Preparing for a Mexico Trip

As of January 23, 2007, all travelers to Mexico, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport.

If you are traveling by car you will also need a valid passport if you plan on ever reentering the United States.

When you arrive in Mexico make sure that they stamp your passport and provide you with a permit for the amount of time you plan on staying in the country, as you will need this at the airport in order to board your plan. If you stay longer than your initially denoted timeframe you must update this travel visa. Make sure you aware of what you can and can not bring back to the United States or your final destination through customs. For instance, illegal products such as Cuban cigars are forbidden in the United States.

You do not need any specific medication, immunization, or shots for your travels to most Mexican locations, however, if you are planning on traveling to a remote destinations such as the jungle for a hike or a remote town in the middle of nowhere you should be advised before you go by your guide what to expect and what you need to be supplied with. Don’t rely on common sense, it is best to ask all necessary questions

before you embark upon your Mexico travel to prevent any unnecessary expenses and accidents.

Returning from Mexico

You will be asked on the plane before you land to declare all of the items that you purchased in Mexico. When you arrive in Mexico it is best to exchange your American money for pesos since this will enable you to make better use of the exchange rate and thus save you money. However, in Baja, California you are allowed to use U.S. dollars.

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