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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
Mexico visa information
List of Mexican Embassies abroad
For Further Information
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 litres of alcoholic beverages and up to six litres 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 USD 10,000, it must 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 USD 10,000 in its equivalent of Mexican pesos, it must be declared.
How to Refund Consumption Tax
A tax refund can be requested if one has spent a minimum of MXP 1,200 in Mexico.
The refund can be done at the airports of Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
For more information, visit the Ministry of Tributary Administration website.
Other Requirements
Animals, medicines, agricultural products, firearms, professional equipment, samples and any other goods besides personal luggage are subject to be declared. Consult: Passenger Customs Information.

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
It is recommended that everyone 16 years of age and older should get fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before travel and present, if necessary, evidence of COVID-19 vaccination at the border. The updated information on all health entry requirements as well as on routine and recommended vaccines for Mexico are provided on the dedicated pages on TravelHealthPro and CDC websites.
While there are no official requirements for vaccination, the following are strongly recommended: tetanus, diphtheria, rabies, typhoid fever, chickenpox, influenza, hepatitis A and B, measles and poliomyelitis. The geographical altitude and air pollution in the Mexico City area may present a risk to some visitors. It has been advised not to drink tap water or products made with tap water (ice creams, sherbets, ice cubes, etc…). Some tourists may experience gastrointestinal distress upon consuming high risk foods, including reheated meals, seafood and fish, undercooked meats, raw vegetables and unpeeled fruits.
For Further Information
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: Recommendations for Travellers to Mexico
World Health Organisation: Mexico Country Profile
Travel Health Advice
The Canadian government up-to-date travel health advice, including routine and recommended vaccines while travelling abroad can be verified at Official Global Travel Advisories website (Government of Canada’s official source of destination-specific travel information).

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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 neighbourhoods located in the major cities.
The most frequent crime is armed robbery. Organised crime related violence has been high since 2006, with many cases of kidnapping and murder (including by policemen, military men and government officials). In 2011, 12,000 organised crime related homicides were reported.
Terrorist Risk
Even though terrorist groups are not known to operate in the country, Mexican drug cartels have a strong relationship with international drug dealers and organised crime. Some cases of individual and collective murders have been committed in major cities.
Risk of Natural Disaster
Average magnitude earthquakes happen frequently in the southeast of the Mexican territory. During the summer season, tropical storms hit the Mexican coast - especially in the Mexican Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico - causing serious damage to the population and commerce.
For Further Information
U.S. Department of State: Information about Mexico

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