Do you need a visa?

If you hold a passport from The Netherlands or from any of the European Union States, you do not need a visa to visit Mexico for as long as 180 days (1). You will only be required to fill an immigration form at the point of entry. Immigration authorities might also ask you to provide proof of the purpose of your trip.

Full information available at: Countries who do not need visa to Mexico (only in Spanish).

For other nationalities, a visa is not necessary if you are holder of a valid USA visa and/or can prove permanent residency status in any member country of the European Schengen Area. Please be aware that the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is not a visa and therefore you cannot use this for the purpose of travelling to Mexico under the Mexican visa exemption benefits.

Full information is available at Countries who need visa to Mexico (only in Spanish):

Regardless of your nationality, if you intend to stay in Mexico longer than 180 days, or if you will engage in remunerated activities of any kind (receive salary from a Mexican employer for a professional service rendered), you need a visa.

 

Visa for visitor without permission to conduct gainful activities

This category is applied to travelers visiting Mexico for no more than 180 days, and whom will not engage in any kind of remunerated activity (will not receive any salary from a Mexican employer).

Visiting Mexico without conducting gainful activities includes tourism, studies, business meetings, medical treatment, technical assistance, professional counseling, among others.

General Requirements:

  1. Visa application form (one per each traveler). Download here
    Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed. Supporting document     should be enlisted in page two of the application form. In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds   the legal guardianship rights.

  2. Valid Passport.
    Please provide clear photocopies of pages where personal details, validity and signature are visible.
    It is advisable to include copies of previous visas.
    Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.

  3. One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old).
    Color, white background, size 3.5 x 4.5 cms.
    Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind.
    No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or houseprints.

  4. Proof of financial means to support the intended trip. Savings-account bank statements which show an average monthly balance of at least €1,200.00 in the last three months. Recently opened bank accounts will not  be accepted.
    Last three work payment receipts.*
    In case of corporate invitations or business trips, please include ORIGINAL invitation letter stating which company will bear travel expenses.

  5. Employment letter.
    ORIGINAL employment letter which expresses position held, salary and period of time working at the company or institution.*
    For independent entrepreneurs or freelance professionals: commercial registration (Chamber of Commerce). Other acceptable documents: investment certificates, property deeds.
    In case of students, it is necessary to include original acceptance letter from receiving Mexican university or academic institution.

  6. Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens).
    A photocopy of both sides of the resident card is required.

  7. Consular interview.

  8. Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate.
    A letter with your signature, stating the purpose of the visit, intended date of entry, length of stay, places to be visited and itinerary.*

  9. Payment of visa fees (only when/if visa is approved).
    Refer to up-to-date consular fees here.

* In case of family dependents (spouses and offspring under the age of 25), include a second personal letter signed by the family member who is financially supporting the trip-related expenses. Also it will be necessary to provide that family member´s documents mentioned in numbers 2, 4 and 5 and proof of kinship (i.e. certificate of birth or certificate of marriage). 

Visa for visitor with permission to conduct gainful activities

This category applies to foreigners who wish to travel to Mexico to attend a specific employment commitment (remunerated activity), based on an invitation from an academic, artistic, sporting or cultural institution, or to engage in a paid seasonal activity under interinstitutional agreements, not exceeding 180 days.

Visa application is submitted by the Mexican employing company or institution, on behalf of the foreigner, directly to the National Immigration Institute (INM), in Mexico. Once the process is complete and the visa has been approved by the INM, the applicant must contact the Embassy to submit the following documentation and request issuance of his/her visa. 

 

General Requirements:

  1. Visa application form (one per each traveler). Download here
    Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed.
    Supporting document should be enlisted in page two of the application form.
    In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds the legal guardianship rights.

  2. Valid Passport.
    Please provide clear photocopies of pages where personal details, validity and signature are visible.
    It is advisable to include copies of previous visas.
    Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.

  3. One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old).
    Color, white background, size 3.5 x 4.5 cms.
    Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind.
    No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or houseprints.

