Mexico Mexico Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay Itineraries All Mexico Travel Documents You Need to Visit Mexico Written by Suzanne Barbezat Instagram Facebook Pinterest Twitter Linkedin Suzanne Barbezat is a freelance writer specializing in Mexican travel, culture, and food. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Suzanne Barbezat Updated 10/04/19 Share Pin Email Corbis / Getty Images Passports have been mandatory for air travel between the United States and Mexico since the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative came into effect in 2007. But for travel by land and sea, there are a few alternative travel documents which are still accepted in some situations. Traveling to Mexico With Children When traveling to Mexico, U.S. citizens, Canadians, and other foreign visitors should check what identification and travel documents are valid and necessary. If you are traveling to Mexico with children, there are some special requirements you may need to complete before you book your trip. U.S. Citizens Passport: A passport is hands-down the best form of identification and proof of citizenship. It is highly recommended that you get a passport to travel to Mexico. If you'll be entering the country by air, it's necessary. If for some reason you are unable to get a passport or do not want to, you will need one of the following documents to travel to Mexico by land or sea. These documents are acceptable travel documents for all United States citizens. Passport card: Issued by the U.S. Department of State, this passport substitute is credit-card sized and valid for entry into Mexico by land or sea. The passport card is not accepted for air travel. This passport card can also be used for land and sea travel to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. A passport card also costs less than a passport, however, a passport is more useful overall, especially if you plan on traveling outside of North America. Enhanced Drivers License: Enhanced Drivers Licenses are proof of citizenship and identity. These special drivers licenses are valid for travel to Mexico by land or sea but are not valid for air travel. It's important to keep in mind that these are only available in some states, including Michigan, New York, Vermont, and Washington. You will need to research your individual state licensing department for specific details. SENTRI Card: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection issue the SENTRI Card to pre-approved travelers who cross the U.S./Mexico border frequently. It has the added benefit of access to dedicated commuter lanes for crossing the border. The card is valid for five years. FAST card: The FAST card provides expedited travel to pre-approved commercial truck drivers between the U.S. and Canada, and U.S. and Mexico borders through dedicated lanes. U.S. Permanent Residents For permanent residents of the United States, the I-551 Permanent Resident card is required for return to the US. For entry into Mexico, you will need to present a passport, and depending on your country of citizenship, possibly a visa as well. Canadian Citizens Mexico is the second most popular tourist destination for Canadian travelers. Since 2010, a new requirement was put into place, which states that a passport is required for Canadian citizens traveling to Mexico. Citizens of Other Countries A passport is necessary, and in some cases, a visa is also required for citizens outside of the US. Contact the Mexican embassy or consulate nearest you for more information about the requirements specific to your situation. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Tips on Crossing the U.S. Border Into Canada With Your Children What Travel Documents Are Needed for Your Caribbean Vacation? These Countries Are Inviting US Citizens to Live and Work Remotely What Documents Do You Need to Visit Mexico? Do U.S. citizens need a passport for travel to Mexico? Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Passport Requirements for Driving to Canada What You Need to Know About Visiting Canada From the U.S. Travel to North America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Documents Needed for Travel Between Canada and the U.S. Essential information about travel to Mexico during Spring Break Visa Requirements for Canada What to Know About US Passport Cards for Travel to Mexico How to Travel to Mexico With Children Travel to Central and South America: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Do Canadians Require a Passport to Travel to Mexico?