Individuals travelling to Mexico City, Mexico for the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) must possess the required documentation to enter Mexico. It is the delegate’s responsibility to investigate the visa requirements for Mexico and apply for a visa, if necessary. Delegates are strongly recommended to apply for the necessary visa as soon as possible and by 31 May 2019 at the latest.
Step 1. Do you need a visa?
The list of the countries that require a visa can be seen here
REQUIERE VISA = visa is needed EXENTO = visa is not needed
No visa is needed if you intend to stay in Mexico for less than 180 days and:
- You are a permanent resident in Canada, USA, Japan, the UK, a country belonging to the Schengen Area, a member state of the Pacific Alliance or
- You have a valid multientry or resident visa for Canada, USA, Japan, the UK or countries belonging to the Schengen Area valid 6 months after your trip in Mexico (January 2020).
Upon arrival to Mexico, you need to provide proof of this residency or valid visa to immigration authorities.
Diplomats can check here if they need a visa.
Mexico does not hold official diplomatic relations with Kosovo and, therefore, Mexican authorities cannot issue Mexican visas for Kosovan passports.
Step 2. How do you get a visa?
The visa process differs from country to country. Delegates must apply for a visa at the relevant Mexican embassy or consulate according to their country of residence. If you require a visa, please consult your specific visa application process and requirements made available at the following links:
List of Mexican embassies authorized to issue visas
List of Mexican consulates authorized to issue visas
You can access the visa application form in English here
Letter of Invitation
If you require a visa, we advise you to obtain and submit an official Letter of Invitation from the conference organizers to help facilitate the visa process. Please note that Letters of Invitation are only issued to registered and paid/approved delegates. You can request a Letter of Invitation at [email protected]
IMPORTANT: If an institution/organization financially supports your travel to Mexico, it is necessary to submit a document signed with original hand signature (no electronic signature) by a representative of the institution/organization. The document must contain the following information:
- Your name, nationality and ID number;
- Full address and description of the organization plus contact details of your contact person in the organization;
- Estimated duration of your stay in Mexico;
- Information on the organization’s role in supporting your stay in Mexico.
Do not forget that certain goods are illegal to bring into Mexico and others require a duty payment.
Passengers traveling with medicine for personal use are allowed to enter the country (regardless of the active component), as long as they bring their prescription or a letter from their GP in which it must state the amount of the substance required by the patient, the amount that is being brought into the country and the daily dose during their stay in Mexico. The prescription must be translated into Spanish.
At the port of entry, you must declare the medicine to the customs authorities and present the medical prescription or license issued by a competent authority. The former must state the name of the doctor authorizing the prescription, his/her signature, contact details (telephone, address) and professional register. The medicine must not exceed the amount required for your stay in the country.