Practical information to travel to Mexico

Capital City

Mexico City

Language

The official language is Spanish. The indigenous people often speak their own language, ​​such as Maya, Mixteeks and Zapotheeks. In remote areas it may happen that the population does not speak English. English is widely spoken in tourist areas. It is advisable to learn a few words of Spanish in order for you to communicate with the locals easier.

Time Zone

GMT - 6

Travel Documents

Your passport should be valid for at least six months after departure from Mexico. Please note that passport requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore we advise you to check the passport requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Visa

You are required to fill in a visa form upon arrival in Mexico. You will receive a copy of this visa which you have to hand in when leaving Mexico. Please note that visa requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore we advise you to check the visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Airport Tax

Upon departure from Mexico you are required to pay a departure tax of around 20 dollars per person.

Currency

Mexican Peso (MXN)

Bank Facilities

It is possible to withdraw money in most cities in Mexico. Stickers on the ATM’s show which cards exactly you can use. Credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and restaurant. At the supermarkets, hotels and car rentals it has become more common to pay by credit card.

Cuisine

The Mexican cuisine is a mixture of Spanish and Indigenous influences. Corn products, such as tortillas, beans and peppers are important ingredients for a Mexican dish. The famous drink of Mexico is Tequila (a liquor made ​​from the juice of agave).

 Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to entry Mexico. However, you are being advised to take precautions against hepatitus A, typhus, diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Also precautions against malaria are also advised. Furthermore, you are being advised to discuss your travel plans with a health-care provider to determine which vaccination you might need.

 Health

While traveling in Mexico, you are being advised to avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. It is advisable to only drink bottled or boiled water. Also try to avoid street food and always wash your hands before eating.

 Voltage

The electricity current is 127 volts, 60Hz. Mexico generally accepts the following plug:

  • Flat blade plug

 Climate

The climate varies by region and altitude. The northern steppes and deserts have a desert climate and the Mexican plateau and around Mexico city a mountain climate with large temperature differences. The coastal regions have a tropical climate with little temperature differences. In the rain season it is warmer and the humidity high. The rain season starts approximately in June until October.