If you wish to travel to Mexico for Tourism purposes, then you have to apply for Mexico Tourist VISA.
Mexico Tourist VISA is a Mexican short-term VISA, valid for the period of not more than 180days.
Its holders are allowed to enter Mexico for Tourism purposes, to travel around Mexico and spend a holiday in Mexico.
This article will guide you on how to apply for the Mexico Tourist VISA and also the required documents for application.
Mexico Tourist VISA
Who Is Exempted From Getting The Mexico Tourist VISA
The following Countries are exempted from getting a VISA before they enter Mexico.
- European Union citizens
- Costa Rica
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- San Marino
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- United States
- Vatican City
Required Documents For The Mexico Tourist VISA
You’re to provide the following documents
- A Mexico Tourist VISA Application Form printed and signed; If the applicant is a minor, the Parents or Legal Guardians have to sign the application form.
- A passport or other travel document, which is valid for at least another six months from the time you will enter Mexico. It must also have blank pages so the VISA can be affixed.
- Also, include a photocopy of your passport’s relevant pages
- Passport-size pictures, with the following specifications:
- Recent – no older than six months
- Dimensions: 35 mm x 45 mm
- Taken in front of a white background
- Neutral facial expression
- No glasses or headwear
- Booked return travel ticket, showing when you intend to depart Mexico.
- Proof of sufficient financial means to cover the duration of your stay via bank statements from the last three months.
- Proof of accommodation, such as a hotel booking or the name and address of someone in Mexico (if you’ll be staying with friends/family)
- Employment status documents, such as:
- If you are employed: A letter from your employer stating your position in the company, the time you will be absent, and that they do not object to your absence.
- If you are a student: A letter from your educational institution, confirming your enrollment and providing details of your course.
- If you are self-employed: Depending on your situation, you may submit investment certificates, property deeds, commercial registration, etc
- Cover letter addressed to the Mexico embassy. The letter must explain the reason you are travelling and give details of your trip, such as the dates of entry and departure and where you will stay, etc.
- Mexico VISA fee
Steps To Follow For Your Application
- Contact the Mexico Embassy to set up an appointment. You can find a list of Mexican Embassies around the world here.
- Complete the Mexico VISA Application Form. You can usually find the application form on the Website of the Mexico Embassy where you will apply. You can either complete the form by typing it on your computer (if possible), then printing it or by writing with legible typed letters after you have printed it. The first option may not always be available, so follow the instructions on the form or of the embassy.
- Collect the required documents.
- Submit the application and pay the VISA fee. On the date of your appointment, you must submit the documents and application form at the Mexico embassy. You also have to pay a Mexico VISA fee.
- Wait for the VISA to be processed.
- Pick up your passport. If the application is approved, the Mexico VISA will be affixed to your passport
The Mexico Tourist VISA fee is about US$36. However, the VISA fee may change depending on the Country in which you submit your application.
The payment method also differs from Country to Country, since some Embassies may require you to pay upfront via Bank transfer while others ask you to pay in cash.
The Mexico Tourist VISA Card
The Mexico Tourist Card, (Forma Migratoria Múltiple, FMM) is a permit that every Foreign National must get, before they can enter Mexico.
You can get your Tourist card:
- If you are travelling by air, the plane crew will distribute them as you are about to land (the price of the Tourist Card is included on the price of your air ticket).
- At an Immigration desk at the Mexico airport after you land.
- At the Mexico Embassy in your Country, before you travel.
- If you are travelling by sea, you can get the Mexico Tourist Card at the Mexico port of call.
- If you are travelling by land, you can the Mexico Tourist Card at the point of entry.
- If you apply online, you must print the Tourist Card and bring it with you when you travel.
The fee for a Tourist Card can range from $25-$35, depending on your Country.