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#1 *Lo*

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    Posted 14 July 2009 - 08:59 AM

    As of today, Mexican citizens are required to obtain a tourist travel visa to enter Canada. Typically when these travel requirements are implemented, they are reciprocal. So it may be that Mexico will require Canadians to obtain a visa to travel to Mexico.

    Just wondering if anyone had heard anything further or is concerned about this? I know it's not the end of the world but it would add extra complexity for guests and possibly an extra cost. I think I would consider changing my destination should this become a new requirement.

    Canada also imposed this requirement on the Czech Republic, who did not take it so well and are imposing the requirement on Canadians and said they are lobbying the European Union to have all EU countries require Canadians to obtain visas!!

    Thoughts?

    #2 ~Keira~

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      Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:11 AM

      Eak. I haven't heard anything about this but haven't really been looking. Thanks for the heads up. If I hear anything on my side I will surely let you know.
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      #3 *Lo*

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        Posted 14 July 2009 - 10:15 AM

        They haven't announced the requirement for Canadians yet and have just said they are 'assessing the situation'. Whatever that means. Hopefully due to the economy and the swine flu and reduced tourism in Mexico they won't follow through!

        #4 *Heather*

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          Posted 14 July 2009 - 10:56 AM

          Deleted post. I'm dumb.

          #5 ~*Kathy*~

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            Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:13 AM

            Oh this is the first I've heard of this...interesting! Thanks for posting this Lori, I honestly had no idea that Mexicans needed visas to come here now and that we may also need them to travel to Mexico. I'll keep my eyes peeled for any info on this.

            #6 NaM

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              Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:30 AM

              This is the first I've heard also. But being an american citizen living in Canada I know I needed a travel visa also (it was a 3 month stamp in my passport)before I got my work permit. I know Canadians can go to the US on a similar premise that you leave after a certain amount of time. I bet it's something similar to this where no actual visa is obtained. But like I said first I've heard so I'm just assuming right now!!

              #7 *Lo*

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                Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:36 AM

                So currently a visa is NOT required for Canadians to travel to Mexico (as tourists). But as of today Mexican citizens are required to go to Mexico City to the Canadian consulate and apply for a visa to be able to enter Canada. They have to prove they have financial means to travel to Canada, prove that they are in good health and they will do a background check etc.

                So although it's not a concern right now for Canadians, typically when Canada imposes such a requirement on another country, they reciprocate. So that would mean, Canadians would need to visit the Mexican embassy (I doubt they exist in every city) and apply for a visa to go on vacation in Mexico.

                Hopefully they will not require Canadians to go through this process. I can't even see my parents going through all that to be able to go to Cabo for 4 days for my wedding. Seriously I'd have to change the destination. Fingers crossed nothing turns on this!

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                  Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:40 AM

                  This would really really suck. I don't see Mexico doing this as it would really dampen the tourism. Fingers and toes are both crossed.

                  #9 ~Keira~

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                    Posted 14 July 2009 - 12:31 PM

                    So if Mexico does reciprocate when do you think it would go into affect?
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                    #10 sunnyee

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                      Posted 14 July 2009 - 12:36 PM

                      Hmmm, I hadn't heard this...thanks for the heads up!




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