Do I Need a Visa to Visit Mexico in 2019?

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Mexico in 2019?

ViaHero · March 19, 2019

We’ll cut right to the chase—no siree, no visa required to visit Mexico.

This is great news for everyone because Mexico is simply incredible. Travel to Mexico offers so much, whether it's enjoying the country’s beautiful beaches, or exploring the rich history of Mexico City. Questions? Don’t hesitate to send us a message!

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You do not need a visa in advance

Impromptu trip to Mexico? Go for it! (Well, actually, check out some of our incredible Mexico articles to prepare for the trip of a lifetime, or get some insider info from a Mexico City local for a truly authentic experience). But in either case, you don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico.

Ok, you will need a few things. A valid passport, for one. You must also obtain an entry permit. They’ll hand these out on the flight, or, you can find one when crossing the border by land.

This gives you 180 awesome days to explore Mexico. Any more than that, and you will need a tourist visa.

There are definitely ways to extend your Mexico trip

If 180 days simply isn’t enough to pack in all the amazing things that traveling to Mexico City and beyond offers, then there are ways of extending your voyage. Your entry permit resets every time you leave and then reenter the country, so if you leave after 100 days and then come back, the permit will reset to 180. You’ll be charged a fee if you stay longer than 180 days, however.

(Just keep in mind that doing this repeatedly looks extremely suspicious to Mexican immigration officials, so they may ask you questions about your intents). If you know that you’ll be staying in Mexico for longer than 180 days, it’s easier for everyone to just visit your nearby consulate and get a tourist visa.

Flying in? You shouldn’t have to pay the tourist fee

The entry permit, or tourist card, costs roughly $25 USD. This fee *should* be included in your airfare if you’re flying into Mexico. Be sure to check your receipt to see if the entry permit fee is included and carry a copy, in case an immigration official thinks the fee is unpaid. Otherwise, you’re good to go!

Still have questions about how Mexico’s visa situation works? Talk to some of our wonderful Mexico City trip planners for the inside scoop or message us directly. And don’t forget to check out:  

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