Brazil, Mexico Sign Mutual Suppression Agreement for Short-Term Visas

  • Mexico
  • 03/20/2013
  • Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

On March 18, the governments of Brazil and Mexico signed an agreement to reciprocally suspend visa requirements for their nationals for short-term business and tourism trips. The decision was made at the summit of the Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) in Santiago, Chile, and announced jointly by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism.

Under the new agreement, Brazilians will be able to spend up to 180 days in Mexico for business or tourism purposes. Visiting Brazilians will be authorized to perform certain kinds of paid work in Mexico providing that payment does not originate in Mexico.

Types of paid work allowed under the agreement include:

  • Trading goods.
  • Rendering services.
  • Development and administration of foreign capital investments.
  • Buying and selling machinery and equipment.
  • Attending administrative meetings.
  • Technical development of personnel.

Immigration authorities have not yet announced an effective date for suspension of short-term visas between the two countries. BAL will provide an update as soon as more information becomes available.