How to enter Mexico without a visa
Philippine passport holders with a valid US travel visa or Schengen visa can enter Mexico through any port of entry without a visa. Likewise, those who have a multiple entry or double entry Japan visa don’t need to apply for a Mexico travel visa. As long as the purpose of your trip is for transit, business or tourism, you may stay in the country visa-free for 30 days with any of these travel documents.
And, by the way, tourists traveling through a cruise ship are not required to secure a visa to Mexico.
Mexico visa application general requirements
Don’t have a Japan, US or Schengen visa? Here’s a list of the requirements you have to submit during your Mexico visa application.
- Philippine passport (must be valid for at least six months on your travel date)
- Photocopies of your passport (including the page with your picture as well as the last page where your signature appears)
- A photocopy of your Schengen, Japan, Canadian, or US Visa (if available)
- A valid identification card (original and photocopies including the back and front sides) such as SSS/GSIS ID card, Driver’s License, Voter’s ID, Postal ID, Company ID or student ID
- Financial solvency (photocopy and original) including updated bank books/passbooks, updated bank certifications/statements, paid credit card statements, and valid international credit card.
- Income Tax Return (for employees)
- Original copy of employment certificate (for employees)
- Business owner certificates (for business self-employed applicants), like DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) certificate and SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) certificate.
- Marriage certificate (for married applicants)
- Filled up and duly signed application form (available from the embassy)
- Two pictures with background (size is 1.5 x 1.5 inch)
- Travel itinerary
Mexico visa application process
- Secured all the required documents (above)
- Set an appointment with the Mexican Embassy for your visa application through email at email@example.com or via phone at (+62)(2)(8122 211) Local 116 or 109
- After setting an appointment, make your way to the Mexican Embassy in Manila with all your requirements
- Pay the required processing for your Mexico visa application – USD 17 to 30 (PHP 857 to 1,511)
- Wait for the results (usually it takes around 2 to 15 days).
Mexican Embassy details in Manila
- Address: Embassy of Mexico in Manila, 150 Legaspi Street, G.C. Corporate Plaza 2do. Piso, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Manila 1229, Philippines
- Fax number: (+63) 2 892 7635
- Email add: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone number: (+63) 2 812 2211
- Opening hours: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM (contact the embassy prior to your visit since embassy hours vary)
How to get to Mexico from the Philippines
Getting to Mexico from the Philippines can be a little tricky since there are no direct flights from Manila to this Latin American country. For the most part, Pinoy travelers fly to California or San Diego, and fly or drive down to Mexico. That means you need to get, at the minimum, a transit visa from the United States.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to go through the United States, you may fly directly to the city of Mexico via Japan, as Aeromexico offers direct flights between Mexico and Narita. You, however, still have to secure a transit visa for this option.