Mexico Country Profile

For more details visit Mexico Passport Ranking
  • Passport Grade
  • Passport Ranking
  • Passport Score
  • Visa-free Countries
  • Visa-required Countries
  • Access to the World's GDP
  • Access to the World's Surface Area
  • Access to the World's Population
  • Access to the Unesco Sites
Citizenship and Naturalization
Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
  • Birthright citizenship (Jus Soli)
    Unrestricted: Any child born in the country automatically becomes a citizen.
Naturalization - Standard Conditions
  • Minimum residency period
    5 years
  • Physical presence requirement
    Must spend at least 18 months on the ground during the last 2 years prior to applying
  • Language test
    Yes, Spanish
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
  • Can minor children naturalize?
  • Can naturalized parents pass citizenship to a child born abroad?
  • Can you lose naturalization due to prolonged absence/ naturalization elsewhere?
    Yes / Yes
Naturalization - Your Spouse is a Citizen
  • Living IN the country: Residency/marriage requirement
    2 years / 2 years
    Must be both married and reside in the country for 2 years.
  • Living ABROAD: Marriage requirement
    Not allowed
  • Language test
    Yes, Spanish
  • Need to renounce original citizenship?
Naturalization - Other Beneficial Provisions
  • Your child is a citizen
    2 years
    May apply immediately after having a child with a Mexican citizen or giving birth in Mexico (jus soli), assuming you have resided there for 2 years.
  • Citizens of specific countries
    2 years
    2 years for citizens by birth of Latin American countries and the Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal, Andorra).
"–": The provision has not been analysed.
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Taxation Type
A tax resident of a country with a RESIDENCE-BASED tax system pays taxes on their WORLDWIDE income. However, if you lose tax residency status there (e.g., by moving out), the country will generally stop taxing you.
Sovereign Man's Take on Mexico
Mexico is a tremendously appealing country on so many levels.

Its beaches are gorgeous, its climate inviting and its topography varied. Its countryside towns are little cultural jewels, and its food is just so damned good.

As a country it boasts a rich, intriguing history, and its people are warm and inviting.

Mexico is also a “real country” – one with a diversified economy, and a large enough population to create a self-sustainable system.

Nonetheless, it is an incredibly affordable place to live.

And Mexico remained one of the freest countries in the world during the pandemic. In fact, it served as a refuge for several Sovereign Man employees and friends during this time.

Mexico can thus be a great place to consider as part of your own Plan B. Obtaining residency in Mexico, for example, is very straightforward. Maintaining it thereafter is also not hard, and requires only an occasional visit.

In fact, many of our subscribers have managed to entirely skip the temporary stage and go for permanent residency there from the get-go. (You will need to demonstrate your increased creditworthiness to achieve this though.)

And just five years later, you can become a Mexican citizen. (But if your goal is to obtain a Mexican passport, then you’ll have to spend the last 18 months before applying on the ground.)

We also consider Mexico to be one of the best places in which to have your child. In fact, our founder, Simon Black, and his wife did just that in 2021. 

Not only will your child become a Mexican citizen from day one, but you will be able to apply for permanent residency in the country. And just two years later, you can apply for Mexican citizenship as well.

You could also consider Mexico for medical tourism. Private healthcare there is top-notch and very inexpensive.

But, you’re probably wondering, what about safety and violence?

Mexico is dangerous, no doubt about that. Some areas, like Juarez on the border with the US, are definitely No Go Zones.

But we know expats who have been living in the Yucatan peninsula (home to famous Cancun) and in the colonial highland towns in central Mexico for decades, and they never experienced any problems.

So very often, the general grim view of Mexico does not match the reality on the ground.
Sovereign Man's Rolodex
Service Providers available in Mexico
  • Immigration (residency, citizenship)
  • Full relocation services (real estate search, bank account opening, driver's licence, etc.)
  • Tax advice (attorneys and/or accountants)
  • Real Estate (agents, lawyers)
  • Natal services (for jus soli countries)
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Mexico Overview
  • Region
    North and South America
  • Capital City
    Mexico City
  • Largest City
    Mexico City
  • Currency
    Mexican peso
  • Languages
  • Population
    128.5 million (10th)
  • Life Expectancy
    72.3 years (159th)
  • GDP (Nominal)
    $1.4 trillion (15th)
  • GDP/Capita
    $11,083 (84th)
Useful Data
For more details visit Cost of Living
  • Cost of Living
    Very cheap (2/7)
  • Climate
    Comfortable (2/5)
  • Safety
    Dangerous (5/7)
  • Pollution
    Average (3/5)
  • English Proficiency
    Low (4/5)

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Mexico inside Sovereign Man resources

Articles featuring Mexico

International Diversification Strategies

If you’re thinking about leaving the US... Consider Mexico

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Trends & News

Mexico is starting to look like Venezuela

Mexico is in the midst of a crisis again. And no, it doesn’t have anything to do with the border wall that caused the US government to be hopelessly deadlocked for more than a month. Or the economy. Or murders and violence. Or drug trafficking. Or bird flu. Nope. Mexico is battling an enormous problem […]

Trends & News

Mexico: The most normal place in the world in 2021

Two days ago, in its infinite wisdom, the government of Chile announced that they were once again closing the national borders and putting the country back into lockdown. I had been in Chile since late February, spending time at our farms and touring our agriculture operations after a successful harvest season. But needless to say […]


Why we had another baby in Mexico

First, I am really grateful for all the well-wishes and congratulations we received on the birth of my son. He’s doing great, and I’m over the moon. I decided to record a podcast about the experience– why my wife and I decided to have our first child here last year, as well as our second […]

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