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Visa Requirements for Tourism in Australia You Need to Know
If you’re planning a trip to Australia, you’re not alone. In 2018, the country welcomed more than nine million visitors who came to see people, animals and landmarks of the island continent. Before you book your flight, you’ll need a visa that lets you enter and stay in the country legally. Here’s what you need to know about visa requirements for Australia.
Australian Visitor Visa Types
Australia has 14 different visitor visas that allow guests to visit, study and work temporarily. Certain tourist visas, such as the Tourist Stream, eVisitor and Electronic Travel Authority, let you stay in the country for up to 12 months to visit as a tourist. With the eVisitor and Electronic Travel Authority options, you can enter as many times as you want during that one year period. If you have family in the country, you can apply for the Sponsored Family Stream, a family-sponsored visa that lets you stay for up to one year.
Other temporary visas have specific purposes. A Transit Visa lets visitors in the country for up to 72 hours, and Medical Treatment Visa allows them to seek medical treatment. Individuals who need to visit for business purposes other than working or selling products can apply for the Business Visitor Stream. People between the ages of 18 and 30 can apply for working holiday visas that let them work in the country to fund their trip. There are also two visas specifically for citizens of China.
Visa Processing Times
According to Australia’s Department of Home Affairs, visa processing times range from less than one day to just under two months. The Electronic Travel Authority has the shortest wait time, and the government grants most of these visas in less than one day. The Working Holiday Visas have the longest wait time, but 90 percent of these visas get approved within 53 days.
Requirements for US Citizens
United States citizens must have a valid passport when they enter Australia, and the passport must have one page available for the entry stamp. They don’t need any special vaccinations, but there are currency restrictions. Anyone entering or leaving the country with more than 10,000 AUD must declare the amount of money they have.
Online Visa Services
You can complete visa forms for Australia online or on paper. The online visa service is called ImmiAccount. After signing up for an account, you can complete an application, submit supporting documents and correct errors you made to a previous application. You can also check the status of an Australian visa or visa application through the system.
If the government needs more information from you to continue processing the visa application, you’ll find that information in the ImmiAccount system. For example, you might see a notification to schedule a health examination or biometric appointment under the Actions Required tab. The Department of Home Affairs also uses the system to communication with visa applicants.
What Happens if You Overstay Your Visa?
It’s against the law to stay in Australia after your visa expires. If you overstay your visa you have two options: leave the country or extend your visa. Depending on the type of visa you have, you might be able to extend the visa as long as you apply for the extension before the original expiration date. Another option is a Bridging visa A, which gives you temporary legal status until you decide whether you want to extend your visa.
If you don’t have the option to extend your visa, you have to leave as soon as possible However, you can’t just hop on a plane. The government may detain you at the airport, bill you for the cost of removing you from the country or deny your future visa applications for up to three years. To avoid this, you should apply for a Bridging visa E. This temporary visa gives you legal status so you can arrange your exit.
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Embajada de México en Australia
Visitor visa for mexico, general information.
A visitor visa allows you to stay in Mexico for a period of up to 180 days, provided that you are not carrying out any paid activities. This includes tourism, volunteering, studying courses shorter than 6 months, transit, and attending business meetings, among others, as long as you are absolutely sure that no monetary earnings will be derived from your activities in Mexico .
Although visitors can potentially enter Mexico for a maximum of 180 days, the immigration officials will decide the maximum period of stay in Mexico for all international visitors, based on the documents that visitors provide regarding their intended activities in Mexico. Immigration officials might grant a shorter stay period if you can only provide proof of activities in Mexico for a short period of time. Consequently, it is recommended that all visitors carry with them a copy of their itineraries/ travel reservations / letter of invitations at the entry point.
All visas are processed at the Mexican Embassy in Canberra (14 Perth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT 2600). The physical presence of the applicant at the Embassy is an absolute requirement .
Do I need a Visitor Visa?
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists for a period of less than 180 days
Citizens of the countries listed on this link do not require a Mexican visitor visa to enter Mexico for business, tourism, short studies (under 6 months) or transit: https://www.inm.gob.mx/gobmx/word/index.php/paises-no-requieren-visa-para-mexico/ .
You can check the list of the countries that do require a Mexican visitor visa on this link: https://www.inm.gob.mx/gobmx/word/index.php/paises-requieren-visa-para-mexico/ .
If you are a Permanent Resident of the following countries, you do not need a visitor visa to enter Mexico as a tourist/visitor, as long as you can provide proof of your permanent residence:
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Any country of the Schengen Space
- Any country from the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia and Peru)
If you currently hold a valid multiple entry valid multiple entry visa from Canada, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area and your visa is valid during your entire stay in Mexico, you do not need a visitor visa to enter Mexico as a tourist/visitor as long as you do not stay in Mexico for more than 180 days nor work in Mexico.
If you are a business person within the APEC region (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and have an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC), you do not need a visa to enter Mexico as a visitor/business for up to three months.
If the exemptions do not apply, you will need to apply for a Mexican Visitor Visa.
- Visa application form, which can be downloaded here .
- Current passport with a minimum validity left of six months.
- One passport size photograph with white background and visible facial traits (i.e. hair not covering the face)
- Copy of valid Australian visa, as proof that you are legally residing in Australia. NOTE: All applicants must be legally in Australia at the moment of applying for a Mexican visa.
- Bank statements of the last three months, counting backwards from the day of the appointment (for example, if the appointment is on March 15th, the statements have to cover at least from December 15th to March 15th). The average monthly balance must be over 300 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (please make sure you have checked the equivalent in Australian dollars before the appointment date), for each and every one of the last three months. If the bank statements were issued electronically, they must be printed by you and stamped by the issuing bank. If you have multiple bank accounts, please print and stamp the bank statements of all the accounts that will support your visa application. If you do not have a printed and stamped version of your statements, they will not be taken into consideration in the assessment process, even if you have electronic access to them.
- Payment slips of the last three months AND a letter of your employer stating that you’ve been working for that particular company for at least one year. The monthly income must be over 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (please make sure you have checked the equivalent in Australian dollars before the appointment date). You must also show bank statements showing the transfer of the salary into your account. If the bank statements were issued electronically, they must be printed by you and stamped by the issuing bank.
- If you are currently studying in Australia, proof of enrolment at a university/school AND a document showing that you have a steady job, a pension or a scholarship, including your monthly income of the last three months (salary, allowances, pension or scholarship). The monthly income for students must be over 60 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (please make sure you have checked the equivalent in Australian dollars before the appointment date), for every month.
- Ownership of real state property in Australia for a minimum of two years AND a letter of your employer stating that you’ve been working for that particular company for a minimum of two years.
- Ownership of real state property in Australia for a minimum of two years AND an official document stating the ownership or your participation in a business/company for at least two years.
- An invitation letter for an event or a non-remunerated activity. The letter must state your name and nationality, name of the organisation or institution, official registry number of the organisation, objective of the organisation, details of the activity or project intended in Mexico, as well as the estimated duration or dates of the planned activities. It also has to specify the commitment of the organisation to cover for your expenses whilst in Mexico. A copy of official ID with signature and photograph of the person signing the letter will be required.
- ii. In order to show that the organisation that invited you has the financial solvency to cover your expenses, it is necessary to present a proof of investments or bank statements of the organisation with a monthly average of 1,000 of minimum daily wages in Mexico City (please make sure you have checked the equivalent in Australian dollars before the appointment date) during the last 12 months. Public and private institutions that are part of National Education System (i.e. schools and universities), won’t need to provide proof of financial solvency.
- Proof of professional skills, experience, abilities or necessary knowledge to perform the activities that you have been invited for.
- Acceptance letter from any institution from the National Education System, to attend a course, study, research project, academic or professional program, for a term of 180 days or shorter. The letter must have the Institution’s letterhead and specify the following details of the applicant: full name and nationality, level and study program, name of the course you’ve been accepted to, estimated duration or dates of the academic activities as well as the cost of the course and the official registration number of the academic institution.
- Proof of financial solvency to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses. You will need to show proof of investments or bank statements with a monthly average income of 150 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (please make sure you have checked the equivalent in Australian dollars before the appointment date), during the last 3 months. Or documents showing that you have a steady job, a pension or a scholarship (for example, payslips), showing a monthly income of at least 100 minimum daily wages in Mexico City (please make sure you have checked the equivalent in Australian dollars before the appointment date), in each and every one of the last three months. If the applicant is under 25 years old, the financial solvency, can be accredited the parents, partner or tutor, by presenting also the birth certificate of the applicant. You can also present the academic institution’s letter that states that you have been granted with a scholarship or a letter from your financial institution that confirms you have the requested founds.
How to apply
- Choose a date and time for your appointment via the MiConsulado (MyConsulate) booking system: https://citas.sre.gob.mx/ . You can select the language of MiConsulado on the upper right corner of the website. If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment. However, if you are applying as a family unit, you can use a single booking for up to one adult and one child.
- On the day of the appointment, you will be required to appear before the Mexican Embassy with your passport, visa application form and supporting documents for a consular interview. There is no visa processing done online or through post . If the applicant is a minor, the parents will need to appear as well, showing the minor’s birth certificate. NOTE : The original passport, application, photograph and all supporting documents will have to be brought to the embassy on the day of the appointment
- On the day of the appointment the documents will be reviewed, the biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) will be taken and there will be a consular interview. If the documents are complete and the consular interview is successful, the visa will be issued within 24 hours of the appointment. If further verification is required, the process can take up to 10 working days.
- Consular fees are updated every month and you are required to check the updated fee before your appointment through the following link .
- Visa fees, regardless of whether the visa is issued or denied, must be paid on the day of the appointment.
- Visa fees will have to be paid by either electronic transfer or in exact cash/denominations on the day of the appointment . Card payments are not accepted.
Important information to take into consideration
- The requirements shown above are the minimum requirements to apply for a visa. It is strongly advised that if you have further evidence to support your visa application, you bring it with you on the day of your appointment.
- Submitting the minimum requirements of the visa application does not guarantee that the visa will be approved. Further information might be requested by the Consular agent in charge of processing your application.
- All of your supporting documents must be printed. Documents only available on your phone, laptop or tablet will not be accepted .
- Due to high demand, we advise that you start your tourist visa application at least six weeks ahead of your planned travel date .
- Visa appointments are open on the first week of each month. If there are no available appointments, try booking an appointment at a later date.
- If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please do so via the MiConsulado (MyConsulate) booking system.
- We strongly advise NOT to make any travel arrangements until a decision on your visa has been made. The embassy will not take any responsibility for any plane tickets purchased or other costs incurred before your visa has been approved.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Do I need an appointment to apply for visas? Yes. It is essential that you make an appointment for all visa applications
As an Australian or New Zealand citizen, do I need a visa to enter Mexico? If you are an Australian or New Zealand Passport holder, you do NOT require a visa to enter Mexico as a tourist for a period of up to 180 days.
