United Mexican States, consisting of 31 States.
124,574,795 inhabitants in year 2017 (ranked 11th).
1,964,375 km2 (ranked 14th)
The local currency is called Mexican Pesos. It is possible to use American Dollars, however locals will see you as a tourist and prices can be higher. So, don’t hesitate to ask for the price in Pesos as well. Note, that $ signifies Mexican pesos while American dollars are indicated with US$ or USD. The VAT, or Impuesto de valor agregado, is 16% in Mexico. The VAT is always included in the announced rates. Nevertheless, in restaurants and bars it is common to add a 10% tip to the bill.
Climate and Weather
When speaking of Mexico, the focus is often on the country’s mild weather and its beautiful beaches like i.e. Playa del Carmen. But in reality, this country is so much more than that: the coasts are lined up with mesmerizing beaches while the center of the country contains astounding mountains.
The North is dry and moderate with very hot summers and relatively cold winters. The South has a humid and tropical climate with warm and constant temperatures. Two are two different seasons: The hot and humid period from May to October reaching the highest temperatures between June and September. However, this season also contains strong thunderstorms and frequents rain periods from July to August. The dry season ranges from November to May.
The best times for going to Mexico
Mexico has two main touristic periods throughout the year. The months of July to August welcomes a large number of vacationers due to school holidays. While from February to April the Spring Break seasons attracts thousands of students to celebrate in Cancun. The most quiet months of the year are September and October.
Tourist Seasons in Mexico:
- Low Season: January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October and November.
- High Season: July.
- Very high Season: December.
Mexico contains 4 different time zones. However, the majority of the country is in UTC-6. Be careful when changing from winter to summer time as the change of hour does not occur at the same time as in Europe. This implies a 1h time shift for a few days in March-April and in October during the summer and winter periods.
Cancún, Tulum, Isla Mujeres
Mexico, Guadalajara, Acapulco
Chihuahua, Los Cabos, Los Mochis, La Paz (Baja California), Ciudad Juárez
Tijuana, Ensenada, San Felipe (Baja California), Rosarito, San Luis (Valle de los Cirios)
Telephone and Internet
It is possible to use your mobile phone in Mexico. From the main phone providers Telcel and Movistar, who have their stores all over the country, you can for example purchase a SIM Card for less than 4 € 42 and easily communicate via WhatsApp, Facetime, Messenger etc. Moreover, you can always recharge and top up your date volume in one of the gas stations or convenience stores such as Oxxo or 7Eleven.
For international calls:
- From the UK to Mexico: 00 + 52 + city code + number of the correspondent.
- From Mexico to the UK: 00 + 44 + number of the correspondent.
For emergencies dial 911. The number allows you to contact police, firefighters and ambulances from a mobile phone.
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Entry Requirements for Mexico
Mexico allows tourists to stay in the country for 180 days without a VISA. It is sufficient to hold a European or Canadian Passport which must be valid for the duration of your stay. Nevertheless, when entering as a tourist you are not allowed to undertake a paid activity. When immigrating as a tourist without a Visa you can only do an unpaid internship. Either in the plane or on the boarder to Mexico you will receive an Immigration Document (Forma Migratoria Mutiple). This Document will be stamped by Mexican Officials. It is important to keep this Document with you as it will be needed when leaving the country. For all paid activities/remunerated internships a Visa is mandatory. The Visa must be requested from the Mexican Embassy in your country prior to your departure.
Warning: In case of entering Mexico through the US it is mandatory to have an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). The registration for the Travel Authorization can be made online via their website. The ESTA registration costs 14USD (11€71) and is valid for 2 years. It is recommended to register for the ESTA at least 72h before the departure (Minimum response time). If purchasing the ESTA at the airport through an agency the costs amount to 50 Euros.
Calle Río Lerma 71,
06500 Ciudad de México
Tel: +52 01 55 1670 3200
Site Web: https://www.gov.uk/world/mexico
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website informs travelers about possible dangerous areas. Moreover, it offers advice in terms of security and the formalities of entry and stay.
Stay tuned about exhibitions, concerts and events in Mexico City thanks to the local newspaper Tiempo Libre.