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Passport Requirements

U.S. citizens entering Mexico are required to show any official U.S. identification, but they are not required to have a passport. However, they are required to show a passport when they re-enter the United States.

Citizens visiting by air must pay a fee to obtain a tourist card. The fee for the tourist card is generally included in the price of a plane ticket for travelers arriving by air.

U.S. citizens should take special care to secure their passports while traveling as it can be time-consuming and difficult to acquire new proof of citizenship to facilitate return travel should the passport be lost or stolen.

Prior to departure from the U.S., sea travelers must have a valid U.S. passport or other original proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a certified U.S. birth certificate with a government-issued photo ID.

All Americans traveling by air outside the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States.

While a U.S. passport is not mandatory for sea travel, it is recommended since it is a more readily recognized form of positive proof of citizenship.

The U.S. Consulate General recommends traveling with a valid U.S. passport to avoid delays or misunderstandings. A lost or stolen passport is also easier to replace when outside of the United States than other evidence of citizenship.

For the latest entry requirements, contact the Embassy of Mexico at 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006, telephone (202) 736-1000 or any Mexican consulate in the United States for the most current information.

Canadians are not required to carry a passport to enter Mexico. However, in order to avoid delays and misunderstandings, it is recommended that you travel with a passport valid for six months after your arrival date. It is the only universally accepted identification document, and it proves that you have a right to return to Canada. A lost or stolen passport is also easier to replace when outside of Canada than other evidence of citizenship.

These requirements are subject to change at any time. It is the traveler's responsibility to check with the country's embassy or its consulates for up-to-date information.

Sources:
U.S. State Department
  • Canadian Consular Affairs

    Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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    December 15, 2008

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