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Safety And Security

Most people who travel to Mexico have a good time. However, as in any other destination around the world you may be targeted for theft. One of the several things you can do to avoid being a victim is to blend in as much as possible. Basically, don’t stick out “foreignor” by knowing were your going, dressing casual, and avoiding carrying expensive attire-items (camera, iPad, jewelry). If you have to use ATMs it is recommended you use the ones inside malls or store. Otherwise, the way to go is to exhange currency before you go and carry some cash for those times you won’t be able to use a card. For a complete list of travel safety information provided by the Bureau of Consular Affairs please visit Travel.State.Gov.

Tap Water In Mexico
Do not drink the tap water unless there’s a sign in your hotel that says it is purified. You should be able to find bottle water at most hotels, shops and restaurants with no problem.
Cell Phone Service In Mexico
The best advise for using your cell phone in Mexico should come from your wireless provider. Give them a call and let them know you will be taking it out of the U.S. so you don’t risk getting it disconnected. You should ask your wireless provider about their plans and roaming fees. Don’t forget to keep your expensive cell phone out of sight while in Mexico to avoid being targeted by thieves.
Debit And Credit Cards
Yes, many places will accept debit and credit cards. When the time comes to use an ATM, it is strongly recommended that you use an ATM that is in a secure area. If you have to use Bank ATMs to withdraw money in pesos have in mind a convenience fee will be charge. Also, make sure to notify your bank you will be traveling out of the country so they don’t suspend your account for suspicious spending activity.
Although many places will accept credit cards it is highly recommended you exchange dollars for pesos. The best way to go is to exchange before you, but if not possible, just like in the case of using ATMs try to find an exchange-currency service in a secure area.
U.S. Customs And Border Protection
When packing your luggage please have in mind there are customs regulations for both entering Mexico and coming back to the USA. Basically, when entering Mexico tourists are allowed to bring in personal effects duty-free according to the length of your stay. In addition to clothing, personal effects may include one camera, one personal computer and one cell phone. As for new merchandise, U.S. citizens entering Mexico at land borders can bring in gifts with a value up to $75.00 (be prepared to show receipts) duty-free, except for alcohol and tobacco products. For a complete list of customs regulations please visit


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has the mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws (

Travel Documents
Since March 1, 2010, all U.S. citizens, including minors, need a valid USA Passport or a USA Passport Card authorized by the US Department of State to travel by land/sea. As for children under 16 years of age arriving to USA from Mexico may present a birth certificate (original or copy). And, if child is traveling with only one parent or under the supervision of an adult, they must present a notarized parent permission document (authorization to travel). If you need to get a passport for the first time or renew a passport please refer to