For other nationalities, please refer to the section Do I need a Visitor Visa ?
Can I provide proof of financial solvency for someone else’s visa application? You can only provide proof of financial solvency for yourself, your spouse and/or your children under 18 years old. If you are currently holding or applying for a Mexican visitor visa, your spouse/children will need to include as part of their visa applications either the marriage certificate (for spouses) or birth certificate (for children), along with the rest of the supporting documents, including the bank statements or payslips under your name for the last three months (read the “requirements” section).
My family and I would like to visit Mexico. Do all members of the family need to come to the embassy for an appointment? Yes. All applicants must submit their original documentation in person. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, he or she must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and have their birth certificate.
Documents that are neither in Spanish nor in English need to be accompanied by a certified translation into Spanish. Furthermore, any official documents that are not issued by Australian authorities need to be legalized/apostilled.
If more than one person will apply for the visa, each applicant must have their own appointment. However, if you are applying as a family unit, you can use a single booking for up to one adult and one child.
Can I work in Mexico on a visitor visa? No. You cannot work in Mexico on a visitor visa.
Are there any additional requirements to enter Mexico as a tourist? No fixed amount of money or return ticket is needed to enter Mexico. However, be aware that upon your entrance, immigration officers might ask to provide evidence that you have a) enough money to support yourself during your stay, and that there is b) sufficient reason to believe that you will leave the country, if entering as a tourist.
Ultimately, it is the decision of the immigration officer to allow or refuse entrance to Mexico, even if you carry a valid visa.
I need to cancel or change my appointment. How can I do it? Just log in to the MiConsulado booking system, select “Scheduled appointments” and then select to cancel the appointment. You will need to book a new appointment (subject to availability).
What is the FMM and do I need it prior to my travel to Mexico? The Multiple Migratory Form (FMM) is a document completed by every foreigner entering Mexico that serves as a proof of their legal stay in the country.
If you are travelling by air, it will be given to you by the airline when entering the country. It can also be obtained at the counters of the airport, before passing through Migration. If you are entering by land, it will be given to you at the point of entry.
You will need to keep the FMM with you during your stay in Mexico and give it back when leaving the country, either to the airline (when leaving by air) or to the Migration authorities (when leaving by land).
If you are entering by land, when you fill your FMM you will be required to pay $500 pesos for the migratory fee. If you are entering by air, the cost is already included in your flight ticket.
Although you will receive a FMM upon entry into Mexico, you can also fill out and print the electronic FMM up to 30 days prior to your travel into Mexico: https://www.inm.gob.mx/fmme/publico/en/solicitud.html .
What should I do if I lose my FMM? You should contact the nearest office of the National Migration Institute (INAMI) to request a replacement form. More information here (in Spanish): https://www.gob.mx/tramites/ficha/reposicion-de-documento-migratorio/INM819
Can I extend or renew my visitor visa? No, visitor visas cannot be extended or renewed without leaving the country at the end of the 180-day period.
Can I convert my visitor visa to a work visa while in Mexico? No. You must first find a Mexican employer that is willing to sponsor your temporary residence visa (with work permit) application at the National Institute of Migration (INM). The employer must request the visa from INM on your behalf. You can remain in the country during processing but once it is accepted by the INAMI, you will have to leave the country, obtain your visa at any Mexican embassy or consulate, and return to the country with the temporary resident work visa on your passport.
If my flight to Mexico has a layover in the US, do I need a US visa? Be aware most flights departing from Australia into Mexico have layovers in the United States or in another country. You are advised to check the visa requirements for the countries that you will be transiting in when you travel to Mexico. For further information, contact the consular authorities of those countries.
If a multiple entry US visa is granted (this includes transit visas), you will be able to use it to enter Mexico without having to apply for a Mexican Visitor Visa (this does not apply for ESTA or electronic authorizations for travel into the US).
Do I need a student visa if I am going to Mexico on exchange or for a short study program? If you have an Australian passport, you do not need a visa to enter Mexico to undertake study or courses as long as the total length of your stay in Mexico does not exceed 180 days. However, if your studies will exceed 180 days, you will need to apply for a student visa. A student visa would only be issued if the letter from the educational institution in Mexico clearly states that the length of your studies exceeds the 180-day period.
If I want to conduct business in Mexico, do I need a business visa? If you are a business person within the APEC region (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) and have a APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC), you do not need a visa to enter Mexico as a visitor/business for up to three months.
My passport is about to expire. Can I apply for a visa? Your passport must be valid for at least six months after date of entry in Mexico. This applies for all visas, including visitor visas, temporary/permanent resident visas and student visas.
How can I apply for a transit visa? There are no transit visas for Mexico. If you have a flight with a layover in Mexico, you will need to either a) have a valid Mexican visa b) hold a passport issued by a country listed here or c) comply with one of the exceptions to enter Mexico without a visitor visa. For more information, refer to the section Do I need a Visitor Visa?
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Mexico Visa for the citizens of the USA
Planning to visit the famed border destination of Mexico from the US? But concerned about whether Americans need a visa for Mexico?
Since many US citizens choose to visit Mexico for vacations, understanding the Mexican immigration authorities' rules and requirements is essential. There is no reason to panic. However, we are here to explain everything you need to know!
As an American, you cannot enter Mexico with just a valid passport. Here is everything you need to know about Mexico's visa policy, including Mexico Tourist Card requirements.
Do Americans need a visa for Mexico?
Americans do not require a Mexico Tourist Visa or any other Mexican visa to travel to Mexico. However, Mexican authorities require citizens of the USA to present a Mexico Tourist Card upon arrival in Mexico.
Do US Green Card Holders need a visa to go to Mexico?
US Green Card Holders do not have to apply for a Mexico Visa. Also, those who are permanent residents of the following countries: Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area, and the USA do not require Mexican visas to enter the country.
What is a Mexico Tourist Card?
The Mexico Tourist Card is a mandatory travel document required for most visitors to enter Mexico for tourism purposes. Although popularly known as a tourist visa, the Tourist Card is not officially a Mexico visa and does not replace a Mexico visa .
How long is the Mexican Tourist Card valid?
The Single Entry document is valid for 180 days after arrival and grants the holder a maximum stay of 180 days.
Who needs a Mexico FMM?
All US citizens entering Mexico for tourism, visiting family, doing business, or other short-term purposes (up to 180 days) MUST apply for a Mexican Tourist Card even if they don't need to obtain a Mexico Tourist Visa.
The type of card you require depends on how you enter the country. If you are flying into Mexico and landing at an international airport like the Mexico City International Airport, you will need a Mexico Tourist Card Air. However, if you are entering Mexico through one of its many land borders, you must apply for a Mexico Tourist Card Land.
How to apply for a Mexico Tourist Card
Fortunately, you do not need to visit the nearest Mexican consulate or Mexican embassy to apply for this document. Instead, you can apply online. That said, we know that the Mexican government website application can be complicated to navigate, so we offer a simpler and quicker application process. Follow these three steps to apply:
Step One: Fill out the form with your general information.
Step Two : Choose the processing time and make the payment.
Step Three : Upload the required documents and double-check that all your information is correct.
From here, our team will process your application, and you will receive your Tourist Card via email.
Do I have to apply for my kids?
Yes. Every foreign traveler wishing to visit Mexico must apply for a Mexico Tourist Card, including children.
What documents do I need to apply for a Mexico Tourist Card?
To successfully process your Mexico Tourist Card, you must provide the following documents:
Valid passport and a scanned copy of the first page.
An airplane ticket (including flight number).
Credit/debit card for the payment.
Your trip information, such as the state and the address where you'll be staying in Mexico.
An email address to receive the FMM.
What is the price of the Mexico Visa for the Citizens of the USA?
iVisa aims to make things easier for you; thus, our service has a price and cannot be offered for free. However, you should know that these prices are always affordable. Depending on how fast you need your FMM, you can choose one of these options:
Standard processing which takes 24 hours and costs USD $129.53
Rush processing which takes 4 hours and costs USD $207.53 .
Super rush processing which takes 30 minutes and costs USD $301.53
What should I do if I'm just passing through Mexico?
If you're only passing through Mexico, then you don't need the Mexico Tourist Card, but keep in mind that as soon as you leave the airport there, you'll have to apply for the document.
Will I need a visa if I am not traveling for tourism purposes?
Since US citizens can travel to Mexico visa-free for up to 180 days, they may require a visa to travel beyond that period.
The Mexican government requires anyone staying in Mexico for more than six months, regardless of nationality, to apply for a Mexican Temporary Residence Permit. If you intend to work in the country, you must apply for a work permit.
There are no entry restrictions, COVID testing, or quarantine requirements in Mexico. It is also not mandatory for American citizens to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
Where can I find more information?
Would you like more information about Mexican visas? Read our ultimate guide to Mexico and FAQ sections or contact our 24/7 customer service team , who will happily answer any questions you may have.
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Can You Enter Mexico with US Visa? (2023 Regulations)
Tell us if this is you……. After roaming around in America for a while, now you’re started thinking to have a look at its neighboring country Mexico.
Can’t blame you.
Mexico is a land of marvels.
This North American country is called a land of treasure where even a lifetime would not be enough to discover everything from this hidden gem.
Now the big question arrived- Can you enter Mexico with US Visa?
Fortunately, yes, you can. Citizens of the USA do not need visas to enter Mexico as tourists for less than 180 days. Additionally, any nationality with a valid US visa is allowed to travel to Mexico without any separate visa.
Here are the details of the visa facilities:
- Approved Visa Category: Multiple-entry non-immigrant US visas – B1, B2, B1/B2, F1, J1, H1 and L1 only
- Visit Terms: The visa must be used.
- Stay Permission: 180 Days
- Prior Approval: Not required
- US visa & Passport must be valid for the entire stay in Mexico
- National Institute of Migration, Mexico
- Consulate of Mexico in Toronto, Canada
- Consulate of Mexico in New Delhi, India
- Consulate of Mexico in Singapore
Is Mexico visa on arrival with US visa?
Mexico has implemented an Electronic Travel Authorization (also known as an “ESTA” or “Forma Migratoria Multiple” or “FMM”) that allows citizens of certain countries to enter Mexico for tourism or business purposes for a maximum stay of 180 days without a visa.
And this FMM tourist card can be applied Online.
But remember, you can enter Mexico with this card only by air or land. It does not apply to ports. Citizens can easily enter Mexico from….
- New Zealand
- Most EU countries
- Pacific alliances (Peru, Chile, Columbia)
Mexico visa for Bangladeshi with a US visa
No matter what your nationality, having a US visa means your door is open in every country (well almost all countries).
