If you are flying to Mexico with Thomson Airlines, you will be given an application form on the plane. You need to complete it to pay for the tourist fee. We cannot tell you precisely when during the flight you receive the form, but you should have it completed by the time you land in Mexico. Make sure that you have your passport and a pen at hand. A form is issued per person, so if you travel with your family or four, for example, you need 4 forms.
Is there an alternative?
If you want to get the Mexico Tourist Card out of your mind before you leave for Mexico, you can apply online for one. iVisa can help you with that, and you can have it in as little as half an hour. All you need is the following:
Valid passport – a Mexico Tourist Card application process cannot happen without a passport. Plus, the document needs to remain valid for at least another 6 months from the date of arrival in Mexico. Check its expiry date before you apply.
Airplane ticket – this requirement is valid only if you travel by air. If you choose to travel by land, you can ignore this condition.
Method of payment – the Mexico tourist card application process is entirely online, which means it makes sense for the payment to be made online as well. You can use a credit or a debit card, but iVisa accepts PayPal, Alipay, and WeChat as well.
E-mail address – iVisa will send you the tourist card via e-mail in PDF format. Do not forget to print at least one physical copy before departure.
After you put together the items on the list above, you can move on and fill in the online application. It should not take you more than 20 minutes, and if you need help, iVisa’s support service is at your disposal 24/7.
The form is broken down into three simple steps. The first one asks you to provide your general information, passport info, and a few details about your trip. You also need to choose a processing time option. Given the fact that you travel by air, you need to select ‘By air’ in the field for the visa type. Your choice for processing time is important because it determines the cost of your Mexico tourist card. You have three options:
Standard processing – your application is processed within 24 hours, and you are charged $20.
Rush processing – it only takes 2 hours for your Mexico tourist card to be ready, and you must pay $40.
Super Rush processing – this is the fastest and most expensive option. Your application is processed within just 30 minutes, but you need to pay $60.
The next step concerns the payment and revision. It is essential that your application form does not contain any mistakes. Otherwise, your card becomes invalid, and you need to apply for a new one. To avoid that waste of money and time, you can read your application carefully before moving on.
The last step of the application form requires you to upload the documents that support your application. Once you are through with that, you can hit the submit button. Your work is done and iVisa has just began.
So, to answer your question, you can get a Mexico tourist card with Thomson Airlines. It is true that their solution is free, but wouldn’t you rather have peace and mind and apply for it before your departure? At the end of the day, the choice is yours but the alternative sounds so much better.