Azerbaijanis can now easily get Mexican visa in Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 29
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
A Mexican consulate has opened in Baku, says Mexican ambassador to Azerbaijan, Rodrigo Labardini.
From now on, there is no need to apply to the Mexican embassies in Moscow and Istanbul for getting a visa to Mexico, the ambassador said in a press conference in Baku Nov. 29.
The consulate was opened in September, but technical procedures took some time, Labardini said, adding that issuance of visas has already started.
The ambassador added that a multiple entry visa costs $36 and a visa is issued for six months.
Upon arrival in Mexico, the visa holder is permitted to stay in the country for a certain number of days within the visa validity period, he said.
Labardini added that tourism cooperation between Azerbaijan and Mexico is growing.
Some 148 Azerbaijani citizens visited Mexico in 2015 and the number of tourists is expected to increase to 500 in 2016, he said, adding the number of Mexican tourists willing to visit Azerbaijan also increased.
Labardini added that Mexico is among nine most popular tourist destinations in the world, with 32 million tourists visiting Mexico annually.
Speaking about the possibility of launching the Baku-Mexico direct flight, the ambassador stressed that it has not been planned yet.
Labardini said that Mexico is far away from Baku and there are some difficulties for launching a direct flight.
Moreover, the Mexican airports are very busy today, he said, adding, however, a new airport is being built now, and after its commissioning, Mexico will rank third in the world for the number of airports.
Labardini added that it is possible to get from Baku to Mexico through Frankfurt, Paris, London or New York.
The ambassador said negotiations are underway to launch the Mexico-Istanbul direct flight.
If the talks are successful, Azerbaijanis will be able to fly to Mexico through Istanbul, he said.