Although nationals of Mexico are currently able to travel to the 26 countries in the European Schengen Area for up to 90 days without a visa or travel authorization, this will soon change.
In 2021, the shared visa policy of the Schengen passport-free zone will change, and, by the end of 2022, visa-free nationalities will be required to obtain an online travel authorization (ETIAS visa waiver) to visit the Schengen countries.
ETIAS, which stands for European Travel Information and Authorization System, is an electronic visa waiver which will allow Mexican passport holders to visit all of the Schengen zone countries for purposes of business, medical treatment, tourism, or to transit to an onward destination.
ETIAS is being implemented by the European Commission in order to pre-screen visa-exempt travelers to the Schengen Area, in order to improve the security of Europe’s external borders.
A multiple entry travel authorization, an approved ETIAS visa waiver for Mexican citizens allows the holder multiples entries to Schengen territories, for a stay of up to 90 days with each entry.
To apply for an ETIAS from Mexico, it is necessary to complete a simple form online with some personal and passport data. Applicants must also a few security-related questions to submit the application.
Once approved, an ETIAS authorization for Mexican nationals is electronically linked to the applicant’s Mexican passport. It is valid for 3 years from the date of issue, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first.
To visit Schengen countries for purposes of working or studying, or for longer consecutive periods than those permitted with ETIAS, citizens of Mexico will be required to apply for a visa from a government diplomatic office of the individual Schengen country they wish to visit.