Passport Requirements for Mexico

Passport Requirements for Mexico
Mexico is a popular tourist destination. Its white sand beaches, clear blue waters and internationally renowned coral reefs make it a destination for those who like to enjoy Mother Nature while they're on vacation. Like all other countries, Mexico has its own passport requirements.

Travel to Mexico from the U.S. by Air

If you are traveling to Mexico by plane, you need a valid United States passport. Processing an application for a passport can take 6 to 8 weeks, so submit your application several months before you plan to travel. Passport are valid for 10 years and may be renewed.

Travel to Mexico from the U.S. by Land or Sea

If you are traveling to Mexico by land or sea, you need to have a passport or a United States Passport Card. The card is approximately the size of a driver's license. Possession of this card permits the owner to travel by land or cruise ship to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Like a passport, it is valid for 10 years.

Passport Requirements for Canadians

Starting in March of 2010, Canadian citizens need a valid passport to enter Mexico. The Canadian government recommends that your passport be at least six months old at the time of travel. Canadians can stay in Mexico for 1 to 179 days. For travel lasting longer than 179 days, a passport is not valid and travelers will have to apply for a visa.

Article Written By Maria Janelli

Maria Janelli is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has spent her career working in schools and for educational non-profit organizations. Janelli holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Saint Peter's College and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Rutgers University.

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