As of 2020, any Mexican travelers who wish to visit Europe will need to apply for a new European visa for Mexican citizens under the name ETIAS: European Travel Information and Authorisation System. This new scheme was announced in 2016 by the European Union after the proposal was accepted by both the European Commission and the European Parliament with the aim of heightening security with regards health and immigration risks in Europe.
From Mexico to Europe with ETIAS
Once ETIAS comes into practice in 2020, any Mexican citizens wishing to travel to any of the European Union or special Schengen zone countries will need to apply for the EU visa waiver online.
The ETIAS visa for Mexican citizens will be available for all eligible travelers planning to visit Europe for up to 90 days. If the trip to Europe exceeds 90 days in any 180-day period, travelers will have to apply for a Schengen visa as is currently the case for these longer stays.
Initally, only tourists of 18 years and over will be required to apply for the Europe visa for Mexican citizens when it becomes a necessity for traveling to Europe. However, this initial requirements are likely to change. There will be a fee for the ETIAS visa for Mexico which will be payable upon application online via credit or debit card.
ETIAS requirements for Mexicans
The Europe visa for mexicans will allow tourists to enter Europe through any land, sea or airport and travel freely throughout the EU zone with just the one European travel authorization approved before departure.
The following are the EU visa requirements for Mexican citizens which will be necessary in order to apply for the ETIAS visa:
- Valid Mexican passport
- Credit/Debit card
- Valid email address
It is essential that all Mexicans traveling to Europe have a Mexican passport which is valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended stay in Europe.
Applying for ETIAS from Mexico
As well as the basic ETIAS requirements for Mexican citizens, those planning on traveling to Europe from Mexico will need to make their ETIAS application online before leaving the country of origin.
The application for ETIAS will be a short, simple process available online from anywhere for all eligible citizens. Those responsible for implementing the ETIAS travel authorization program envision that it will take no more than 10 minutes for travelers to complete their EU visa request.
Mexican tourists applying for ETIAS will need to give the information from their passport as well as basic contact information including a valid email address where the approved Europe visa for Mexicans will be sent once it has been processed. Following this basic form, tourists will need to answer some simple security questions regarding immigration and health topics.
The ETIAS visa for Mexicans to travel to Europe will permit tourists multiple entries throughout its 5-year validity which means Mexican citizens can visit Europe several times within these 5 years or until their passport expires, whichever comes first. When either the passport or the visa expire, the citizen will have to apply for a new ETIAS before returning to Europe.