Ecuadorians no longer need a visa to travel to Mexico for tourism or unpaid activities, announced on November 29 Foreign Minister José Valencia.
In the Official Gazette of Mexico, the resolution waspublished to eliminate the visa requirement for Ecuadorian citizens. In therecitals of the agreement dated November 27, it is established that Ecuadordoes not require an entry visa for Mexicans under similar migratory conditions.
For Mexico, the resolution seeks to strengthen the position of tourism and business destination, and with the aim of facilitating the international mobility of the nationals of both countries in short stays for tourism, cultural and business purposes.
The issue was addressed at the First Meeting of theWorking Group on Migratory and Consular Issues Mexico-Ecuador, held in MexicoCity in February 2015.
The agreement that abolishes the requirement for nationals, who intend to enter Mexican territory in the condition of visitor’s stay. “Today the Official Gazette of the Federation of the United Mexican States published the resolution by means of which the visa requirement is deleted for Ecuadorian citizens who visit that country for reasons of tourism and other unpaid activities,” wrote in his Twitter account the Ecuadorian chancellor, accompanied by a link to review the agreement.
The document of the Federation of the United Mexican States:
That the National Development Plan 2013-2018 establishes, in its goal called “Mexico with Global Responsibility”, that the country should be a positive and proactive force in the world, recovering the leadership in favor of the great global causes and reaffirming the commitment to free trade, capital mobility, productive integration, safe mobility of people and attracting talent and investment to the country;
That strategies 5.1.2 and 5.4.3 of the aforementioned national goal establish that Mexico must consolidate its position as a relevant regional actor, by deepening the integration processes under way and expanding the dialogue and cooperation with the countries of Latin America;
It also has the duty to promote the facilitation of international mobility of people for the benefit of national development, by establishing a line of action to design mechanisms for migratory facilitation that will consolidate Mexico’s position as a tourist and business destination, as well as facilitate the cross-border mobility of people and goods to boost the regional economy, by simplifying migration management processes for both the people who enter and those who live in Mexico;
That in congruence with the National Development Plan 2013-2018, the Special Migration Program 2014-2018, in its objective 3, plans to consolidate effective migration management, based on criteria of facilitation, international co-responsibility, border security and human security, to through, among other lines of action, the promotion and strengthening of mechanisms and measures for migratory facilitation to expedite the documented mobility of the Mexican and foreign population, as well as to strengthen Mexico’s position as a tourist and business destination;
That in accordance with the provisions of article 37, section I, subsection b) of the Migration Law, to enter the country, foreigners must present, among other requirements, a visa, and that currently the Mexican government requires a visitor’s visa without a permit to perform remunerated activities for nationals of the Republic of Ecuador, and that country does not require an entry visa for our compatriots under similar migratory conditions;
That the Ministry of the Interior, in accordance with the provisions of article 18, sections I and III of the Migration Law, has the authority to formulate and direct the Mexican State’s policy on immigration matters;
as well as to establish or to suppress requirements for the entrance of foreigners to the national territory, by means of dispositions of general character published in the Official Newspaper of the Federation, taking into account the opinion of the authorities that to the effect are established in the Regulation of the Law of Migration ;
That with the aim of strengthening the position of Mexico as a tourist and business destination, and with the purpose of facilitating the international mobility of the nationals of both countries in short stays for tourism, cultural, business purposes, among others, in a framework of respect, protection and safeguarding of human rights, contribution to national development, as well as preservation of sovereignty and public and national security, and based on the principles of shared responsibility and facilitation of international mobility of persons, safeguarding order and security that, among others, support migratory policy a of the Mexican State, it has been considered to unilaterally suppress the visa requirement in ordinary passports for nationals of the Republic of Ecuador;
That in the framework of the First Meeting of the Working Group on Migratory and Consular Issues Mexico-Ecuador held in Mexico City in February 2015, both countries established a road map for the elimination of Mexican visa in ordinary passports to Ecuadorian nationals , which was concluded;
That previous opinion of the competent authorities and taking into account that the roadmap established for the suppression of Mexican visa, has been addressed in various meetings of the Working Group and meetings held by the leaders of both countries, and that is currently being implemented With the satisfaction of the Parties, I have kindly issued the following Agreement which abolishes the visa requirement in ordinary passports to nationals of the Republic of Ecuador
Article 1. The visa requirement in ordinary passports is deleted from nationals of the Republic of Ecuador.
Republic of Ecuador that intends to enter the territory of the United Mexican States in the condition of visitor’s stay without permission to perform remunerated activities. To enter the national territory in the status of indicated stay, nationals of the Republic of Ecuador must comply with the procedure of admission to national territory in the modality of internment of foreign persons who do not require a visa, provided in the Guidelines for migratory procedures
2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in terms of the applicable regulations, will notify the government of the Republic of Ecuador of the decision of the Mexican government to abolish the visa requirement in ordinary passports to Ecuadorian nationals.
Article 3. The Mexican State may suspend this Agreement temporarily or permanently for reasons of national security, order or public health, for which it may respond to the opinions of the competent authorities.
Article 4. This Secretariat, in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will carry out the necessary actions in the area of its competence to update the procedures, systems and information bases on the entry of foreigners into the country with the objective of incorporating the measure indicated in article 1 of this Agreement; likewise, in terms of the provisions of article 26, section I of the Migration Law, they will request the support of the Tourism Secretariat to disseminate it.
This Agreement will enter into force on the day of its publication in the Official Gazette of the Federation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to its powers and in terms of the provisions of articles 77 of the Migration Law, and 3, fraction II, 11, fraction IV, 16, fraction X and 57, fraction V of the Law Federal Administrative Procedure, will resolve as applications without matter the procedures for requesting a visitor’s visa without permission to perform remunerated activities that nationals of the Republic of Ecuador have submitted prior to the entry into force of this Agreement, and that at the date of its entry into force have not yet been resolved.
This Secretariat, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will take the necessary actions to comply with the provisions of Article 4 of the Agreement on the date set forth in the First Transitory Article of the present.
Given in Mexico City, November 27, 2018.
The Secretary of the Interior, Jesús Alfonso Navarrete Prida.