To enter Mexico your Belgian passport must be valid during the entire duration of your stay and at least until 6 months after your return.
No visa is required for the official and business delegations (maximum stay of 3 months in Mexico).
About ESTA - BUSINESS AND PRESS DELEGATIONs (if you will transit through the USA)
Transiting through the US entails applying for an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) online through the official website of ESTA: .
The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advises to request the ESTA the soonest possible but not later than 72 hours before your departure. An ESTA approval is valid for two years (unless your passport expires earlier) and costs 14 USD.
Do not forget a copy of your approved ESTA authorization before your departure.
About VISA- OFFICIAL DELEGATION (if you will transit through the USA)
Officials must apply for a C-3 VISA (ALIEN IN TRANSIT) if they are not holder of a valid U.S. visa (A-1, A-2 or C-3) when transiting through the US.
Fill out the online visa application form DS-160:
Start a new application and please make sure you have your valid passport and information about other U.S. visas you have had.
A JPEG format picture (maximum file size 240 KB) will be requested. The picture quality standards are very strict. If the submitted photo does not meet the quality requirements, you can continue without the upload of your picture. However, you must submit a picture (5 x 5 cm) at the Consular Section with the delivery of your confirmation page.
Please enter “BELGIAN ECONOMIC MISSION” as the name of the group you are traveling with.
After the form has been completed, the following documents have to be delivered to the Consular Section in Brussels:
- A printed confirmation page of the online visa application form DS-160. (Please make sure that the confirmation page shows a bar code)
- Valid passport
- ID picture (5 x 5 cm) taken within the last 6 months. (Only photographs without glasses are accepted)
- Copy of the verbal note and the participants list (officials have received this information via e-mail from the BFTA).
The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Brussels is located at:
Boulevard du Régent/Regentlaan 25
Submission of the documents: 11:00 to 12:00 a.m. from Monday to Friday (an appointment is not required)
Delivery of the documents: You will be given a pick-up ticket, showing the date as of which the passport containing the visa will be ready for pick-up. Visa processing and printing takes at least two to three business days.
Official participants to the Belgian Economic Mission do not have to bring the documents in person, but if you send a representative, please make sure he/she has a letter confirming he/she is entitled to do the procedure on your behalf.
You are kindly requested to wear your personal name badge of the «Belgian Economic Mission» in a visible way, from departure at the airport in Brussels throughout the mission.
Without badge and/or a personal invitation for selected activities, access will be denied by the local and Belgian security as the security regulations will be strictly respected and applied.
In case you did not receive your name badge before departure, you can still collect it upon arrival in Mexico City right before the information session on Sunday 17 February as from 16:00 at the BFTA-registration desk in front of room Astor A & B on the second floor of the St. Regis Hotel.
Or, you can collect your badge at the secretariat of the mission (John Jacob 3 and 4 on the second floor of the St. Regis Hotel). Lorenzo Van Elsen of the Belgian Foreign Trade Agency will be happy to assist you.