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Mexico temporarily suspends visa waiver for Peruvian nationals

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Peruvians with ordinary passports will now need a visa to visit Mexico.

Over the past few years, Mexico has seen an exponential increase in the number of irregular migrants traveling through Mexico to the north of the continent, which has created a social emergency.

The greatest concern regarding migrants who enter Mexico irregularly and travel through the country is that they may put their lives, health and human rights at serious risk, and be arrested, held and repatriated upon arrival at their final destination.

Given this scenario, Mexico has committed to coordinating actions with the countries of the region to achieve the humanitarian management of irregular migration, as one of the components of the comprehensive strategy of the Mexican model of human mobility.

Recently, there has been a substantial increase in the number of Peruvians entering Mexico due to the unilateral decision taken on November 9, 2012 to abolish the visa requirement. However, many people are entering with the intent to engage in activities other than those allowed to ‘visitors without permission to conduct remunerated activities’, as stipulated in Article 52 Section I of Mexico’s Immigration Law. 

Therefore, and in order to protect the safety and well-being of those in a situation of human mobility, and to collaborate in the fight against human trafficking networks, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), has decided to temporarily reintroduce the visa requirement for Peruvian citizens with ordinary passports who wish to travel to Mexico.

The visa requirement will take effect 15 calendar days after its publication in the Official Journal of the Federation (DOF), which means visas will be needed to enter Mexico beginning on April 20, 2024.

This decision will also help reduce the number of inadmissions of Peruvian nationals at points of entry into Mexico, since they will now have to obtain a visa beforehand.

It is important to note that Mexico provides immigration facilities for all nationalities holding currently valid visas from Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, or any of the countries that make up the Schengen Area, or documents proving permanent residence in those countries, in addition to Chile and Colombia.

Mexico remains committed to promoting coordinated actions among nations to mitigate the external factors and structural causes that hinder regional development and contribute to irregular human mobility.

Mexico further commits to cooperation programs and to establishing safe and regular pathways for human migration, with special emphasis on labor mobility, to eliminate the need for visas in the future.

San Miguel Times

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