For U.S. and Canadian citizens, entry by air into Mexico for a few weeks could hardly be easier. Airline attendants hand out tourist cards (tarjetas turísticas) en route and officers make them official by glancing at passports and stamping the cards at the immigration gate. Business travel permits for 30 days or fewer are handled by the same simple procedures.
In addition to the entry fee, Mexican immigration officials require that all entering U.S. citizens 15 years old or over must present proper identification—either a valid U.S. passport, original (or notarized copy) of your birth certificate, military ID, or state driver’s license, while naturalized citizens must show naturalization papers (or a laminated naturalization card) or valid U.S. passport.
Canadian citizens must show a valid passport or original birth certificate. Nationals of other countries (especially those such as Hong Kong, which issue more than one type of passport) may be subject to different or additional regulations. For advice, consult your regional Mexico Tourism Board Office (see the sidebar Mexico Tourism Board Offices) or local Mexican consulate. Very complete and up-to-date Mexico visa and entry information for nationals of virtually all of the world’s countries is available at the Toronto, Canada, Consulate website (www.consulmex.com ).