Travel Information Mexico
- FLAG 🇲🇽
- CAPITAL Mexico City (Distrito Federal)
- GOVERNMENT federal presidential constitutional republic
- CURRENCY Mexican peso (MXN)
- POPULATION 118,395,054(2013 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 1,964,375km² (water: 20 430km² land: 1,943,945km²)
- LANGUAGES Spanish is the most commonly spoken language various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages
- DECIMAL SYSTEM Mexico uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is from UTC-08:00 to UTC-06:00 with daylight saving time
- LOCATION Located in Northern America
Most popular cities in Mexico
- Mexico City – capital of the Republic, one of the three largest cities in the world, and a sophisticated urban hub with a 700-year history. In this city, you will find everything from parks, Aztec ruins, colonial architecture, museums, to nightlife and shopping
- Acapulco – a sophisticated urban beach setting known for its top-notch nightlife, elegant dining, and nightmarish traffic
- Cancun – one of the worlds most popular and famous beaches, known for its clear Caribbean waters, its lively party atmosphere, and its wealth of recreational facilities
- Guadalajara – traditional city, capital of Jalisco state, and the home of mariachi music and tequila and blessed with perpetual spring weather and a graceful and sophisticated colonial downtown
- Mazatlan – lively Pacific beach resort, transport hub and popular Spring Break destination with the oldest Carnival in Mexico and one of the largest in the world
- Monterrey – large modern city that’s the commercial and industrial hub of Northern Mexico and enjoying a dry, mountainous setting
- San Luis Potosi – central Mexico, colonial city that was once an important silver produce
- Taxco – nice steep mountain town now has a strong place in the trade of decorative silver, from cheap fittings to the most elegant jewellery and elaborate castings
- Tijuana – Mexico’s busiest border crossing for pedestrians and private vehicles, and a long-time bargain Mecca for southern Californians due to its proximity with San Diego
- Ciudad Juarez
Sockets & Plugs
Mexico uses 127V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
Mexico uses the Mexican peso (symbol: $), code MXN.
Banknotes come in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 peso. Peso is subdivided into 100 centavos. Coins come in denominations of 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pesos and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centavo.
Automatic teller machines (local name: cajero automático or caja permanente) are common. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Expected to tip
Tipping is expected in Mexico since staff depend on tips to supplement their often minimum wages. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge.
Internet speed in Mexico is on average 5.9 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Mexico is moderate. It’s relatively easy to find one when needed.
You can buy a SIM card for about 331.15 MXN, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Iusacell, Nextel, Movistar or Telcel.
Mexico uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Mexico upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Mexico, dial +, then 52 (the country code for Mexico), then the area code (without the initial 01) and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
The country has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
Drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 30-70 km/h (18-43 mph) in all built-up areas and 80-120 km/h (49-74 mph) on undivided highways.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.
Cannabis is illegal, but decriminalized
Although drugs are illegal (including cannabis), cannabis (marijuana) is decriminalized meaning you will not go to jail and it will not be on your criminal record if you get caught. However, you could still get a fine, rehabilitation, community service or a combination of the three.
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- Ambulance 066
- Fire department 066
- Police 080
- Ambulance 065
- Fire 068
- Information about emergencies 060
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Hepatitis A
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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