I’ve been through immigration in mexico three times, but I confess that I have never been as tense as this most recent one, in January 2020. It had not crossed my mind yet that they could implicate a Brazilian who was going to the country on vacation, but this is happening more and more.
Shortly before we traveled there, several news came out of Brazilians who were prevented from entering the country and spent several days at the airport before being deported.
You see, this is not a post to scare anyone, just for you to be prepared when going through immigration in Mexico and not have any problems. We also include instructions for travelers in the pandemic.
In addition to telling our experience, we will give you tips to avoid that your entry into the country is denied or tumultuous.
How is immigration in Mexico
It is important to pay attention not only to this information that we give in this post, but also to the latest instructions and requirements during the pandemic in the country.
In short: no negative test for COVID-19 is mandatory for boarding. All this information and the step by step you can find in this text about the entry into the country in the pandemic.
If your destination is the Mexican Caribbean, it is worth paying attention because you will still have to pay the cancun tourist taxwhich actually applies to all destinations in the State of Quintana Roo.
Brazilians barred in Mexico
Between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, considerably increased the number of Brazilians who were denied entry into Mexico. So much that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement talking about the problem of inadmissions in the country.
What drew most attention at the time was that many of these Brazilians had to spend hours or days detained in airport lounges in conditions similar to those of prisons until they were able to return to Brazil.
blogger was barred
One of the cases was that of the university professor Thais Costawhich has the blog and instagram Travel on Stage. She, who has traveled to different places around the world, told Globo News that at the beginning of the interview at the immigration in Mexico they asked how her trip would be.
Thais said he would stay 30 days. That’s when the officer asked to see the return ticket. But the teacher didn’t have it printed, and in the immigration area there is no internet for her to search on her cell phone.
After that, she went to a place called the Review Sector, where she did another interview. She didn’t have reservations made for the 30 days of travel, and she also didn’t have enough cash for the entire period, even though she had two credit cards.
After that, they denied the teacher entry into the country.
Of course, all this makes us apprehensive, but we must remain calm and have all documents printed so there is no doubt that you are really there for tourism.
Important Tips on Immigration in Mexico
In the case of the university professor, three items must have contributed to her being denied entry into Mexico: absence of the printed return ticketnot have the hotel reservations for all travel days and not be with enough cash for every day.
Before giving the tips, it is worth remembering that since December 11, 2021, the Mexico requires visas from Brazilians. You need to be with passport with at least six months validity. Currently, they don’t require any vaccinations, but it’s good to check in advance.
The current visa charge is at least not as complicated as it once was. Now you just need to fill in the Electronic Authorization for free and online if you arrive by air.
Those who go by land or sea to Mexico still need a printed and physical visa.
- take everything printed, as there is no internet in the immigration area and cell phone use may be prohibited;
- take her return ticket printed;
- be with all hotel reservations for all printed travel days (Take advantage to book your hotel at a discount in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or to the country’s capital);
- if you’re staying at someone’s house, present the invitation letter with address, personal data, telephone, length of stay and copy of Mexican identification document;
- light printed any document that proves your link with Brazilfor example, a contract from your company, college registration or even your company’s payslip or work card;
- Knife travel insurance and print the policy;
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- Light cash to prove that you will be able to cover your travel expenses (bring dollars! It doesn’t have to be Mexican pesos! Leave it to exchange in your own country);
- furthermore, have an international credit card. If applicable, bring the invoice to prove the limit;
- if you already have any closed walkway, take the printed voucher (it can be a park, club, museum…);
- if you have already closed transfer from/to the airport, take the form as well;
- if you have any bus or plane ticket within Mexico; light printed;
- if you have any trip scheduled for after returning from Mexico; light printed too;
- if you’ve been to Mexico before, take previous passports;
- if you have the american visa in another passport; take it too.
If you are traveling for work, please have all your hotel reservation vouchers and all company details printed.
It is worth mentioning once again that it is necessary to take everything printed. Of course, it’s a precaution, but it’s better to guarantee for excess, right?
Our Experience in Immigration in Mexico
We printed everything! Swear! I have never been traveling with such a heavy briefcase! Everything we suggested, we did. We print return tickets, hotel reservations, vouchers, bus tickets for internal travel, transfers, tickets for other trips after Mexico, contract… All!
The other times, we had arrived in the country through the Mexico City International Airport. This time the immigration was in Cancún.
The two airports that receive the most Brazilian tourists in the country and where the biggest problems occurred.
After about half an hour in line, we were called. As hotel reservations and tickets were together, we went to the same window.
The officer only asked the reason for the trip and how many days we would be in Mexico. He didn’t ask to see any documents other than his passport and didn’t ask any more.
While we were in line, we observed that everything was very quiet at least that day. In any case, it is good to have all the documents at hand and only show them if necessary.
Importance of Travel Insurance
Although not mandatory, our suggestion is that you take out travel insurance. In addition to being able to help you at the time of immigration, insurance can be very useful in case something unforeseen happens to you.
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Frequently Asked Questions on Immigration in Mexico
Of course, this can vary greatly not only for immigration in Mexico, but for any other country. In any case, here are the most frequently asked questions during the interviews:
- Have you been to the country before?
- What is the reason for the trip?
- How many days will you stay?
- What is the final destination?
- How much money are you taking?
- Are you traveling alone?
- Where will you be staying?
- Know someone in the country?
- What’s your profession?
- Do you have travel insurance?
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