IMMIGRATION AND VISAS
Visas for Mexico | If you are a citizen in the Schengen Area, UK, USA, Canada or Japan or if you have a permanent residence permit or a valid visa for any of those countries, you DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA to visit Mexico under the following conditions:
- The purpose of your visit is tourism, studies or business.
- The duration of your stay does not exceed 180 days.
- You will not receive any remuneration at all from Mexico.
However, it is necessary to have: Visas for Mexico
1. A valid passport with more than 6 months of validity (Mexican authorities require a passport to be valid for the duration of the stay in Mexico, but the transit countries and airline companies may have other requirements).
2. A properly completed Multiple Migratory Form (FMM). The FMM can be obtained from the airline or at the port of entry, but to expedite your registration at the border, you can now fill out and print it in advance in this link.
Remember to keep the FMM in a safe place during your trip! You will be asked for it at your departure from Mexico.
3. The Immigration Authorities at the port of entry may request certain documents to prove the purpose of your visit depending on the activity you will undertake in Mexico:
- Tourism: Hotel reservation, itinerary and the return tickets (back to Finland or to another country)
- Business: Letter in Spanish from the foreign company indicating that you are an employee and that the services you will provide in Mexico will be paid for by that company, or a letter of invitation from a public or private institution to perform non-remunerated activities in Mexico, indicating the purpose of the trip, estimated time of stay and taking responsibility for your travel and lodging costs.
- Student: Letter of invitation or acceptance from any institution pertaining to the National Educational System to take courses, conduct a research project or undertake academic training for a maximum period of 180 days.
- Work: Please contact the Consular Section for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Permanent residents must prove the permanent resident status to the immigration officer in Mexico at the port of entry by having the word “Permanent” stated in their residence permit or by a letter of the immigration authorities of the Schengen country where they reside, stating his status as “Permanent Resident”. If you have an Alien’s Passport or a long-term residence permit in Estonia, please contact our Consular Section before traveling.
Remember: If you are granted a Mexican visa you will be able to travel to Mexico. It does not guarantee entry to the country. At the point of entry, Mexican immigration authorities may ask you some questions to confirm the reasons you are travelling for, the length of your stay in Mexico and how you are financing your trip. For more information please contact us to: email@example.com
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since January 2017 and according with our Law, there is no reimbursements for visas, even if the visa is denied.
You can only get your fee refunded if your application hasn’t been processed yet. Please check that you are sending the completed documents for your visa to avoid having to pay the fee again.
All passengers must be in possession of a visa, except in the following cases:
1. Citizens of Mexico.2. Travelers with Form ‘FM2’ or ‘FM3’ issued to foreign residents of Mexico.3. Travelers staying for no more than 180 days, provided they are:
3.1. Citizens of Andorra, Australia, Austria, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Monaco, Holland, New Zealand, Norway, Palau Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America, Uruguay and Venezuela, provided they have a diplomatic passport.
3.2.Travelers with a normal British passport with the inscription ‘ British Citizen ‘, ” British National ( Overseas ) ” or ‘ British Subject ‘.
3.3. Citizens of the People’s Republic of China, provided they have passports issued by Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region of China) or by Macao (Special Administrative Region of China);
3.4. Travelers with a diplomatic, official or consular passport, provided they are citizens of Guatemala or Panama.
3.5.Travelers with a diplomatic, official or service passport, provided they are citizens of Algeria, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago or Venezuela.
3.6. Travelers with a diplomatic or service passport issued to citizens of the People’s Republic of China, Estonia or the Slovak Republic.
3.7. Travelers with a diplomatic or special passport issued to citizens of Tunisia.
3.8. Travelers with a diplomatic passport issued to citizens of Andorra, Belize, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Latvia, Turkey or Ukraine.
3.9.Citizens of El Salvador, Jamaica, Malaysia with an official or diplomatic passport or with a consular registration stamp in their passport.
3.10. Foreign residents of Canada with a Canadian Permanent Resident Card for Foreigners.
3.11. Foreign residents of the United States of America with a Permanent Resident Card for Foreigners (Form No. I-551).
3.12. Foreign residents of Japan with proof of permanent residence.
3.13. Foreign residents of Great Britain or a Schengen Zone state with a permanent residence permit.
4. Travelers staying for no more than 90 days, provided they have a diplomatic passport issued to citizens of Azerbaijan.
