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Mexico Tourist Visa: Complete guide

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What you need to know

  • The Mexico Tourist Visa is designed for eligible travelers visiting the country for tourism purposes

  • The validity of the visa can range from 3 months to 10 years, depending on your travel plans and nationality

  • To apply for the visa, you must have a passport with at least 2 blank pages

Everything you need to know about the Mexico Tourist Visa

Last updated: April 2024

We currently don't offer this visa, but you can find more information on the Mexican government website.

If you're planning to visit Mexico, you may need to apply for a Mexico tourist visa, also known as a visitor visa.

Here you'll learn more about the application process, costs and processing times, and how to apply.

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What is the Mexico Tourist Visa?

The Mexico Tourist Visa is a document issued by the Mexican government that allows travelers to enter Mexico for tourism purposes.

What can you do with the Mexico Tourist Visa?

  • Visit Mexico as a tourist
  • Visit family and friends
  • Engage in volunteer work or language study
  • Attend conferences or business meetings (without receiving payment)

What can’t you do with the Mexico Tourist Visa?

  • Engage in paid work or employment
  • Participate in activities that violate Mexican law
  • Live or study in the country long-term

Who can apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa?

To visit Mexico, you'll need a visa, unless you're from one of the 68 countries that don't require one:

  • Check the list of visa-exempt nationalities on the official government website here

  • All visitors, regardless of their nationality, traveling to Mexico for tourism, business, or transit to another destination, are exempt from having a Mexican visa as long as they have a valid visa issued by any of the following countries: Canada, Japan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom or any of the countries comprising the Schengen Area

Do children/minors need a visa for Mexico?

Minors traveling to Mexico may also need a Mexican visa, regardless of age. The application process for minors is similar to that for adults.

Legal guardians may need to provide additional documentation such as birth certificates, parental consent forms, and copies of their identification documents.

Mexico Tourist Visa validity: How long can I stay in the country?

You must use the Mexico Tourist Visa within 180 days from the date of issues. Upon arrival, the immigration official gives you a max. allowed stay of 30, 60, or 90 days, depending on your nationality and travel plans.

Mexico Tourist Visa: Required documents

To apply for a Mexico Tourist Visa, submit the following documents:

  • A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond your planned stay in Mexico

  • A completed Mexico Tourist Visa application form which you'll receive during the process with the government

  • Proof of onward travel (such as a return ticket)

  • Evidence of sufficient funds such as a bank statement or cash for the entirety of your stay

  • A recent passport-style photograph, taken within the last six months

Financial requirements

To apply for most Mexico visas, foreign citizens need to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support their stay in Mexico.

This can include a bank statement or cash. The exact financial requirements may vary depending on your nationality and travel purpose.

Generally speaking, it's a good idea to have enough funds to cover your accommodation, transportation, and other expenses while in Mexico.

How to apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa

To apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa, contact the nearest Mexican Embassy or Consulate in your home country and follow their instructions.

The application process includes an appointment at the Mexican Embassy or Consulate near you.

Costs and processing times of the Mexico Tourist Visa

On your appointment day, bring your documents and filled-out application form to the Mexican Embassy and pay the visa fee, typically around US$36.

Fees can vary by visa type and application location, and payment methods differ—some countries require bank payments while others accept cash.

You'll also need to buy a Tourist Card Air or Land, costing between US$15 and US$30.

The processing time for a Mexican visa varies by location. Some embassies issue your visa in as little as two days, while others might take up to four weeks. We recommend applying as early as possible to avoid issues and delays.

Where can I learn more about Mexico and the Mexican Tourist Visa?

If you have more questions, contact our customer support team at any time via online chat or WhatsApp. They will happily answer your questions and explain anything our guide has missed.


Do I need a Mexico Tourist Visa if I’m transiting through Mexico?

If you are transiting through Mexico and will remain within the airport's international transit area, you usually don't need a Mexico Tourist Visa.

However, you may need to apply for a visa if you plan to leave the airport or if your layover is longer than 24 hours. It's best to check with your airline or Mexican immigration authorities to confirm the entry requirements for transit.

What is a consent letter when traveling with a child?
The consent letter is a legal document where the child's other parent or guardian confirms their agreement for the child to travel without them.
What are the entry requirements and regulations for Mexico (including COVID-19)?

Mexico currently has no entry restrictions related to COVID-19.

Keep in mind you'll also need a Tourist Card for Mexico, even if you're visa-exempt.

Where can I read more?
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