Do legal residents of the US have to have a passport to travel to Mexico and back?

I know that US citizens have to have a passport now to get back into the US, but I was wondering if legal residents have to have a passport also. My dad is traveling to Mexico in a couple of weeks and he needs to know so he can get his passport.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The government is changing the laws depending how you are planning on crossing back and forth.

    2007 - Flying into the US or Mexico a passport is required

    2007 - Driving or by boat you will need a ceritified birth certificate and government issued photo ID. Residents of US need the Resident Alien card or Naturalization certificate with government issued photo ID.

    2008 - ALL people will need a passport no matter how you travel.

    Source(s): I work in the travel industry. Also married to a RA.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, non-US citizens that are residents of the US need to take their passport with them to Mexico. Found this out the hard way when I had to drive to the house, get the passports, and bring it to the border checkpoint so that my wife and her sister could come across from Mexico.

    Source(s): US Citizen married to a Green Card holder.
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    4 years ago

    Given your Mexican nationality i'd be VERY careful travelling over the border. Immigration is getting truly difficult, inspite of eco-friendly Card Holders and that i will imagine you would get fairly some difficulty on the go back leg. Play secure and save on with for a sparkling passport.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If he is driving there he won't need it, but when you fly you need your birth certificate or passport. If he doesn't have a passport and is leaving in a few weeks, he better talk to him employer cause he's not going to get it in time. The gov. doesnt move very fast.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I think this doesn't go into effect until Jan 1.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i think u do i would tell ur dad to get it to be on the safe side with all the security going on in airports it would be the best thing to do .

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, now they do.

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