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Preparation for travel
U.S. Passports
U.S. Department of State:
Be sure your passport is up to date.

Mexico – Country specific information
U.S. Department of State:
This link will provide you with important information before you begin your trip to Mexico including
country description, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, information for victims of
crime, medical facilities and health information, medical insurance, traffic safety and road
conditions, aviation safety oversight, special circumstances, criminal penalties, children’s issues
and registration/embassy location.

    Mexican visa
    U.S. Department of State:

    Mexican Foreign Ministry, Mexican Embassy to the United States:
    In accordance with dispositions by the National Immigration Institute, in order to enter Mexico
    US citizens should show any US official ID. Passports are not required. (Mexico does not
    require Mexican visas from US citizens.)
    Nonetheless, US citizens must bear in mind the requirements set by the US government for
    re-entry. These dispositions can be found at:

    Embassy of Mexico
    1911 Pennsylvania AV, NW
    Washington, D.C. 20006
    Tel: (202) 728 1600

    Travel alerts for Mexcio

    Health information for travelers to Mexico - Vaccinations and other health precautions
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
    Be sure you read through this guide.

Safety tips for traveling abroad
U.S. Department of State:
This is an important safety guide. Please make sure you read through this guide. Register your
travel plans with the State Department at is recommended by
the State Department.

    OVERSEAS CITIZENS SERVICES: Call 1-888-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444) for
    answers related to questions concerning the:
    • Death of an American citizen abroad
    • Arrest/detention of an American citizen abroad
    • Robbery of an American citizen abroad

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    •   American citizens missing abroad
    •   Crisis abroad involving American citizens
    •   After-hours number for an emergency involving an American citizen abroad

    U.S. Embassy in Mexico:
    Ambassador: Antonio O. Garza, Jr. (
    Embajada de Estados Unidos
    Paseo de la Reforma 305
    Col. Cuauhtemoc
    06500 Mexico, D.F
    Tel: From Mexico: (01-55) 5080-2000
         From the U.S.: 011-52-55-5080-2000
    Fax: From Mexico: (01-55) 5511-9980
          From the U.S.: 011-52-55-5511-9980

Reminder: Have your important documents, contact information, medications, a set of clothes
and other necessities in your carry-on luggage in the event of lost or delayed luggage.

Cultural/national information for Mexico:
Mexican profile
U.S. Department of State:
Information Includes geography, people, government, economy, history, political conditions,
defense, foreign relations, U.S.-Mexican relations, and travel and business information.

    More information about Mexico
    Information Includes religions, cities, other destinations, understand, get in, get around, talk,
    buy, eat, drink, learn, work, stay safe, stay healthy and respect.

    Educational system
    • UNESCO -
    • World Education Services -
    • Wikipedia -
    Reminder: Please check the educational system in which the visited institution resides and
    make sure the visited programs are postsecondary level in the host country.

Etiquette and customs in Mexico, business etiquette and protocol in Mexico
Kwintessential Cross Cultural Solutions:

    Culture of Mexico
    Trip Advisor:

Other useful information and links about Mexico
* Holiday Calendar -

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* Currency - the currency of Mexico is known as the Peso. Use the currency converter at to compare to dollars, GBP
or Euro.

* Money – where to exchange money? Can I use traveller cheques or credit card? Get info at

* Airport/Transportation Guides -

* Dialing Code – the international dialing code for Mexico is +52

* Time – Mexico is -6 hours GMT. Get the time in Mexico City at

* Weather - visit Yahoo!'s up to date weather for Mexico at

* Language – Spanish is the official language. Some English is spoken in tourist regions. Want
to pick up few Spanish words before the trip? Try this website

* Electricity - 130 volts, 60Hz. Two-pin flat blade attachment plugs are standard.

* Tipping - Tipping is customary in Mexico by almost all services as employees are not paid
sufficient hourly wages and rely on tips. Waiters and bar staff should be tipped 10 to 15% if a
service charge hasn't already been added to the bill. The American custom of tipping 15 to 20%
is practiced at international resorts, including those in Los Cabos.

* Translation Services - if you need an Arabic Translation Service you can try this link at

* News - check out all the latest Google news on Mexico at

* Intercultural Know-how – use the following link as a tool for tips on doing business in Mexico.

* History – read about the history of Mexico at

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