This article was originally published on December 9, 2021, and was updated on August 9, 2022, to reflect additional information.
August 9, 2022, Update: The government of Mexico will modify the visa application process for Brazilian passport holders beginning August 18, 2022. Brazilian nationals seeking entrance into Mexico to engage in paid work-related activities will be required to apply to a Mexican consular authority to obtain appropriate entry and work permissions. This modification will eliminate the use of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) which was introduced on December 11, 2021. According to the government, this change ensures safe, orderly, and regular migration to Mexico.
Original Post From December 9, 2021:
- Temporary suspension of visa exemptions for Brazilian nationals entering Mexico
Beginning December 11, 2021, the government of Mexico will temporarily suspend visa exemptions for Brazilian nationals entering Mexico for tourism or business purposes. Instead, Brazilian citizens will be required to request entry authorization from the Mexican authorities before departure for Mexico. Brazilian nationals entering Mexico by air must fill out an “Electronic Authorization” form that can be accessed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Institute of Migration website. Brazilian nationals entering Mexico by land or sea must request a physical visa in their passport from the Mexican consular authorities.
Brazilian citizens with one of the following documents are not required to present the Electronic Authorization or a visa issued by the Mexican consular authorities:
- Documents proving permanent residence in Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Schengen Area countries, and member countries of the Pacific Alliance, OR
- A valid visa for Canada, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, and Schengen Area countries
What are the Changes?
Brazilian nationals will temporarily not be permitted to enter Mexico with visa exemptions beginning December 11, 2021. Instead, most Brazilian citizens will be required to apply for either an Electronic Authorization form or a visa granted by the Mexican consular authorities.