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Old 02-16-2010, 02:26 PM
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The Mexican government announced today that beginning March 1 will require Canadian and American tourists arriving in the country by air to present a valid passport, a measure of exempt passengers from these countries who arrive in cruise or visit the strip border.

The National Migration Institute (INM) in Mexico said in a statement that the Americans may also provide the "passport card" effect, a pocket version of the common passport issued by the U.S. authorities to facilitate travel of their citizens into Mexican territory and Canada.

Since 2007 the U.S. government requires its citizens to travel with passports and from Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda, which were exempt before.

However, sources said INM still some U.S. tourists entering Mexico with other IDs, drivers' licenses.

The measure for Canadians and Americans "does not apply to foreigners who visit the border, nor for those on cruise ships," says the note.

Also, the new provisions of the Mexican migration authorities provide "legal certainty and clarity both to foreigners" who come to Mexico "as the various players in the transportation," the INM.

The passport contains security standards, which avoids "fakes, reviews and occasional inconvenience to users," the agency said.

In addition, the agency said it identified a number of documents to permanent residents of Canada or the United States may submit to be exempted from visa for their entry into Mexico, but did not specify which ones.

Finally, the Institute renewed its commitment to continue streamlining its processes to "facilitate the entry of foreign visitors with security and respect for human rights".

Source: http://www.exonline.com.mx/diario/noticia/primera/pulsonacional/exigira_mexico_pasaporte_a_turistas_canadienses_y_ de_eu/865825 (broken link)
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:58 AM
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No controversy here. It is a good thing. Securing one's country is a duty of any government.
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Old 02-17-2010, 09:23 AM
Location: Kansas City, MO
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When I was in Mazatlan in October, they required your passport first thing when getting off the plane. I thought it was already like this.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:35 AM
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Common logic would show that a Passport would be needed upon landing by air at any international airport in Mexico... no different then presenting one at the ticket counter before leaving a persons home country. You have to clear customs/immigration before boarding and upon arrival.

Difficulty with the idea is the amount of vehicles leaving US and entering Mexico at TJ for an example woulsd be a traffic nightmare between 2-7 PM. Try it one time and the fwy would be backed up for miles and miles.

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Old 02-17-2010, 04:21 PM
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The measure for Canadians and Americans "does not apply to foreigners who visit the border"
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:56 AM
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ID is never checked at a land border going south. This is much ado about nothing, unless someone really was planning on never coming back to the US or Canada.
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