No visa necessary....you're fine...you DO need a passport though.
YES, you need a visa to enter Mexico!
The next time you go to Mexico read the paper work that they hand out on the airplane and that you fill out with your name, address, passport number, flight number, date, etc. The customs guy stamps it and gives part of it back to you.
That is a visitor's VISA. It's good for 6 months at which time you need to leave. If you want to stay longer, you leave Mexico and re-enter after you have obtain a new visitor's visa which will be good for the next six months. If you don't believe me, try and get into Mexico without it!
As I mentioned before, DON'T LOSE IT! You will need it when leaving Mexico.
The Visa...is actually called an FMT, it is a tourist card to be in Mexico.:
If you cross by auto you have to stop at the border to fill out the form, pay the fee, and get your card.
If they were to cross by auto, is there also not additional paperwork needed (as well as a cash or credit card deposit) to bring a vehicle into Mexico?? And, of course, they would need Mexican auto insurance.
Wow this is becoming complicated!
Thank you for the clarification. Do you know what the abbreviation FMT stands for? What is the difference between an FMT and a Visa? Is it just the name? Does Mexico have a Visa for U.S. citizens or just the FMT? I know the piece of paper is only good for six months just like the Visas I have had when traveling to other countries.
Thanks for your help.
It's not really complicated. All you need to do is fill out the piece of paper they give you on the plane and DON'T LOSE your half of it while you're in Mexico.
OK. Let's set the record straight to help this poor traveler out.
1. You do NOT require a passport to enter Mexico from the US or Canada. Government ID or birth certificate is acceptable and sufficient.
2. The catch is that you need a passport to RETURN to the US, but NOT to Canada. This is US Homeland Security policy, and not binding on any other country.
3. Although the document that you fill out on the plane is indeed a visa, the poster was obviously asking whether a visa is required in ADVANCE of travels and the answer is NO.
In these matters it is better not to speculate and comment ONLY if you are absolutely sure of your information. There is too much at stake.
Relax and have a good trip. You have more documentation than you require and all will be OK.