From India to the US via Mexico: travel in the time of pandemic

Mexico City International Airport
Mexico City International Airport; image via https://www.aicm.com.mx/

Indian H-1B, L1 visa holders find alternate ways to come to America beating Covid travel ban.

When Mahesh Sharma (name changed) found himself unexpectedly stuck in India, after he had gone to attend to an emergency, he was at his wits’ end on how to return to his family in the United States.

President Joe Biden’s proclamation barring entry of travelers from India due to a second wave of Covid outbreak in India left many like him trapped in India.

Amid anxiety and confusion, Sharma thought of an alternate plan of going to the United States via Mexico. Taking a long connecting flight, he reached Mexico City.

Entering Mexico with a valid US work visa (H1-B) he was given a visa on arrival in Mexico, which was valid for six months. After spending 15 days in Mexico, Sharma flew to the US. He was asked no questions at the US immigration and the entire process was smooth.

READ: He went to India after his dad died, now he can’t return (May 22, 2021)

As per current international traveling protocols, he had to get an RT-PCR test done within 72 hours of departure from Delhi and again before departure from Mexico.

As the Covid situation in India escalated to an all-time high in early April, US followed a few other countries in temporarily barring the entry of visitors from India to the United States.

While the US made a few exceptions for American citizens, permanent residents and students among others, many Indians on work-based visas who have been living in the US for decades were left out.

Many Indians on work visas are unhappy that just because they are in the process of getting permanent residency in America, they have been barred unlike those with green cards.

Ever since a possible way to travel to the US via a neighboring country like Mexico has been highlighted, a few others are considering this route too.

READ MORE: Because of the India travel ban, I am separated from my 9-year-old (May 15, 2021)

Another Indian on an H-1B visa, currently attending to his parents in India says, “I may consider flying via Cancun in Mexico if this travel ban is not lifted.”

A few others are also trying to find travelers taking a similar route and get connected during their journey both for company and support during this unusual way to get home to America.

Mexico has been an obvious choice for many, as at the Mexican port of entry, a valid US visa gets you a visa on arrival valid for up to six months.

For some the 14-day quarantine period comes as a respite as after traveling from India and the stress of the situation. This can serve as a way to relax, say many who are considering the route not just for them but also for their parents planning to visit the US.

READ MORE:

Travel ban keeps Indian American away from husband’s funeral in US (May 11, 2021)

 Indians on work visas upset about selective Covid travel ban (May 4, 2021)

US restricts travel from India; H-1B, L1 holders most affected (April 30, 2021)

US asks Americans to leave India amid Covid surge (April 29, 2021)

Indian Americans concerned about travel to Covid hit India (April 26, 2021)

46 Comments

  1. Ashok baliga

    Hi my name is Ashok. My in laws are traveling to US via cancun on June 21st from Bangalore. They r flying via bombay -frankfurt-cancun. Is anyone else traveling on the same flight on the same date who can accompany them since they are a little nervous about navigating the airport in Mexico. Please contact me on whatsapp at +1 6165104113.
    Thanks,
    Ashok.

  2. Gurmeet Gulati

    Hi I wish to travel from delhi to usa via mexico on B1/B2. Anyone who has booked tickets or planning or wants to share their experiences please call me or whatsapp me on 9810470606. Any reference of good travel agent who can help in ticketing would also be highly appreciated.

  3. Can you please let us know if you are able to take a connecting flight in USA to travel to Mexico or its only Europe/Frankfurt?
    Thank you

  4. Anyone thinking about using the same route in second week of July, please ping me I am thinking about doing the same as well and if we can go in group then 15 days in Mexico would not be that bad.
    Email me at: andy43929@gmail.com

  5. Hi all my daughter and son in law who got married on May 17th reached US today via this route. They started from Chennai on 21st May.. Chennai-Delhi- Frankfurt-Mexico. After having one RTPCR at Mexico on 5th June they flew to US on 7th. And reached their home.

    • subrahmanyam

      Dear Anu ravi
      Happy to know that your daughter and son in law reached USA in this situation. I am also planning to go by this route.i would like know the documents required for travel to Mexico.Do we need any visa for mexico or any other travel document?.up date on this would be helpful.Thanks

  6. Hello all,
    Planning to Travel to USA [LAX] via Mexico [mexico-city or cancun], if anyone traveling in next few weeks, please connect with me @ makdoom0431 gm com

  7. Anyone traveling via Mexico city to US from India please let me know. Please do share personal experience if anyone has travelled via this route recently

    • Hey, I am looking to explore this option too to get to the US via Mexico. Happy to connect with you! Let me know.

      • sakharam athavale

        Myself and my wife based in bangalore and hold B1/B2 visa. We are looking at travelling to USA via Mexico , possibly Bangalore-Paris-Cancun- Austin/dallas/houston route after 20th June any day. I am looking at a small group hwere we can be together and will give more comfort. I have a good travel agent in Bangalore who can design an economical package for the entire trip till port of entry into USA. My cell no is 9845323627. Please ping me on whatsapp.

        • sakharam athavale

          We are booked through Orchid Travels Bangalore Cell: 9845881421 . We are leaving on 19th early morning from Mumbai. Anyone interested can msg / call Mr Yesudass on above cell no

      • Surinder Sharma

        My son is planning to go to USA via Mexico City on 14/6/21.If someone is also planning please let me know

        • Gurmeet Gulati

          Hi I am planning to go to USA via mexico asap. Sharmaji can you please share the experience. You can also call me directly on 9810470606. Also I am looking for a a good travel agent preferably Delhi based. Thanks

    • sakharam athavale

      Myself and my wife based in bangalore and hold B1/B2 visa. We are looking at travelling to USA via Mexico , possibly Bangalore-Paris-Cancun- Austin/dallas/houston route after 20th June any day. I am looking at a small group hwere we can be together and will give more comfort. I have a good travel agent in Bangalore who can design an economical package for the entire trip till port of entry into USA. My cell no is 9845323627. Please ping me on whatsapp.

