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Mexico Visa for Russian Citizens - Entry Requirements for Mexico in 2023
5 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Did you know that Mexico re-opened for tourism in June 2020? For travelers of certain nationalities the Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization is a required document for arriving in Mexico by air. The good news is that applying for this document with iVisa.com is very easy and very much like you would with an electronic visa.

Mexico’s Electronic Travel Authorization System is also sometimes known as an SAE. And the best part is that if your Travel Authorization is approved, you will not be required to obtain a Mexican Visa.

Mexico Visa for Russian Citizens - All you need to know

Do Russian citizens need a tourist visa for Mexico? Is there a special Mexico Visa for Russian Citizens?

Instead of a Mexico Visa for Russian Citizens, Russian nationals will need to apply for a SAE, which refers to Mexico's Electronic Travel Authorization System, which will determine if you can get a Mexico Visa.

What is the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

The Mexico Electronic Authorization System (ETA, or SAE in Spanish) is a travel document that is part of the New Mexico visa policy which allows nationals of Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and Brazil to travel to Mexico for a period of up to 180 days without having to obtain a Mexico Visa from their corresponding Mexican Embassy.

Visitors entering the territory with the new Mexico visa policy, a SAE eVisa, must not carry out paid activities. Valid reasons for travel are as follows: tourism, transit, businesses (such as attending meetings, supervisory visits, training, or counseling in Mexico), activities related to the exercise of ministers of worship, technical work with local companies (without receiving payment in Mexico), philanthropic activities, sports, freight transport, receiving medical treatment, attending fairs or conferences and studying.

How Do I Obtain The Mexico Electronic Authorization?

To obtain the document, you will be required to provide some information about yourself and your intended stay in Mexico. In addition, you also need to have a confirmed flight ticket to fill out the application.

Only passengers traveling by air may obtain the Mexico Electronic Authorization. It is not required to get a coronavirus test before traveling to Mexico, but if you are connecting to Mexico through another country, be sure to check the transit requirements of that country.

Make sure you bring a hard copy of your electronic authorization with you when visiting Mexico and present it at check-in for your airline and to the immigration officer(s) at the point of entry for Mexico.

What do I need to apply for the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

To obtain your Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization it is necessary to meet the following conditions:

  • Hold Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, or Brazilian citizenship.
  • Have a valid Ukrainian, Turkish, Brazilian, or Russian passport.
  • Arrive in Mexico by air travel.

How long does it take to process a Mexico ETA (SAE)?

We offer three different processing speeds for you to get your Mexico ETA. Choose whatever suits your needs best from one of the following:

  • Standard Processing Time: 24 hours
  • Rush Processing: 4 hours
  • Super Rush Processing: 30 minutes

What is the cost to obtain the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

It depends on the processing time you choose. We offer three options to obtain your Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization:

  • Standard Processing Time: USD $38.99
  • Rush Processing: USD $70.99
  • Super Rush Processing: USD $119.99

You can easily pay with a credit or debit card when you apply.

How long is the Mexico ETA (SAE) valid for?

The Mexico Electronic Authorization System (SAE) is valid for 30 days after issued and allows the holder a Single Entry into Mexico for a period of up to 180 days Per Entry.

This means that once you visit Mexico and enter the country, you may stay no longer than 180 days Per Entry. In addition, you must apply for a new Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization if you wish to travel to Mexico more than once and apply for a Mexico visa.

Apply with iVisa.com, and get the travel documents you need for your trip in as fast as 30 minutes.

How long should my passport be valid before applying for the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

You must present a valid passport and it must be valid for at least the duration of your visit to Mexico. We recommend that it has a validity of at least 6 months after your date of arrival to Mexico.

When should I apply for the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

Mexico requires that you apply for a valid visa within 30 days of your intended arrival date. However, you can apply for an electronic visa with us at any time, as we will automatically queue your order until it's the right time to process your application to ensure it is valid for your entire trip.

Visa Policy of Mexico

This is a graphical example of the Mexican visa policy and determines which nationals need a visa, Mexico Electronic Travel Authorization, or require just a Mexico tourist card.

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Does obtaining an ETA (SAE) guarantee me entry into Mexico?

No, possession of an ETA for Mexico does not provide an automatic right of entry into the country. The National Institute of Migration may refuse entry to any person who they consider unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or if they consider that the person's presence in Mexico would be contrary to national interests or security.

View Mexico ETA (SAE) Sample

Here is an example of how the valid visa document or ETA (SAE) should look and what you should present upon your arrival when you visit Mexico.

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Do I need a COVID-19 test, a COVID vaccine or a vaccination certificate to enter Mexico?

No, you don't. As of today, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Mexico. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Mexico travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

There are no quarantine requirements for Mexico, remember to check if you need or have a valid visa though.

Other Mexico Visas available

iVisa.com also offers the Mexico Tourist Card for entry via air or land when you visit Mexico. This is a type of tourist visa available for some nationalities. You can use our Visa Checker tool to find out exactly which visa you need to enter the country.

You can also contact our customer support agents anytime, they are available 24/7 to answer your questions.

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