  4. Copy of visa approval provided by INM.
    This is the authorization letter that INM addresses to the Mexican employer. It includes the full name of the applicant, passport number and authorization number (Número Único de Trámite - NUT).

  5. Invitation letter.

  6. Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens).
    A photocopy of both sides of the resident card is required.

  7. Consular interview.
    Payment of visa fees (only when/if visa is approved).
    Refer to up-to-date consular fees here

Student visa

Students enrolling in courses lasting less than 180 days need to apply for a visa as Visitor without permission to conduct gainful activities, unless visa is not necessary according to nationality (see list of countries who do not need visa to Mexico – in Spanish).

If a person wishes to remain in Mexico for a period longer than 180 days, to attend courses, pursue studies, or conduct research projects at a Mexican academic institution, he/she must apply for a Student Temporary Resident Visa, regardless of the nationality

 

General Requirements:

  1. Visa application form (one per each traveler). Download here
    Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed.
    Supporting document should be enlisted in page two of the application form.
    In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds the legal guardianship rights.

  2. Valid Passport.
    Please provide clear photocopies of pages where personal details, validity and signature are visible.
    It is advisable to include copies of previous visas.
    Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.

  3. One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old).
    Color, white background, size 3.5 x 4.5 cms.
    Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind.
    No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or houseprints.

  4. Proof of financial means to support the trip and intended studies.*
    Savings-accounts bank statements must show an average monthly balance of at least €4,000.00 in the last three months. Recently opened bank accounts will not be accepted, or
    If employed, work payment receipts, which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €600.00 in the last three months.
    If you were awarded a scholarship, please provide evidence documentation.

  5. Letter of acceptance from academic institution.
    Original letter of acceptance from the receiving Mexican university or academic institution. This letter must include full name of applicant, name of the course, degree and area of study that will be pursued, dates of beginning and end of the courses, school fees, and school´s contact information.

  6. Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens).
    A photocopy of both sides of the resident card is required.

  7. Consular interview.

  8. Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate.
    A letter with your signature, stating the purpose of the visit and description of the study program, intended date of entry and length of stay.*

  9. Payment of visa fees (only when/if visa is approved).
    Refer to up-to-date consular fees here.

* In the case of students under the age of 25, financial means can be provided by the parents who are financially supporting the trip-related and studying expenses. Please include a second personal letter signed by the responsible family member. Also it will be necessary to provide that family member´s documents cited in numbers 2 and 4, and proof of kinship (i.e. certificate of birth).

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Once requirements have been met, the Embassy will issue a single-entry visa. The applicant must approach the National Immigration Institute (INM) within the first 30 calendar days of entering the country, in order to apply/exchange the visa for his/her Student Temporary Resident Card. 

Temporary Resident visa

This category is applied to foreigners entering Mexico with the purpose of staying more than 180 days but less than 4 years.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Visas submitted to the Embassy under this category do not allow applicants to engage in any kind of remunerated activity (cannot receive any salary from a Mexican employer). If the applicant will receive payment based on an employment offer, visa application must be submitted by the Mexican employing company or institution, on behalf of the foreigner, directly to the National Immigration Institute (INM), in Mexico. Once the process is complete and the visa has been approved by the INM, the applicant will need to contact the Embassy to submit proper documentation and request issuance of his/her visa. 

 

General Requirements (for non-remunerated activities):

  1. Visa application form (one per each traveler). Download here
    Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed.
    Supporting document should be enlisted in page two of the application form.
    In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds the legal guardianship rights.

  2. Valid Passport.
    Please provide clear photocopies of pages where personal details, validity and signature are visible.
    It is advisable to include copies of previous visas.
    Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.

  3. One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old).
    Color, white background, size 3.5 x 4.5 cms.
    Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind.
    No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or houseprints.

