Mexico entry requirements and Cancun travel checklist
The Government of Mexico requires that all foreign visitors present proof of citizenship and photo identification for entry into Mexico. While U.S. citizenship documents such as a certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate, a Naturalization Certificate, a Certificate of Citizenship are acceptable, it is recommendable traveling with a valid U.S. passport to avoid delays or misunderstandings.
U.S. citizens boarding flights to Mexico should be prepared to present one of the above documents as proof of U.S. citizenship, along with photo identification issued by a competent authority. Driver's permits, voter registration cards, affidavits and similar documents are not sufficient to prove citizenship for readmission into the United States.
Minors: Mexican law requires that any non-Mexican citizen under the age of 18 departing Mexico must carry notarized written permission from any parent or guardian not traveling with the child to or from Mexico. This permission must include the name of the parent, the name of the child, the name of anyone traveling with the child, and the notarized signature(s) of the absent parent(s).
For the latest entry requirements go to the Secretary of Tourism’s Manual on tourist entry
Mexico Visa Policy permits citizens of the countries listed below to travel to Mexico without a visa:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Irland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lienchtestein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweeden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Urugay, USA, Venezuela.
What should you pack?
- Casual clothes, like T-shirts and shorts.
- Sports dressy clothes for visiting restaurants or night clubs
- Don’t forget your first aid kit: Bring bandages, ointments, aspirins, and other over-the-counter medications in case you need them. Pack them in one kit and do not mix them with your other things.
- During the winter you may need a light sweater or sweatshirt for the occasional cool evening.
- At least 2 swimsuits
- Walking shoes and sandals for the beach.
- Camera and video camara: It is also a good idea to buy a disposable underwater camera.
- Sunscreen: Take plenty, Cancun is a hot tropical destination, it is very important for getting the most from your vacation to avoid getting sunburn.
Parks like Xel-Ha and Xcaret do not allow regular sunscreen, you will need some eco-safe lotion or biodegradable sunscreen. You can purchase it at the parks, but it is expensive.
- Insect or mosquito repellent
- Sunglasses that has UV filter
- Large ziplock bags are great for dirty clothes or wet suits. You may also use them for cameras, film amd whatever you don't want sand in.
- Snorkel equipment: If you plan on doing a lot of snorkeling, having your own is very nice.
- Small back-pack very useful in tours