Passports are required.
See New Application/Renewal Info HERE (8-11 weeks process, normally)
*** IMPORTANT PASSPORT INFORMATION ***
For the purposes of this program, you must have a passport that expires March 28, 2023 or later and have at least 2 pages empty- PLEASE CHECK YOURS!
According to the U.S. Passport website, as of May 13, 2022, you can apply for routine service and expect to receive a USA passport in 8-11 weeks. You also have the option of paying an additional $60 for expedited service to receive your passport in 5-7 weeks, from the day an application is received at the passport agency or center, not the day you mail your application or apply.
These processing times apply to applications submitted by mail and in-person at an acceptance facility in your community. Most acceptance facilities such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries are open and accepting passport applications, but they encourage you to apply by mail when possible because it is a safe, contactless option for certain services. It is suggested you submit your application via trackable mail, so you can track your application before it enters the system. Mail times vary across the country, so plan ahead and apply early.
You can download, fill out and print passport forms, check the status of your application, schedule an appointment at a passport agency and more online. If you’re not eligible to renew your passport (info on the right), please go to the Apply in Person page to learn the steps for how to apply. For more information, visit travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html.
UNITED STATES CITIZENS TRAVELLING TO MEXICO:
- At this time, ALL flights departing the United States are dictating passengers must wear masks that are KN95/3-5 layers and are not allowing two-layer, homemade masks. They are also not allowing balaclavas, scarves, bandannas, cowl/turtlenecks, etc. Most airports are also requiring their use. Be prepared – bring more masks than you think you’ll need. Non-compliance may result in denial of travel, not only on that day but potentially a future flight ban.
- At this time, a COVID-19 test is not required to travel TO Mexico, only to return to the United States.
- On the day of your departure, arrive at the check in desk of your airport NO LESS than two hours prior to take off. The airlines ask for three hours for an international flight and we recommend you follow their request.
- Passports are required and must be valid until at least until 6 months after your return date (March 28, 2023 for this trip)
- Your passport is also required to have at least two blank pages inside to enter Mexico. In addition to your passport, please bring a copy of the picture/data page. Carry it with you, separate from the passport; do not place in checked bags.
- A Tourist Card, (Official Entry Immigration Form-FMM), is required to enter Mexico. Most airlines no longer distribute this form. To avoid completing this form upon landing, we highly recommend you complete this form online within 30 days of your travel date. There are many online companies charging for this service but you can apply for free with the Mexican government in the month prior to travel. Go to https://www.mexicotouristcard.com/ and fill in the form. Your tourist card will be emailed to you, print it and take with you. Each traveler must have their own form. The completed form is presented to Immigration with your passport upon arrival in Mexico. Because your information is in their system, they will simply stamp the form’s exit portion, and return it to you, (keeping the entry form on file). You must then present that portion when you are checking in for your return flight. It is extremely important to safeguard this form – DO NOT LOSE IT! Not having it may incur a fine and delay your return.
- During the inbound flight, or once landed, you will also need to fill out a customs form. After passing through immigration, you will collect your bags and hand the form to the customs agent after screening.
COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS (subject to change)
Before you leave the United States: