UK passport holders visiting Mexico as tourists do not need visas but tourist cards, which can be obtained by completing an immigration form available at border crossings or onboard flights to Mexico, are needed. On the other hand, they can be obtained from Mexican Consulates prior to travel. British citizens must have passports that are valid upon their arrival in Mexico. Visas are not required of UK passport holders for stays of up to 180 days.
Tourists are not permitted to accept voluntary (including Human Rights) work, or activity, or any form of paid work. If UK travelers intend to work while in Mexico, it is essential to obtain the correct visa. The Mexican Embassy can provide further information.
Engaging in adventure or eco-tourism activities (e.g. caving, potholing, entomology) may also require visas, especially if they involve any scientific or technological research. Visitors must be aware that the Mexican authorities may define scientific or technological research activities far more broadly than other countries. British nationals should check carefully with the Mexican Embassy well in advance of their visit to avoid difficulties and facing penalties.
Minors traveling alone or with only one parent are no longer required to have a notarized letter from their parents. Minors only need valid passports to fulfill the general migration requirements applied to their nationality.
Information gathered here are subject to change without prior notice. UK passport holders traveling to Mexico are advised to contact the Mexican Embassy for further consular assistance and confirmation.
Mexican Embassy to the United Kingdom
16 St George Street Hanover Square
Telephone: (+44) 20 7499-8586
Fax: (+44) 20 7495-4035