A lot of questions are spinning in my mind about this? Ok, let’s try to answer some of your questions.
Do Bangladeshi passport holders need visas for Mexico?
Bangladeshi citizens traveling to Mexico with a valid US visa don’t need a prior visa to enter (and an additional 20 countries ). They can just claim visas on arrival at any international port. You need to have a valid US visa and used it at least once to enter the US.
And without a US visa, you need to face the embassy with the whole procedure as a Bangladeshi. Not to mention- currently, all the visa processing of Bangladeshi citizens is handled in the New Delhi embassy. and it’s really challenging to get a visa approved.
What documents do I need to enter Mexico as a tourist?
To enter US with a Bangladeshi passport, you need to have the following:
- A valid Bangladeshi passport (with at least six months validity remaining)
- Your travel itinerary, including your accommodation details and return or onward ticket
- Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay
Can I travel to Mexico with US h1b visa?
US h1b is the visa for temporary foreign employees in specialty occupations.
If you hold a valid H1B visa for the United States, you may be able to enter Mexico for tourism or business purposes without obtaining a visa. But you can just claim a visa on arrival at Mexico port.
A big disclaimer:
Immigration policies and requirements are subject to change. That’s why we recommend staying informed and up-to-date on the latest information before making any travel plans. Let us know if you have any queries regarding anything about the Mexico visa.
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Do You Need A Visa To Go To Mexico: Mexico Visa Requirements And Passport Requirements
Last Updated : Oct 2, 2023
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Have you lately asked yourself the following: "Do I need a visa to go to Mexico?", "Do US citizens need a visa to go to Mexico?" or something like "Do US citizens need a passport to go to Mexico?" If you have, then this post is especially for you.
If you want to visit Mexico, you might need a Mexican Visa. However, certain citizens enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico. I know it sounds a bit confusing, but that's why I will explain everything about the Mexico Visa in this post. We'll cover essential information like what is a Mexican visa, who needs a visa, whether US citizens need a passport to go to Mexico, and the entry requirements.
Let's get you ready for Mexico:
What Is The Mexico Visa?
The Mexico Visa policy is a document foreign nationals require who wish to enter Mexico for business, tourism, or other purposes. The visa is obtained from a Mexican Consulate or Embassy. It can be valid for up to six months, depending on your visa type. There are different types of Mexico visas, and the requirements for each type vary. For example, the requirements for a business visa may differ from those for a tourist visa.
For this post, I will explain everything about the Mexico Tourist Visa. Please remember that you can only use the Mexican Tourist Visa for tourism and business purposes for up to 180 days.
What Is The Mexico Tourist Card?
The Mexican Tourist Card , commonly known as the Multiple Immigration Form (FMM) or Forma Migratoria Multiple. The Tourist Card allows visitors from other countries to enter Mexico. However, it is not an actual visa and does not take the place of a visa.
Anyone visiting or doing business in Mexico for a short period (up to 180 days) must obtain a Mexico Tourist Card. Fortunately, completing the online FMM form is simple, and you only need a few documents. However, ensure your passport is valid and not about to expire before applying for your tourist card.
Do I Need A Visa To Go To Mexico?
As I mentioned earlier, you might need a Mexico Visa. It all depends on your nationality and the type of passport you have. For that reason, I will explain the Mexico Visa requirements.
Later in this post, I will explain if you need a passport to go to Mexico and the Mexico entry requirements. Please use the links above if you want to skip ahead.
Do US Citizens Need A Visa To Go To Mexico?
Do us green card holders need a visa to go to mexico, which countries do not require a mexico visa, do diplomatic passport holders need a visa to go to mexico, do diplomats with a service category passport need a visa to go to mexico, do i need a visa if i have an apec business travel card.
No, US citizens do not need a Mexica Visa. US citizens enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico for up to 180 days. Although US citizens do not need a Mexican Visa, they must apply for a Mexican Tourist Card. For more information, go and check out our Mexican Tourist Card guide .
No, US Green Card Holders do not have to apply for a Mexico Visa. Additionally, suppose you have a permanent residency in one of the following countries. In that case, you also do not have to do a visa application. These countries include Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the Schengen Area, and, as I mentioned, the USA.
If you're not a US citizen or a US Green Card Holder, there is still a chance that you don't need a visa to travel to Mexico. The Mexican Government established a Visa-free policy where citizens of 70 countries enjoy travel to Mexico without a visa. With that being said, if you're a citizen from one of the following countries, you don't need a visa to go to Mexico:
A ndorra, Argentina, Australia, B ahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, C anada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, E cuador, H ong Kong, I celand, Israel, J amaica, Japan, L iechtenstein, M acau, Marshall Islands, Malaysia, Micronesia, Monaco, N ew Zealand, Norway, P alau, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, S an Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, T rinidad and Tobago, U nited Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, V atican City, and Venezuela.
Perhaps your country is not on the list of countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico. However, you can still enjoy visa-free travel if you are a diplomatic passport holder from one of the following countries:
A ndorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, B elgium, Benin, C zech Republic, D enmark, Dominican Republic, E cuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, F inland, H onduras, Hungary, K uwait, L ithuania, M arshall Islands, Micronesia, N etherlands, Norway, P alau, P ortugal, S lovakia, South Africa, T rinidad and Tobago, Turkey, U kraine, and Uruguay
Mexico has a range of visa-free travel categories, including citizens with a service category passport. The service category passport refers to a citizen that will work in another country on behalf of their state. If you have a service passport from one of the following countries, you also enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico:
A lgeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, B arbados, Bolivia, C hina, Cuba, G uatemala, Guyana, I ndia, Indonesia, K azakhstan, L aos, M alaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, P akistan, Philippines, R ussia, S aint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, T hailand, Tunisia, U nited Arab Emirates, and the United States.
The last category of countries that enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico are citizens with an APEC Bussines Travel Card (ABTC). Remember that your ABTC must have the MEX code on the back to be eligible for travel to Mexico. Citizens from the following countries that have an ABTC enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico:
A ustralia, B runei, C hile, China, H ong Kong, I ndonesia, J apan, M alaysia, N ew Zealand, P apua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, R ussia, S outh Korea, Singapore, T aiwan, Thailand, and V ietnam.
***Please feel free to check out the Mexican Embassy website to* find out if you need a valid visa to go to Mexico .**
Do I Need A Passport To Go To Mexico?
Although US citizens and US Green Card Holders do not need a Visa to go to Mexico, you must still travel with your valid passport.
However, this depends on your way of entry. For example, if you travel to Mexico by air, you must have your passport. But, if you travel to Mexico through the land border, you do not have to present your passport. Therefore, when you reach the border area or the border crossings, Mexican authorities will ask to see your documents.
The last port of entry to Mexico would be by entering on a cruise ship. If you're on a closed-loop cruise to Mexico, you must show your birth certificate and government-issued ID.
For more information about traveling with your passport, check out our guide on passport requirements for Mexico .
Can I Go To Mexico With An Electronic Travel Authorization?
Through the SAE, or Mexican Electronic Authorization System, qualified applicants can obtain their travel authorization for Mexico online without first applying for a visa. However, you must provide your passport details when you apply and travel by air to be qualified to use the electronic permission method.
If you get an electronic travel authorization for Mexico, you can visit, conduct business, or travel to Mexico for up to 180 days. You may only enter the country once and must use it within 30 days of receiving it.
The countries that can apply for the Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization include Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine.
Do I Need A Visa To Go To Mexico If I Have A US Or Schengen Visa?
No, if you have a US visitor visa or a Schengen Visa, you do not have to apply for a Mexican Visa. Additionally, you also enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico if you have a visa from one of the following countries:
C anada, J apan, S chengen Area, U nited States, and United Kingdom
Do I Need A Visa To Transit Through Mexico?
You do not need a visa to transit through a Mexican airport if you are from a nation whose citizens generally require one, but only if your transit won't last more than 24 hours and you don't leave the transit area of the Mexico City International Airport.
A Mexican immigration officer will collect your passports and lead you to the transit area, where you can wait for the following aircraft when your plane lands at the airport.
You must apply for a Mexico visa if you want to leave the transit area and the airport because doing so qualifies as entering the country.
Suppose you are involved in a criminal investigation or have been found guilty of a major crime. In that case, Mexican immigration authorities may reject your request to enter the country.
What Are The Mexican Entry Requirements?
Now that you know whether or not you need a Mexican Visa, I will explain the Mexico travel documents. If you enjoy visa-free travel to Mexico, you must have the following documents to enter Mexico:
Valid passport (if traveling by air)
Passport card (only applicable if you are driving to Mexico)
Means of subsistence (proof of financial sufficiency such as bank statements)
Please visit the US Embassy website for additional information about Mexico entry requirements.
How Can I Get A Mexico Tourist Visa?
You must apply for your Mexican Tourist Visa at a Mexican Embassy or Consulate. Alternatively, I suggest you apply through Atlys . Instead of doing everything yourself, Atlys will ensure to make your Mexican Tourist Visa application much easier.
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Now that you know everything there is to know about the Mexico visa requirements, you can start planning your trip. However, it is important to note that COVID-19 requirements can change without notice. Therefore, please stay updated on Mexico's entry requirements and requirements when leaving Mexico.
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Mexico Entry Requirements
Entry requirements for Mexico vary depending on the traveler’s nationality. The vast majority of foreigners must obtain a visa before entering Mexico. Currently, only 69 countries enjoy visa-exempt status for Mexico.
Whether they need to get a visa or not all foreigners must carry their valid ID (usually, the passport) as they cross the Mexican border . Moreover, all visitors must obtain and complete an FMM (Forma Migratoria Multiple, or Tourist Card) before they can enter.
Countries with Entry Requirements to Mexico
No matter the country that issued a traveler's passport, all those entering Mexico are required to submit an FMM .
Some nationalities eligible for a Mexico Tourist Card are:
- United Kingdom
- United States
All foreign nationals must be granted a Mexican visa before visiting the country unless they belong to one of the following categories:
- They hold a passport issued by one of the 69 countries enjoying visa-free travel to Mexico.
- They already have a valid visa for one of the Schengen countries, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
- They are permanent residents of one of the Schengen member states, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Japan, Peru, the United Kingdom, or the United States.
- They have a valid APEC Business Travel Card (APBTC) with the ‘Mex’ code on the back and come from Australia, Brunei, Chile, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
Not all foreigners are eligible to apply for the same visas using the same channels. For example, only citizens of Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine can apply for a Mexican visa online (SAE).
What Documents Are Needed for Entry to Mexico?
The type of documents that are required in order to obtain permission to enter Mexico varies. However, all travelers must complete the Mexico Tourist Card before they can enter Mexico .
