not only bans entry of citizens from Armenia, but also all citizens and nationals of any other country who are of Armenian descent, to the Republic of Azerbaijan[366][367] (although there have been exceptions, notably for Armenia's participation at the 2015 European Games held in Azerbaijan).

Azerbaijan also strictly bans any visit by foreign citizens to the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh[368] (the de facto independent Republic of Artsakh), its surrounding territories and the Azerbaijani exclaves of Karki, Yuxarı Əskipara, Barxudarlı and Sofulu which are de jure part of Azerbaijan but under control of Armenia, without the prior consent of the government of Azerbaijan. Foreign citizens who enter these occupied territories will be permanently banned from entering the Republic of Azerbaijan[369] and will be included in their "list of personae non gratae".[370] As of April 2018 the list contains 710 persons.

Upon request, the authorities of the largely unrecognized Republic of Artsakh may attach their visa and/or stamps to a separate piece of paper in order to avoid detection of travel to their country.

Criminal record[edit]

Some countries (for example: Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand and the United States [371]) routinely deny entry to non-citizens who have a criminal record.

Persona non grata[edit]

The government of a country can declare a diplomat persona non grata, banning their entry into that country. In non-diplomatic use, the authorities of a country may also declare a foreigner persona non grata permanently or temporarily, usually because of unlawful activity. Attempts to enter the Gaza strip by sea may attract a 10-year ban on entering Israel.[372]

Fingerprinting[edit]

Iris recognition biometric systems apply mathematical pattern-recognition techniques to images of the irises of an individual's eyes.

Several countries mandate that all travellers, or all foreign travellers, be fingerprinted on arrival and will refuse admission to or even arrest those travellers that refuse to comply. In some countries, such as the United States, this may apply even to transit passengers who merely wish to quickly change planes rather than go landside.[373]

Fingerprinting countries include Afghanistan,[374][375] Argentina,[376] Brunei, Cambodia,[377] China when entering through Shenzhen airport,[378] Ethiopia,[379] Ghana, India, Japan,[380][381] Malaysia upon entry and departure,[382] Paraguay, Saudi Arabia,[383] Singapore, South Korea,[384] and Taiwan.[385]

Additionally, the United Arab Emirates conducts iris scanning on visitors that need to apply for a visa.[386][387]

Fingerprinting[edit]

Several countries including Argentina, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea demand all passengers to be fingerprinted on arrival.[388][389][390][391][392][393][394]

See also[edit]

References and Notes[edit]

References
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  3. ^
    • Vientiane
    • Savannakhet
    • Khammuan
    • Bokeo
  4. ^
    • Panghok - Taichang (Vietnam)
    • Samliemkham - (Thailand and Myanmar)
    • Nonghaed - Nam kanh (Vietnam)
    • Nam phao - Cau treo (Vietnam)
    • Na pao - Cha lo (Vietnam)
    • Daensavan - Lao bao (Vietnam)
    • Veunkham - Nong nok khian (Cambodia)
    • Vang tao - Chongmek (Thailand)
    • Boten - Bo han (China)
    • Nam ngeun - Huay konl (Thailand)
    • Namheuang - Nakaseng (Thailand)
    • Nam soy - Na meo (Vietnam)
    • Phoukeua - Kontoum (Vietnam)
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