Travel To Mexico – Do I Need a Passport for Travel to Mexico?

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersQuestion:  I am a permanent resident of the U.S. My mother is very sick in Mexico and I need to travel there by air. Hopefully, as she recovers, she will be able to travel to Mexico. So, what details must I be aware of to travel to Mexico?

Answer:  Sorry to hear about the unfortunate circumstances. In order to travel to Mexico, there are certain guidelines everyone must follow when applying for a U.S. passport. One of those guidelines is that you have to be an American citizen in order to obtain a U.S. passport. Hence, there is no way that you can obtain a U.S. passport without being a U.S. citizen.

As a result, you will need to travel with a current and effective passport from your original country. Therefore, if you do not have a current and valid passport from your country, then you will have to apply for one. You can apply for a Mexican passport at the closest Mexican Embassy or Consulate general.

Finally, if you return from Mexico, you will need to provide your current green card when you arrive back in the United States.

After you become a citizen, you can apply for a passport card which can be used for travel between Mexico, the Caribbean, Canada and the United States. The documents that will be needed for a passport card are:

  • (2) passport photos
  • Proof of identity
  • Photocopy of proof of identity
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Completed, unsigned application form
  • Bring $20 fee for passport card

Hope all works out! Best of Luck!