Mexico Tourist Visa for Filipinos

Mexico visa for Filipinos 2020: step by step guide on applying for a 6-month tourist visa

Reader Mail: First of all, thank you for empowering Filipinas to travel the world! Your bravery is such an inspiration to me. In fact, I started my solo female travel adventures because of your blog. So thank you!!! Anyway I know you are in Mexico now and I want that to be my next destination. Can you tell me how you applied for a Mexico visa for Filipinos? Do I really need 80,000 pesos in the bank? Thank you for your help Trisha!

Abigail Redondo, Philippines

This post was last updated on March 25, 2020.

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!

Mexico Visa for Filipinos

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.

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Mexico Visa for Filipinos

Step 2: Prepare the documents you need in applying for a Mexico visa

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!

  • 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.

Mexico Visa for Filipinos

Step 3: Schedule your appointment online

Mexitel appointment website

Remember to change the language in the upper right. Otherwise, it will be in Spanish.

To set an appointment online, please follow the procedure below:

  1. Open the Mexitel website. It will be in Spanish so look at the upper right corner to change the language.
  2. 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)
  3. Check the notification on your email, sent by Mexitel to confirm your account sign up. Click on the link to continue.
  4. Log in using your username and password.
  5. Fill out the information needed to schedule an appointment.
  6. Please select “with I.N.M. permit” for a temporary resident visa or “without I.N.M. permit” for tourist, transit & business visas.
  7. Select the date & time and press accept.
  8. Print a copy of the confirmation of appointment that will be sent via e-mail.
Mexico Visa for Filipinos

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.

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Mexico Visa for Filipinos

Step 5: Wait for the 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: [email protected]

Mexico Visa for Filipinos

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many days will the Mexican visa for Filipinos processing take?
Mexico visa for Filipinos take 3-14 days to process.

How much money should I have in the bank?
Ideally, you should have 80,000 PHP monthly maintaining balance in your bank statement as well as the bank certificate.

How much is the Mexican visa application fee?
The application fee for the Mexican visa is 1,864 PHP.

What is the validity of the Mexico visa for Filipinos?
Normally, the Mexican Embassy in Manila will grant you a 6-month visa.

Do I need to appear for an interview?
Yes. The Mexican Embassy in Manila requires an interview in order to process your visa.

Is it required to book accommodations in advance?
No. You do not need to book accommodations and flights in advance. However,w when you arrive in Mexico, the immigration officer will ask for these.

Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha is an ambassador of Girl Rising, a global movement for girls' education and empowerment. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway


  • Dee Troi
    May 23, 2019

    nice one! may i clarify , wuth your valid japan visa, when you reach mexico u just queue in an immigration counter? no need to go to a “visa on arrival” queue? parang lang po ba pag nage-enter tayo sa mga ASEAN (visa-free) countries? thanks.

  • Jackie
    May 27, 2019

    Hello can i ask, my schedule will be this coming friday. And i want to ask where to pay the visa fee?
    And i only have COE and bank statement. Is that fine?

  • romel joedy riosa
    June 3, 2019

    Wow very informative. How lucky I am naman. I have been granted by the Japanese Embassy in Manila a 10 year tourist visa to Japan.

  • Jackie
    June 7, 2019

    Hello, can i ask, coz since im going to mexico, and i have lay over in JFK(new york) , do i need transit visa? Coz my friend told me i dont need one anymore as long i will fill up entry form. I really need your advice. Coz im leaving going to mexico this month

    Thank you

    • Erica
      July 22, 2019

      I believe you need a transit visa for Layover in the US. Upon checking-in at NAIA they will ask for your transit visa and if you don’t have it, they will not let you fly and they will not give your tickets.

      • Nicka
        January 12, 2020

        hi, Trisha I’m wanna ask about Transit visa I’m going to Mexico and this is my first time .i been already in Asia but very different from other countries .my Question is the immigration officer issuing a transit visa on arrival ? Just only a two hours stop over then transfer to other and waiting for another flight.? Thanks and God bless please reply asap …

  • Jackie
    June 11, 2019

    Hi Trisha, just wanna ask during your first application, did you provide an ITR, seems like you’re a freelance/self-employed ( not sure), because in my case, I don’t have an ITR, I am working online, is it possible to show only the paypal payments and certificate of employment instead of ITR. Hoping for your response. Thanks

  • Jac
    June 24, 2019

    I will be travelling with my child age 9 , and i been separated with the father if my children and no contact with him. What documents should I present becsuss they need both parent should sign

  • Jac
    June 24, 2019

    I will be travelling with my child age 9 , and i been separated with the father if my children and no contact with him. What documents should I present becausesuss they need both parent should sign

  • michell
    August 28, 2019

    do I have to provide a land title? cozz I don’t have,.. I’m an ofw travelling in mexico using tourist visa,..will they allowed it? and I don’t have any japan, us,and schengen visa, no records at all,.