Travelers who are not visa-exempt for Mexico also need to obtain a visa in advance of travel. Visa requirements vary on the type of permit one is applying for .
Essential documents for all visas include:
- A valid, eligible passport
- A visa application form completed in all of its parts as accurately as possible
An electronic travel permit (officially called Sistema de Autorización Electrónica or SAE) is the easiest and quickest way to get permission to enter Mexico . To complete a SAE application, only the above documents are required and can be uploaded in digital format from anywhere in the world thanks to the online system.
Documents required for a Mexico entry permit: offline applications
Depending on the type of visa one is applying for, there are a variety of documents that a prospective visitor may need to submit. The reason for these document requirements is usually to prove the applicant’s plans, motivation to travel, financial capacity, and more.
Find below a list of supporting documentation covering several Mexican visas that can only be obtained offline.
Please note that it is a general list only, and that specific information should be obtained from a Mexican embassy or consulate before starting an application.
- Itinerary information including hotel reservations
- Travel plans such as a return plane ticket proving the applicant’s intention of remaining in Mexico only temporarily
- A recent, passport-sized photograph
- Financial information demonstrating the traveler’s ability to support themselves during their time in Mexico (this can be submitted in the form of cash, bank statements, credit cards, etc)
- Health information such as evidence of vaccinations and/ or medical insurance cover
- Invitation letter from a Mexican citizen or entity
- Official business letter stating the reason for the applicant’s travel
- Invitation letter from a Mexican institution to attend official events
- Invitation letter from an institution part of the National Education System stating the foreigner’s purposes and length of studies in Mexico
Foreign citizens should also note that while the electronic authorization can be paid for online via debit or credit card, most visas require the payment of an application fee in cash directly at the embassy.
Passport Requirements for Mexico
All foreign citizens must hold a valid and eligible passport if they wish to enter the Mexican territory. For all visitors, the passport must:
- Be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of entry
- Contain blank pages to receive entry/exit stamps
Travelers crossing into Mexico by land are able to use either a valid passport book or passport card to enter the country.
Those who need a visa to enter Mexico must make sure that their passport data exactly matches the information provided in the visa application form .
Should the applicant’s passport fail to satisfy these criteria, the visa will be denied or canceled.
Please note that the passport provided during the application process and the granted visa are directly linked. Should the passport expire before the travel permit, both will become invalid and the traveler will have to apply again once a new passport is issued.
Foreign nationals will be asked to show their passport in several occasions including:
- When applying for the Mexico visa
- At the airport (travelers may be refused boarding if they fail to show their passport (and visa, if applicable) together with their plane ticket)
- At the immigration check at the Mexican border
- At checkpoints across the country
Although not all non-Mexican citizens need a visa, all foreigners must have a valid passport with them as they visit the country.
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The Mexico Tourist Card for US citizens is a mandatory entry permit .
The Mexican government introduced the online application for the Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM) to facilitate the process to obtain a travel permit to enter Mexico. American citizens can receive the Mexican Tourist Card within a few hours, provided they meet some basic requirements for international travel.
Do Americans Need a Visa for Mexico?
The visa policy for Mexico defines which nationalities need a visa before applying for the Forma Migratoria Múltiple .
U S citizens are not required to have a Mexican visa to enter the country.
However, all travelers, including Americans, must have a valid Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM) , provided they travel for any of the following reasons and do not need to stay for over 6 months:
- Tourism and leisure
- Professional meetings
- Sports competitions
- Cultural activities
- Short-term stays, such as airline crew on a stopover
The Mexican Tourist Card grants Americans a single entry into the county. If their stay requires them to briefly exit Mexican borders, they must have a second FMM to be allowed back in.
American travelers who would like to stay in Mexico for longer than 6 months or are considering a long-term relocation should note they will need a Mexican visa as well.
In their situation, we recommend they contact the Mexican embassy in Washington DC to inquire about visa options more suited to their needs. If they prefer, they can also contact any of the Mexican Consular offices throughout the rest of the country.
Requirements for the Mexico Tourist Card for US Citizens
It is recommended to read through the conditions for international travel for Americans before starting the application for the FMM. These basic requirements for US nationals to obtain the Forma Migratoria Múltiple include the following:
- US passport valid for at least 180 days on their arrival date
- E mail address to receive the confirmed FMM
- B ank card to pay the FMM processing fee
US travelers must check the expiration date on their passports . If these are set to expire shortly, we recommend submitting them for renewal at their earliest convenience.
American applicants should check they use an email address they frequently access to request their Mexico Tourist Card. All communications, including the issuance of the FMM, will be sent by email, so it is useful to have the information at hand.
The payment for the FMM processing fee is carried out by a secure digital platform. Most international debit and credit cards are accepted , and US travelers must simply check they are active for online and international payments.
Application Form for the FMM for Americans
US citizens who satisfy the basic requirements for the Mexico Tourist Card can begin the application process. The form for the FMM is available as a simple online questionnaire that can be completed in a matter of minutes.
US travelers will be required to provide some personal information , such as the following:
- Date of birth
- Residential address
- Email address
- Desired FMM stay
- Port of entry
To continue, they must provide their passport details . It is important to ensure that the answers they submit for the FMM are accurate, and all their replies match the information published on their passport. Any mistake or typo could delay their approval or have their request rejected.
Lastly, the application for the Mexican Tourist Card is concluded with the payment of the processing fee . As mentioned above, American petitioners must simply check their cards have been activated for international payments.
Do children need a Mexico Tourist Card for Americans?
American groups planning a family holiday with children must note each visitor must reach Mexico with their individual Forma Migratoria Múltiple previously granted. This is regardless of their age or if they share their passport with one of their parents or legal guardians.
US applicants can fill in their dependents’ FMM forms on their behalf without any problems, using the same process.
Traveling to Mexico with the FMM from the United States
Once Americans submit their application for the Forma Migratoria Múltiple , their application is analyzed, and within a few hours, they will receive a resolution to their request.
If US citizens have completed the FMM form correctly and meet the basic requirements, they will be issued an approved Mexican Tourist Card by email . The Mexican Tourist Card carries the same validity as the maximum amount of days required for travel (up to a maximum of 180).
Upon receipt of the Forma Migratoria Múltiple , American travelers should check that it includes the required date for departure printed. This travel document consists of 2 slips of paper. They should print out a copy of both to display at border crossings once they reach Mexico for inspection and entry stamps.
US travelers should keep their second slip with them at all times during their stay in Mexico and hand it in to Mexican authorities on their departure to ensure they have abided by the authorized dates.
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Foreign nationals are now free to enter Mexico without any coronavirus-related restrictions. The Mexican travel health certificate is no longer required. Visitors from eligible countries must ensure they have their Tourist Card (FMM) .
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Travel Advisory August 22, 2023
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Country Summary: Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread and common in Mexico. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted. In many states, local emergency services are limited outside the state capital or major cities.
U.S. citizens are advised to adhere to restrictions on U.S. government employee travel. State-specific restrictions are included in the individual state advisories below. U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including app-based services like Uber, and regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees should avoid traveling alone, especially in remote areas. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico, except daytime travel within Baja California and between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D.
Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Mexico.
Do Not Travel To:
- Colima state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Guerrero state due to crime .
- Michoacan state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Sinaloa state due to crime and kidnapping
- Tamaulipas state due to crime and kidnapping.
- Zacatecas state due to crime and kidnapping .
Reconsider Travel To:
- Baja California state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Chihuahua state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Durango state due to crime .
- Guanajuato state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Jalisco state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Morelos state due to crime .
- Sonora state due to crime and kidnapping .
Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To:
- Aguascalientes state due to crime .
- Baja California Sur state due to crime .
- Chiapas state due to crime .
- Coahuila state due to crime .
- Hidalgo state due to crime .
- Mexico City due to crime .
- Mexico State due to crime .
- Nayarit state due to crime.
- Nuevo Leon state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Oaxaca state due to crime .
- Puebla state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Queretaro state due to crime .
- Quintana Roo state due to crime .
- San Luis Potosi state due to crime and kidnapping .
- Tabasco state due to crime .
- Tlaxcala state due to crime .
- Veracruz state due to crime .
Exercise Normal Precautions When Traveling To:
- Campeche state
- Yucatan state
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas .
If you decide to travel to Mexico:
- Keep traveling companions and family back home informed of your travel plans. If separating from your travel group, send a friend your GPS location. If taking a taxi alone, take a photo of the taxi number and/or license plate and text it to a friend.
- Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night. In many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside the state capital or major cities.
- Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter .
- Follow the U.S. Embassy on Facebook and Twitter .
- Review the Country Security Report for Mexico.
- Mariners planning travel to Mexico should check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts , which include instructions on reporting suspicious activities and attacks to Mexican naval authorities.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
- Visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your travel.
Aguascalientes state – Exercise Increased Caution
Exercise increased caution due to crime.
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Aguascalientes state.
Baja California state – Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel due to crime and kidnapping.
Transnational criminal organizations compete in the border area to establish narco-trafficking and human smuggling routes. Violent crime and gang activity are common. Travelers should remain on main highways and avoid remote locations. Of particular concern is the high number of homicides in the non-tourist areas of Tijuana. Most homicides appeared to be targeted; however, criminal organization assassinations and territorial disputes can result in bystanders being injured or killed. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
U.S. government employees must adhere to the noted restrictions:
- Mexicali Valley: U.S. government employees should avoid the Mexicali Valley due to the heightened possibility of violence between rival cartel factions. The boundaries of the restricted area are: to the east, the Baja California/Arizona and Baja California/Sonora borders; to the south, from La Ventana (on Highway 5) due east to the Colorado River; to the west, Highway 5; and to the north, Boulevard Lazaro Cardenas/Highway 92/Highway 1 to Carretera Aeropuerto, from the intersection of Highway 1 and Carretera Aeropuerto due north to the Baja California/California border, and from that point eastward along the Baja California/California border.
- Travelers may use Highways 2 and 2D to transit between Mexicali, Los Algodones, and San Luis Rio Colorado during daylight hours. Travelers may also use Highways 1 and 8 to transit to and from the Mexicali Airport during daylight hours. Travel on Highway 5 is permissible during daylight hours.
There are no other travel restrictions for U.S. government employees in Baja California state. These include high-traffic tourism areas of border and coastal communities, such as Tijuana , Ensenada , and Rosarito .
Baja California Sur state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Baja California Sur state.
Campeche state – Exercise Normal Precautions
Exercise normal precautions.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Campeche state.
Chiapas state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Chiapas state.
