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Russians Can Travel to Mexico with ETA | Travel in 2021

Mexico has a truly unique landscape and nature: the Sierra Madre mountain ranges in the west and east, the Mexican Highlands in the center, and the north with the Sierra Nevada volcanic belt.

However, it is not only the diversity of flora and fauna that attracts tourists from all over the world to this country. In the pre-Columbian era, the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations lived here, which left a rich cultural and architectural heritage that has occupied the minds of scientists and amazed tourists for more than one century. Ancient cities and other buildings of these peoples, which have come down to us from the depths of centuries, are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

For many citizens of Russia, the sights and culture of this country are still unknown: often other countries are chosen for vacation, which can be reached by plane in a few hours. But if you are not afraid of a long flight, you will get an unforgettable experience from your vacation in Mexico. Here you will find delicious national cuisine, authentic tequila, and incendiary dancing, picturesque beaches, and diving!

Another advantage of this bright and colorful Latin American country is the fact that Russians do not need a visa if the trip lasts no more than 180 calendar days. An electronic permit (ETA) is issued quickly and easily and applies to tourist trips, transit, as well as business visits, etc.

What is the Mexico ETA?

Russian citizens who arrive by plane at one of the Mexican airports in 2021 for a single entry to Mexico for a period of no more than 180 days can apply for an electronic permit online – ETA.

Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is an electronic travel permit for short–term visits to Mexico, for Russian citizens. It is issued in advance and independently by the tourist online through

Note. ETA is only suitable for air travel. To cross the border of Mexico by land or water transport, as well as to enter the country multiple times and stay there for more than 6 months, you need to apply for a regular visa at the embassy of this country.

We recommend that you start applying for an electronic permit 25 days before your trip to Mexico. It is valid for 30 days from the moment of approval and receipt. According to the ETA, you can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days. The final decision is made when crossing the border. The border guard, at his discretion, can put an entry permit and a stamp in the passport for 90 days.

For repeated business trips, university studies, or work, you will need to apply for a visa at the diplomatic mission of Mexico.

Difference Between ETA And Regular Visa

ETA certainly has many advantages over a regular visa. You don’t have to drive halfway across your country to the Mexican Embassy, stand in endless queues, and collect a whole pile of documents that you are already tired of. All you need is your passport and 10-15 minutes of free time!

The main difference between an ETA and a visa on arrival (VOA) is the ability to apply for an ETA online before traveling, while VOAs can be obtained once they reach their destination.

Covid Restrictions For Visiting Mexico

There are no quarantine restrictions in Mexico for Russian tourists. The COVID-19 test is also not required to pass.

Russian citizens arriving in Mexico must first fill out an electronic health form using a QR code, in which they must specify contact details, information about previous trips, and information about their health status.

Documents Needed For Applying Mexico ETA for Russian Citizens

The requirements for documents for Mexico ETA are among the most liberal. For Mexico ETA for Russian Citizens in 2021, you must:

  1. be a Russian citizen,
  2. have a passport valid for at least another 6 months.
  3. Take into account that you can only arrive in Mexico by plane using an electronic permit.

Note. Citizens of Belarus, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia cannot obtain an electronic visa to enter Mexico in 2021, even if they live in Russia.

You don’t have to print out the ETA confirmation, but you can still do it. When checking in for a flight to Mexico, a migration officer will scan your passport and check the database to see if you have an eTA. If it doesn’t find you in the database, then a printed copy of the confirmation will come in handy.

Steps to Apply for Mexico ETA Online

The process of obtaining an electronic permit to Mexico consists of three simple steps:

1) Apply at Fill in the required fields: first name, last name, citizenship, passport number, gender, country city of birth, etc. At the same time, you should keep in mind that you need to fill out the online form very carefully. Any error or inaccuracy of the information entered will result in the refusal to receive the ETA. We recommend that you double-check all the items on the form after filling it out before proceeding to the next step.

2) Pay the fee. Next, you must use your credit or debit card to pay the fee.

3) Wait some time until the ETA is approved. Your request can be processed within 30 minutes after it is sent. After a positive response, you will receive an email confirming that the ETA has been successfully issued. From now on, the electronic permit will be linked to your passport, so there is no need to print out the ETA and present it at the airport upon arrival.

All you have to do is present your passport to the immigration officer, after which you can safely enjoy your vacation on the sunny Mexican beaches!

What should you do in case of refusal? A negative answer is not a reason to postpone the trip. One of the traits of Mexicans is their love of bureaucracy of various kinds.

Most often it happens for the following reasons:

  1. typos and errors were found in the application form filled out on the website;
  2. the tourist has a common surname, and he was confused with another person.

If you were denied an electronic permit, you can re-apply. If you still haven’t received an online entry permit, please contact technical support at We will try to solve your problem quickly and efficiently!