The Mexican government has announced that it will no longer offer visa-free travel to Venezuelan nationals.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Jan. 21, Venezuelan nationals will not be able to enter Mexico for tourism or business without a visa.
  • Venezuelan nationals must apply for a visitor visa through a local consular office.
  • The visitor visa allows foreign nationals to stay in Mexico for up to 180 days for each entry.
  • Venezuelan nationals who are permanent residents of Canada, Japan, the U.K., the U.S. or any Schengen Area country are not required to obtain a visitor visa before traveling to Mexico and can continue to travel visa-free.

BAL Analysis: Authorities made the decision to end visa-free travel for Venezuelan nationals with intent to slow migration between the two counties. The new requirement will add to the time and cost of traveling to Mexico for Venezuelan business travelers or tourists.

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