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I'm an Indian citizen traveling to Guatemala via New Delhi->London->Mexico City->Guatemala City. I'll require a Schengen visa to enter into Guatemala. But to travel through Mexico city do I require any Mexican visa?

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    "I'll require a Schengen visa to enter into Guatemala" uh what ? – blackbird Aug 23 '16 at 11:54
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    @blackbird Wikipedia says holders of Schengen visas are visa exempt in Guatemala, so the sentence is probably just poorly worded. OP do you already have a valid Schengen visa (possibly from some other trip) that you intend to use? – Revetahw Aug 23 '16 at 12:57
  • I dont have Schengen visa but as per as embassy rules of Guatemala, An India person with B1 US, Schengen or Canadian B1 have visa exempt in Guatemala. And from India there are no direct flights to Guatemala. 90 % flights are via US and I dont have B1 US visa. Thus routes are: India-> Amsterdam/London/Frankfurt/Madrid-> Panama City/Mexixo city-> Guatemala or India-> Canada-> Mexico/Brazil-> Guatemala ...Another problem is if I get a schengen visa it will be always single entry for first timers. So I'm deadlocked – Venkatesh Mundada Aug 23 '16 at 14:40
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    @VenkateshMundada What makes you think that? Have you been told you should apply for a Schengen visa by Guatemala officials? Depending on the route, you don't necessarily need a Schengen visa or perhaps only an airport transit visa. Either way, you can't claim you would be visiting the Schengen area and get a visa on that basis. So usually, you should first secure any visa you need at your destination before looking at transit visas. – Relaxed Aug 24 '16 at 8:20
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    You can also have a look at travel.stackexchange.com/questions/23936/… for a similar situation in Europe. Initially both consulates refused but explaining the problem led to a solution. Ultimately, the person had to get the visa for their final destination first and reapply for the transit visa. Insisting with Guatemala is not a perfect solution but at least it seems more likely to succeed than going for a Schengen visa without a good premise. – Relaxed Aug 24 '16 at 8:22
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As of February 17, 2004 foreigners passing through one of Mexico’s international airports to a third country no longer require a visa or any migratory documentation, provided that they remain at the airport and depart Mexico within 24 hours of arrival. Source

However, it may only work if your luggage is checked automatically through, so that you don't need to collect it and check it in again. (You're sometimes going to be unable to do that without a visa.)

It's not a reliable source, but this post claims there is no transit area in Mexico City International Airport. So I would advise you to check this carefully with the airline and Mexican Embassy. You might need a transit visa.

  • As inquired from embassy of Mexico in India on phone, it says a visa is must – Venkatesh Mundada Aug 23 '16 at 14:41
  • @VenkateshMundada Thanks for letting me know. Please post this as an answer, not just a comment. – Revetahw Aug 23 '16 at 14:44
  • @VenkateshMundada Are you sure you made it perfectly clear to them that you were talking about transit only? – Revetahw Aug 23 '16 at 14:50
  • Yes, like your point is valid if there's a single ticket from source to destination place. But these things have to be confirmed with airlines. Example my friend went to Uruguay via Brazil from India and throughout it was a single ticket and thus he didn't apply for a transit Brazil visa – Venkatesh Mundada Aug 23 '16 at 15:32
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    @VenkateshMundada Yes, like I said in the answer, it often only works if it's a single booking and your luggage is checked through. And yeah, it's always good to check with the airline and embassies. I also found some other additional information which I have added to the answer. You want to check this carefully. – Revetahw Aug 23 '16 at 16:40

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