Mexico removes visa exemption for Brazil citizens
From 11th December 2021, a temporary decree will be put in place meaning that Brazil nationals will require a visa to enter Mexico for tourism and business. Prior to this decree, Brazil citizens were able to enter Mexico without having to apply for a visa.
Mexican visitor visas allow tourists to stay up to 180 days in the country. Those travelling by air will need to apply for an e-visa, and those travelling by land or sea will need to apply for a consular-issued visitor visa.
Why has the decree been made?
The suspension has come in response to a large amount of illegal traffic coming from Brazil into Mexico and many people overstaying longer than they are legally allowed as tourists. Mexico has therefore tried to curb the amount of people coming from Brazil by making the entry requirements harder. There is now an application process and a fee for making the visa application.
This means that the Mexican government will be able to track and monitor the amount of people entering the country easier.
This suspension is said to be temporary, however, there is nothing to suggest when Mexico will review this decision. It will be interesting to see how this regulation pans out and whether it will have a positive impact on Mexico.
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