Living and travelling in Mexico

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Driving in Mexico

It is strongly recommended that you obtain an International Driving Permit to drive in Mexico.

An International Driving Permit is an internationally recognised document which is a translation of your current Driver Licence. It is not a Driver Licence in its own right, so you'll also need to carry your current New Zealand Driver Licence when you travel.

International Driving Permits are valid for a maximum of one year from the date of issue.

To obtain an International Driving Permit you need to submit an application in the country where your licence was issued. In New Zealand, International Driving Permits are issued by the Automobile Association(external link).

If you are overseas you can apply for an International Driving Permit by mail or on-line. Different fees apply for each. For further information, please refer to the Automobile Association website(external link).

Eligibility for medical services

New Zealand does not have reciprocal health agreements with Mexico. Therefore, New Zealand citizens have no rights to access the public health system in these countries.

New Zealanders travelling overseas are strongly advised to take out private health insurance to cover the cost of medical treatment.

Getting married in Mexico

There are a number of requirements that must be fulfilled if foreigners are to marry in Mexico and if a foreigner is to marry a Mexican national.

Please refer to information on the website of the Mexican Embassy in New Zealand(external link).

Mexican police certificates

Mexican police certificates may be obtained from the state delegations or central offices of the Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR).

Please contact the Mexican Embassy in New Zealand(external link) for a full list of requirements.

Visitor, student and work permits for Mexico

New Zealanders are able to visit Mexico as tourists for a maximum of 180 days. For extended stays, you must apply for a temporary or permanent resident visa at the Mexican Embassy in New Zealand before travelling to Mexico. For information on obtaining visitor, student and work permits for Mexico, and any other general immigration enquiries, please contact the Mexican Embassy in New Zealand(external link) or the National Immigration Institute(external link).

Mexican Embassy in New Zealand

185-187 Featherston St
Level 2 (AMP Chambers)
Ph: +64 4 472 0555

Instituto Nacional de Migración (National Immigration Institute)

Av. Ejército Nacional 862
Col. Los Morales Sección Palmas
Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
C.P. 11540
México D.F.
Ph: (+52 55) 5387 2400


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