Canada lifts visa requirement on Mexico

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December 1, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – As of 00:01 EST today, the Government of Canada has lifted the visa requirement on Mexico.

The visa lift underscores the great importance Canada places on its friendship with Mexico, and the closer ties that will come from lifting the visa. The removal of the visa requirement is expected to improve Canada’s overall competitiveness as a tourism destination, as well as encourage continued growth of air travel between the two countries—benefitting the Canadian tourism and air travel sectors.

“Canada values strong ties with Mexico, and we are pleased to be able to extend visa-free travel to Mexican citizens. Improved bilateral relations stemming from the visa lift are expected to facilitate increased business opportunities, trade and investment—a growth opportunity for Canadians and Mexicans alike.”

- John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“Canada and Mexico have a rich and diverse relationship. I am confident that the lifting of the visa requirement will facilitate people-to-people ties, opportunities for youth mobility, education and prosperity and that it will enhance engagement between our two countries.”

- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Canada and Mexico are each other’s third largest two-way trading partners, and improved bilateral relations stemming from the visa lift will facilitate increased trade and business opportunities.

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