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New Fees, Expensive Dollar Affecting Mexican Tourists to the USA

Written by Carmen Cornejo

Mexican nationals are hit with extra costs for traveling to the U.S. as tourists or businesspeople. The anti-globalization sentiment of the Trump administration (which will affect Mexican exports to the U.S.) has caused the value of the Mexican peso to fall 22:1 against the dollar in past days. This had a direct effect on the economy, particularly in the travel plans of many Mexicans, discouraging Mexican tourism to the U.S.

Additionally, new fees have been imposed on the Mexican passport as of January 1, 2017. This passport is a necessary document to solicit a visa at a U.S. consulate.

According to Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores, Mexican passport costs are:

Three-year passport: 1,130 pesos

Six-year passport: 1,555 pesos

Ten-year passport: 2,390 pesos

There are discounts of 50 percent (for three- and six-year passports) for senior citizens, people with disabilities and agricultural workers. Minors also pay less.

Immigrants from Mexico living in the U.S. can obtain a Mexican passport as a form of ID or for traveling overseas at a Mexican consulate in the U.S. Here is the list of requirements and cost in U.S. dollars.

Mexican Tourists spent 8.7 billion in the USA (2010 data)

To add to the cost of travel, Mexican nationals also must solicit a visa at an American consulate. The most requested visas are the B-1 visa for people visiting on business or training trips and B-2 visas for tourism visitors or for those who want to visit friends or family members.

So far, there is no increase in the price of the B-1 or B-2 visa, but with the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar against the peso, Mexican nationals are feeling overwhelmed.

Mexican citizens under 15 years old pay $16

Mexican citizens 15 years or older pay $160

Since the dollar has reached approximately 21.60 pesos per one dollar, the cost of the tourist visa is 3,394 pesos.

Mexicans tourists bring many dollars to the U.S. economy. In 2010, Mexican tourists represented 13.47 million arrivals to the U.S., second only to Canada, with 19.96 million. All those trips are legal, in case you are concerned.

And although Mexico’s per capita income ranks 19th among the G-20 countries, Mexican tourists are great spenders in their trips to the U.S., ranking fourth in total tourism spending.