Foreigners entering Mexico must have a visa, even if it is only for a stopover

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The AMLO government has toughened the requirements to obtain this document; something similar to what takes place in the US.

Bad news for foreigners visiting Mexico. The Ministry of the Interior ( Segob ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( SRE ) reported this Saturday that they have tightened their visa requirements.

Through a joint statement, they indicated that, although visitors from other countries do not have Mexico as their destination, they must carry the corresponding visa, in accordance with article 37 of the Immigration Law. Something similar to what the United States does.

Foreigners who intend to transit through Mexican international airports must have a visitor visa without permission to carry out paid activities.

On the other hand, a Mexican visa will not be required by: foreigners who travel to Mexican territory under the protection of the immigration facilitation measures provided for in Article 26 of the Guidelines for current immigration procedures and procedures, namely:

a) Persons carrying a document that proves their permanent residence in Canada, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland, any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area, as well as the member countries of the Pacific alliance.

b ) Persons holding a valid and current visa for Canada, the United States of America, Japan, the United Kingdom of Great Britain, and Northern Ireland or any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area.

The measure announced by Mexico, which will affect nationals of the main countries that send migrants from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, came into force on Sunday, October 22.

The imposition of visas has been one of the ways to try to stop the flow of migrants to the United States for years, but although there have been specific decreases, the number of migrants has not stopped growing.

Mexico calls for a summit on the migration crisis 

The news comes just when the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will meet in the south of the country with his counterparts from Colombia, Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, and Venezuela to seek strategies to stop the migratory flow through the region.

At the summit “Palenque Meeting, for a Fraternal and Well-being Neighborhood”, which will take place in Chiapas, representatives from Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Ecuador will also be present.

The imposition of visas has been one of the ways to try to stop the flow of migrants to the United States for years, but although there have been specific decreases, the number of migrants has not stopped growing.

So far this year, more than 420,000 people have crossed the Darién jungle, the irregular crossing that connects Colombia with Panama, and US authorities have intercepted more than two million migrants in the last year.

The Palenque summit comes two weeks after a high-level meeting between US and Mexican authorities, and as both countries are stepping up deportations.

Washington resumed direct deportations to Cuba in April, and to Venezuela this week. For her part, Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena said on Tuesday in the Senate that repatriations to Cuba and Honduras had already been intensified, and would also be carried out to Venezuela, one of the reasons why she visited Caracas on Monday.

According to their data, 60,000 Venezuelans entered Mexico in September, making it “impossible for us to do good management,” Bárcena added.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his Cuban counterpart Miguel Díaz-Canel, two of the leaders who will be in Mexico on Sunday, were not invited by the United States last year to the Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles, also to talk about migration. and to which López Obrador did not attend as a sign of protest for not including them. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was not summoned to that meeting either.

Nicaragua is also not on the guest list mentioned by the Mexican government.

Source: INFOBAE

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