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If you're planning to visit Mexico, you'll need to apply for a Mexico tourist visa, also known as a visitor visa.

Mexico is a diverse and exciting country with a rich culture, stunning beaches, ancient ruins, and delicious food. It's no wonder that millions of tourists visit Mexico every year.

At iVisa, we understand that getting a Mexico tourist visa can be time-consuming and confusing, especially if you're unfamiliar with the requirements. That's why we offer an easier and more efficient way to obtain your visa.

We recommend downloading our iVisa app to save you time and frustration during your application process, you can get your visa approved fast and 100% online.

What is the Mexico Tourist Visa?

The Mexico Tourist Visa is a document issued by the Mexican government that allows travelers to enter Mexico for tourism purposes. It is also called a Visitor Visa. The visa is typically valid for up to 180 days after issued and can be used for single or multiple entries.

The Mexico Tourist Visa was implemented to regulate the entry of foreign visitors into Mexico and ensure that travelers enter the country for legitimate tourism purposes. The visa allows visitors to explore Mexico's culture, history, and attractions while contributing to the country's tourism industry.

What can you do with the Mexico Tourist Visa?

  • Enjoy Mexico's beaches, cultural events, and tourist attractions

  • Visit family and friends

  • Engage in volunteer work or language study

  • Attend conferences or business meetings (without receiving payment)

What can’t you do with the Mexico Tourist Visa?

  • Engage in paid work or employment

  • Participate in activities that violate Mexican law

  • Overstay the duration of the visa

  • Use the visa for permanent residency purposes

It's important to note that a Mexico Tourist Visa does not guarantee entry into the country. Mexican customs authorities at the port of entry have the final say in whether or not to allow a traveler into Mexico. It's essential to ensure that all the necessary documents are in order before traveling to Mexico.

Who can apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa?

Most foreign nationals are eligible to apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa except for countries that are visa-exempt for Mexico, such as All European Union countries, The United States of America, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

You can use our Visa Checker Tool to determine if you need a Mexico visa to travel to Mexico and what type of visa is required.

Minors traveling to Mexico may also need a Mexican visa, regardless of age. The application process for minors is similar to that for adults. Still, legal guardians may need to provide additional documentation such as birth certificates, parental consent forms, and copies of their own identification documents. It's essential to check the specific requirements for minors traveling to Mexico based on your nationality and travel purpose.

Mexico Tourist Visa validity: How long can I stay in the country?

The Mexico Tourist Visa is a Multiple Entry visa that allows you to stay in the country for up to 180 days Per Entry. The visa is valid for six months from the issue date.

It's important to note that the Mexico Tourist Visa must be used within 90 days from the date of issue, or it will expire. Additionally, each entry into Mexico can be for a maximum of 180 days. however, this is determined by an immigration officer when you arrive in Mexico. If you plan to stay longer, you must apply for an extension with the National Immigration Institute (INM) in Mexico.

Remember that the Mexico Tourist Visa is for tourism purposes only and does not allow you to work or engage in any other paid activity in the country.

Mexico Tourist Visa requirements

To apply for a Mexico Tourist Visa, immigration officials require the following to permit entry into Mexico:

Required Documents to apply

  • A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond your planned stay in Mexico

  • A completed Mexico Tourist Visa application form

  • Proof of onward travel (such as a return ticket)

  • Evidence of sufficient funds such as a bank statement or cash for the entirety of your stay

  • A recent passport-style photograph, taken within the last six months. If you need new passport photos, use our passport photo service to get government-compliant pictures from the comfort of your home.

Financial requirements

To apply for most Mexico visas, foreign citizens need to provide evidence of sufficient funds to support their stay in Mexico. This can include a bank statement or cash. The exact financial requirements may vary depending on your nationality and travel purpose.

Generally speaking, it's a good idea to have enough funds to cover your accommodation, transportation, and other expenses while in Mexico.

Entry requirements

Additionally, on entry to Mexico, you may need to provide the following:

  • Your valid passport with at least one blank page for the entry stamp

  • A valid visa for Mexico

  • Proof of onward travel such as a return ticket

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support your stay in Mexico (such as a bank statement or cash)

  • A health declaration form (if required at the time)

It's important to note that these requirements may vary based on your nationality, travel purpose, and other factors such as pandemics. We recommend checking the specific entry requirements for Mexico based on your individual circumstances.

How do I apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa online?

To apply for the Mexico Tourist Visa with us is super easy. Simply complete these three steps:

Step 1: Fill out our simplified iVisa form with your travel details.

Step 2: Attend the embassy or application center with the required documents and pay the fee.

Step 3: Wait for the embassy's response, receive your visa, and get ready to travel.

One of our agents will carefully check all your information, along with your supporting documents, to ensure there are no inconsistencies. If there is a problem, we will reach out to you via email before processing your request. You will pay the visa fee when you go to the embassy or application center to drop off the documents.

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What are the costs and processing times of the Mexico Tourist Visa?