Chihuahua state – Reconsider Travel
Violent crime and gang activity are common. Most homicides are targeted assassinations against members of criminal organizations. Battles for territory between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens and U.S. government employees, including restaurants and malls during daylight hours. Bystanders have been injured or killed in shooting incidents. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
U.S. government employee travel is limited to the following areas with the noted restrictions:
- Ciudad Juarez: U.S. government employees may travel to the area of Ciudad Juarez bounded to the east by Bulevar Independencia; to the south by De los Montes Urales/Avenida Manuel J Clouthier/Carretera de Juárez; to the west by Via Juan Gabriel/Avenida de los Insurgentes/Calle Miguel Ahumada/Francisco Javier Mina/Melchor Ocampo; and to the north by the U.S.-Mexico border. Direct travel to the Ciudad Juarez airport (officially called the Abraham González International Airport) and the factories located along Bulevar Independencia and Las Torres is permitted. Travel to San Jerónimo is permitted only through the United States via the Santa Teresa U.S. Port of Entry; travel via Anapra is prohibited.
U.S. government employees may only travel from Ciudad Juarez to the city of Chihuahua during daylight hours via Federal Highway 45, with stops permitted only at the Guardia Nacional División Caminos station, the Umbral del Milenio overlook area, the border inspection station at KM 35, and the shops and restaurants on Federal Highway 45 in the city of Ahumada.
- U.S. government employees may travel between Ciudad Juarez and Ascension via Highway 2.
- Nuevo Casas Grandes Area (including Nuevo Casas Grandes, Casas Grandes, Mata Ortiz, Colonia Juárez, Colonia LeBaron, Paquimé and San Buenaventura): U.S. government employees may travel to the Nuevo Casas Grandes area during daylight hours via Mexico Federal Highway 2, and subsequently Federal Highway 10, to Nuevo Casas Grandes. Employees are permitted to stay overnight in the cities of Nuevo Casas Grandes and Casas Grandes only.
- City of Chihuahua: U.S. government employees may travel at any time to the area of the city of Chihuahua bounded to the north by Avenida Transformación; to the east by Avenida Tecnológico/Manuel Gómez Morín/Highway 16/Blvd.José Fuentes Mares; to the west by the city boundary; and to the south by Periférico Francisco R. Almada.
- U.S. government employees may travel on Highways 45, 16, and 45D through the city of Chihuahua and to the Chihuahua airport (officially called the General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport).
- U.S. government employees may travel to Santa Eulalia to the east of the city of Chihuahua, as well as to Juan Aldama via Highway 16 to the northeast.
- U.S. government employees may travel south of the city of Chihuahua on Highway 45 to the southern boundary of Parral, including each town directly connected to Highway 45, including Lázaro Cárdenas, Pedro Meoqui, Santa Cruz de Rosales, Delicias, Camargo, Ciudad Jiménez, and Parral itself.
- U.S. government employees may only travel on official business from the city of Chihuahua on Highway 16 to Ciudad Cuauhtémoc bounded by Highway 21 to the north and east, Highway 5 to the west, and Bulevar Jorge Castillo Cabrera to the south.
- Ojinaga: U.S. government employees must travel to Ojinaga via U.S. Highway 67 and enter through the U.S. Port of Entry in Presidio, Texas.
- Palomas: U.S. government employees may travel to Palomas via U.S. highways through the U.S. Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico, or via Highway 2 in Mexico.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Chihuahua, including Copper Canyon .
Coahuila state – Exercise Increased Caution
Violent crime and gang activity occur in parts of Coahuila state.
U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:
- Zaragoza, Morelos, Allende, Nava, Jimenez, Villa Union, Guerrero, and Hidalgo municipalities : U.S. government employees may not travel to these municipalities.
- Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña: U.S. government employees must travel directly from the United States and observe a curfew from midnight to 6:00 a.m. in both cities.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Coahuila state.
Colima state – Do Not Travel
Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping.
Violent crime and gang activity are widespread. Most homicides are targeted assassinations against members of criminal organizations. Shooting incidents between criminal groups have injured or killed bystanders. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following areas with noted restrictions:
- Manzanillo: U.S. government employee travel is limited to the tourist and port areas of Manzanillo.
- Employees traveling to Manzanillo from Guadalajara must use Federal Toll Road 54D during daylight hours.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Colima state.
Durango state – Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel due to crime.
Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Durango state.
- West and south of Federal Highway 45: U.S. government employees may not travel to this region of Durango state.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Durango state.
Guanajuato state – Reconsider Travel
Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state. Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Areas south of Federal Highway 45D: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area south of and including Federal Highway 45D, Celaya, Salamanca, and Irapuato.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Guanajuato state, which includes tourist areas in: San Miguel de Allende , Guanajuato City , and surrounding areas.
Guerrero state – Do Not Travel
Do not travel due to crime.
Crime and violence are widespread. Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travelers. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping in previous years.
Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following area with the noted restrictions:
- Taxco: U.S. government employees must use Federal Highway 95D, which passes through Cuernavaca, Morelos, and stay within downtown tourist areas of Taxco. Employees may visit Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park during the day with a licensed tour operator.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of the state of Guerrero, including to tourist areas in Acapulco , Zihuatanejo , and Ixtapa .
Hidalgo state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Hidalgo state.
Jalisco state – Reconsider Travel
Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Jalisco state. In Guadalajara, territorial battles between criminal groups take place in tourist areas. Shooting incidents between criminal groups have injured or killed innocent bystanders. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Jalisco-Michoacan border and Federal Highway 110: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area between Federal Highway 110 and the Jalisco-Michoacan border, nor travel on Federal Highway 110 between Tuxpan, Jalisco, and the Michoacan border.
- Federal Highway 80: U.S. government employees may not travel on Federal Highway 80 south of Cocula.
There are no other restrictions on travel for U.S government employees in Jalisco state which includes tourist areas in: Guadalajara Metropolitan Area , Puerto Vallarta (including neighboring Riviera Nayarit) , Chapala , and Ajijic .
Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico) – Exercise Increased Caution
Both violent and non-violent crime occur throughout Mexico City. Use additional caution, particularly at night, outside of the frequented tourist areas where police and security patrol more routinely. Petty crime occurs frequently in both tourist and non-tourist areas.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Mexico City.
Mexico State (Estado de Mexico) – Exercise Increased Caution
Both violent and non-violent crime occur throughout Mexico State. Use additional caution in areas outside of the frequented tourist areas, although petty crime occurs frequently in tourist areas as well.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Mexico State.
Michoacan state – Do Not Travel
Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping.
Crime and violence are widespread in Michoacan state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
Travel for U.S. government employees is limited to the following areas with the noted restrictions:
- Federal Highway 15D: U.S. government employees may travel on Federal Highway 15D to transit the state between Mexico City and Guadalajara.
- Morelia: U.S. government employees may travel by air and by land using Federal Highways 43 or 48D from Federal Highway 15D.
- Lazaro Cardenas: U.S. government employees must travel by air only and limit activities to the city center or port areas.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of the state of Michoacan, including the portions of the Monarch Butterfly Reserve located in Michoacan.
Morelos state – Reconsider Travel
Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Morelos state.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Morelos state.
Nayarit state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout Nayarit state.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S government employees in Nayarit state.
Nuevo Leon state – Exercise Increased Caution
Exercise increased caution due to crime and kidnapping.
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Nuevo Leon state.
Oaxaca state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence occur throughout the state.
U.S. travelers are reminded that U.S. government employees must adhere to the following travel restrictions:
- Isthmus region: U.S. government employees may not travel to the area of Oaxaca bounded by Federal Highway 185D to the west, Federal Highway 190 to the north, and the Oaxaca-Chiapas border to the east. This includes the cities of Juchitan de Zaragoza, Salina Cruz, and San Blas Atempa.
- Federal Highway 200 northwest of Pinotepa: U.S. government employees may not use Federal Highway 200 between Pinotepa and the Oaxaca-Guerrero border.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees to other parts of Oaxaca state, which include tourist areas in: Oaxaca City , Monte Alban , Puerto Escondido, and Huatulco .
Puebla state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Puebla state.
Queretaro state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Queretaro state.
Quintana Roo state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence may occur in any location, at any time, including in popular tourist destinations. Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations.
While not directed at tourists, shootings between rival gangs have injured innocent bystanders. Additionally, U.S. citizens have been the victims of both non-violent and violent crimes in tourist and non-tourist areas.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Quintana Roo state. However, personnel are advised to exercise increased situational awareness after dark in downtown areas of Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, and to remain in well-lit pedestrian streets and tourist zones.
San Luis Potosi state – Exercise Increased Caution
Criminal activity and violence may occur throughout the state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in San Luis Potosi state.
Sinaloa state – Do Not Travel
Violent crime is widespread. Criminal organizations are based in and operating in Sinaloa. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Mazatlan: U.S. government employees may travel to Mazatlan by air or sea only, are limited to the Zona Dorada and historic town center, and must travel via direct routes between these destinations and the airport and sea terminal.
- Los Mochis and Topolobampo: U.S. government employees may travel to Los Mochis and Topolobampo by air or sea only, are restricted to the city and the port, and must travel via direct routes between these destinations and the airport.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Sinaloa state.
Sonora state – Reconsider Travel
Sonora is a key location used by the international drug trade and human trafficking networks. Violent crime is widespread. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping. Travelers should maintain a heightened level of awareness of their surroundings in all their travels in Sonora. Security incidents may occur in any area of Sonora.
- Travel between Hermosillo and Nogales: U.S. government employees may travel between the U.S. Ports of Entry in Nogales and Hermosillo during daylight hours via Federal Highway 15 only. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures. Travelers should exercise caution and avoid unnecessary stops as security incidents, including sporadic, armed carjackings, and shootings have been reported along this highway during daylight hours. Travelers should have a full tank of gas and inform friends or family members of their planned travel.
- Nogales: U.S. government employees may not travel in the triangular area north of Avenida Tecnologico, west of Bulevar Luis Donaldo Colosio (Periferico), nor east of Federal Highway 15D (Corredor Fiscal). U.S. government employees also may not travel in the residential and business areas to east of the railroad tracks along Plutarco Elias Calle (HWY 15) and Calle Ruiz Cortino, including the business area around the Morley pedestrian gate port-of-entry. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in Nogales due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
- Puerto Peñasco: U.S. government employees may travel between Puerto Peñasco and the Lukeville-Sonoyta U.S. Port of Entry during daylight hours via Federal Highway 8 only. They may not travel on any other route to Puerto Peñasco. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in Puerto Peñasco. due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
- Triangular region near Mariposa U.S. Port of Entry: U.S. government employees may not travel into or through the triangular region west of the Mariposa U.S. Port of Entry, east of Sonoyta, and north of Altar municipality.
