Passports soon needed for U.S., Canadian citizens visiting Mexico

10:24, February 18, 2010      

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The Mexican government said Tuesday that beginning next month visitors from Canada and the United States will have to show a valid passport to enter Mexico.

The measure, which takes effect March 1, will provide foreigners with legal assurances when they enter Mexico because "with those passports meeting international security standards, we can avoid falsification, discretional revisions and inconvenience for those users," the Mexican National Institute of Migration said in a statement.

The U.S. government in 2007 requested that American citizens traveling to Mexico and the Caribbean carry passports. Before the regulation took effect, U.S. citizens didn't need a passport to enter those countries.

The INM said the passport requirement "will not be applied to those foreigners just visiting the border or those aboard cruises."

Source: Xinhua
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