Cabo has become an incredibly popular tourist destination for Americans due to Mexico’s proximity to the US, the beautiful weather, and gorgeous sandy beaches. It’s also a very safe destination compared to other Mexican cities, so it makes for a great holiday destination.

However, you might be wondering – do you need a passport to go to Cabo?

The short answer to this is yes, you will need a valid passport to visit Cabo from the United States. A passport is required by US citizens when entering Mexico, be that by airplane or other mode of transport. You should always ensure you have all the correct documentation needed before travelling. However there is one exception – closed-loop cruises.

There are other documents you will need to go to Cabo too. But thankfully we have all the information you need right here!

In this article we will outline the travel process for US citizens when visiting Cabo. We will also discuss some other questions you may have about travelling to Cabo, including the best way to travel, what documents are needed and what to expect. (Recommended: Cancun or Cabo).

Do You Need a Passport to go to Cabo: The One Exception and the Other Documents You Need

When planning your trip to Cabo – or any part of Mexico – it is essential that you make sure you have the correct documentation to allow you to enter the country.

If you’re traveling to Cabo you will need a passport in all circumstances except for one exception – when you’re on a ‘closed-loop cruise.’

A closed-loop cruise is when you are on a cruise that begins and ends at the same US port. In this case, you may enter another territory – like Cabo – without a passport as long as you have a government issued ID (most likely a driving license) and a proof of citizenship (usually the certified copy of a birth certificate).

If you’re traveling to Cabo any other way you must have a passport. Alongside that passport you will need:

  • Valid passport that is at least 6 months away from its expiration date.
  • Mexican Tourist Card (FMM) – a form that all visitors to Mexico must complete. You can get that here.
  • Proof of a return flight ticket and purpose of visit.
  • A bank statement or other proof of sufficient financial funds to cover your stay.
  • A visa (if needed).

Do You Need a Visa to Visit Cabo?

Another common question Americans ask when planning a visit to Cabo is if they need a visa to visit the region. The answer to this question is yes and no, you do not require a visa to visit Cabo if you are a US citizen visiting for less than 6 months.

If you plan to stay for longer than 6 months, you should apply for a visa. It should also be noted that if you are planning to work in Cabo – even if you are not staying longer than 6 months – you should apply for a work visa.

Do Children Need a Passport to Travel to Cabo?

As with adults, children also require a passport to travel to Cabo from the US by plane. Although the rules differ slightly depending on whether you are travelling by land or by plane, it is generally best to err on the side of caution and bring your child’s passport book when travelling to Cabo.

Children under the age of 16 should also be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian when entering Mexico from the US. In the absence of a parent or guardian, the child who is travelling must present the border force with a signed document of authorization before they are allowed to cross the border.

Who Doesn’t Need a Passport to Visit Cabo?

While it is a requirement for most US citizens to possess a passport for travelling to Cabo, it is worth mentioning that there are a select group of people who do not require a passport to enter Cabo or Mexico from the US. Some of these people include:

  • US citizens serving in the US military who are on active duty, present a valid military ID, and travel orders.
  • Serving marine officers who can present a valid Merchant Mariner Document to the border force.
  • Those on a closed-loop cruise.

Best Way to Travel to Cabo From the US

There are several different ways of reaching Cabo from the US. For example, you might choose to drive there or get a coach. Another means of getting to Cabo from the US is via a cruise ship where Cabo is one of the travel destinations.

However, the most popular and time effective way to reach Cabo from any part of the US is to fly there by airplane. Cabo offers one of the largest and busiest international airports in Mexico, and it is an extremely safe, clean, and quick experience for travellers.

Where You Should Stay in Cabo According to Your Budget

Shoestring: Set in the heart of Cabo within walking distance of the beach, restaurants and nightlife, Sofia Hostel Cabo is a friendly hostel with a lovely garden and activities.

Budget: Sirena del Mar is spectacularly located on top of a cliff, but still just three minutes walk to a beach, and 15 minutes drive to downtown Cabo. There you’ll get incredible seaside views, a private beach area, terraces to soak up the sun and an outdoor swimming pool.

Luxury: Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection has to be one of the top five-star hotels in the world. The exceptional service, landscaped grounds, beachfront infinity pool, spa, and even free yoga sessions – all set right beside the sea and beach – make this place an unbelievable Cabo getaway. 

Conclusion: Do You Need a Passport to go to Cabo?

Yes, US citizens do need a passport to go to Cabo in most cases. Travelling to Cabo by plane is generally the easiest and most effective mode of transport. However, when flying to Cabo it is absolutely essential that you and your children have a valid passport.

Other documents necessary to travel to Cabo from America include an FMM, return flight, bank statements, and a visa if needed. While US citizens don’t need a visa if they’re staying for less than 6 months, if you are working or plan to stay longer then you should apply for a visa.

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