The standard processing of the Visa will take 30 days from the moment you start your application. The cost varies depending on nationality and other factors, and all total prices will include a USD $60 government fee.

During the application process on our site, we also offer additional services such as an iVisa Plus subscription, Premium Concierge Service, Embassy Registration, or Premium Photo Services.

You can also opt to get iVisa Fee Protection, which allows us to process a new application for no additional processing fee if you are unable to make your trip, as well as the option to get a flight reservation or itinerary that is valid for two weeks and can be used to apply for a visa, as proof of return to show to immigration officers while traveling, for car rental purposes, etc.

All these additional services carry varying costs and extra charges. Use our application form to check your application's total cost based on your circumstances.

Do I need a Mexico Tourist Visa if I’m transiting through Mexico?

If you are transiting through Mexico and will remain within the airport's international transit area, you generally will not need a Mexico Tourist Visa.

However, you may need to apply for a tourist visa if you plan to leave the airport or if your layover is longer than 24 hours. If you are unsure whether you need a visa, it's best to check with your airline or Mexican immigration authorities to confirm the entry requirements.

Benefits of getting your Mexico Tourist Visa with us

The Mexico visa application process can take time to figure out independently. Thus, we offer it as a Guided Visa. This means our team guides you through the whole process to increase your chances of approval.

Opting to use our guided visa service gives you the following benefits:

  • 100% government-compliant: Our team of iVisa Experts will review all information and ensure it’s 100% compliant with government requirements.

  • Unlimited access to your iVisa Expert: You’ll have access to our iVisa Experts who will guide you through the entire application process and answer any questions.

  • Simplified form: Visa applications can be confusing and tedious. At iVisa, we’ll only include relevant questions, making the application up to 50% shorter than usual! It’s like filling out a short survey.

  • Fill out at your own pace: Save your progress, make changes, and come back to it later whenever you need a break.

  • Step-by-step guide: Apply with iVisa and receive a PDF manual with all the tips to answer difficult sections and a step-by-step guide to get your document without problems.

COVID-19 requirements or restrictions for Mexico

Mexico currently has no entry restrictions or obligation to carry a COVID test or quarantine. However, these requirements can change at any time due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic.

We advise checking the current status of the pandemic in Mexico and your airline's regulations before your trip. Remember to follow all sanitary rules and social distancing to prevent infection.

What else should I keep in mind before traveling to Mexico?

Once you have your visa, you’re ready for your adventure through the land of delicious food and rich culture. To make your trip a fun and memorable one, keep these tips in mind:

  • Research and be aware of the safety situation in the areas you plan to visit. Some regions of Mexico have higher crime rates and may need to be more safe for tourists.

  • Be sure to stay up-to-date with travel advisories and take necessary precautions such as avoiding walking alone at night and securing your valuables.

  • Pack with Mexico’s varying weather in mind. If you're traveling to the beach areas, remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the intense sun. If you're visiting high-altitude regions, bringing warm clothing is crucial.

  • Check if any particular vaccines are mandatory or recommended for the area you plan to visit. Some regions of Mexico have a higher risk of diseases like yellow fever, so taking necessary health precautions before your trip is essential.

  • The official language is Spanish, so it's a good idea to learn a few basic phrases to communicate with locals.

  • The official currency is the Mexican peso. It's recommended to exchange money at banks or exchange offices to get a fair exchange rate.

  • Tipping is customary in Mexico, especially in the service industry. It's recommended to leave a 10-20% tip at restaurants and for other services.

Overall, Mexico is a vibrant and welcoming country with plenty to offer visitors. Pack any medication, skincare, and important documents you need to enjoy the trip without any hitches. Check out our ultime Mexico guide for more info about travel recommendations.

Where can I learn more about Mexico and the Mexican Tourist Visa?

If you have more questions, contact our customer support team at any time via online chat or email at [email protected]. They will happily answer and explain anything our guide has missed.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Passport Scan

  • Proof of Residence (if applicable)

  • Most recent 3 months bank statements (if applicable)

  • Parental Authorization (if applicable)

  • Applicant's Photo

Important Instructions
  • The Mexico Tourist Visa is a travel authorization required for those entering Mexico for tourism purposes.

  • iVisa offers a convenient online application process for a multiple-entry Mexico Tourist Visa.

  • The validity of the visa can range from 3 months to 10 years, depending on your travel plans.

  • To apply for the visa, you must have a passport with at least 2 blank pages.

  • If you are applying for the visa from a different country of residence, you will need to provide proof of legal residency, such as a utility bill no older than 3 months.

  • Standard processing time for the Mexico Tourist Visa is 30 days from the start of your application.

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For the Mexico Tourist Visa, there is a fee that may cost approximately 51 USD, depending on the country you are in.

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In order to obtain a Mexico Tourist Visa, your bank statements must show a balance of between 1,738 USD to 5,214 USD. This is to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover the expenses of your trip.

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