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In this page: Passport and Visa Requirements | Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs | Health Precautions | Safety Conditions


Passport and Visa Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Visas for foreigners
For Further Information
List of Mexican Embassies
Contact the Embassy
Contact the Embassy in Spain.
Check IATA Travel Website for visa requirements and health advices.

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Taxes and Restrictions On Persons When Going Through Customs

Taxation On Persons
20 packs of cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco.
Up to three liters of alcoholic beverages and up to six liters of wine.
Foreign Currency
It is not illegal to carry money in cash or in documents as long as it is declared.
Obligatory Declaration of Foreign Currency
If the amount exceeds 10,000 USD, it has to be declared to avoid an administrative sanction.
Local Currency
It is not illegal to carry money in cash or in documents, as long as it is declared.
Obligatory Declaration of Local Currency
If the amount exceeds 10,000 USD in its equivalent of Mexican pesos, it has to be declared.
How to Refund Consumption Tax
A tax refund can be requested if one has spent a minimum of 1,200 MXP in Mexico.
The refund can be done at the airports of Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
For more information, consult: Ministry of Tributary Administration
Other Requirements
Animals, medicines and agricultural products are subject to be declared as well as firearms, professional equipment, samples and any other goods besides personal  luggage.  Consult  Passenger Customs Information.

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers aged six months or older if they are arriving from an infected area.
There is a high risk related to the  geographical altitude and air pollution in the Mexico City area.
It is advised not to drink tap water.  Avoid consuming ice creams and sherbets, as well as ice cubes.
In order to prevent gastrointestinal diseases, very common in tourists, it is advised to avoid consuming high risk foods, reheated meals, seafood and fish, undercooked meats and raw vegetables, as well as fruits with their peel.
For Further Information
Enjoy Mexico
Center for control and prevention of diseases
Health and prevention information from the WHO

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Safety Conditions

Mexico is among the ten countries with the highest crime rate because of the corruption in its legal system.
There is a high degree of violence in the poor areas and in the bad reputation neighborhoods located in the major cities.
The most frequent crime is armed robbery. Since 2006 the organized-crime-related violence is high with many cases of kidnapping and murder (policemen, military men and government officials in particular). In 2011, 12,000 organized crime-related homicide have been reported.
Terrorist Risk
Even though there are not terrorist groups known in the country, the Mexican drug cartels have a strong relationship with international drug dealers and organized crime.  During the last months, some cases of individual and collective murders have been committed in the major cities.
Risk of Natural Disaster
Average magnitude earthquakes happen frequently in the southeast of the Mexican territory.
During the summer season, there are tropical storms in the Mexican coast, especially in the Mexican Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, which produce serious damage to the population and commerce.
Traveling Women Conditions
Women traveling alone can be subject to verbal harassment, especially in the popular areas.  A woman should avoid traveling alone and at night.
For Further Information
Information about Mexico - US Department of State

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