Mexico will be closing its Anchorage consulate office at the end of November, a casualty of that country’s own budgetary constraints and diminishing demand in Alaska, officials said Thursday.
The closure means Alaska residents and tourists with Mexican nationality will no longer be able to drop by the office in downtown Anchorage for services that include obtaining identification cards, birth certificates and visas. But Eduardo Baca, Mexico’s Seattle consul, said at a Thursday press conference that the consulate will attempt to maintain a physical presence in Alaska, Alaska Dispatch News reports.
“It’s not an easy decision,” Baca said. “Our objective is to make this transition as soft as possible.”