Mexico ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) help & FAQ

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What is the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

The Mexico Electronic Authorization System (ETA, or SAE by its initials in Spanish) allows nationals of Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey to travel to Mexico for a period of up to 180 days without having to obtain a visa from their corresponding Mexican Embassy.

Visitors entering Mexico on an SAE e-Visa must not carry out paid activities. The valid reasons for travel are tourism, transit, businesses (such as attending meetings, supervisory visits, training or counseling in Mexico), activities related to the exercise of ministers of worship, technical work with local companies (without receiving payment in Mexico), philanthropic activities, sports, freight transport, receiving medical treatment, attending fairs or conferences, and studying.

What do I need to apply for the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

To use the Mexico Electronic Authorization System (SAE) and to obtain an electronic authorization is necessary to meet these conditions:

  • To be Russian, Ukrainian, or Turkish.
  • To hold a valid passport.
  • Arrive in Mexico by plane

What is the cost to obtain the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

It depends on the method of processing time you choose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing Time: USD 20.00
  • Rush Processing: USD 40.00
  • Super Rush Processing: USD 60.00

* The price can change, the correct fee present at applying

How long does it take to process a Mexico ETA (SAE)?

It depends on the method of processing time you choose. We offer three options:

  • Standard Processing Time: 24 hours
  • Rush Processing: 4 hours
  • Super Rush Processing: 30 minutes

* The processing time can change, the correct time at applying

How long is the Mexico ETA (SAE) valid for?

The Mexico Electronic Authorization System (SAE) is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and allows the holder Single Entry into Mexico for a period of up to 180 days.

How long is the Mexico ETA (SAE) valid for?

The Mexico Electronic Authorization System (SAE) is valid for 30 days from the date of issue and allows the holder Single Entry into Mexico for a period of up to 180 days.

How long should be the validity of my passport before applying for the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

It must be valid for at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from Mexico.

How many times can I use the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

The Mexico ETA (SAE) we offer can only be used once.

When should I apply for the Mexico ETA (SAE)?

Mexico requires that you apply within 30 days of your intended arrival date. However, you can apply with us at any time, as we will automatically queue your order until it’s the right time to process your application.

Which nationalities are eligible to apply for a Mexico ETA (SAE)?

The following nationalities can apply for a Mexico ETA (SAE):

  • Russia
  • Ukraine
  • Turkey

Does obtaining an ETA (SAE) guarantee me entry into Mexico?

NO. Possession of an ETA for Mexico does not provide an automatic right of entry into the country. The National Institute of Migration may refuse entry to any person if they consider that a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such a person’s presence in Mexico would be contrary to national interests or security.

Vaccination requirements to travel to Mexico

Yellow Fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Check WHO – Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination.

Learn more about Mexico Tourism

A trip to Mexico may be precisely what you need after a year-long work and stress. The country offers gorgeous landscapes, a lot of fun parties, and you can relax as long as you want with a cold beverage on a white sandy beach. Surely you long for that more than anything else. However, there are some things that you should probably know before traveling to Mexico.

Each country has its pros and cons, and Mexico is no different. Even so, there is nothing out of the ordinary, and I am sure you are going to learn everything right away. We should probably open with communication. In Mexico, people speak Spanish.

The common misconception is that Mexicans speak Mexican, but that is not even a language. They speak Spanish. It may not be the same Spanish people have in Spain, but Americans do not speak the same English British people do. I suppose you see the analogy.

In some regions such as Cancun, people speak English, and you can understand each other pretty well. However, in other areas, Mexicans do not know a word of English. That is why you should learn some basic expressions and phrases before you go to Mexico.

It will save you a lot of time. When you get to Mexico, make sure that you are extremely cautious when you want to cross the street. Some may go as far as saying that it is an extreme sport. Why? Because drivers do not care about pedestrians. Even if the light is green, although there are very few lights for pedestrians, drivers will either ignore or block you.

The secret of a safe street crossing is to wait. Just make sure that no car is near and then cross the street. Otherwise, you may end up in the hospital with some severe injuries. Mexicans have a very long way to go until they get this thing out of their system. One thing that you should probably know is that life in Mexico revolves around food.

Mexicans are avid foodies and everyone will want to feed you. But there is a good side to that as well. You may have Mexican food in your country of origin, but it does not even begin to compare with the food you find in Mexico. The spices and the aromas will make your taste buds addicted, and you will always crave for some more. However, you need to be careful with the food. Apart from staying away from the shady street vendors, you need to take it easy in the first few days in Mexico.

That is because your stomach is not prepared for real Mexican food. Eat just a little in the first two days, and then you can go heavy-duty. That is because you may get sick and spend your vacation in your hotel room feeding the ducks. I am not even kidding. As long as you take it gradually, you should be fine.

Speaking of things that go inside your stomach, you should probably avoid the tap water as well. It is not exactly high-quality, which is why you should always carry bottled water. Of course, the water is ok in some regions, and you can use it to brush your teeth, but people usually do not want to take their chances.

One thing you should remember about Mexicans is that they are incredibly loud. They have a high voice tone, they laugh loudly, and it does not matter what time it is, they will act as if it is the middle of the day and they are having a party. They do not concern themselves with things like maybe they are bothering someone.

This is not necessarily a bad thing because Mexicans are joyous people and they will transmit their state of mind, but if you are trying to sleep, it is kind of difficult to do it when at 3 AM some people are having a party. You may be wondering when it is the best time to go to Mexico. It depends on where you want to go.

Summers are very hot and the water is very nice. However, contrary to popular belief, Mexico is not all about high temperatures. After all, Mexico is a large country, and they still have some areas where it snows although this is rare. So, if you want beaches, summer is the best moment for you. If you cannot stand the heat, spring and autumn are the best.

One of the things that you are going to love in Mexico is the people. They are all so friendly, and if you walk into a house, you will be fed, of course, and welcomed. Plus, Mexicans are more likely to talk to strangers on the street than most nationalities, which is lovely.

They make friends easily. There is this talk about Mexico being a dangerous destination, and while bad things do happen, it is a relatively safe place. It depends on where you are going. Another useful tip concerns public transportation. The schedule is chaotic because there are no specific times when buses arrive. That can be annoying because you may have to wait 5 minutes for a bus or a whole hour.

It is curious how that is possible, but I would not rely on public transportation as much. Especially if you need to get to the airport. Also, do not rely on your credit card too much. Many places do not have a POS or do not accept cards or checks. You should always carry some cash on you. Plus, you need to notify your bank before traveling to Mexico. You do not want to wake up in Mexico without any money.

Hopefully, the tips above will be useful for your trip to Mexico, and while the list can go on, this article covers the basics. What you need to remember is that getting around in Mexico is relatively easy, and people are willing to help you out with directions and whatnot. Just enjoy the food and the joyous atmosphere. You will have one hell of a time.