Passports into Mexico
Replies: 18 - Last Post: May 28, 2012 7:17 PM Last Post By: joaquinx
Dec 24, 2011 2:57 PM
Passports into MexicoSeen on the news.
Westjet airlines announced that travelers to Mexico are be denied entry into Mexico by Mexican authorities if their passports are damaged in any way, shape or form. That means the front cover or any of the inside pages as well as any water damage to any part of the passport!!!
This of course would mean anyone from anywhere coming into Mexico would be subject to the same scrutiny!!!!!
Dec 24, 2011 3:23 PM
1It is the same for every country and sometimes the airline refuse to check you in. Google "damaged passport" and you will find countless stories of people who have had issues. It is not something unique to Mexico.
Dec 24, 2011 3:50 PM
you are probably 100% right, but this news report dealt exclusively about entry into Mexico.
Dec 24, 2011 9:14 PM
4A couple years ago, when I was going through the airport at SeaTac, I was warned by someone at the ticket counter, I might want to get my passport replaced as it might get rejected because of water damage. I think from sweat from my money belt made it look funky. I have used it one or two times since that incident. So maybe I am in for a shock one of these days when I try to leave the country or enter another?
Dec 24, 2011 11:24 PM
5I don't think this "report" is anything new. Damaged passports are typically rejected the world-over. Airline employees are the first persons to notice this and if an airline allows someone on board who is later rejected upon arrival in Mexico, or another country, my understanding is that the airline must fly the person back to the starting point ... at it's sole expense. Land crossings are a different story.
Dec 25, 2011 4:18 AM
Dec 26, 2011 7:37 AM
7My 6 year old passport is pretty beat up, it was in storage when hurricane Ivan hit Jamaica in 2004 and got water damage, there is a bit of damage to the cover as well.
Anyway, since 2004 I've taken the passport into Mexico about a dozen times, as well as a few trips to Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Last July, landing in Cancun was the first time someone brought it up. The customs guy stared at it for a bit, picked at the corner of the picture page with his fingernail, and told me "I'm going to let you in, but you need to get this replaced, next time it's likely you will be denied entry to the country."
Whether or not it was just luck of the draw that I was told this in Mexico, I don't know.
Dec 26, 2011 5:58 PM
8What if you damage your passport after you get to Mexico? Maybe Westjet wont let you go home. I might have to stay here. Oh well.
Dec 27, 2011 7:49 AM
9. since the Canadian Govt made it manditory for all Mexicans entering Canada require a VISA a - Mexico is retaliatting by toughening the entery of us Canucks by making sure there is no physical damage to the passport. You can be let on a plane with a different airline that will allow your damage passport to process only to be turned away at the border of Mexico. It happens all the time WestJet is the only airline that is preventing it before it even happens. Passport Canada website says if your passport is damaged its invalid however, realistically speaking, you can still use it. Check in agents will accept it, boarding agents will accept it, customs agents will still accept it- except Mexico. What you don't realize is there are security features embedded into the passport and water damage destroys it or peeling the blue cover away from the inside destroys it.
Edited by: Yellowladybug
Dec 27, 2011 7:57 AM
10If it's destroyed while you are already in Mexico then you're fine. We at Canada Customs accepts damaged passports.
Dec 27, 2011 11:48 AM
11Passports suck. I mean really... someone dreamed up this technology about a half century ago and it's basically the same except now with electronic strips. You still have to wait in long lines for some immigration person to do the symbolic "stamping" of the passport even though everything has been done electronically before you even left the ground in the first place.
I still don't know why a passport has to be valid for six months after the time your visa runs out for a country and crazy rules like that. It's like some J Edger Hoover whack-job made up all these rules and the entire world said "OK".
I guess I'll have to figure out a good way to get our passports inspected 3 months in advance of any travel. Maybe I'll drive out to the airport and just ask the Westjet staff to check me out and then put my passport in a protective case.
I wonder what the world would be like without passports, immigration departments or borders? I think I'm going to occupy Mexico for the winter and demand an end to it all.
Dec 27, 2011 2:15 PM
Dec 27, 2011 2:46 PM
13"Right of Entry" clarification... if anyone knows....
I'm in Mexico, Let's say I lose my passport and don't become aware of it until I am at the airport to go home.
1. Will the airline let me board? With other id such as a driver's licence?
2. Do I, as a Canadian citizen, have a right to re-enter Canada, even without a passport? My understanding is that I do.
Which would make it kind of odd to be denied boarding onto the plane, which of course makes the entire case moot.\
Sorry if this is a bit off-topic, but it is something I've always wondered about and there seem to be some knowledgeable folks here....
Dec 27, 2011 6:39 PM
14The issue for you, #15, is moot if the Canadian government permits re-entry of its citizens without the presentation of a Canadian passport. Airline companies are required to apply some of the immigration regulations on passengers before they enter via international flights. Otherwise, if they allow someone aboard who doesn't meet the requirements, they pay the cost of returning the passenger to the country from which they borded. U.S. regulations apparently differ from Canada's.
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