Mexico will again require a visa from tourists from Venezuela to stop illegal crossings to the US

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Now Mexico will ask visa to citizens of Venezuela after identifying a increase in migrants who travel for a purpose other than that allowed to visitors without permission to work, such as to travel to U.S.

This was reported this Friday by the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) through a document, where it is stated that the requirement will take effect two weeks later of its publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF).

The agency has justified the decision with the argument that more than a third of Venezuelans who arrived in the country from January to September of this year they did so in an “irregular transit to a third country”.

“The growing trend of the migratory flow of nationals of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in irregular transit to a third country stands out, representing an increase of more than 1,000% compared to the same period in the previous five years”

(Photo: SRE)
(Photo: SRE)

Likewise, there has been an increase in false statements about the reasons for the trip to Mexico, as well as in the diversification of transit routes.

Therefore, Venezuelans who arrive in Mexico by air must process a electronic visa. Those who arrive by land or sea must manage a visa regular. Although this requirement is of character temporal, its validity was not determined.

The tightening of entry regulations could seriously affect the migration plans of many Venezuelans, who pay human smugglers to help them escape hyperinflation, insecurity and deterioration of services.

At the end of November of this year, Mexico announced that it would apply again from mid-December visa to Brazilians who want to enter the country, also citing the increase in citizens of that nation who use Mexican territory to try to enter the United States illegally. Said agreement was added to the one issued in August, by which the Require a visa for citizens of Ecuador.

(Photo: Sectur)
(Photo: Sectur)

In the last year, Mexico has registered record levels of migrants, mainly from Central America, South America and the Caribbean, who cross its territory in the hope of reaching the United States in search of the American dream.

According to government figures, more than 190,000 undocumented people have been detected in Mexico between January and September, triple the number in 2020. Some 74,300 have been deported.

Last October, Mexico reached a new all-time high of sasylum requests with more than 100,000, according to authorities. In the first 10 months of the year, the number of applications tripled compared to the same period in 2020 when about 41,000 procedures were counted.

Venezuela has topped the list of countries where the largest number of applicants come from in past years. It is estimated that some six million people have left the Latin American country in recent years plunged into a deep economic and political crisis.

Central American migrants protest at the immigration offices in Tapachula this Friday, in the state of Chiapas (Mexico).  EFE / Juan Manuel Blanco
Central American migrants protest at the immigration offices in Tapachula this Friday, in the state of Chiapas (Mexico). EFE / Juan Manuel Blanco

Meanwhile in Tapachula, Chiapas, hundreds of migrants protested this Friday to demand that the National Migration Institute (INM) to provide them with buses and speed up the processing of your documents after days or months of waiting.

A group of foreigners, mostly from Central America, but also from Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia and Haiti, marched about 500 meters to the immigration offices, where they arrived peacefully to speak with the person in charge of regularization.


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