Mexico is one of the most popular destinations for Americans to visit, and for good reason. The culture is amazing, the food is out of this world, and the weather makes it easy to get your tan on. But, you’ll need to know about the Mexico travel rules in 2022, if you want to travel there and have a stress-free trip. Here’s everything you need to know:
An American passport could get you into Mexico.
What you will need to enter Mexico: An American passport.
- If your passport is expired, it won’t be accepted as valid for entry into Mexico. You’ll have to renew it before your trip—you can do so at any time but no later than 60 days before its expiration date. If your passport expires before 2022, a renewal or extension will be required to allow you entry into Mexico on the day of your departure (if the expiration date falls after 2022).
- A passport card—a wallet-sized travel document that’s cheaper and easier to replace than a regular book-style passport but doesn’t allow for global entry through customs—is not accepted as proof of identity in Mexico. Unless a CBP officer specifically makes an exception on account of an emergency situation (like being stuck without any other form of ID), it may not even get you past border officials stateside because it doesn’t fit into the Mexico border crossing requirements.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative(WTHI) is changing.
The WHTI is changing, but the CAC Act isn’t. In a nutshell, your passport has to be valid for at least six months after your trip before you leave the United States.
If you’re flying through Canada or Mexico on an international flight and then continuing on to another country in North America or South America, as of 2022, you’ll need an electronic passport (e-passport) or digital ID card with biometric data like fingerprints and facial scans stored in a computer database. But if this type of ID doesn’t exist for everyone yet cause not all countries use them yet then it may still work out fine for older passports issued by other countries unless those governments decide that they want more information stored about their citizens’ travel history too.
The WHTI is changing, but the ACCESS Act isn’t.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is changing, but the Access Act isn’t. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the WHTI will be updated to reflect a new electronic passport requirement in 2022. The new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) will replace the existing paper I-94 form travelers must fill out at the border when entering or leaving the U.S., as well as replace other forms like a Visa Waiver Program application or ESTA form before traveling abroad on vacation or business purposes.”
You’ll need to fill out an online form before traveling.
To save time and avoid the hassle of submitting paperwork at the airport, you can fill out an online form before traveling to Mexico. This form is free and valid for five years. It also serves as a multiple-entry visa for multiple trips in that period of time. The only thing you’ll need to bring with you on your trip is your passport and the filled-out form. To make it even easier, some travel clinics will help travelers fill out their forms ahead of time if they know they’ll be visiting Mexico within two weeks or so after they fill out the form here!
In 2022, you’ll need to have a negative COVID test to enter Mexico.
A negative COVID test will be required to enter Mexico in 2022. If your test is positive or has expired, you won’t be able to travel there until it’s been updated with a new result (and possibly retested).
We hope this article was educative enough and you learnt about all the necessary travel requirements to Mexico in 2022. Thank you for reading!