Located south of the American border, Mexico is about three times the size of Texas and consists of 31 states and one federal district. Though the United States has established relations with Mexico, it is important that you adhere to certain Mexican requirements when traveling there.
The U.S. State Department recommends that you register your travels with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to departure. Registration allows the State Department to help U.S. citizens when emergencies arise.
All travelers to Mexico are required to present a valid passport upon entry. You are also required to provide a valid passport upon re-entry into the United States. Valid U.S. passport cards are also acceptable when traveling by land.
Children under 18 that are traveling without their parent or guardian are required to carry a notarized written permission document. This document or documents must be written by the parent or guardian and include the parent and child's name, name of the person with whom the child is traveling and notarized signatures of the absent parent(s). It is recommended that the document include traveling dates, destinations and traveling arrangements.
If you are traveling by vehicle, you must obtain a temporary import permit or your vehicle could become at risk of being confiscated.
Vehicle permits and international drivers' licenses can be obtained at Mexican Customs offices at the port of entry. You must provide proof of citizenship, your U.S. driver's license and a processing fee.
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