Do I Need A Passport To Go To Mexico

New passport requirements went into effect for Mexico in June 2009.  Get the latest information on your passport, visa, and health requirements—which can vary by travel mode—well in advance of your trip.

Drive Me Loco recommends that you get a passport NOW allowing a minimum of 6–8 weeks to obtain one. In the US you can get one at your local post office.

  • Air travel: Passports are now required for all U.S. citizens traveling to or from any international destination via air, with the exception of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Land and sea travel: U.S. citizens traveling to  Mexico via land or sea ports must present a government-issued photo ID in addition to proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. A voter’s registration card and social security card are not considered to be proof of citizenship. Children under the age of 16 do not require a government-issued photo ID. Please note: U.S. citizens may need a passport to enter foreign ports passports will be required for all U.S. citizens traveling to or from the United States via land, sea, and air—regardless of destination.

United States citizens can visit the State Department’s web site, or call the U.S. National Passport Information Center: (877) 4USA-PPT. Please allow at minimum 6–8 weeks for processing of the passport application. If you need to travel urgently and require a passport sooner, expedited processing is available.

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