  4. Fulfill requirements for one of the following conditions:
    Proof of your own financial means to support your stay, with:
    a. Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements which show an average monthly balance of at least €19,500.00 in the last twelve months. Recently opened bank accounts will not be accepted, or
    b. If employed, work payment receipts which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €1,300.00 in the last six months.*

    If invited by a Mexican public or private institution to participate in a non-remunerated activity:
    c. Letter from the Mexican institution which must contain applicant´s full name and nationality, institution´s name and registration number, purpose of the organization, name of the welcoming and/or host institution (if different), a description of the activities to be performed and expected length, and the commitment to act as applicant´s financial sponsor during his stay in Mexico, as well as guarantor of applicant´s return to his/her home country once completed the project.
    d. Copy of the official identification document of the person who signs the letter of invitation.
    e. In order to prove that it has resources to fulfill the financial obligation referred to in (c) above, the private organization or institution that invites will present an original and a copy of proof of investments or bank accounts with an average monthly balance equivalent to at least €42,000.00, during the last twelve months. Government institutions and private institutions affiliated to the National Education System are exempted from this requirement.
    f. Documents to prove that applicant has the right qualifications for the intended activity.
    g. If the host institution will not sponsor financially, comply with proof of your own financial means as in a) and b) above.
    If related to a Mexican citizen or to a legal Temporary Resident in Mexico (family unity):
    h. If the applicant is married to a Mexican citizen, please provide marriage certificate.
    i. If the applicant is married to a legal Temporary Resident, please provide marriage certificate and Resident card.
    j. If the applicant has a son/daughter living in Mexico as a Temporary Resident, please provide birth certificate and Resident card.
    k. If the applicant has a father/mother living in Mexico as Temporary Resident, please provide permanent resident card and birth certificates of both the applicant and the permanent resident (applies only if applicant is under 18 years old).
    l. Additionally, family member must prove enough financial stability to care for each of his/her family members with: Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements which must show an average monthly balance of at least €450.00 in the last twelve months, or, if employed, work payment receipts which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €450.00 in the last six months.

    If applicant is owner of property in Mexico:
    Legal (Notarized) document which proves the applicant is the owner of real estate in Mexico, with a market value of the equivalent of at least €148,000.00

    Investor:
    m. Legal (Notarized) documents to prove the applicant is a shareholder of a Mexican established company, with an investment amount of the equivalent of at least €74,000.00.
    n. Documents to prove the development of economic or business activities in Mexico, such as contracts, service orders, invoices, payment receipts, business plans, and others, and particularly the declaration issued by the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) confirming the applicant´s company employs at least three workers.

  5. Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens).
    A photocopy of both sides of the resident card is required.

  6. Consular interview.

  7. Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate.
    A letter with your signature, stating the purpose of the visit, intended date of entry, length of stay, places to be visited and itinerary.*

  8. Payment of visa fees (only when/if visa is approved).
    Refer to up-to-date consular fees here.

    * In case of family dependents (spouses and offspring under the age of 25), include a second personal letter signed by the family member who is financially supporting the trip-related expenses. Also it will be necessary to provide that family member´s documents cited in numbers 2 and 4, and proof of kinship (i.e. certificate of birth or certificate of marriage). 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Once requirements have been met, the Embassy will issue a single-entry visa. The applicant must approach the National Immigration Institute (INM) within the first 30 calendar days of entering the country, in order to apply/exchange the visa for his/her Temporary Resident Card.

Family Unity applications can only be accepted if the foreigner with temporary resident status in Mexico or the Mexican citizen accompanies the family member at the time the application is submitted. 

Permanent Resident visa

This category applies to foreigners who wish to travel to Mexico and stay in the country indefinitely.

The Embassy of Mexico can only issue visas to permanent residency in the following cases:

a)      Pensioners
b)      Family ties to a Mexican citizen or legal permanent resident (family unity)

General Requirements:

  1. Visa application form (one per each traveler). Download here
    Please type or use clear handwriting, and include all relevant information. Incomplete application forms will not be accepted or processed.
    Supporting document should be enlisted in page two of the application form.
    In case of travelers under the age of 18, application should be signed by both parents or by whoever holds the legal guardianship rights.

  2. Valid Passport.
    Please provide clear photocopies of pages where personal details, validity and signature are visible.
    It is advisable to include copies of previous visas.
    Passport should be valid at least six months from date of intended trip to Mexico.

