What Part of Mexico Can You Go to Without a Passport?



There are still choices available, at least for another year. Americans may cross the border with their driver's card or birth certificate and spend the day purchasing souvenirs and even a bottle of tequila to take home from one of Mexico's hundreds of border towns, which are dispersed between Tijuana and Matamoros. So you'd want to visit Mexico but don't have a passport? There are still choices available, at least for another year.

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Can a driver's license be used to enter Mexico?

All US residents must have a passport to fly to Mexico and the Caribbean beginning January 23. On the other hand, those going by land or sea merely require a driver's license or birth certificate. (As early as January, the United States government may need passports for land travel.)Americans may cross the border with their driver's card or birth certificate and spend the day purchasing souvenirs and even a bottle of tequila to take home from one of Mexico's hundreds of border towns, which are dispersed between Tijuana and Matamoros. If you have a long weekend and wish to travel farther south, take a bus or drive to historic mining villages that appear undisturbed by time, such as the hilltop Real de Catorce.

 

All US residents must have a passport to fly to Mexico and the Caribbean beginning January 23. On the other hand, those going by land or sea merely require a driver's license or birth certificate. (The US government may demand passports for land travel as early as January 1, 2008; however, an extension is still being debated.)

 

Is a passport required for travel to Mexico?

First, we'll look at how you want to go to Mexico.

Traveling by plane

Taking the road

Air Traveling

"Is a passport required to travel to Mexico via plane?"       

Yes. When flying to Mexico, a US passport book is required. Minors (babies and children) also need a passport to enter Mexico. When you arrive in the nation, border control officials will inspect and stamp your passport.

What documentation do I need to fly to Mexico in 2022?

Detailed documentation must be submitted at the border while flying to Mexico. These documents are as follows:

A current passport

A filled-out Multiple Migratory Form (FMM)

Border agents may request extra documentation such as hotel bookings, return tickets, etc.

Land Traveling

Is a passport required to go to Mexico by land?

No, it is not necessary to have a passport to travel. You have a few alternatives for getting to Mexico via land. When crossing the border into Mexico, you can produce your US passport, a passport card, or a SENTRI Card. Minors can also travel without a passport. To re-enter the United States, children under 16 must present a birth certificate (or a naturalization certificate).

What exactly is a passport card?

A passport card resembles a passport book. A passport card's key advantage is that it is less expensive and, unlike a passport book, can fit in your pocket. It contains your portrait, name, nationality, date of birth, place of birth, issuance and expiration dates, and your passport card number.

What exactly is a SENTRI card?

The acronym SENTRI stands for Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (what a mouth full). It's a program that permits pre-approved, low-risk visitors to enter the US with expedited processing. Simply, it expedites border crossings when returning to the United States. If you want to travel to a large city in Mexico without flying, you may cross the border and ride a luxury bus with a toilet, air conditioning, spacious allocated seats, and movies. You might have to sit through hours of Spanish-dubbed Kung Fu movies, so beware. Buses to tiny towns are typically second-rate, and you may find yourself riding alongside a goat or a chicken.

Suppose you're daring but don't want to share a seat with a farm animal. In that case, you may drive your automobile or recreational vehicle into Mexico - be sure to register it immediately. A few sites give data for first-time RV explorers, some of which deal with convoy travel. Regardless of whether you need to go far, Mexico has loads of drive-to locales, for example, Barrancas del Cobre or Copper Canyon, a public park on the boundary province of Chihuahua with pine-clad mountains, steep valleys, and alluring Indian settlements.

There are beach communities along Mexico's Pacific coast if you want a nice break. Puerto Penasco, on the coast of Sonora state, and Rosarito, just over the border from San Diego, are already popular weekend getaways for many Americans. Real de Catorce, a former mining village of 1,000 people perched on top of a 9,000-foot mountain, is a popular destination for Texans.

About This Author

Philip Diack is Founder and Managing Director of Passports and Visas.com, a national passport and travel visa service with offices in Atlanta, Miami, Washington, DC, NYC, Denver and San Francisco.

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