TWOV (Transit Without Visa)
1. Transit without a visa is allowed to those travelers who are going to continue their trip to a third country arriving and departing from the same airport within the following 24 hours on the same flight or the first connecting flight without further intermediate landings in the territory. Mexican, as long as they have the connection tickets and all the necessary documents for their next trip. You are not allowed to leave the airport. To remain in the transit zone, they must remain under the customs supervision of the airlines.
2. There is no accommodation service available in the transit area of the airport.
2. Entry is accepted with a valid Mexican visa in an expired passport, provided that the traveler also has a valid passport.
Travelers who do not respect the entry regulations to the country will be deported to their country of origin at the expense of the airline. In addition, the airline will have to bear the costs of detention, estimated at $ 1800 maximum.
Travelers over 18 years of age can import free:
1. 250 grams of pipe tobacco, 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars.
2. 3 liters of wine or alcoholic beverages.
3. A moderate amount of perfume, eau de cologne, and lotions for personal use.
4. A photo, film or video camera, as well as an additional camera for travelers residing outside of Mexico.
5. 12 rolls of film, reels or videotapes.
6. Assets up to a maximum of $ 300.
– All pets require a veterinary health certificate, issued at least five days before arrival.
– Dogs and cats also need a certificate of vaccination against rabies.
– Birds including parrots require a veterinary health certificate.
– The transport of endangered bird species is prohibited.
– Pets can travel as passenger luggage, in the hold of the plane or in the cabin.
– An import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture is required for birds traveling in the company of their owners, except birds heading to Mérida and Campeche.
All travelers leaving Mexico on international flights are required to pay an international airport departure tax or a tourism tax that varies between $ 18 and $ 29 per traveler, depending on each airport.
Place of payment: The Mexico Departure Airport if the airport tax is not included in the ticket.
1. Citizens and residents of Mexico are exempt from the tourist tax.
2. Travelers with a diplomatic passport.
3. Travelers in transit who comply with the conditions of transit without a visa.
4. The members of the aircrew, whenever it is a work trip.
5. Children under two years of age.
Foreign currency import regulations
Travelers can import up to the equivalent of $ 10,000 of local currency (Nuevo Peso-MXN). Higher amounts must be declared. Additionally, travelers are allowed to import foreign currency, but any amount must be declared upon arrival. The transfer of foreign currency in local currency is only allowed in authorized banks.
Non-residents can exchange as much money as necessary for their own expenses. Banks in Mexico only accept freely convertible currencies without any limit.
Foreign currency export regulations
Residents and citizens of Mexico can export local currency (Nuevo Peso-MXN) up to the equivalent of $ 10,000, however there are no restrictions on the export of foreign currency.
The exchange offices at the airport will not sell less than US $ 1,000 and more than US $ 3,000 per trip abroad. Higher sums for business trips, medical purposes, etc. They must be obtained from Banco de México.
Non-residents, except citizens of Mexico, can export local currencies up to the equivalent of $ 10,000 and foreign currencies up to the unused amounts that were declared upon arrival in advance.
Additional information on regulations
1. Restricted Products:
– All non-canned food products, such as pork and its derivatives. However, the importation of canned food is allowed, except for pork and its derivatives. For more information, please contact the nearest Mexican representative.
– Earth, seeds or materials of plant origin used as containers or in the elaboration of crafts, plants and their parts, flowers and fruits. The importation of seeds and plants is allowed, provided that prior authorization is obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture.
2. Imported products including the aforementioned categories are subject to customs duties but are exempt from the import certificate, as long as the total value of said additional goods does not exceed $ 500 and the maximum value of goods of the same nature, such like leather goods, it is $ 100. Items considered as luxury goods are excluded from these additional products, such as: ivory, glass, porcelain, household appliances and the like.
3. Firearms and ammunition require an import permit and a declaration form from the National Defense Secretariat located in Estado Mayor, 6th Section, Lomas de Sotelo, Mexico City.
A local tax applies to firearms and ammunition. Airlines must notify customs authorities in writing of the arrival of the shipment at least 24 hours in advance. If the airline does not comply with these rules, it will face a fine ranging from $ 114,499 to $ 171,748.