The Visitor Permit is intended for visitors -usually tourists and businesspeople- who travel to Mexico on short-term visits of six months or less.
A Visitor Permit can be issued in two ways depending on the nationality. You may enter Mexico as follows:
- Waiver-visa country: the visa will be issued by immigration authorities at port of entry when you arrive to Mexico (by air or travel on land by road beyond the ‘free border zone’), indicating the purpose of your visit: tourist/ business.
- Non-waiver visa country: the visa will be issued by the corresponding Mexican Consulate in country of origin or residence. There are different requirements for tourists and businesspeople.
A Visitor Permit (also called a tourist visa) is valid for up to a maximum of 180 days and cannot be extended or renewed. Once the permit expires, you must leave the country.