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Tips for Travellers to Mexico

  General Information

Between 15 and 16 million U.S. citizens visit Mexico each year, while more than 460,000 Americans reside there year round. Although the majority of visitors thoroughly enjoy their stay, a small number experience difficulties and serious inconveniences.

Travel conditions in Mexico can contrast sharply with those in the United States. This brochure offers advice to help you avoid inconveniences and difficulties as you go. The Department of State and its Embassy and consulates in Mexico offer a wide range of services to assist U.S. citizens in distress. U.S. consular officials meet regularly with Mexican authorities to promote the safety of U.S. citizens in Mexico.

Before you go, learn as much as you can about your destination. Your travel agent, local bookstore, public library, the Internet and the embassy of the country or countries you plan to visit are all useful sources of information. Another source is the Department of State s Background Notes series, which features a pamphlet regarding each specific country to which you wish to travel. To obtain specific pamphlet prices and information, contact the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402; tel: (202) 512-1800. You may also obtain selected copies by fax by calling the State Department s Bureau of Public Affairs (202) 736-7720 from your fax machine or from the State Department home page at http://www.state.gov/.

Important: This pamphlet contains information obtained prior to August 1998 and is subject to change. Please consult the latest Consular Information Sheet for current information.

How To Have a Safe and Healthy Trip

Know Before You Go

As you travel, keep abreast of local news coverage. If you plan a stay in one place for longer than a few weeks, or, if you are in an area where communications are poor, experiencing civil unrest or some natural disaster, you are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Registration takes only a few moments, and it may be invaluable in case of an emergency.

Other useful precautions are:

  • Leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers of your passport or other citizenship documents with a friend or relative in the United States.

  • Bring either a U.S. passport or a certified copy of a birth certificate and photo identification.

  • Carry your photo identification and the name of a person to contact with you in the event of serious illness or other emergency.

  • Keep photocopies of your airline or other tickets and your list of travelers checks with you in a separate location from the originals and leave copies with someone at home.

  • Leave things like unnecessary credit cards and expensive jewelry at home.

  • Bring travelers checks, not cash.

  • Use a money belt or concealed pouch for passport, cash and other valuables.

  • Do not bring firearms or ammunition into Mexico without written permission from the Mexican government.

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