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Visa Requirements for Mexican Citizens

Visa requirements for Mexican citizens are applicable rules and regulations that must be followed when traveling abroad from Mexico.
These conditions may arise from required visas, travel authorization documents or regulations relating to the validity of the traveler's passport. Fortunately for Mexican citizens, many countries make it easy for them to enter and stay for a short period of time without having to present any type of visa.
Currently, 93 countries grant visa-free entry to Mexican citizens, all of which are listed at the bottom of the page.
Mexican citizens can also access the electronic visa system offered by 36 destinations. This allows Mexican passport holders to obtain visas online, often within 72 hours or less. There is also the option to apply for a visa on arrival in 39 countries. This requires Mexican citizens to prepare the necessary documents before leaving and complete the application process upon arrival.
Finally, 40 countries still require Mexican citizens to have a regular visa issued by an embassy to enter one of these destinations. Traditional visas are considered the most difficult to obtain due to the complex and lengthy application process and the many supporting documents that must be submitted. Detailed information on each visa type available to citizens of Mexico can be found below, along with a list of countries for each applicable visa type or entry.

Electronic visa

An electronic visa or eVisa is an officially issued electronic travel authorization document, usually a short-term visa that can be issued entirely online.
The eVisas system has now been adopted by dozens of countries to ease visa processing, eliminate unnecessary embassy visits, and make international travel more accessible.

List of countries offering eVisas for Mexican citizens

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • India
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Myanmar
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
36 countries, all listed above, currently offer an eVisa option for Mexican citizens. This means that visiting these countries requires an approved e-visa before arriving at the border. To obtain an eVisa online, Mexican citizens must follow a few simple steps, including filling out an application form, paying the issuance fee, and checking their email inbox.
Approved documents arrive within 72 hours or less as PDF files and can be easily printed for the planned trip. The issued document allows its holder to take advantage of all leisure, business or transit trips, usually 30, 60 or 90 days abroad, the exact maximum length of stay depending on the destination selected destination and its competent authority.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival is another short-term travel permit (usually 30, 60 or 90 days) that must be processed upon arrival at one of the border crossings of the destination being visited.
Travelers must fill out the registration form and complete the entire registration process once in the country.

List of countries offering Visas on Arrival for Mexican citizens

  • Armenia
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Cape Verde
  • Comoros
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Iran
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • The Maldives
  • The Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
39 countries offer a visa-on-arrival option for all Mexican passport holders arriving at the border.
This means that visiting these destinations from Mexico will require an additional stop at one of the border crossings to complete the visa process there. To obtain a VoA, Mexican passport holders must prepare the necessary documents (if applicable) before departure and then complete the registration process upon arrival.
The need for VoA is often associated with the need to wait in long lines and wait for documents to be issued before actually entering the country.
To register, Mexican citizens must carefully fill out the VoA application form while taking care to avoid errors in the data provided. Next, there may be an issuance fee (which may be payable in cash and local currency). And finally wait for their application to be approved. Approved VoA can be used for leisure, business or public transport-related activities, such as going on vacation, visiting friends and family, traveling for business or stopping at people’s places strange.
It’s also important to note that many countries that have a VoA option also offer an eVisa which can help avoid long lines upon arrival and preparations for travel.
It is best to check whether the chosen destination offers an eVisa option a few days before departure to facilitate the visa application process.

Embassy Visa

An embassy visa is a traditional or regular visa that can only be issued after completing the application procedure at the embassy or consulate of the selected country.
This type of visa can be divided into several sub-categories and can be issued for short-term or long-term travel.

List of countries that require Mexican citizens to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • The Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • China
  • The Republic of the Congo
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Iraq
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Mali
  • Mongolia
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tonga
  • Turkmenistan
  • The United States
  • Yemen
40 countries require Mexican passport holders to obtain a regular visa issued by an embassy appropriate to the purpose of their visit. The first step in the embassy visa application process should be thorough research, especially regarding the specific requirements and necessary documents to collect.
Next, the necessary supporting documents must be collected and the application form carefully filled out.
With all documents in hand and the application form completed, the traveler must submit the application to the appropriate embassy or consulate and wait for approval. Sometimes additional steps may be included in the application process, such as needing to pay a visa fee or undergo a visa interview.
Additionally, it should be noted that the processing time for visas issued by the embassy can even be up to several weeks.
This is why it is important to start the application process before your expected departure date and research how long you will need to apply for a visa.

Visa-free countries

Currently, there are 93 countries that grant Mexican citizens visa-free entry. These destinations allow citizens of Mexico to enter without any type of visa.

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom and Crown dependencies
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
To visit the destinations listed above, Mexican passport holders must prepare their passport or identification documents (this depends on the specific destination) and book travel as that is usually all that is required.
Some countries may require some additional supporting documents to further confirm the purpose of the planned trip.
These documents may include proof of booking a hotel for the trip, a copy of the return ticket, proof of sufficient finances for the trip, etc. However, skipping the entire visa process makes traveling to these destinations easier.
Mexican nationals may visit for short-term stays related to entertainment, business, or transit, including visiting friends and family, vacationing, doing business, or simply stopping over during transit.

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