Visa Requirements




One of the most frequently-asked questions received is whether someone needs a visa to enter Mexico. The answer depends not on where you are legally resident, but by which country your passport is issued.

Many people do not need to apply for a visa to enter Mexico for leisure and business trips of 80 days or less. These include passport holders from the U.S., Canada, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, many (but not all) EU countries, Switzerland, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand as well as a number of South American countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Venezuela.

If you don’t hold a passport from one of the countries on the ‘exempt’ list, you will need to apply for an entry visa before you travel to Mexico—even if you have legal residence in one of the ‘exempt’ countries, e.g. if you are holding a Colombian passport and have a U.S. residency visa.

Check your nationality here to see if you need a visa to enter Mexico or not

You can find detailed information about passport requirements and required permits for visits on our Mexico Entry Requirements guide, which also includes links to Mexican consulates abroad should you need apply for a visa before you travel here.


Starting May 1st, 2010, all foreigners, regardless of their nationality, visiting Mexico as tourists, transmigrate or for business matters will not need a visa for Mexico as long as they hold a valid United States, Canada, or Schengen visa.

The National Institute of Immigration offers support for issuing visas quickly for those who wish to enter the country.

An invitation letter for ICPR delegates to the conference to be used in the visa application can be obtained from the conference secretariat. Please contact

Invitation or Visa Letters, please click here