Mexico Visa Policy

Check Mexico’s visa policy for all foreign travelers wanting to visit the country.

Visa policy for Mexico

The Mexico visa policy determines whether a foreign citizen needs a visa or entry authorization to travel to the country.

Mexico offers different types of visas and travel documents depending on the applicant’s nationality, the duration of the intended stay, and the purpose of the travel.

Nationals of less than 70 countries are able to gain visa-free access to Mexico for short stays, either up to 30 days for transit or 180 days for business or tourism stays.

However, all tourist travelers to Mexico, whether they need a visa or not are required to obtain a FMM tourist card to enter the country.

The FMM is an electronic entry authorization that must be obtained by all citizens whose intention is to travel to Mexico for tourism or leisure, regardless of nationality, if they are entering the country by land or air.

Some travelers to Mexico also need to obtain a Mexican visa or other authorization in addition to a FMM.

This may either be a SAE authorization, required for citizens of 3 nationalities, which can be applied for online, or a consular visa by submitting an application at the nearest Mexican embassy or consulate. The latter application method must be initiated well in advance of travel-

All foreign travelers whose purpose is to travel to Mexico for long term stays or for work or to study must apply for a Mexican embassy visa.

There are currently no Mexican visa bans in place for any foreign nationalities.

Tourist Visa Policy for Mexico

The Mexican tourist visa policy states that Mexico offers different types of visa for tourism depending on the applicant’s nationality.

Although around 70 countries can enter Mexico visa-free for tourism, all tourist travelers to the country are required to apply for and receive an approved FMM online tourist card before they can gain access to the country at Mexican land border checkpoints and airports .

Citizens of 3 countries are required to register with the Electronic Authorization System (EAS), to receive an approved eVisa waiver that allows entry into the country for tourism by air, in addition to an FMM.

Citizens of roughly 170 additional countries are required to apply for a Mexican embassy visa for tourism well in advance of travel, from the nearest government diplomatic office of Mexico.

All tourist travelers who wish to enter the country must have a passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from their date of entry to Mexico, and request the FMM online in advance, as it is a mandatory requirement.

Find below further information about the types of authorization or visa foreign travelers need to visit Mexico for tourism.

FMM Tourist Card

The visa policy of Mexico establishes that all foreign citizens traveling to the country by land or air for tourism must have an approved FMM tourist card. All travelers are able to apply and pay for this document online, whether flying to Mexico or planning to cross a land border.

The FMM Mexican tourist card may be obtained online using a simple electronic application form, which must be completed with basic personal and passport information and some details about the intended stay in Mexico.

In order to successfully submit the FMM application, it is necessary to have a current valid passport, a working email address, and a credit or debit card in order to make the FMM fee payment.

Once the FMM has been processed, the applicant will receive the approved travel document at the email address provided at the moment of the application.

An approved Mexican FMM tourist card is valid for a total of 180 days from the moment an immigration stamp is applied to the document (upon arrival in Mexico).

Tourist travelers from all countries around the world need to apply for this electronic entry document as it is a mandatory requirement to enter Mexico.

However, the FMM is not a visa. Visa required citizens for Mexico will be required to have both an approved tourist card and a valid visa to enter the country.

Sistema de Autorización Electrónica (SAE)

The Mexican Electronic Authorization System or SAE (Sistema de Autorización Electrónica) is an online application system designed to provide electronic authorization for travelers from eligible countries.

An approved SEA authorization for Mexico allows foreign citizens from a select few countries who are traveling by plane to Mexico to enter the country for transit, tourism, or business purposes without a consular visa.

This electronic visa has a validity of 30 days from the date of issue to enter Mexico and is valid for a single entry to the country. Upon arrival, travelers are allowed to stay in Mexico as tourists with a SEA for a maximum of 180 days.

SAE does not apply to travelers entering Mexico by land or sea, or passengers traveling with a non-participating airline. These visitors must have a valid Mexican visa or a valid third-country visa to enter the country..

Find below a full list of nationalities who are required to obtain a Mexico SEA if traveling to the country by air.

Sistema de Autorización Electrónica (SAE): Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Embassy or Consular Visa Required

Mexico’s visa laws state that travelers from around 170 countries need a consular visa to enter the country no matter the purpose and duration of the trip, meaning that they must complete the process of obtaining a travel document at their nearest embassy or consulate.

The process of obtaining a consular visa usually involves making an appointment the dearest diplomatic government office of Mexico.

Different types of Mexican embassy visa are issued depending on the purpose of the intended travel, whether as a tourist visa, business visa, study or work visa, or other visa type. This must indicated when completing the Mexico embassy visa application.

Depending on the Mexico visa option the applicant chooses, it is necessary to provide different supporting documents such as the details of their trip (accommodation reservation, round trip flight), as well as a bank statement confirming sufficient economic stability to cover a stay in the country.

Applicants are advised to make a consular appointment well in advance of the intended arrival date in Mexico, to ensure sufficient processing time to receive visa approval.

Check the list below to find out if your nationality requires a consular visa in order to travel to Mexico.

Embassy or Consular Visa Required: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Visa Not Required

Travelers from roughly 70 visa-exempt countries for Mexico do not need to apply for an electronic or consular visa for tourism, business or transit purposes.

Visa-exempt travelers who come to Mexico for tourism or business can stay for a maximum of 180 days without a visa, while travelers who want to transit through the country can stay for a maximum of 30 days visa-free.

For longer periods of intended stay, visa not required nationalities are required to apply for the relevant embassy visa from the nearest Mexican diplomatic government office.

Additionally, travelers of all nationalities who have a valid visa or permanent residence for select countries (Canada, any country in the Schengen area, Japan, the United Kingdom, or the United States) do not need a Mexican visa to be able to enter the country.

It is important to take into consideration that, although a visa is not necessary, all foreign citizens entering Mexico for tourism by air or land need to obtain an approved FMM tourist card before arrival. This process can be easily completed online.

Check the list below to see if your nationality is visa exempt for Mexico.

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