• Mexico: Foreign Workers in Mexico City Must Have Local ID to Travel Abroad; Electronic Travel Clearance System Opens to Select Nationalities
  • September 16, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Foreign nationals working in Mexico City are now required to obtain a local identification card (photocredential) before they travel abroad, under new internal guidance from Mexico’s Immigration Department. Though foreign workers in Mexico can typically obtain a temporary entry and exit permit that allows them to travel abroad while an ID card application is pending, the temporary permit is no longer available to those in Mexico City. Affected foreign nationals who travel abroad before obtaining the ID card may have their immigration status terminated and be unable to reenter the country. 

    The new ID requirement means that foreign workers in Mexico City may be delayed in their ability to conduct overseas business travel or other trips abroad, since local ID card applications take approximately 15 to 20 business days to process. 

    Electronic Travel Clearance System Opens to Select Nationalities 

    Mexico’s Electronic Approval System (SAE), an advance online travel clearance program, is now open to nationals of Brazil, Russia and Ukraine entering Mexico by air for business, tourism or transit. Peruvian nationals may use the SAE to transit through Mexico to China or Japan, provided they hold an entry visa for their final destination. Foreign nationals who obtain an online travel clearance through SAE are not required to obtain a consular visa. 

    Eligible foreign nationals who wish to use the electronic clearance system must complete an online application before departure. Though the system should provide an immediate response, travelers are advised to submit their applications at least several days before a planned trip in case there are any processing delays. If granted, the SAE authorization is valid for a single trip within 30 days. The traveler must use an SAE participating airline. If the online application is denied, the foreign national must obtain a consular visa for travel to Mexico. Note that SAE authorization does not guarantee admission to Mexico; it is simply an authorization to board an airline. 

    Fragomen worked closely with the firm of Aguilar Noble, Salgado & Asociados (Mexico) to prepare this alert.

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