- San Luis Rio Colorado, Cananea, and Agua Prieta : U.S. government employees may travel directly from the nearest U.S. Port of Entry to San Luis Rio Colorado, Cananea (via Douglas Port of Entry), and Agua Prieta, but may not go beyond the city limits. Travel is limited to daylight hours only. Travel between Nogales and Cananea via Imuris is not permitted. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in these cities due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
- Eastern and southern Sonora (including San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas and Alamos): U.S. government employees may not travel to areas of Sonora east of Federal Highway 17, the road between Moctezuma and Sahuaripa, and State Highway 20 between Sahuaripa and the intersection with Federal Highway 16. U.S. government employees may travel to San Carlos Nuevo Guaymas and Alamos; travel to Alamos is only permitted by air and within city limits. U.S. government employees may not travel to areas of Sonora south of Federal Highway 16 and east of Federal Highway 15 (south of Hermosillo), as well as all points south of Guaymas, including Empalme, Guaymas, Obregon, and Navojoa. U.S. government employees may not use ANY taxi services, public buses, nor ride-share applications in these areas due to a lack of secure vetting and/or dispatching procedures and the danger of kidnapping and other violent crimes.
U.S. government employees may travel to other parts of Sonora state in compliance with the above restrictions, including tourist areas in: Hermosillo , Bahia de Kino , and Puerto Penasco .
Tabasco state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Tabasco state.
Tamaulipas state – Do Not Travel
Organized crime activity – including gun battles, murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, forced disappearances, extortion, and sexual assault – is common along the northern border and in Ciudad Victoria. Criminal groups target public and private passenger buses, as well as private automobiles traveling through Tamaulipas, often taking passengers and demanding ransom payments.
Heavily armed members of criminal groups often patrol areas of the state and operate with impunity particularly along the border region from Reynosa to Nuevo Laredo. In these areas, local law enforcement has limited capacity to respond to incidents of crime. Law enforcement capacity is greater in the tri-city area of Tampico, Ciudad Madero, and Altamira, which has a lower rate of violent criminal activity compared to the rest of the state.
U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Matamoros and Nuevo Laredo: U.S. government employees may only travel within a limited radius around and between the U.S. Consulates in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, their homes, the respective U.S. Ports of Entry, and limited downtown sites, subject to an overnight curfew.
- Overland travel in Tamaulipas: U.S. government employees may not travel between cities in Tamaulipas using interior Mexican highways. Travel between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey is limited to Federal Highway 85D during daylight hours with prior authorization.
U.S. government employees may not travel to other parts of Tamaulipas state.
Tlaxcala state – Exercise Increased Caution
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Tlaxcala state.
Veracruz state – Exercise Increased Caution
Violent crime and gang activity occur with increasing frequency in Veracruz, particularly in the center and south near Cordoba and Coatzacoalcos. While most gang-related violence is targeted, violence perpetrated by criminal organizations can affect bystanders. Impromptu roadblocks requiring payment to pass are common.
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Veracruz state.
Yucatan state – Exercise Normal Precautions
There are no restrictions on travel for U.S. government employees in Yucatan state, which include tourist areas in: Chichen Itza , Merida , Uxmal , and Valladolid .
Zacatecas state – Do Not Travel
Violent crime, extortion, and gang activity are widespread in Zacatecas state. U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.
- Zacatecas City : U.S. government employee travel is limited to Zacatecas City proper, and employees may not travel overland to Zacatecas City.
- U.S. government employees may not travel to other areas of Zacatecas state.
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Embassies and Consulates
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR U.S. CITIZENS IN MEXICO From Mexico: 800-681-9374 or 55-8526-2561 From the United States: 1-844-528-6611
U.S. Citizen Services Inquiries: Contact Form
U.S. Embassy Mexico City Paseo de la Reforma 305 Colonia Cuauhtémoc 06500 Ciudad de México
U.S. Consulate General Ciudad Juarez
Paseo de la Victoria #3650 Fracc. Partido Senecú 32543 Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara Progreso 175 Colonia Americana 44160 Guadalajara, Jalisco
U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo
Monterey, Esqueda 141 El Centenario 83260 Hermosillo, Sonora
U.S. Consulate General Matamoros
Constitución No. 1 Colonia Jardín 87330 Matamoros, Tamaulipas
U.S. Consulate General Merida
Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31 Colonia Alcalá Martin 97050 Mérida, Yucatán
U.S. Consulate General Monterrey
Avenida Alfonso Reyes 150 Colonia Valle del Poniente 66196 Santa Catarina, Nuevo León
U.S. Consulate General Nogales
Calle San José s/n Fracc. Los Álamos 84065 Nogales, Sonora
U.S. Consulate General Nuevo Laredo
Paseo Colon 1901 Colonia Madero 88260 Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
U.S. Consulate General Tijuana
Paseo de las Culturas s/n Mesa de Otay Delegación Centenario 22425 Tijuana, Baja California
Acapulco Hotel Continental Emporio Costera M. Alemán 121 – Office 14 39670 Acapulco, Guerrero Cancun
Blvd. Kukulcan Km 13 ZH Torre La Europea, Despacho 301 77500 Cancún, Quintana Roo
Los Cabos Las Tiendas de Palmilla L-B221, Km. 27.5 Carretera Transpeninsular 23406 San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur
Playa Gaviotas 202, Local 10
Zona Dorada 82110 Mazatlán, Sinaloa
Oaxaca Macedonio Alcalá 407, Office 20 68000 Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Piedras Negras Abasolo 211, Local 3, Centro 26000 Piedras Negras, Coahuila Playa del Carmen Plaza Progreso, Local 33 Carretera Federal Puerto Juarez-Chetumal, Mz. 293 Lt. 1. 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Puerto Vallarta Paradise Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros 85 Sur, Local L-7 63732 Nuevo Nayarit, Nayarit San Miguel de Allende Plaza La Luciérnaga, Libramiento Jose Manuel Zavala 165, Locales 4 y 5 Colonia La Luciérnaga 37745 San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
See the State Department’s Fact Sheet on Mexico for more information on U.S.-Mexico relations.
Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements
A valid passport book is required to enter Mexico by air, and those attempting to enter at an airport with a U.S. passport card only may be denied admission.
Review the Mexican government’s most current entry, exit, and visa requirements ( Spanish only ) or visit the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., for more information.
For travelers entering Mexico by air only, Mexican immigration authorities implemented a process to replace the previous paper Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM with a Forma Migratoria Multiple Digital or FMMD. The FMMD process is in place at all 66 international airports in Mexico. Upon arrival at an airport, Mexican immigration authorities will determine a traveler’s authorized length of stay and either place a date stamp in the traveler’s passport or direct the traveler through a self-service electronic gate (E-Gate) that will generate a printed receipt with QR code. Air travelers who wish to download a record of their FMMD or find more information on the FMMD process may visit the National Migration Institute’s (INM) website .
Travelers entering Mexico by land should have a valid passport book or card. If you enter Mexico by land and plan to travel beyond the immediate border area (approximately 12 miles or 20 kilometers into Mexico), you must stop at an INM office to obtain an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple or FMM), even if not explicitly directed to do so by Mexican officials. INM may opt to allow tourists entry of up to 180 days without a visa or may limit authorized stays to shorter periods at their discretion; visitors should confirm the specific length of authorized stay written on the entry permit (FMM) or by the stamp in their passport. Mexican immigration authorities could ask you to present both your passport and entry permit if applicable at any point and may detain you while they review your immigration status if you are not carrying your passport and proof of legal status in Mexico, or if you have overstayed your authorized stay. Immigration check points are common in the interior of Mexico, including in popular tourist areas far from the border.
You will also need a temporary vehicle import permit to bring a U.S.-registered vehicle beyond the border zone. These permits are processed through Banjercito and require a deposit that will be refunded once the vehicle leaves Mexico. For more information, visit the Banjercito website ( Spanish only ).
Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora have a “hassle-free” zone that allows cars traveling without an entry permit or car registration within the zone.
Mexican authorities can impound a vehicle that enters the country without a valid U.S. registration, a vehicle driven by a Mexican national who is not resident in the United States, or a vehicle found beyond the border zone without the temporary import permit.
Mexican law permits Mexican immigration authorities to deny foreigners entry into Mexico if they have been charged with or convicted of a serious crime in Mexico or elsewhere.
Travelers bringing in goods beyond their personal effects worth $300.00 or more must declare those goods with Mexican customs (SAT) Mexican customs ( Spanish only ) or risk having them confiscated. This also applies to used goods or clothing, including items for donation. U.S. citizens driving such items into Mexico without declaring them or without sufficient funds to pay duty fees are subject to having their vehicle seized by Mexican customs authorities. For further information about customs regulations, please read our customs information page .
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents in Mexico.
A parent or legal guardian departing Mexico with minor children should carry a notarized consent letter from the other parent if traveling separately. INM requires at least one parent to complete a SAM ( Formato de Salida de Menores, Spanish only ) for all Mexican or foreign minors with Temporary Resident, Temporary Student Resident, or Permanent Resident status departing Mexico alone or with a third party. Further information about the prevention of international parental child abduction is available on our website.
Find information on dual nationality , and customs regulations on our websites. Both Mexico and the United States allow dual nationality.
Safety and Security
Travelers are urged to review the Mexico Travel Advisory for information about safety and security concerns affecting the country on a state-by-state basis.
U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Mexico should not expect public health and safety standards like those in the United States. Even where such standards exist, enforcement varies by location. Travelers should mitigate the risk of illness or injury by taking standard health and safety precautions.
The phone number to report emergencies in Mexico is “911.” Although there may be English-speaking operators available, it is best to seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker to place the call.
Crime: Crime in Mexico occurs at a high rate and can be violent, from random street crime to cartel-related attacks. Over the past year, Mission Mexico has assisted U.S. citizens who were victims of armed robbery, carjacking, extortion, homicide, kidnapping, pick-pocketing, and sexual assault. Increased levels of cartel-related violence have resulted in territorial disputes and targeted killings, injuring or killing innocent bystanders. Travelers who find themselves in an active shooter scenario should flee in the opposite direction, if possible, or drop to the ground, preferably behind a hard barrier.
Drivers on roads and highways may encounter government checkpoints, which often include National Guard or military personnel. State and local police also set up checkpoints in and around cities and along the highways to deter criminal activity and enforce traffic laws. In some parts of Mexico, criminal organizations and other non-governmental actors have been known to erect unauthorized checkpoints and have abducted or threatened violence against those who fail to stop and/or pay a “toll.” When approaching a checkpoint, regardless of whether it is official, cooperate and avoid any actions that may appear suspicious or aggressive.
While Mexican authorities endeavor to safeguard the country’s major resort areas and tourist destinations, those areas have not been immune to the types of violence and crime experienced elsewhere in Mexico. In some areas of Mexico, response time of local police is often slow. In addition, filing police reports can be time consuming. See our Mexico Travel Advisory for more information.
