Nationals of the following 69 countries and jurisdictions holding normal passports do not require a visa to enter Mexico as tourists visitors in transit or business visitors:
All European Union citizens
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Tourists and business visitors can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days. Visitors in transit can stay for up to 30 days.
The required minimum period of validity of the passport when entering Mexico is 6 months. Traveling to the border area with the US with a one-way ticket and without an American visa may be the basis for a decision to temporarily detain and initiate the deportation procedure.
It should be remembered that the so-called Migration Form (FMT), which in the case of plane travel is already distributed on board, must be sealed by an immigration official when crossing the border (in the case of plane travel it is the first international airport, not the destination). If entry to Mexico takes place through one of the border control points with the United States, in order to obtain the form, you should immediately go to one of the Mexican consular offices located in the border area. The original of the completed form is collected by an officer of the immigration services, while the stamped FMT copy should be kept and presented upon departure from Mexico. Lack of a copy of the form (and in case of its loss - failure to report this fact to the police) may mean a fine of up to USD 100 on exit.
If you lose the form, please report it in advance at the Migration Office at the airport before departure (it is recommended to arrive well in time, long queues may be encountered), you must pay the fee and fill in the form again - the cost from January 2017 is 533 pesos (about 24 USD) per person.
Border guards are required to record entry and exit by stamping the foreigner's passport. The consequence of not stamping the passport may be inconvenience when re-entering the territory of Mexico.
When crossing the border by land, you should bring the so-called tourist tax in the amount of about USD 25. In the case of travel by plane, it is included in the ticket price. Tourists crossing the border in seaports pay a fee of approximately USD 5.
Note: a transit visa for this country is required for transit through the United States of America.
Foreigners arriving for tourist stays up to 180 days are not covered by the obligation to check-in.
Detailed information on the entry, stay and procedures for obtaining residence permits in excess of 180 days can be obtained at the headquarters of the National Institutes of Migration (Instituto Nacional de Migracion - INM) in the capital of the country or in the numerous field offices. Information, including application templates and a list of required documents, can also be obtained at www.inm.gob.mx.
I have never felt threatened, although I have lived in Mexico since 2013. I would have to lie if I were to deny that you should not be afraid of the mafia, sometimes it might happen that the tourist is unlucky and finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.There are some areas that are less safe than others, you need to know about them. Do not flaunt your wealth or carry a cash-stuffed wallet in your back pocket. You should be vigilant and reasonable just as you would be in European cities. On the Yucatan Peninsula, the police are particularly careful about security for tourists, because Tourism is the main revenue generating sector in this part of Mexico.
At present, the most threatened by organized crime are the states of Sinaloa, Baja California, Chiapas, Guerrero, Nuevo Leon and Michoacan. Threats result primarily from the action of drug cartels in this area. Tourists should be prepared there for police checks, and in some cases even for troops. In Chiapas and, to a lesser extent, in the state of Guerrero, the threat also results from the activities of armed guerrilla units.
Due to the deterioration of security along the northern border of Mexico, Polish citizens are advised to be particularly careful when traveling in this area, especially in the vicinity of the cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, Hermosillo and Ciudad Juarez.
Common crime is high especially in the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Nuevo Leon, Baja California, Sonora, where you can become a victim of assault, theft or robbery with the use of firearms. Tourists are also a threat to tourists. "expressive abductions", which may be the result of, for example, taking an unsafe taxi belonging to an unregistered company.
In the city of Mexico, it is better to avoid taxi services on the street, when it is possible to choose a taxi ordered by phone. Persons who claim to be police officers can take part in the abductions. Passports and airline tickets are better left in hotel safes. In the city of Mexico pocket thefts are frequent in the metro and in the so-called metrobusie.
It is recommended to make a photocopy of the passport and hold the passport and some of the means of payment in the hotel safe. Foreign tourists are also victims of scamsters who request to borrow money or use your credit card. Among these fraudsters, a large percentage are foreigners who live permanently in Mexico. Large holiday resorts (Acapulco, Cancun, Merida), as well as in the vicinity of international airports are places where cases of this type of crime are most frequently recorded.
When planning a trip, we recommend that you read the warnings for travelers, containing the latest information relevant to the security of Polish citizens around the world and reporting your journey in the Odysseus system. https://odyseusz.msz.gov.pl/
Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the United States of Mexico
Ambassador: Beata Wojna
Mexico, Mexico, Cracovia 40, 01000
Telephone on duty: 044 55 4377 1970
Tel: +52 55 5481 2050
Mexico is visited virtually throughout the year. As in most parts of Europe, there is no division into four seasons. There are two seasons here: dry and rainy. Our summer in June, July and August on the Yucatan Peninsula is much hotter than European winter. The best time to visit Yucatan is the months between November and May. Because the best weather prevails then. Temperatures and humidity from very high (above 30C) in the summer season are falling to the optimal level. The average annual temperature is 25.8 ° C. in the city of Playa del Carmen. August is the hottest month of the year.
From July to November, hurricanes are a potential threat. When planning a trip to Mexico or the Caribbean during this period, please read the meteorological warnings. However, each year is different and you should not be discouraged. Usually, in July and September flights to Cancun are much cheaper.
Central Mexico is in the earthquake zone, so do not ignore the contents of the emergency instructions available in hotels and public buildings.
