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Mexico: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Mexico. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need to get a visa?

Each traveller must be in possession of a valid, signed passport that will remain valid for at least six months beyond the last day of the trip.

Holders of American, Australian, Canadian, British/(most)EU Member Countries, New Zealand and Israeli Passports do not need a visa to visit Mexico. Holders of other passports (including holders of passports of one of the ten New EU Member Countries) should check with their local Mexican Consulate for details of visa requirements. A Mexico tourist card has to be filled out on your flight, please ensure you keep this safe for the duration of your trip.

You can see a list of countries and get the latest entry information from the Mexican Consulate’s website.

 

Do I need any vaccinations before I go away to Mexico?

Please consult your doctor and also check with your health department or travel clinic prior to departure from your home country. A good reference website for inoculations and travel health is: www.cdc.gov.

There are no vaccinations required for entry to Mexico. However, check the above website for up-to-date information for travellers.

What is recommended is that you ensure you are up to date with hepatitis A, typhoid and routine immunisations – specifically tetanus-diphtheria also rabies may be considered.

Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change.  In general, aside from standard vaccinations we advise that visitors protect themselves from mosquito bites (particularly at dusk and dawn).  We suggest that when outdoors or in a building that is not well screened, you use insect repellent on uncovered skin.  If sunscreen is needed, apply before applying insect repellent and ensure that it contains one of the following active ingredients: DEET, picaridin (KBR 3023), Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus/PMD, or IR3535.

Do I need to take malaria tablets?

Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you and which ones will suit you best. Ways to prevent malaria include the following: taking a prescription anti-malarial drug, using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves to prevent mosquito bites, as well as sleeping in air-conditioned or well-screened rooms. Some excellent medication (with fewer side effects) is available for shorter visits to risk areas, it is up to you and your doctor to decide whether you need it and always keep an eye out for the latest travel notices.

Mexico is a tropical country so we do recommend you bring good quality mosquito spray with you, especially if you are going to the Yucatan and Chiapas Highlands regions.

Should I bring traveller’s cheques?

In Mexico, we recommend the use of traveller’s cheques, they can be converted easily in Casa de Cambios (currency exchange agencies).  Most banks impose a service charge for cashing traveller’s checks.  Cash machines are always nearby in big cities, but you must be sure to look for the relevant symbol on the machine to ensure it is an international machine (displaying the VISA, MAESTRO etc symbols), local ones will not work.

Which currency should I bring?

The unit of currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN). Credit cards are accepted in most places, especially major cities and large shopping areas. In more remote areas there may be difficulties using credit cards, so do not solely rely on them for financial transactions.

Major credit cards can be used for the purchases of goods and services, while traveller’s cheques are accepted at hotels, banks, and some stores, but are no longer common. ATMS are widely available throughout major cities but there is a charge in Mexico to use ATMS (also be sure to check with your bank to see if there are charges incurred for transactions abroad). To avoid long lines at the Arrivals Currency Exchange, we recommend that you acquire some Mexican currency before departing from home.

We also recommend that you carry small bills and coins as change may not be readily available for larger denominations.