      • Interested in travelling with you. I also have B1/B2 visa but I’m travelling solo and looking to go on 30th June or 1st July from Bangalore.

  8. It looks like Mexico is a best option when compared to rest of the few countries allowing with quarantine. Just wondering, Are we allowed to travel from india having transit through Frankfurt/USA to reach Mexico? Because,I’m not sure if US/FRA allowing indian travelers to transit through US/FRA either.
    Please connect to me if anyone interested to plan to go US and will plan accordingly. pkalyan_it1219 at yahoo

    • Hi Kalyan: Were you able to find out if you can connect in USA for travel to Mexico?
      Please post. Thank you

  9. Poornith Ninan

    I am travel agent and client of mine is traveling to the US via Mexico. I can update this thread based on his experience.

    • Can you let us know about the experience ?
      Also can I with a b1/b2 visa travel to USA vi Mexico (same route) . All the above posts are about ppl with H visa but I am on b1/b2 so just wondering … pls help me

      • Hi Manasi, I am looking for B1/B2 visa holders who have taken this route! Happy to connect with you! Let me know!

        • Hi Manasi, Raja, I’m also looking for travel to US via Mexico on B1/B2 visa. Please share any pointers you find. TIA.

          • Hi Sandhya, happy to connect with you! You can whatsapp me on +15102921565. Thanks.

          • Raja Narayanan

            Hey Sandhya, happy to connect with you! You can whatsapp me on 15102921565. Thanks.

          • sakharam athavale

            Myself and my wife based in bangalore and hold B1/B2 visa. We are looking at travelling to USA via Mexico , possibly Bangalore-Paris-Cancun- Austin/dallas/houston route after 20th June any day. I am looking at a small group hwere we can be together and will give more comfort. I have a good travel agent in Bangalore who can design an economical package for the entire trip till port of entry into USA. My cell no is 9845323627. Please ping me on whatsapp.

          • Hi Sandhya: Can you please let us know if you are able to take a connecting flight in USA to travel to Mexico or its only Europe/Frankfurt?
            Thank you

    • Hi Poornith – Any update about your client?
      I am also on B1/B2 and intend to travel to Mexico via Frankfurt

      Cheers
      AG

      • sakharam athavale

        we have formed a group of like minded people who wish to go to usa via Mexico. My name is Sakharam and I am at Bangalore. You can ping me on 9845323627

    • Kindly share your contact details as i am in need for a booking from Bangalore to USA

  10. Hey Sanam, I’m also stranded here and looking onto this Mexico plan as a potential prospective choice. Seems like this would be a perfect plan

    • Raja Narayanan

      Hey Amal, let me know if you heard from anyone about this option of traveling via Mexico. Happy to connect with you!

      • sakharam athavale

        we have formed a group of like minded people who wish to go to usa via Mexico. My name is Sakharam and I am at Bangalore. You can ping me on 9845323627

  11. Any idea if a B1/B2 also allows you entry into Mexico?

    • My question exactly. But even if it does, every flight to MX is a connecting flight via Europe. Can you currently fly through Europe even if it’s only connecting?

      • Any update whether B1/B2 can quarantine for 14 days and then fly to the states?

        • Hey I am looking for B1/B2 visa holders who have taken this route! Happy to connect with you!

        • sakharam athavale

          Hi Shweta , we have formed a group of like minded people who wish to go to usa via Mexico. My name is Sakharam and I am at Bangalore. You can ping me on 9845323627

      • Lufthansa is a good option. Frankfurt doesn’t require to have transit visa so you can fly to Mexico via Frankfurt

        • sakharam athavale

          we have formed a group of like minded people who wish to go to usa via Mexico. My name is Sakharam and I am at Bangalore. You can ping me on 9845323627

      • sakharam athavale

        Yes you can fly through Europe. We have formed a whatsapp group of people who wish to fly to USA via Mexico. I can add you to the group. You can ping me at 9845323627.

    • Did you hear back..if B1/B2 are allowed entry to US via Mexico?

      • sakharam athavale

        Myself and my wife based in bangalore and hold B1/B2 visa. We are looking at travelling to USA via Mexico , possibly Bangalore-Paris-Cancun- Austin/dallas/houston route after 20th June any day. I am looking at a small group hwere we can be together and will give more comfort. I have a good travel agent in Bangalore who can design an economical package for the entire trip till port of entry into USA. My cell no is 9845323627. Please ping me on whatsapp.

  12. I am looking to get connected with people who have stopped over in Mexico to travel to the US. I am considering that an option and am scared about solo travel in these times.

    • Raja Narayanan

      Hey, I am looking to explore this option too to get to the US via Mexico. Happy to connect with you!

    • Asha give your phone no

      I also thinking of such route .let’s get connected

    • sakharam athavale

      Myself and my wife based in bangalore and hold B1/B2 visa. We are looking at travelling to USA via Mexico , possibly Bangalore-Paris-Cancun- Austin/dallas/houston route after 20th June any day. I am looking at a small group hwere we can be together and will give more comfort. I have a good travel agent in Bangalore who can design an economical package for the entire trip till port of entry into USA. My cell no is 9845323627. Please ping me on whatsapp.

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