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Is there any way to travel to and/stay in Mexico without a passport?

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No. You will need a passport in order to get a visa. Without a visa, you would have to leave Mexico every 180 days. Where could you go without a passport? Not even back to the USA!

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You can't even get on a cruise ship which leaves US waters without having a passport anymore. I pretty much think that anywhere outside of US territory requires a passport, if not to leave the US, then certainly to get back in.

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You can't even get on a cruise ship which leaves US waters without having a passport anymore. I pretty much think that anywhere outside of US territory requires a passport, if not to leave the US, then certainly to get back in.
You can definitely leave the US going into Mexico without a passport. The problem is getting back to the US. One time standing in line to cross the border from Tijuana to San Ysidro, I talked to a woman from Seattle who hadn't realized that the procedures had changed. She had just moved to San Diego and came to Tijuana to go to the dentist. She didn't have a passport. She had to do a lot of talking to get back into the US. I don't know how long it took. I assume she made it eventually.

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You can definitely leave the US going into Mexico without a passport. The problem is getting back to the US. One time standing in line to cross the border from Tijuana to San Ysidro, I talked to a woman from Seattle who hadn't realized that the procedures had changed. She had just moved to San Diego and came to Tijuana to go to the dentist. She didn't have a passport. She had to do a lot of talking to get back into the US. I don't know how long it took. I assume she made it eventually.
Don't you need to show some sort of ID to go from the US into Mexico, even in the border area? How can you prove your nationality without a passport?

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Don't you need to show some sort of ID to go from the US into Mexico, even in the border area? How can you prove your nationality without a passport?
I have crossed on foot from San Ysidro to Tijuana, from Calexico to Mexicali, and from El Paso to Ciudad Juarez. I was never asked to show a passport. Only once in about 7 or 8 crossings did anyone ever say anything to me. Once they looked at my Mexican visa. You are supposed to stop at Mexican Migracion and there they would want to see some ID if you didn't have a visa. I haven't been in the habit of doing that, but comments on this board have convinced me I should so in the future I plan to. But by the time you stop at Mexican Migración you are already outside the US and will have difficulty going back without a passport.

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I have crossed on foot from San Ysidro to Tijuana, from Calexico to Mexicali, and from El Paso to Ciudad Juarez. I was never asked to show a passport. Only once in about 7 or 8 crossings did anyone ever say anything to me. Once they looked at my Mexican visa. You are supposed to stop at Mexican Migracion and there they would want to see some ID if you didn't have a visa. I haven't been in the habit of doing that, but comments on this board have convinced me I should so in the future I plan to. But by the time you stop at Mexican Migración you are already outside the US and will have difficulty going back without a passport.
It sounds like crossing the border on foot no one seems to care who comes or goes. Odd.

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You do not need a USA passport to visit any of the border towns in Mexico, but you really need it to get back into the USA. I've living in Mexico for 25 years and have never been ask for a ID or passport crossing into a border town of Mexico, Mexico does not require a passport for border towns because they need and want the tourist business.

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You do not need a USA passport to visit any of the border towns in Mexico, but you really need it to get back into the USA. I've living in Mexico for 25 years and have never been ask for a ID or passport crossing into a border town of Mexico, Mexico does not require a passport for border towns because they need and want the tourist business.
Do the Mexican authorities assume all foreign visitors along the border are from the US? Or is it that they just don't care, as long as the visitors spend money while they're in Mexico?

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It sounds like crossing the border on foot no one seems to care who comes or goes. Odd.
Mexico doesn't care who comes or goes. The US doesn't care who goes. The US definitely cares who comes.

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