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.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
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.
- Big BlairLv 41 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.
- ?Lv 44 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.
- Anonymous1 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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- lizardmamaLv 61 decade ago
I think this doesn't go into effect until Jan 1.
- 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 .
- you do not existLv 51 decade ago
Yes, now they do.