      December 14, 2019

      I don’t have a work we are planning to go to Mexico for honeymoon and it is okay?? And what I need to provide since my husband will pay everything

  • jennifer
    September 5, 2019

    hi i am thinking of applying for a tourist visa to mexico. but i dont have any properties (house or car) under my name. and i work at my dads hardware store and at the same time have my own online business (registered under dti and bir), will they require me to show i should have assets or properties?

  • jennifer
    September 5, 2019

    me again…i have been reading that there is no direct flight to mexico from philippines. what is the best option for this?

  • jennifer
    September 7, 2019

    and where do you apply the transit visa?

  • Bela
    October 17, 2019

    This is very informative! I am processing my requirements now and will set an appointment next month.Im employed and have all the requirements. Im just a little worried because I just have 100k in my bank. I have a valid credit card tho. Do i really need to have 80k per month for 3 months? That’s quite a big amount.

  • lureyn
    December 6, 2019

    I find this very helpful!
    Thank you!

  • Sheena
    December 11, 2019

    Ms. Trisha meron ko multiple visa from Japan. Gusto ko mag US transit visa. Is it easy to apply US transit visa compare to US tourist? Nu mga possible questions? Can you give me an idea? Nu mga dinala mo during the interview? Kung ng US transit visa po ba kyo? Thanks.

  • Ralph Ivan
    January 17, 2020

    Hi Trish,

    Your blog if really amazing especially about giving instructions. I am just quite confused since I’ve also read some other articles before coming to your page. I have a travel to Mexico this January 23, 2020 and I am currently here in Marawi for the Humanirarian Response. I am planning to go back to Manila on the 21st but I am worried since I have read that Filipinos need to get a Mexican Visa, and some says that you can enter if you have a US Visa. Since you have mentioned about Canadian Visa, I am a bit relaxed since I have it until March 2020 with Multiple Entry status. Hence, do I need to apply? I am trying to contact the Embassy but I can’t reached them. When you travel with you Japanese Visa, did our Philippine Immigration seek a visa from you or ask you why you do not have any Mexican Visa?

  • SHEENA MAE vino domingo
    January 21, 2020

    HI, madali lang po ba mag apply mexico visa? ano po un mga questions?basta po ba complete documents?:) thanks.

  • Rob Ashley
    February 11, 2020

    Maybe you could help me. I am American and will me moving as a resident to Mexico…no problem. My gf will come too with a 6 month tourist visa? At the end of 6 months, we could leave for a week and then get another tourist visa? Closest non visa country for her is Colombia. Can she get another tourist visa by entering Mexico that way or does she have to come back to the Philippines and go process again? Also, can she get a Temporary Resident Visa if she has ties to me or if I provide her necessary monthly income?

  • Adam
    February 15, 2020

    Hi. I would like to ask if it is possible for my Girlfriend from Philippines to travel in Mexico and we will get married there, does she still need all those bank statements since I’m the one who will shoulder all the expenses. We will only stay there for marriage.thanks.

  • Jennifer pentazon
    February 18, 2020

    hi can I ask , my fiance invited me to visit him in Mexico..I am a passport holder I work on Egypt last 2019 how can I visit the mexico should I need a tourist visa?.. and what requirements I need to submit.thankyou

  • cindy
    February 20, 2020

    hi miss trisha,..I’m planning to visit mexico this year by month of june,. I can provide everything in Mexican visa’s requirements, although it’s my 1st time to do a tourist visa because I’m an ofw,. will they ask me if where would I stay? and if I’d say, at my boyfriend’s house, will they ask me about his information?,. and since my boyfriend plans to visit me in Philippines and we will try to go back to mexico together if the visa is granted. thanks for your reply…

  • charina abarientos
    February 26, 2020

    Good day,
    Can i ask ask what do need to go mexico beacuse my boyfriend is there in mexico,me and my boyfriend wants married there,so how can i go,can i used tourist visa or fiance visa,? And what are the requiremts,hoping for your reply.Thank you

      • michelle
        March 7, 2020

        hi miss trisha,..we have the same case with charina,.my boyfriend is a mexican, and we’re going to apply for a tourist visa and get married there,. does my boyfriend needs to provide information additional for my requirements,.or it should be all mine…

  • JDizon
    February 26, 2020

    Hi, I have a question about the bank statement for Mexico visa. Although my salary always goes in every monthly, I always take my full salary in full and left my bank account less amount. Is this fine? I am afraid I will not get approved because of this matter. Please, advice. Thank you

      • JDizon
        March 9, 2020

        What do you mean they will ask for one bank statement?

  • April 14, 2020

    Hi Trisha, I have a valid C-1/D visa. Is it possible for me to use that Visa for transiting in the US and then Mexico?
    Thank you so much


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