Mexico Visa on Arrival


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What is a Mexico visa on arrival? It is a common practice by the government of Mexico

·         To issue a visa to certain visitors the moment they arrive in Mexico

·         Visa on arrival is only issued to citizens of selected countries

Will you like to visit Mexico soon? If you would, you can only do so with a visa unless you are a citizen of a visa-free country. Read in to learn more about Mexico visa on arrival and how to visit Mexico City without one.

Mexico Visa On Arrival

The standard practice of anyone looking to visit Mexico is to approach the Mexican consulate in their county to apply for a visa. Once they are issued the visa, they can make the trip to Mexico. However, not everyone needs a visa before they depart their country for Mexico. If you are from a visa free country, you either don’t need a visa to enter Mexico or get a visa issued to you on arrival at the Mexico City International Airport by the Mexican immigration authorities.

There are three categories of people who don’t need the Mexican embassy to issue you a Mexican visa before they arrive in Mexico. We explain them below.

Holders of Schengen or Visas Issued By Western Countries

Travelers who already hold a Schengen visa or a visa issued by certain Western countries do not require a visa to visit Mexico. If you have a valid Mexican visa issued by the following countries, you could be eligible for a tourist visa on arrival or may not need a visa at all to enter Mexico.

·         Schengen area

·         Canada

·         Japan

·         United States

·         United Kingdom

Travelers who already hold a Schengen visa or a visa issued by certain Western countries do not require a visa to visit Mexico. If you have a valid visa issued by the following countries, you could be eligible for a tourist visa on arrival or may not need a visa at all to enter Mexico.

Holders of Mexican visas from the above countries need not reapply for a visa to enter Mexico unless they plan to stay for more than 180 days.

Furthermore, if you have a valid resident permit issued by the following countries, you fall into the visa exempt or visa on arrival category.

·         Canada

·         Colombia

·         Chile

·         Peru

·         Schengen area

·         Japan

·         United States

·         United Kingdom

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Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization

The second category of people who qualify for a Mexico visa on arrival are nationals of ETA countries. ETS stands for Electronic Travel Authorization, and it is an online system designed to help applicants facilitate visas on arrival trips. The countries whose citizens qualify for ETA are

·         Brazil

·         Russia

·         Turkey

·         Ukraine

Also called SAE, this document is issued to citizens of the above countries who wish to visit and stay in Mexico for 180 days or less. The purpose of their visit may be for business, tourism, or any other purpose, but the document is only valid for 30 days.

Meaning that the applicant needs to make the trip within 30 days before it expires. Once they arrive in Mexico, immigration officials will collect the ETS document and issue a visa on arrival, valid for 180 days.

Also, note that ETA is only meant for air travel with designated airlines from the above countries and not for land or sea trips.

FMM

The third category of people who are eligible for a Mexico visa on arrival is FMM eligible countries. Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM) is a travel document that allows the holder to enter Mexico and stay for 180 days. This document (popularly called a Mexico tourist card) is non-transferable and can be applied for before you make the trip or on arrival in Mexico.

Unlike ETA, FMM can be used for air, land and sea travel, but it is only open to eligible nationals from selected countries. While it is similar to ETA, the difference is that it is not exchanged for a visa. Rather, the immigration officer will stamp the card, tear it into two and hand over one part to you, which you must keep and submit at the departure desk on your way out of the country.

Also, FMM is open to citizens of more than 60 countries. While it is not actually a visa by definition, it is popularly called a tourist visa.

Holders of FMM and ETA documents are free to travel to any part of Mexico, but they must inform the INM of their location by providing their addresses for reference purposes. Secondly, both documents do not come with work permits, so you cannot engage in any form of paid employment while you are in the country.

To stay and work in Mexico, you must apply for a temporary visa from your home country, and if granted, you can come into Mexico.

Mexico visa on arrival is only available to citizens from selected countries, so check if your country is ETA or FMM eligible. If not, you should apply for a temporary visa.

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