Tips for Holiday Travel in Mexico

As the holidays approach, many U.S. residents will be travelling internationally. Please read the information below to ensure no trips are disrupted or missed.

  • Get your passport before you go.  S. citizens require a valid passport book or card to enter Mexico.  Apply now to get your documents before your holiday travel.  For more information, please see


  • Know the rules before you leave. Mexico has strict rules for entering the country, bringing your U.S.-registered car into the country, and importing commercial goods.  These rules also apply for dual U.S./Mexican citizens.  Failure to follow these rules can result in your auto or goods being confiscated and you being deported or detained.  Consult your local Mexican consulate for more information.
  • Leave your weapons at home.  Mexico has very strict rules for entering the country with firearms and ammunition.  You may be arrested and prosecuted by Mexican authorities for failing to adhere to these rules.  Click here for more information about traveling with firearms.


  • Get informed.  Read the Department of State’s Country Information for Mexico on for general information and tips for visiting Mexico.  The Travel Advisory for Mexico contains additional state-specific information on security and related risks U.S. visitors should consider when traveling to Mexico.


  • Register your trip.  Register your trip with to receive up-to-the-minute updates from the Department of State for areas along your planned route, and to allow better assistance in the event of an emergency.


  • U.S. Embassies are ready for you.  The United States Diplomatic Mission to Mexico has an Embassy in Mexico City, as well as nine Consulates and nine Consular Agencies throughout the country.  The U.S. Embassies have been working together with Mexican authorities to ensure that the over 125,000 U.S. citizens expected to travel to Mexico during the holiday season have a safe trip.  For more information about services provided by the various diplomatic offices throughout Mission Mexico, see