Tourist or Transit Visa


If you are going to visit Mexico as a tourist and you are not a United States citizen, or you have an appointment at the US Consulate to renew your US working visa, you must apply for a Mexican Visa as a “Non-Lucrative Activities”.


1. Fill out the Application Download

2. Valid Passport (book passport - original and one copy, you must have copy from the first, last and all pages in which you have visas or stamps.

3. Visa or stamp from DHS (Department of Homeland Security) and I-94 (if applicable) signed I-797 Forms, Advance Parole Forms, I-20, or DS-2019, original and copy.

4. One passport size picture front view white background (recent and without glasses).

5. Proof of Employment (US Company) or Proof of Student:

a) Proof of Employment: Original letterhead typed sheet from the US company/organization/association which must be addressed to the  Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego specifying the Applicant´s full name and nationality; Activity, length of time working there and monthly income – minimum $ 400.00 dollars per month - perceived by applicant; Specify commitment of shared responsibility with the applicant and Registration number, business activity, physical address and complete name and contact information of the company/organization/association.

b) Proof of Student: Original letterhead typed from the Educational Institution (letter of acceptance) which must be addressed to the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego specifying your full name (should be the same as your passport) and nationality, level, degree and area of study that the applicant intends to carry out, the course name that has been accepted, total cost and period of studies. This letter must be signed by Official Representative and identification data of the educational institution

c) For both cases, a copy of an valid official ID of the person who signed the letter of proof of employment or student (with photo, full name and signature “must be in ink, electronic signature is not valid”). The name and signature must match both letter and the ID.

6. Original and a photocopy of financial records (last three months of bank statements – the complete official statement month by month with full name and address – NO P.O. Box) which reflect monthly income and salary with minimum balance of $1220.00 us dollars at the end of the month. If the applicant works, as well as the last three months of pay stubs. If the documents are from outside the United States, you must present them apostatized or legalized and translated into Spanish by an official translator, original and one copy.

7. Documents evidencing the reservation of the hotel and plane tickets or your appointment with the US Consulate, printed via Internet.

8. If the case of an economic dependent, the applicant must present the marriage certificate (if marriage took place outside the United States, you must present an original apostatized or legalized and translated into Spanish by an official translator. (original and one copy).

9. Application processing fee $36.00 US dollars. We only accept cash and Money Order. Please note that in case of refusal of visa, the payment is not refundable. We recommend that before submitting your application, you verify your documentation is complete.

Be advised that the time and process to obtain a Mexican visa may vary (one to ten days). The Consulate does not guarantee the issuance of the visa, and its expedition the same day you come. If you are coming to San Diego for the sole purpose of obtaining the Mexican visa, we encourage you to plan a minimum stay of one to three business days.

We recommend that you do not purchase your travel tickets until the proper visa is obtained.

The Mexican visa gives you the possibility of travelling to the country. The entry into Mexican territory depends on Mexican immigration authorities at the port of entry.

Once you have gathered all the required documentation for the visa application process, you must send an email to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo., stating your full birth name, phone number, personal email of the applicant and the type of visa you wish to apply for.  Upon receiving this information, we will review it and assign you an appointment (one per person) at the earliest possible date. Please note that the approximate wait time to receive a reply to your email is one to three business days.

On the day of your scheduled appointment, you will present yourself to the Mexican Consulate with your previously approved documents in original and the correspondent copies of said documents to conclude the application process and subsequent interview to obtain your Mexican Visa. Note, additional paperwork may be asked in certain instances.

For your convenience, if you do not speak English and/or Spanish you must be accompanied by an interpreter.