Demonstrations occur frequently. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events. Protesters in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major thoroughfares, or take control of toll booths on highways. Travelers who encounter protesters who demand unofficial tolls are generally allowed to pass upon payment. U.S. citizens should avoid participating in demonstrations or other activities that might be deemed political by authorities, as Mexican law prohibits political activities by foreign citizens and such actions may result in detention or deportation.
- Demonstrations can be unpredictable, avoid areas around protests and demonstrations.
- Past demonstrations have turned violent.
- Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.
International Financial Scams: See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information.
Internet romance and financial scams are prevalent in Mexico. Scams are often initiated through Internet postings/profiles or by unsolicited emails and letters. Scammers almost always pose as U.S. citizens who have no one else to turn to for help. Common scams include:
- Romance/Online dating
- Money transfers
- Lucrative sales
- Grandparent/Relative targeting
- Free Trip/Luggage
- Inheritance notices
- Bank overpayments
Mexico’s consumer protection agency, PROFECO (Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor, Spanish only), can sometimes provide assistance (Spanish only) to victims of such scams. In addition, there have been allegations of banking fraud perpetrated by private bankers against U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens who believe they have been victims of fraud can file a police report file a complaint (Spanish only) with the Mexican banking regulatory agency, CONDUSEF (Comision Nacional para la Proteccion y Defensa de los Usuarios de Servicios Financieros, Spanish only), or consult with an attorney.
Victims of Crime: U.S. victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest Consulate for assistance. Report emergencies to the local police at 911, report crimes already committed to the Ministerio Publico, and contact the Embassy or Consulate at +52-55-85262561. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
U.S. citizen victims of crime should contact the local authorities to file a Mexican police report before departing Mexico. In most instances, victims of crime will file reports with the Ministerio Publico (equivalent to the office of public prosecutor or district attorney in the United States) and not with police first responders. U.S. citizens should also inform the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulat e .
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas . We can:
- help you find appropriate medical care ,
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police,
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent,
- provide general information regarding the victim’s role during the local investigation and following its conclusion,
- provide a list of local attorneys ,
- provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States ,
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution,
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home,
- replace a stolen or lost passport.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate for assistance.
Kidnapping: Mexico experiences very high rates of kidnapping. If you believe you or your U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) relative has been kidnapped, please contact the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate immediately.
Robbery: Mexico experiences robberies, typically in cities, in which abductors force victims to use their debit or credit card to withdraw money from ATMs in exchange for their release. Perpetrators commonly work in cooperation with, or pose as, taxi drivers. To minimize the risk of such robberies:
- Only use a reputable taxi company or a trusted ride-sharing app.
- Book taxis through your hotel or an authorized taxi stand.
Extortion: Extortion schemes are common in Mexico. In a typical scheme known as a virtual kidnapping, criminals convince family members that a relative has been abducted, when, in fact, the person is safe but unreachable. The purported abductors will often use threats to persuade victims to isolate themselves, making communication with family members less likely. Unable to reach their loved ones, family members often consent to paying the “ransom” demand. Criminals use various means to gather information about potential victims, including monitoring social media sites, eavesdropping on conversations, or using information taken from a stolen cell phone. Some of these extortions have been conducted from Mexican prisons. You can reduce the risk of falling victim to this type of extortion through the following:
- Do not discuss travel plans, your room number, or any other personal information within earshot of strangers.
- Do not divulge personal business details to strangers in person or over the phone, especially when using hotel phones.
- If you are threatened on the phone, hang up immediately.
Sexual Assault: Rape and sexual assault are serious problems in some resort areas. Many of these incidents occur at night or during the early morning hours, in hotel rooms, on hotel grounds, or on deserted beaches. In some cases, assailants drug the drinks of victims before assaulting them. Pay attention to your surroundings and to who might have handled your drink.
Credit/Debit Card “Skimming:” There have been instances of fraudulent charges or withdrawals from accounts due to “skimmed” cards. If you choose to use credit or debit cards, you should regularly check your account to ensure there are no unauthorized transactions. Travelers should limit the amount of cash they carry in public, exercise caution when withdrawing cash from ATMs, and avoid ATMs located in isolated or unlit areas.
Alcohol: If you choose to drink alcohol, it is important to do so in moderation and to stop and seek medical attention if you begin to feel ill. There have been reports of individuals falling ill or blacking out after consuming unregulated alcohol. The Mexican Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk, COFEPRIS ( Comision Federal para la Proteccion contra Riesgos Sanitarios, Spanish only ), is responsible for inspecting hotels, restaurants, and other establishments for health violations, including reports of unregulated alcohol. Please email COFEPRIS at [email protected] for more information or if you wish to file a report. You can file a report online (Spanish only) via the COFEPRIS website, by calling the COFEPRIS call center at 800 033 50 50 (from Mexico) or +52 (55) 5080-5425 (from the United States), or by scheduling an appointment (Spanish only) to visit a COFEPRIS office.
There have also been instances of criminals drugging drinks to rob or sexually assault victims. Additionally, if you feel you have been the victim of unregulated alcohol or another serious health violation, you should notify the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate . You may also contact the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries).
Drug Smuggling: Mexican criminal organizations are engaged in a violent struggle to control trafficking routes. Criminal organizations smuggling drugs into the United States have targeted unsuspecting individuals who regularly cross the border. Frequent border crossers are advised to vary their routes and travel times and to closely monitor their vehicles to avoid being targeted.
Tourism: In major cities and resort areas, the tourism industry is generally well-regulated. Best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas and activities are identified with appropriate signage, and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and/or provide life-saving assistance. In smaller towns and areas less commonly frequented by foreign tourists, the tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in or near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .
Since 2016, Mexico has opened seven multilingual Centers for the Care and Protection of Tourists (CAPTA) and Tourist Assistance Centers (CATTAC) in Los Cabos, La Paz, Acapulco, Playa del Carmen, Mazatlan, Ciudad Madero, and Queretaro. These offices have proven helpful assisting U.S. citizen visitors in resolving disputes with merchants and government entities, filing criminal reports, securing needed services, and locating special needs accommodations.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities prior to practicing or operating a business.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy or nearest consulate immediately. See our webpage for further information.
The Mexican government is required by international law to contact the U.S. Embassy or consulate promptly when a U.S. citizen is arrested if the arrestee so requests. This requirement does not apply to dual nationals.
Firearms and Other Weapons: Weapons laws in Mexico vary by state, but it is generally illegal for travelers to carry weapons of any kind including firearms, knives, daggers, brass knuckles, as well as ammunition (even used shells). Illegal firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico is a major concern, and the Department of State warns all U.S. citizens against taking any firearm or ammunition into Mexico. If you are caught entering Mexico with any type of weapon, including firearms or ammunitions, you likely will face severe penalties, including prison time. U.S.-issued permits allowing an individual to carry weapons are not valid in Mexico. Visit the Department’s Traveling Abroad with Firearms webpage .
Vessels entering Mexican waters with firearms or ammunition on board must have a permit previously issued by a Mexican embassy or consulate.
Drugs: Drug possession and use, including medical marijuana, is illegal in Mexico and may result in a lengthy jail sentence or fines.
Electronic Cigarettes (Vaping Devices): It is illegal for travelers to bring electronic cigarettes (vaping devices) and all vaping solutions to Mexico. Customs will confiscate vaping devices and solutions and travelers could be fined or arrested. Avoid delays and possible sanctions by not taking these items to Mexico.
Real Estate and Time Shares: U.S. citizens should exercise caution when considering time-share investments or purchasing real estate and be aware of the aggressive tactics used by some sales representatives. Before initiating a real estate purchase or time-share investment, U.S. citizens should consult with a Mexican attorney to learn about important regulations and laws that govern real estate property.
Mountain Climbing and Hiking: The Mexican government has declared the area around the Popocatepetl and the Colima volcanoes off limits. In remote rural areas, there can be limited cell phone coverage and internet connectivity, and it may be difficult for rescue teams and local authorities to reach climbers and hikers in distress.
Potential for Natural Disasters: Mexico is in an active earthquake zone. Tsunamis may occur following significant earthquakes. For information concerning disasters, see:
- U.S. Embassy Mexico City website
- Civil Protection ( Proteccion Civil, Spanish only ) provides information from the Mexican Government about natural disaster preparedness
- U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides general information about natural disaster preparedness
- U.S. Geological Survey provides updates on recent seismic and volcanic activity
Storm Season: Tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico or along the Caribbean and Pacific Coast between May and November can produce heavy winds and rain. Please visit our Hurricane Season webpage for more information.
Spring Break: Millions of U.S. citizens visit Mexican beach resorts each year, especially during “ spring break ” season. The legal drinking age in Mexico is 18. See the “Alcohol” section above to learn more about the risks associated with drinking, as well as reports of illnesses associated with the possible consumption of unregulated alcohol.
Resort Areas and Water Activities: Beaches in Mexico may be dangerous due to strong currents, rip tides, and rogue waves. Warning notices and flags on beaches should be taken seriously. Not all hazardous beaches are clearly marked. If black or red warning flags are up, do not enter the water. Strong currents can lead to dangerous conditions for even the most experienced swimmers. U.S. citizens simply walking along the shore or wading have been swept out to sea by rogue waves, and some citizens have drowned or disappeared at Mexican beaches. Avoid the consumption of alcohol while engaging in water activities and do not swim alone.
Boats used for excursions may not be covered by accident insurance and sometimes lack adequate life jackets, radios, and tools to make repairs. Participation in adventure sports may not be covered by accident insurance and safety protections and regulations for these activities may differ from U.S. standards. Visit our website and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about adventure travel.
Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also be subject to fines or forced to relinquish the goods if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the following webpages for details:
- Faith-Based Travel Information
- International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
- Human Rights Report – see country reports
- Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
- Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad
LGBTQI+ Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or on the organization of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Intersex (LGBTQI+) events in Mexico. However, due to sporadic reports of violence targeting LGBTQI+ individuals, U.S. citizens should exercise discretion in identifying themselves publicly as LGBTQI+. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and Section 6 of the Department of State’s Human Rights Report for Mexico for further details.
Travelers with Disabilities: Mexican law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical, sensory, intellectual, or mental disabilities. Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is not as prevalent as in the United States. The most common types of accessibility may include accessible facilities, information, and communication/access to services/ease of movement or access. Expect accessibility to be limited in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure in more rural and remote parts of the country, and more common in public transportation, lodging, communication/information, and general infrastructure in major cities. U.S. citizens with disabilities should consult individual hotels and service providers in advance of travel to ensure they are accessible.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .
