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Since 1 May 2010, foreign nationals of any country arriving from any point in the world and holding a valid regular passport bearing a current U.S. visa may enter Mexico on extended transit, as tourists, and as business visitors without need of a Mexican visa. On the basis of the information which each arriving passenger supplies in the landing card, the attending immigration officer at the Mexican port of entry may authorize a stay of up to 6 months, depending on the purpose of travel, proof of funds and onward travel plans.
A Mexican visa will be required of nationals from countries which do not yet have a visa-waiver agreement with Mexico and are not holding a valid U.S. visa.
1. Visa application (one for each traveler).
- To be accepted, the application must be fully complete (in latin characters) and the information provided should be legible.
- The documents submitted in support of the application should be listed on the back of it.
- The application must be signed. In the case of minors or disabled persons, the application must be signed by both parents or those exercising parental authority.
- Include clear copies of the personal data pages, where appears the following information: passport number, validity period, or renewals.
- Also include photocopies of previous obtained visas as well earlier passports, if applicable.
3. One recent picture (taken no more tan 30 days).
- Must be in color, with white background, size 3.5 x 4.5 cm.
- The face must be uncovered, without glasses or any kind of decorations.
- Without digital retouch (no photoshop).
4. Financial proof for travel.
- The bank statements should reflect a record for at least 6 months (updated until the date that the visa application is submitted).
- Bank statements recently opened, records or certificates that exclusively refer to the final balance on the account (without presenting the history of movements) will not be accepted.
- The presented bank statements should be ORIGINAL, and must bear the official stamp and signature of the bank that has issued them; please note that depending on the bank, you might be asked to legalize or attest the document by the central bank (if necessary you will be notified at the counter).
- In case of corporate invitations or business trips, should be presented the ORIGINAL invitation letter, which should clearly specify which Company will cover the expenses of the trip ( should be sent directly to the interested party) letters sent by scan or fax will not be accepted.
5. Employment letter / H.R. letter
- Should be presented the ORIGINAL letter addressed to the Embassy of Mexico, this should be recently issued, and should include the job position, period of service for the company and monthly/annual salary received.
- For the business owners: commercial registry, tax card and certificate of membership to the chamber of commerce.
- Other possibly related documents accepted: investment certificates, property deeds.
- In case of the students, we require the ORIGINAL acceptance/enrollment letter from the University or Institute of Superior Education.
6. Flight itinerary and hotel reservation
7. Consular Interview.
8. Visa fees $36 USD.
a) Submit the visa application form to the Embassy of Mexico, along with the supporting documents above mentioned from the points 2 to 5.
b) If completed the first step, a receipt will be given to the interested party with a case number and the appointment date for the consular interview.
c) Once that the consular interview has been performed, according to the Mexican immigration law a period of up to ten working days can be taken to respond to the applicant. Therefore, it is important to plan your trip considering this timeout.
a) The Embassy of Mexico reserves its right to solicit further documentation in depends on the case.
b) All the presented documents should be ORIGINAL, if the source document is issued in Arabic or another language rather than English must be translated into Spanish by a certified office of translation.
c) According to the Mexican immigration law, the visa issuance does not guarantee the entrance to Mexico. The final admission is subject to approval by the sanitary and migratory authorities at the point of entry, thereof which may verify the compliance of the established requirements and traveler profile under a migration filter review.
d) The Mexican immigration law imposes severe restrictions on children traveling alone or in the company of adults other than their parents. Therefore it is important that those traveling with children provide a legal proof of relationship, if any or their legal status to exercise parental authority.