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'Fly and Drive Mexico'

Useful addresses

New York

Consulate General of Mexico
27 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 217-6400


Consulate General of Mexico
8 Halkin St.
London SW1X 7DW
Tel: +44 (0)20 7235 6393
Fax: +44 (0)20 7235 5480


Ambassade du Mexique en France
9, rue de Longchamp
75116 Paris
Tel: 01 53 70 27 70
Fax: 01 47 55 65 29


You don't need a visa to visit Mexico, but your passport should be valid until at least 6 months after your arrival.


The voltage is 110; for most new chargers (for gsm, camera, etc.) it doesn't make any difference whether it's 110 or 220. It is indicated on the charger itself, so look.

The sockets are the same kind as used in the United States. If you're from somewhere else, buy an adaptor in a harware store.


We managed with English everywhere, except in a few places. It's probably a good idea to learn a few words of Spanish. But you can also use your hands and feet to order a Corona or tequila.


If you travel in July like we did, the temperatures in the higher lying areas (Mexico City, San Cristobal) are pleasant: 20-25 degrees centigrade. In the evenings it gets cool: 10-15 degrees.

From Tehuantepac to every place in Yucatá we sweated like horses; every piece of clothing was soaked within half an hour. So bring clothes for different climates and some detergent...

Summer is the rainy season in Mexico, but it didn't cause any problems for us. The sporadic downpours (which are impressive) only last for a short while (15-20 minutes) and everything dries quickly afterwards.


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If you know in advance which places you're going to visit, you can find out online if and where there are ATM's where you can use your MasterCard and Cirrus or Visa to withdraw money.

Safety and security

Traveling in some countries or regions can be dangerous. That isn't always a reason not to go there, but part of preparing well for a trip includes finding out about possible risks.

The CIA World Factbook: Mexico is a good source. As is the US Foreign Department site. Of course you always should consult your own country's Foreign Department web site.


Find current information on the web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Mexico. Always consult your family doctor and your country's Health Department web site.

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