Mexico will start charging visas for Brazilians who wish to enter the country as visitors without authorization to exercise paid activities from December 10th. The measure was announced in October and published this Friday (26) in the local Official Gazette.
The decision comes due to the increase in people who were trying to illegally cross the border into the United States. According to the agency Reuters, Joe Biden’s government had been asking for months for Mexico to resume visa requirements for Brazilians.
In 2000, Brazil and Mexico signed an agreement to suspend visas for tourist, transit and business purposes, which entered into force in 2004.
However, a large increase in the number of Brazilians entering Mexican territory was identified “whose profile does not match that of a genuine visitor or tourist”, as quoted in the decision.
They even “feature inconsistencies in their documentation or information, reinforcing the possibility that a significant number of people intend to misuse the visa waiver,” he continues.
The Mexican government’s opinion has already been communicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Brazilian government.
In a statement, Itamaraty stated that the decision of the Mexican government to suspend, as of December 11, and on a temporary basis, the Agreement to Suppress Visas on Common Passports, signed with Brazil on November 23, 2000, was unilateral.
According to Itamaraty, Brazil understands the measure as an expression of the sovereignty of the Mexican State with regard to determining the conditions for entry of foreigners into its territory. Read the note in full:
Prior electronic authorization for travel to Mexico – Note Itamaraty
On November 26, the Mexican government’s unilateral decision to suspend, as of December 11, and on a temporary basis, the Agreement for the Suppression of Visas in Common Passports, signed with Brazil on November 23, 2000 was published.
Brazil understands the measure as an expression of the sovereignty of the Mexican State with regard to determining the conditions for entry of foreigners into its territory.
According to the terms of the Mexican decision, as of December 11, Brazilian citizens holding an ordinary passport who arrive in Mexico by air as tourists or on business (without authorization to carry out remunerated activities in the country) must apply to the Mexican immigration authorities, in advance. to the trip, electronic authorization to enter that country, through an electronic page to be made available.
Brazilians who hold a valid visa or residence permit for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan or any of the countries that are part of the Schengen area will be exempt from the electronic authorization procedure.
Brazilian nationals traveling to Mexico by land or sea must request the corresponding visa from the Mexican consular authorities.
The Brazilian government expressed to the Mexican authorities the expectation that the measure will have a temporary and short duration and will contribute to reducing the number of inadmissions.
Brazil will study the application of reciprocity proportional to the Mexican measure.
At the same time, it reiterates its interest in continuing to dialogue with the Mexican authorities to coordinate actions to combat trafficking and smuggling in people, whose networks exploit vulnerable groups, including children.
Reference: CNN Brasil