Mexico attracts many tourists from all over the world, thanks to its rich ancient culture with many landmarks, and magnificent nature, but the most important reason why many people come here is the numerous golden beaches of the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. With the increasing tourist appeal of this country, many adventurers are wondering “Can I Travel to Mexico Without a Visa?”. In this article, you will find the answer.
Visa Is Needed For Some Nationalities
A visa to Mexico is not required for citizens of the following countries:
- United Kingdom
Tourists from other countries who want to visit Mexico will have to apply for a visa or any other document allowing them to cross the border. Those who are going to fly to Mexico by plane will only need a special electronic permit – a kind of visa.
It is important to note that an electronic permit is issued not only for tourism but also for any other reason for entry (other than work). You can stay in the country under such a permit for no more than 180 days, and the permit itself is valid for 30 days from the moment of its receipt.
Besides, tourists from other countries only need to have a valid United States visa (of any category) in their passport, which allows them to stay in Mexico for 180 days without a visa.
One of the best alternatives to a visa is the Mexico Tourist Card, which can be easily obtained on the Natvisa website by filling out a simple application form.
Most People Only Need The Mexico Tourist Card (FMM)
Every foreign national, including temporary and permanent residents of Mexico, must submit a completed immigration form upon arrival in Mexico at passport control. It is also called a tourist card or FMM (Forma Migratoria Múltiple).
Note. In this document, and only in it, will be indicated how many days you have the right to stay in Mexico as a tourist. You can’t lose your FMM form. If you lose it, you won’t be able to leave Mexico until you get a new FMM.
You can get an FMM on the plane on the way to Mexico (from the flight attendant) or at the airport in Mexico (at the counters in the arrival hall before passing through passport control). All data must be entered by hand in Latin letters.
This form contains the following fields that you need to fill in:
- First and last name (as they are indicated in your passport).
- Your citizenship, or more precisely-the country of issue of the passport with which you will pass passport control upon arrival in Mexico.
- Date of birth.
- Your gender.
- Passport number.
- The purpose of coming to Mexico (tourism, business, or other).
- The number of the flight that brought you to Mexico.
- The name of the state and city in Mexico that you are going to.
- The name of the hotel where you will be staying and the address in Mexico (You can specify only the name of the hotel or only the address).
If you have completed the FMM online, you must print it out and present it to the immigration officer upon arrival in Mexico. The date of completion will be the date on the stamp that the immigration officer will put on the form. The permitted period of stay in Mexico will be calculated from the date on the stamp.
Traveling To Mexico During Pandemic
Formally, Mexico did not impose restrictions on the entry of foreign citizens during the coronavirus epidemic. There are no official documents that change the previous regime of entry into the country. Citizens of all countries of the world and from all countries of the world are allowed to enter. No COVID-19 test results are required for entry.
The only innovation – you need to fill out a medical declaration. Filling out this form is very simple, and is not a serious obstacle to visiting Mexico. This form must also be filled out on domestic flights and departures from Mexico.
Be Safe When Traveling To Mexico
Even though the patrol police are literally at every corner, the crime rate in Mexico is very high. The number of robberies per person here is almost 7 times higher than in the United States!
To make your trip safe and comfortable, follow these simple rules:
- After arriving at the airport, do not lose sight of your belongings and luggage.
- Personal valuables and documents should be kept in the hotel safe, but they must be in your sight.
- When going out for a walk, you do not need to take documents with you, they can easily be replaced by a hotel or hotel card. In addition to the card, you can also take copies of documents (passports, insurance policy).
- You don’t have to tell anyone about the hotel or room you’re staying in.
- Mexicans like to organize protests and strikes, and not all of them are peaceful. Some result in real riots with shootouts and Molotov cocktails. If you hear anything about the rally on the news or from the hotel staff, avoid the square where the meeting is held, as the police sometimes take away all those who fall under the “hot hand”.
- Do not get acquainted with suspicious people on the street or in a bar, and leave your drink in the club unattended. Criminals sometimes inject drugs and then rob and rape the insensitive victims.
Dangerous regions of Mexico:
- The Mexican state of Chihuahua is located on the border with the United States. The border city of Ciudad Juarez leads to a number of violent deaths.
- Durango is a Mexican state that even local police are afraid of. It is considered one of the poorest, so crime and drug addiction thrive here.
- Guerrero. The locals call this state bloody. After all, from year to year there are regular cases of mass slaughter and shootings.
- Tepito is a district of Mexico City. It’s crawling with drug dealers, criminal gangs, and pimps. Of course, it is not a tourist destination, but it is located near the parliament, so you can wander here by mistake, exploring the surrounding area.
If you cannot avoid the crime, and you are left without money and valuable documents, then contact the Embassy of your country in Mexico.