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GENERAL INFO ABOUT MEXICO
Detailed Entry Requirements for visitors to Mexico: Immigration
For detailed information on what you can bring into Mexico see: Customs
International departure from Cancun Airport is approximately $50.00 USD. This must be paid in CASH [pesos not USD]. No credit cards or checks are accepted. This tax is usually paid when you purchase your ticket. Check with your travel agent to be sure.
One time, entering Cuba a friend and I were stopped at immigration. There were four of us traveling together. We all purchased our tickets and got our entry cards at the same time, from the same source.
Customs let two of our party into the country but said that my friend's and my entry card were expired. We said, "how could this be, you let our friends in?" Customs said their visas were okay, ours were not. They were all exactly identical. So we said, "what do we do?" It was 4:00 in the morning. The airport was deserted except for soldiers. The customs guy told us to talk to this guy standing way over there talking to a soldier having a cigarette.
We walked over to the guy who didn't speak a word of English and showed him our entry cards. He looked at them, took a long drag of his cigarette then said twenty dollars. We said, "what?" He pulled out some entry cards out of his pocket, which were identical to the ones in our hands. He pushed the cards at us and repeated, "twenty dollars". So we paid him and walked through customs. What a scam. Nothing like this has ever happened to us traveling in or out of Mexico.
The rate of exchange is subject to fluctuation. It is recommended to convert your currency to Mexican Pesos either in your own country or in Mexico. There are currency exchanges in most hotels and towns.
A visitor may enter Mexico with 2 cats or dogs. A letter from a veterinarian stating that they have received a rabies vaccination and a distemper vaccination is required. ONLY cats and dogs are allowed to enter.
NOTE: Although we have not seen this in Mexico "mange" is rampant in Cuba and if you happen to go to Cuba with your pet chances are it will contract mange. Our experience has been that by simply touching an animal infected with mange you can successfully transfer the disease to your pet. In the case of our dog, which contracted mange, it never went away, although with medicated baths it was controllable.
IVA tax is usually already included in the price of an item or service. Like your own country you have to ask if the tax is included in the price.
Hotel tax depends on the state where the hotel is located. Generally it is 15% tax plus 2% lodging tax all over Mexico, with exception of the state Quintana Roo; there the tax is only 10% plus the 2% lodging tax.
Mexico spans three different time zones:
The country code for Mexico is: 52
The Yucatan abounds with Internet cafes. This is due greatly to the fact that it is not that easy to obtain a computer in the Yucatan. There is also the cost involved. So cafes fill the void and give everyone the opportunity to access the Internet.
We have never seen a MAC in one of these cafes although we are sure there are some somewhere. The general computer is a PC running some version of Windows. There are usually people who speak English in these cafes and costs vary. Most places have printers, fax and photo copying capabilities.
NOTE: Don't be surprised to enter into a café in the middle of nowhere that has an Internet sign out front only to find there is a computer but no hook-up. This is a scam to lure you into the café.
MEXICAN POSTAL SERVICE
Postal rates to the U.S. are 4.20 pesos for postcards and letters. For postcards and letters to Europe the cost is 6 pesos. Rates are subject to change. The cost of sending a letter may vary depending on weight.
MEDICAL INFORMATION IN MEXICO
Mexico uses a "three tier" medical system, the top tier being comparable to any medical providers in the USA or Canada.
Top tier medical help is available in Cancun.
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