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Complete list of documents required to apply for a visa to Mexico

When you apply for a Mexico visa, you must have several documents to support your application. The Mexico visa requirements depend on the purpose as well as the duration of your stay.

Documents Required for a Mexico Visa

The documents you need to submit when applying for a Mexico visa include:

  • A Mexico Visa Application Form.
  • A valid passport or other travel documents.
  • Photocopy of your passport.
  • Passport-size pictures.
  • Booked return travel ticket.
  • Proof of sufficient financial means.
  • Proof of accommodation.
  • Employment status documents.
  • Cover letter.
  • Mexico visa fee.
  • Any additional documents related to your purpose of travel.

A Mexico Visa Application Form

The first document you have to collect when you apply for a Mexico visa is a Visa Application Form. Some Mexican embassies offer it at their offices when you submit your application, while for others you have to download it from their website.

Then, depending on where you are applying from, you can either complete the form by typing it on your computer then printing it or by writing with legible typed letters after you have printed it. However, the first option may not always be available, so follow the instructions on the form or of the embassy.

You have to answer questions such as:

  • Your name, birthday, sex, and birthplace
  • Passport information
  • Marital status
  • Country of residence and address
  • Information about your job/profession
  • Questions regarding your purpose of travel to Mexico

After completing the Mexico visa application form, you must sign it. If the applicant is a minor, his/her parents have to sign the form.

A valid passport or other travel documents

Other than the Application Form, the other main document you need for a Mexico visa is a valid passport or other travel document. The passport must have been issued in the last ten years and have at least another six months’ validity from the time you enter Mexico.

Additionally, it must also have blank pages so the Mexican embassy staff can affix your visa.

Photocopy of your passport

You must also include a photocopy of your passport’s relevant pages, such as the first and last page as well as any amendments and previous visas and stamps.

Pictures: Mexico visa photo size

Along with your application, one of the visa requirements for Mexico is submitting a passport size picture. The Mexican visa photo requirements are as follows:

  • Dimensions: 35 mm x 45 mm
  • Colored
  • White background without any patterns
  • Your position: You must be staring straight into the camera, with a neutral facial expression
  • Accessories: No headgear or glasses are allowed
  • Recent: No older than six months

Booked return travel ticket

Another important Mexico visa requirement is submitting proof you intend to depart Mexico after your trip is over. Mexico embassies could ask you to show you have booked a return flight ticket or a travel itinerary – you do not have to actually purchase the ticket before you get your visa.

Proof of sufficient financial means

You must be able to prove you have enough financial means to cover the duration of your stay in Mexico. You can do this by submitting one of the following:

  • Bank statements from the last three months
  • Your last three payslips along with a letter from your employer stating your full name, nationality, passport number, the time you have been employed, your position and your salary.

If someone is sponsoring your trip to Mexico, you must submit:

  • An original invitation or sponsorship letter, which states you full name, the company’s name and registration, what activity you will be doing in Mexico, and an estimated period of your stay
  • Photocopy of the ID of the person signing the letter
  • Bank statements from the last 12 months of the company sponsoring you

Proof of accommodation

You must be able to prove that you have accommodation in Mexico for the duration of your stay. You can submit proof of hotel reservation or another type of tourist accommodation. If you are staying with a friend, include proof of their Mexican ID or residence permit.

Employment status documents

As part of the visa requirements to Mexico is also submitting proof of your employment status, such as:

  • If you are employed: A letter from your employer stating your position in the company, the time you will be absent, and that they do not object to your absence.
  • If you are a student: A letter from your educational institution, confirming your enrollment and providing details of your course.
  • If you are self-employed: Depending on your situation, you may submit investment certificates, property deeds, commercial registration etc.

Cover letter

Some Mexican embassies may require that you submit a Cover Letter, addressed to the embassy. You must explain the reason you want to travel to Mexico and give details of your trip (enter and exit dates, where you will stay etc).

Proof of paid Mexico visa fee

When you apply for a Mexico visa, you must also pay a non-refundable visa fee, which is about US$36. The payment method depends on the specific embassy, as some ask you to pay beforehand via a bank, while others only accept cash at the time of application.

The exact Mexico visa fee amount may also change depending on the specific embassy.

Any additional documents related to your purpose of travel

Depending on what the reason you are travelling to Mexico is, you will have to submit any additional documents that support your purpose of travel. That could be an invitation letter from an organization/company, proof you will attend a conference/event etc.

Mexico Visa Document Guidelines

All the documents you submit have to be in Spanish or in English. If they are not, they must be translated to Spanish by an authorized translator and both the original and the translation has to be included.

All the official documents have to be legalized. You can legalize documents via an Apostille Stamp or (if your country is not included in the Apostille Convention) at the Mexican embassy.

The Mexican embassy requests the right to request any additional documents as they see fit.

What is the difference between a Mexico Tourist Visa and a Mexico Tourist Card?

The difference between a Mexico Tourist Visa and a Mexico Tourist Card is:

  • The Mexico Tourist Visa is an authorization which only visa-required foreigners have to obtain to be allowed to travel to Mexico. You have to apply for a Tourist visa at a Mexican embassy abroad.
  • The Mexico Tourist Card, (Forma Migratoria Múltiple, FMM) is a permit which everyone, regardless of their nationality, must get before they can enter Mexico. You can get the Tourist Card at a Mexican point of entry upon arrival or obtain it online up to 7 days before you intend to travel.

Learn more about the Mexico Tourist Visa and Tourist Card here.

Mexico Resident Visa Requirements

A Mexico Temporary Resident Visa is the type of visa you apply for when you want to stay in Mexico for longer than six months, but less than four years. As such, you must present proof of the reason of your travel to Mexico, such as:

  • Enrollment in a Mexican educational institution; or
  • Work permit and work contract; or
  • Proof of family relations to a Mexican resident or citizen

For the specific Mexico visa requirements for long stays, see:

If you want to retire or live in Mexico permanently, see Mexico Permanent Resident Visa requirements.

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