Mexico announced that it will once again require visas for Brazilians. The measure does not yet have an effective date, but it is good to check the need for a Mexican visa before traveling there
The government of Mexico announced in mid-October that it will once again demand the mexican visa for brazilians enter the country. The measure does not yet have a date to take effect, but it is good to pay attention to the need for a visa among the documents to enter Mexico, if you are planning to travel there.
According to the announcement by the Mexican government, a electronic visa for Brazilians arriving in Mexico by plane. For those who enter the country by land, it will be necessary apply for a visa to Mexican embassies or consulates.
The measure, according to the Secretary of Government of Mexico, aims to facilitate “the identification of people whose profile does not fit that of a visitor or genuine tourist and who present inconsistencies in the documentation”.
With this, it is expected to reduce the number of Brazilians who try to cross the land border between Mexico and the United States illegally. The border between the two countries is experiencing a migratory crisis with a large flow of people, including citizens of Brazil.
According to US authorities, more than 46,000 Brazilians were detained between October 2020 and September 2021 while trying to enter the US through Mexico. This number is more than double what was recorded in 2019, when there were 18,000. In August 2021 alone, 9,000 Brazilians were arrested crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, according to data from the Federal Police of Brazil.
What changes with the Mexican visa requirement
From the moment the draft of the National Commission for Regulatory Improvement of Mexico is published in the country's Official Gazette, the requirement for a Mexican visa for Brazilians will be valid for an indefinite period.
“The migratory flows of Brazilians could continue to misuse the suppression of the visa requirement in ordinary passports to enter Mexico for a purpose other than that allowed, for example, to carry out remunerated activities or to transit irregularly to a third country,” he said.
Brazil and Mexico signed an agreement in 2000 to eliminate visa requirements in both countries for visitors. The measure came into force in 2004, but was soon suspended and returned to effect in 2013.
According to the current rule, Brazilians visiting Mexico for the purpose of tourism or business do not need a visa, simply presenting a passport valid until the date of return, provided that the stay does not exceed 180 days.
However, the Mexican government has signaled that the return of the Mexican visa requirement for Brazilians should be temporary. In addition, there will be exceptions for travelers who have a visa or residence permit from Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and/or European countries that are part of the Schengen Area - convention on a policy of opening borders and free movement of people between countries. signatory countries.
As no date has been announced for the visa requirement for Mexico to come back into effect, you need to be careful when planning your trip there. So the tip is consult the responsible bodies before heading to the North American country.
What else can be required to enter Mexico?
Between the documents to enter Mexico, in addition to your passport and visa, you may need to present the printed ticket returning to Brazil or to another country, after your visit to Mexico. Or, even, printed domestic tickets, whether by bus or plane, or printed proof of car rental or transportation service contract, which show the displacements to be carried out within Mexico.
Another requirement that can be made is proof of means of subsistence compatible with the number of days spent in Mexico. That is, cash, preferably US dollars or Mexican pesos, international credit cards, travelers checks, among others.
Tourist travelers may also have to present a printed copy of the accommodation voucher, with the name, address and telephone number of the hotel, or the printed “invitation letter” from the host who will offer accommodation. The model can be consulted in this link.
Those who go to Mexico on business must take with them a printed copy of the proof of accommodation, as well as a printed proof of the name, address and telephone number of the company with which they will hold business meetings, including the name of an employee of that company, for contact.
As a precaution, it is also worth taking proof of professional practice or income, such as professional cards, proof of income and paychecks, as well as old passports with a valid tourist visa for the USA.
Mexico, on the other hand, has no health requirements. Therefore, it is not necessary to present proof of vaccine against covid, not even PCR test to enter the country.
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