Women Travelers: There were several reports of sexual assault or domestic violence involving U.S. citizen women over the past year. See our travel tips for Women Travelers .
Excellent health facilities are available in Mexico City and other major cities. Ambulance services are widely available, but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards. Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi to a health provider. Mexican facilities often require payment “up front” before providing medical care, and most hospitals in Mexico do not accept U.S. health insurance. A list of doctors and hospitals is available on the U.S. Embassy or consulate website.
U.S. citizens have lodged complaints against some private hospitals in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Los Cabos to include exorbitant prices and inflexible collection measures. Travelers should obtain complete information on billing, pricing, and proposed medical procedures before agreeing to any medical care in these locations. Be aware that some resorts have exclusive agreements with medical providers and ambulance services, which may limit your choices in seeking emergency medical attention. Some hospitals in tourist centers utilize sliding scales, deciding on rates for services based on negotiation and on the patient’s perceived ability to pay. In some instances, providers have been known to determine the limits of a patient’s credit card or insurance, quickly reach that amount in services rendered, and subsequently discharge the patient or transfer them to a public hospital.
Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism.
For emergency services in Mexico, dial 911 . Although there may be English-speaking operators available, it is best to seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker to place the call.
Ambulance services are:
- widely available in major cities but training and availability of emergency responders may be below U.S. standards,
- not present in many remote and rural areas of the country,
- not equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment.
- Injured or seriously ill travelers may prefer to take a taxi or private vehicle to the nearest major hospital rather than wait for an ambulance.
We do not pay medical bills: Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation as well.
Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check the Mexican government’s Drug Schedule to ensure the medication is legal in Mexico.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information :
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.
Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery:
- U.S. citizens have suffered serious complications or died during or after having cosmetic or other elective surgery.
- Medical tourism is a rapidly growing industry. People seeking health care overseas should understand that medical systems operate differently from those in the United States and are not subject to the same rules and regulations. Anyone interested in traveling for medical purposes should consult with their local physician before traveling and visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on Medical Tourism.
- Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Mexico.
- We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.
- Your legal options in case of malpractice are very limited in Mexico. Several foreigners have successfully enlisted the support of PROFECO (Spanish only) in order to resolve disputes over medical services.
- Although Mexico has many elective/cosmetic surgery facilities that are on par with those found in the United States, the quality of care varies widely. If you plan to undergo surgery in Mexico, make sure that emergency medical facilities are available and professionals are accredited and qualified.
- Exercise caution when purchasing medication overseas. Pharmaceuticals, both over the counter and requiring prescription in the United States, are often readily available for purchase with little controls. Counterfeit medication is common and may prove to be ineffective, the wrong strength, or contain dangerous ingredients. Medication should be purchased in consultation with a medical professional and from reputable establishments.
- The Drug Enforcement Agency reports counterfeit prescription pills are sold by criminals on both sides of the border. These pills are sometimes represented as OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax, and others, and may contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Counterfeit pills are readily advertised on social media and can be purchased at small, non-chain pharmacies in Mexico along the border and in tourist areas. U.S. citizens have become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.
- Visit the Mexican Health Department website (Spanish only) or contact the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., for more information about obtaining a permit to import medicine into Mexico.
- For a list of controlled substances in Mexico, visit the COFEPRIS website (Spanish only) and the Mexican Drug Schedule (Spanish only). U.S. citizens should carry a copy of their prescription or doctor’s letter, but it is still possible that they may be subject to arrest for arriving in Mexico with substances on these lists. Note that a medicine considered “over the counter” in some U.S. states may be a controlled substance in Mexico. For example, pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in Sudafed, is considered a controlled substance in Mexico. For more information, contact the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.
Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy
- If you are considering traveling to Mexico to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) or surrogacy, please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page .
- Surrogacy is legal for foreigners in most of Mexico, in some states surrogacy is either not legal or is not governed by regulation.
- If you decide to pursue parenthood in Mexico via assisted reproductive technology (ART) with a gestational mother, be prepared for long and unexpected delays in documenting your child’s citizenship.
- Make sure you understand Mexican law, which can vary from state to state and is ambiguous in its treatment of non-Mexican or same-sex intending parents. Mexican courts, for example, may fail to enforce surrogacy agreements between non-Mexican or same-sex intending parents and gestational mothers.
- Gestational mothers are normally treated as the child’s legal parent with full parental rights in most states. The gestational mother’s name is typically listed on the Mexican state-issued birth certificate. In Mexico City, the intended parents may be listed on the Mexican birth certificate if they can demonstrate a valid surrogacy agreement was in place regarding the child’s birth.
- Be aware that individuals who attempt to circumvent local law risk criminal prosecution. Mexican authorities have made arrests stemming from surrogacy cases.
- Many hotels and other lodgings are not equipped with carbon monoxide detectors, even if they contain sources of this potentially lethal gas. U.S. citizens have died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning throughout Mexico. If your lodging is not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, consider traveling with a portable one.
- In many areas in Mexico, tap water is not potable. Bottled water and beverages are safe, although you should be aware that many restaurants and hotels serve tap water unless bottled water is specifically requested. Be aware that ice for drinks might be made using tap water.
- Many cities in Mexico, such as Mexico City, are at high altitude, which can lead to altitude illness. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Travel to High Altitudes .
- Participation in adventure sports and activities may not be covered by accident insurance and safety protections and regulations for these activities may differ from U.S. standards. Visit our website and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about adventure travel.
The following diseases are prevalent:
- Typhoid Fever
- Travelers’ Diarrhea
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Parasitic Infections
- Chronic Respiratory Disease
- Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Resources for Travelers regarding specific issues in Mexico.
- Air pollution is a significant problem in several major cities in Mexico. Consider the impact seasonal smog and heavy particulate pollution may have on you and consult your doctor before traveling if necessary.
For further health information, go to:
Private Residential Treatment Facilities:
- These facilities provide care to U.S. citizens throughout Mexico and include child behavior modification facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and assisted living centers.
- There is a wide range in standards for education, safety, health, sanitation, immigration, and residency. Staff licensing may not be strictly enforced or meet the standards of similar facilities in the United States.
- The State Department has received reports of abuse, negligence, or mismanagement at some of these facilities. U.S. citizens should exercise due diligence and do extensive research before selecting a residential treatment facility.
Travel and Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of U.S. citizen deaths in Mexico. If you have an emergency while driving, dial “911.” If you are driving on a toll highway (“ cuota ”) or any other major highway, you may contact the Green Angels ( Spanish only ), a fleet of trucks with bilingual crews, by dialing 078 from any phone in Mexico. Generally, individuals involved in an accident who do not require immediate medical care should contact their insurance providers, who may come to the site to provide an immediate assessment.
Avoid driving on Mexican highways at night. Travel with a charged and functional cell phone capable of making calls in Mexico. Travelers should exercise caution at all times and should use toll (“ cuota ”) roads rather than the less secure free (“ libre ”) roads whenever possible. Do not hitchhike or accept rides from or offer rides to strangers anywhere in Mexico. Travelers encountering police or security checkpoints should comply with instructions.
Road conditions and maintenance across Mexico vary with many road surfaces needing repair. Travel in rural areas poses additional risks to include spotty cell phone coverage and delays in receiving roadside or medical assistance.
Vehicular traffic in Mexico City is subject to restriction Monday through Saturday, according to the license plate number, in order to reduce air pollution. For additional information, refer to the Hoy No Circula website ( Spanish only ) maintained by the Mexico City government. See our Road Safety Page for more information. Also, visit Mexico’s national tourist office website , MexOnline, and Mexico’s customs website Importacion Temporal de Vehiculos ( Spanish only ) for more information regarding travel and transportation.
Traffic Laws: U.S. driver’s licenses are valid in Mexico. Mexican law requires that only owners drive their vehicles or that the owner be inside the vehicle. Failing to abide by this law may lead to impoundment and a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.
Mexican citizens who are not also U.S. citizens or LPRs may not operate U.S.-registered vehicles in Mexico. Mexican insurance is required for all vehicles, including rental vehicles. Drivers involved in accidents, even minor incidents, may be subject to arrest if they are found to be driving without proper insurance, regardless of whether they were at fault. Driving under the influence of alcohol, using a mobile device while driving, and driving through a yellow light are all illegal in Mexico.
If you drive your vehicle into Mexico beyond the immediate border area (approximately 12 miles into Mexico), you must apply for a temporary vehicle import permit with Mexican customs, Banjercito , or at some Mexican consulates in the United States. The permit requires the presentation of a valid passport and a monetary deposit that will be returned to you upon leaving Mexico before the expiration of the permit. Failing to apply for a temporary vehicle import permit may lead to impoundment and a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.
Vehicles crossing into Mexico must have a valid license plate and registration sticker. Mexican authorities will often refuse to admit vehicles with temporary or paper license plates. Vehicles with expired registration or unauthorized plates will likely be confiscated and the operator could be charged with a fine equal to the value of the vehicle.
The Mission Mexico Vehicle Recovery Unit assists with the return of stolen U.S. vehicles recovered by Mexican authorities.
If you have an emergency while driving, dial “911.” If you are driving on a toll highway (“cuota”) or any other major highway, you may contact the Green Angels (Spanish only), a fleet of trucks with bilingual crews, by dialing 078 from any phone in Mexico. Generally, individuals involved in an accident who do not require immediate medical care should contact their insurance providers, who may come to the site to provide an immediate assessment.
Public Transportation/Taxis: Security on public buses varies throughout the country but is considered a relatively safe transportation option in Mexico City and other major tourist centers. Passengers should protect their personal possessions at all times as theft is common. Intercity bus travel should be conducted during daylight hours in preferably first-class buses using toll roads.
Robberies and assaults on passengers in taxis not affiliated with a taxi stand (known as “libre” taxis) are common. Avoid taking any taxi not summoned by telephone or contacted in advance, including “libre” taxis. When in need of a taxi, telephone a radio taxi or “sitio” (regulated taxi stand) and ask the dispatcher for the driver’s name and the taxi’s license plate number. Application-based car services such as Uber and Cabify are available in many Mexican cities, and generally offer another safe alternative to taxis. Official complaints against Uber and other drivers do occur, however, and past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries to U.S. citizens in some instances.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Mexico’s Civil Aviation Authority as not being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Mexico’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA safety assessment page .
Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Mexico should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings .
If you enter by sea, review the Mexican boating permit requirements prior to travel or contact the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C., for more information.
Maritime Safety Oversight: The Mexican maritime industry, including charter fishing and recreational vessels, is subject solely to Mexican safety regulations. Travelers should be aware that Mexican equipment and vessels may not meet U.S. safety standards or be covered by any accident insurance.
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- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories .
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- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Mexico . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.
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