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Mexico Travel Guide

Mexico FAQ

What do I need to do before travelling?

We suggest that all our customers review foreign office advice for Mexico before travelling. Click here for the latest information from the foreign office.

What is the currency in Mexico?

The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso. UK debit and credit cards are widely accepted for payment and in ATMs, however US dollar travellers cheques and notes will be easier to exchange into local currency than sterling.

What are the visa requirements?

UK citizens will not require a visa to enter Mexico as a tourist, however you will need a tourist card, which can be obtained on arrival by completing a form available on-board flights to Mexico or at border crossings. Your passport should be valid for a period of at least six months from your date of entry into Mexico.

Will I need to bring an adaptor?

Mexico uses the same electricity system as the USA, so a universal adaptor will be required. 

What is the language in Mexico?

Spanish is the main official language of Mexico, however 68 indigenous languages are also recognised as official national languages. 

Are there any customs or public holidays I should be aware of?

Be aware that the Mexican police have the authority to ask for proof of legal status in Mexico, so it is advised to carry photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport and the

Is Mexico safe?

Although crime is a problem in Mexico, most victims are Mexican and believed to be involved in criminal activity themselves. The Mexican government makes a major effort to protect tourist areas, and most visits to places such as Cancun and Riviera Maya will be trouble-free. Nonetheless, take sensible precautions to safeguard your belongings against theft, and keep car doors locked and windows closed when driving. 

What is the cuisine like?

Mexican cuisine is distinctive and truly delicious, as evinced by its popularity all around the world! The basic staples of the Mexican diet are corn, beans and chilli peppers, and most dishes are created with ingredients and products native to Mexico. Tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and burritos filled with various meats, beans, cheese and vegetables are all popular, while Mexican desserts combine both hot and sweet elements, producing unique flavours. 

What nightlife is available?

Riviera Maya offers world class nightlife, on a par with destinations like Ibiza. Playa del Carmen and Cancun both come alive after dark, with an endless array of restaurants, bars, nightclubs, open-air beach parties and rooftop terraces sure to satisfy all tastes.

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