  3. One recent photograph (no longer than 30 days old).
    Color, white background, size 3.5 x 4.5 cms.
    Face must be completely visible, no eyeglasses or face accessories of any kind.
    No digital manipulation (no photoshop), no photo booths or houseprints.

  4. Proof of kinship (only for family unity).
    If the applicant has a Mexican born son/daughter, please provide: Mexican birth certificate.
    If the applicant has a Mexican born father/mother, please provide: applicant´s birth certificate and Mexican birth certificate of father/mother (Only if applicant is under 18 years old).
    If the applicant is the father/mother of a legal Permanent Resident in Mexico, please provide: permanent resident card and birth certificates of both the applicant and the permanent resident.
    If the applicant is the son/daughter of a legal Permanent Resident in Mexico, please provide: permanent resident card and birth certificates of both the applicant and the permanent resident (Only if applicant is under 18 years old).

  5. Proof of financial means
    For Pensioners:
    Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements must show an average monthly balance of at least €75,000.00 in the last twelve months. Recently opened bank accounts will not be accepted, or
    Payment receipts related to pension, which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €1,900.00 in the last six months.

    For Family unity:
    Family member must prove enough financial stability to care for each of his/her family members with:
    Proof of investments or savings-accounts bank statements must show an average monthly balance of at least €450.00 in the last twelve months, or
    If employed, work payment receipts which show proof of steady monthly income of at least €450.00 in the last six months.

  6. Proof of legal residency in the Netherlands (non-Dutch citizens).
    A photocopy of both sides of the resident card is required.

  7. Consular interview.

  8. Personal letter addressed to the Mexican Consulate.
    A letter with your signature, stating the purpose of the visit, intended date of entry, and place in Mexico where you intend to establish permanently.

  9. Payment of visa fees (only when/if visa is approved).
    Refer to up-to-date consular fees here

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Once requirements have been met, the Embassy will issue a single-entry visa. The applicant must approach the National Immigration Institute (INM) within the first 30 calendar days of entering the country, in order to apply/exchange the visa for his/her Permanent Resident Card.

Family Unity applications can only be accepted if the foreigner with permanent resident status in Mexico or Mexican citizen accompanies the family member at the time the application is submitted. 

 

PROCEDURE:

A. Send original application form and supporting documents (according to type of visa) to:

Embassy of Mexico / Consular Section
Nassauplein 28
2585 EC Den Haag

Please send your documents at least two weeks prior to your intended departure date.

DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL PASSPORT OR MONEY.

B. Once the documents are received, the Embassy will send the applicant a confirmation email, and subsequently contact him/her to fix an appointment for the consular interview.

C. Copies are acceptable, but all ORIGINAL documents must be submitted when called for interview.

D. If consular interview is satisfactory, visa could be issued on the spot. For cases which need data verification or submission of further documentation, processing period could take up to 10 working days. Therefore, it is important to plan your trip taking into consideration this waiting period.

E. Payment is accepted in cash only, in Euros (€), upon service rendered.
Refer to up-to-date consular fees here

IMPORTANT NOTES:

a) The Embassy of Mexico reserves the right to request additional documents/information, if deemed necessary.

b) All documents must be presented in original and duly translated to Spanish. No documents in Dutch language will be accepted (*).

c) In cases of family dependents, supporting documents must also be presented in original and follow description as in b) above.

d) Foreign documents will not be accepted unless they are translated to Spanish and bear proper legalization/apostille stamps.

e) In accordance to Mexican immigration laws, a visa does not guarantee admission to Mexico. Final decision on admittance is conditioned to the approval of the relevant sanitary and immigration authorities at the point of entry, which are entitled to verify the profile of the traveler and fulfilment of the requirements.

f) Mexican immigration law imposes severe restrictions to children traveling alone or in company of a person other than the parents. Therefore, it is important for those traveling with children to provide full proof of the relationship or, if applicable, of legal guardianship.

(*)    Documents in English are acceptable if they are issued at origin in that language.