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Mexico Lifts Travel Restrictions

Travelers who want to visit Mexico but who have been stopped by COVID-19 restrictions can rejoice! The borders are now open and they can visit the country.

However, there are a few documents that travelers will need. Here’s what people need to know in order to successfully enter Mexico.

Documents Required to Visit Mexico

International travelers can now cross the physical border into Mexico, as well as being allowed to enter the country by plane and by boat.  

Travelers who want to do so may need a visa. Some countries have a relationship with Mexico such that their citizens do not need visas if they are visiting as tourists for fewer than 180 days.

However, travelers from other countries will need to get a visa, as will those whose purpose for visiting Mexico is not covered by the tourist visa.

All travelers will need to research before their trip to determine whether or not they need a visa. If they do, they are responsible for getting the visa they need before they travel.

Regardless of visa requirements, travelers to Mexico will need to have a valid passport from their home country. It should have at least six months of validity on it.

They should measure this from the day they plan to enter Mexico. If their passport does not have this much validity, they will need to renew it before they travel.

Travelers will also need to get a FMM card online before they arrive in Mexico. They can do this by filling out a form online

The form will ask them for personal information, passport data, information about previous travels, and more. It only takes about 10 minutes to fill out. 

Once that form is submitted and processed, travelers will receive a QR code by email. They will need to print this or show it on a device when crossing the border into Mexico.

Note that airlines used to provide these forms in flight, but most won’t do that anymore. Instead, travelers need to fill out the form before they arrive in Mexico.

Some travelers may need to bring additional documentation, too. This may involve letters or certifications.

These will be based on the reason for their travel (for instance, from an employer proving employment, or from an educational institution proving that they have been admitted there).

Mexican border officials may also ask to see documentation about a person’s trip. They may want proof of reservations at a hotel or a purchased ticket showing the traveler intends to leave.

Registering With Mexico Online (FMM)

It’s easy to register a trip to Mexico. Travelers should begin by making applying through Natvisa’s online portal.

Then, they can follow the instructions to complete the form. It’s not difficult, though it must be done before the traveler tries to board a plane to Mexico.

Travelers need to be as honest as possible when answering the questions on the form. If they don’t know an answer, they should do their due diligence to find it.

They also need to make sure that any personal and passport information matches their passport exactly. If they make a mistake here, they will need to fill out and submit the form all over again.

If something changes about the traveler’s information, they will also need to submit a new form in that case. They can do this easily online.

Once the form is submitted, travelers will usually receive their document within just a few minutes. However, it can take up to a day to process the form.

Travelers need to print the card and be ready to show it to officials.

The form does not guarantee a border crossing, but is necessary to make one possible.

Border Reunifications

Many families and friends are being reunited after sudden separations due to COVID-19. In these families, some reside in the US while others live in Mexico.

Sudden COVID related shutdowns meant that many of these loved ones never got to say goodbye before the border closed.

Now, they have missed nearly two years of each others’ lives. This includes significant events like weddings, funerals, graduations, and more.

While electronic communication has helped people keep in touch, it isn’t the same as being there for these events. It has been hard on these families to be separated for so long.

Now, they can cross the border, meet again, and catch up on everything that has happened over the last two years. It takes some time, but they will find their rhythm together again.

Some of these reunifications happen at the border, while others are happening at airports all over Mexico. It’s a joy to see people get to hug each other again after so long.

Business Travel Resumes

Open borders mean that people doing business can resume their travel, too. Many business owners have businesses that run both in their home country and in Mexico.

Travel restrictions meant that they could only oversee their whole business electronically, instead of doing it in person.

In some cases, this allowed other people in the business to step up and take responsibility for keeping the business running well.

In others, though, it meant that businesses shut down or temporarily suspended operations on one side of the border or the other.

Now that the border is open, though, businesses can begin to rebuild. They can start to recover what they lost due to COVID-19.

They can also begin to unify their workforce again. When bosses and supervisors can cross borders, they can build relationships between their teams on both sides. 

This strengthens businesses and helps them grow even stronger. In the end, the pandemic may actually have been good for them.

Mexico’s open borders mean that travel to the country is easier. Now, visitors can make trips that they have been postponing because of the pandemic.

Tourists can tour, families can reunite, and businesses can step it up to respond to the changing times!

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