I’m going back to Mexico! But this time, I do not need to apply for a visa. I will be going on a 6-month backpacking trip and will explore more of the northern part of Mexico. During my first visit, I only visited the south and I’m really excited to go back and see my friends!
This post is a step by step guide on how to apply for a Mexico visa for Filipinos residing in the Philippines. Read carefully and let me know if you have any questions!
Step 1: Check if you need a visa
As per the OECD agreement, holders of valid Schengen, USA, Canada and Japan visas with multiple entries do not require a visa when entering Mexico. I have a 5-year multiple entries Japanese visa so I can freely go to Mexico whenever I want.
However, I forgot about this. Before doing my research, I already prepared all the requirements needed for the Mexico visa for Filipinos (you know, printed and everything). I wasted so much paper on this!
If you don’t have a valid Schengen, USA, Canada and Japan visas with multiple entries, go to step 2.
Step 2: Prepare the documents you need in applying for a Mexico visa
- Duly filled out Application Form that you will fill out on the day of your appointment at the Mexican Embassy in Manila. For minors, both parents must sign the application form.
- Passport with a validity of at least six months prior to departure. Provide a photocopy of the passport, too.
- 2 pictures (1.5” x 1.5” inch in size) with a white background.
- A photocopy of a valid USA, Canadian, U.K., Japan, or Schengen Visa (if any).
- One (1) valid identification card. Provide the original and photocopy (front and back side of the ID). Driver’s License, SSS / GSIS ID card, Company ID, Valid Student ID are the valid IDs accepted by the Mexican Embassy.
- Valid international credit card. Provide a photocopy the backside of the card where the signature can be found.
- Paid credit card statements or billing statements of the credit card for the last 3 months
- Updated bank statements for the last 3 months
- Bank certificate addressed to the Mexican Embassy in Manila. Your bank will know how to issue this. Just tell them it’s for visa application.
- Updated passbooks or bank books (front page & page with last updated amount)
- If employed, you will need to provide your Income Tax Return (ITR).
- If self-employed, provide business ownership certifications duly registered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
- For married couples, a separate set of documentation is required. Please provide the Marriage Contract upon application.
- For parents and children applying together, please present the Birth Certificate/s of the children. Both parents must sign the application form of the child.
- Certificate of Employment (original).
- A consular interview will take place so you will need to personally appear at the Embassy. The consular officer has the right to reject any application should the candidate does not pass said interview.
NOTE: Passengers traveling by Cruise Ship are not required to get a visa.
Step 3: Schedule your appointment online
To set an appointment online, please follow the procedure below:
- Open the Mexitel website. It will be in Spanish so look at the upper right corner to change the language.
- Create an account. Please enter your email add and create a new password. The password must contain at least 9 characters with one capital letter and a combination of (word, number & symbol)
- Check the notification on your email, sent by Mexitel to confirm your account sign up. Click on the link to continue.
- Log in using your username and password.
- Fill out the information needed to schedule an appointment.
- Please select “with I.N.M. permit” for a temporary resident visa or “without I.N.M. permit” for tourist, transit & business visas.
- Select the date & time and press accept.
- Print a copy of the confirmation of appointment that will be sent via e-mail.
Step 4: Go to your appointment
The Embassy of Mexico is located at 150 Legaspi Street, G.C. Corporate Plaza, Legazpi Village, Makati City. Make sure to be there one (1) hour before your appointment. The security guard will ask to see your appointment confirmation letter before letting you in. Make sure to print it as stated above.
You will be asked to pay the visa processing fee of 1,864 PHP as soon as you submit the requirements. Keep the receipt and don’t lose it. You will need it when claiming your visa.
Once you are there, submit all the requirements. In my experience, it wasn’t a formal interview but the person-in-charge at the window will just ask you a few relevant questions for your trip.
Step 5: Wait for the Mexico visa application results
Processing time takes 3-5 days. In my first application where I didn’t have a Japan visa yet, I asked the consular office if they can fast track the application to 24 hours. The reason I asked for this is because I am not based in Manila. I simply told them it will save me time and money if they give it to me after one day. They, fortunately, granted my request.
If you want to know the status of your Mexico visa for Filipinos application, you may call the Mexican Embassy in Manila at (632) 812-2225. Based on experience, they reply faster via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.