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Mexico entry requirements for U.S. citizens: What you need to know

Passport requirements for Mexico

Whether you’re arriving by airplane, by cruise ship, or over land at a border crossing, all US citizens must present a valid passport to enter Mexico. This is true of both adults and children. Check the expiration date on your passport before leaving for your trip. You’ll want to be sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date and has a blank page available for stamping.

Americans can also use a passport card to enter the country via land or sea, but keep in mind that it’s only valid for land and sea travel between the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda, whereas a regular passport book is valid around the world. Note that a passport card is not valid for air travel.

You’ll want to keep a close eye on your passport throughout your trip. After all, you’ll need it to return to the United States. If you end up being delayed due to a lost or stolen passport, you’ll be glad you had travel insurance with trip interruption coverage, which may protect you from the financial burdens of being delayed in Mexico while your travel documents are replaced.

Visa requirements for Americans visiting Mexico

For travel to Mexico by Americans, no tourist visa is required, assuming your stay is for less than 180 days. When you arrive in Mexico, you’ll fill out a Mexico Visitor’s Permit. This is your documentation of your arrival date in the country, and you’ll need to present it to the local authorities when you are leaving Mexico.

Health requirements for traveling to Mexico

No vaccination records are required to enter Mexico. And unlike many other countries, Mexico does not require a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country. However, many resorts in popular tourist destinations like Baja, California, Puerto Vallarta, and Playa del Carmen require guests to complete a health questionnaire upon check-in. These guidelines can change quickly, so be sure you have the latest information on travel restrictions before you depart for Mexico.

Most US travelers entering Mexico arrive via a commercial flight or a port of entry as a passenger on a cruise ship. Mexico remains open to vacation travel via both of these avenues, with no quarantine required. However, it’s important to note that the land border between the United States and Mexico remains closed to non-essential travel until November 2021.https://latest%20information%20on%20travel%20restrictions/

It’s important to note that while you won’t need to show a negative COVID-19 test result to arrive in Mexico, you’ll need one to be admitted back into the United States. Air passengers returning from international travel to the United States must show a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departing the country they were visiting. Your test result will be reviewed by your airline upon arrival at the airport.

Traveling with kids with Mexico

The requirements for children visiting Mexico are slightly different than they are for adults. All children arriving by air require a passport, just like adults do. However, if children under 16 arrive in Mexico by land or sea from the United States, they may present a birth certificate, consular report of birth abroad, or naturalization certificate.

Unless a child is accompanied by both parents, the child must have a notarized letter from the other parent, or signed by both parents, acknowledging that the child is traveling outside of the country. This is a safeguard against international parental child abduction and to ensure the absent parents knows where the child is. Be prepared to show any documentation to Mexican immigration authorities upon arrival.

Remember, travel advisories and entry requirements change all the time, so be sure to check the latest requirements every time you start planning a trip to Mexico.

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