Mexico requires vaccinations against yellow fever from travellers over 9 months of age only if they arrive from a country where the disease occurs, including transit for more than 12 hours.
For tourists arriving in Mexico, it is recommended to vaccinate against dengue; hepatitis A and B (provided that they have not been previously ill with these diseases) and against typhoid fever, if we go to tropical zones with a low level of hygiene.
In Mexico there is a high risk of malaria infection in agricultural areas in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa and Tabasco. Additionally, in Mexico there are diseases such as zika and chikungunya spread by the mosquito Aedes aegypti also responsible for the spread of yellow fever.
In order to reduce the risk of infection with amoebiasis and other bacterial and viral gastro-intestinal diseases, avoid eating meals prepared on street stalls, fresh fruit and vegetables that have not been decontaminated, and non-bottled water. Avoid ice-cold drinks in small bars and restaurants whose sanitary conditions may be suspect.
In 2017, there was a 63% decrease in cases of infection with the Zika virus. Nevertheless, we still recommend that you follow the recommendations of the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, especially if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
In the case of a necessary stay in the hospital it is recommended to have a Visa, Mastercard or American Express payment card, because even having a medical insurance bought in a reliable European company does not guarantee that the hospital will accept the patient. It is recommended to have paid insurance immediately during treatment abroad for an amount not less than approximately USD 100,000. The cost of treatment, surgery and hospital stays at a good facility are very high - comparable to those in the US.
There is no obligation to buy personal insurance. This is not checked at the entrance, but it is recommended.
Throughout Mexico, it is recommended to travel by car only during the day and on main roads. The risk of seizure on less frequented roads is very high. Drivers should present an international driving license, even though cars can be rented even on the basis of a Polish document. However, in the event of an accident, especially involving other vehicles, having only a Polish driving license can cause problems. On the basis of a Polish driving license, the competent authorities may issue a Mexican duplicate at the request of the interested party. When renting a car, you should usually pay a deposit, the amount of which depends on the car's brand, year of production, etc. (from 500 to 1000 USD). The rental fee itself is relatively low per day, around USD 16 for a small economical car.
The current regulations allow for import without making a customs declaration of 10,000 USD in cash or its equivalent in other currencies.
According to phytosanitary regulations, it is prohibited to bring in fresh food or low-processed food. Restrictions are enforced by regulations prohibiting the import of plants, seeds, meat and sausages (including pre-packaged and canned) and food products prepared using home methods.
A practical total ban on exports covers rare species of animals. It is strictly forbidden to export items of archaeological value.
A foreigner arriving in Mexico may, without making a customs declaration and incurring customs duties, bring goods for personal use such as, a camera or video camera, one portable computer, a mobile phone, two used sets of personal sports equipment, a radio or cassette player, medicines for personal use (in the case of psychotropic drugs a personal medical prescription is required), up to 20 packs of cigarettes, up to 3 liters of any alcoholic beverages. In addition, foreigners are exempt from fees when importing to Mexico any goods in quantities that do not raise suspicions that they may have a commercial intent .
When travelling with animals, ensure that the animals must be identifiable either by chip or tattoo. The owners must have their passports and a veterinary certificate. Upon arrival in Mexico, the importation of animals must be reported immediately at the airport to the SAGARPA office. The owner will receive a certificate allowing for the legal importation of the animal. Detailed information can be obtained at www.sagarpa.gob.mx
The regulations do not regulate the amount of financial resources required to cover the costs of staying in Mexico. In relation to individual tourists, it is conventionally assumed that the required amount is approx. USD 100 for each day of stay, credit or payment cards are generally not treated as evidence of possession of means of payment.
Sample prices of goods in the store:
Mineral water 0,5l $11
Pack of cigarettes $ 18
Corona beer $ 18
Coca cola 1.25 l $ 15
Toasted bread Bimbo $ 32
Baton Snickers $ 16.50
Soap bar $ 10
Sliced cheese 400g $ 71
300g $ 40 ham
Taxi from $ 30 - $ 200 CENTER
Mexico is a transit country. This is the last country where cocaine from Colombia goes on its way to the United States of America, which is the main recipient of cocaine in the world.
It is possible that you will be offered drugs on the beach or street. We warn against buying them. It is very dangerous.
Drug trafficking is punishable by criminal penalties from 10 to 25 years imprisonment and an additional fine.
If you have been detained, arrested or deprived of liberty, you have the right to request contact with a consul. The consul will ensure that the Polish citizen is not treated worse than the citizen of the country in which he resides.
In big tourist centers you can pay by US dollars.
In cities and tourist centers major international credit cards like VISA, Mastercard and a limited American Express are accepted, although when entering Mexico, they are not a confirmation of the foreigner's financial resources. If the card is lost, it should be blocked immediately by calling the number provided by the bank issuing the card.
Remember tipping (10-15%) in restaurants, bars and cafes. They are not automatically included in the bill. For many Mexicans, tipping is a significant part of their payment. Minimum salaries in Mexico remained at 88.36 MXN around 17 PLN per working day!
Mexican customs do not allow one to be unfriendly to guests or answer their questions negatively. Mexicans most willingly give tips to lost drivers or tourists.It should not be assumed they really know how to get there or reach the indicated place ?
In Mexico, 110 volts are used, which in the case of devices from Poland means the need for an adapter and transformer.
As a rule, the less the better, then we travel more pleasantly and more easily. It is worth leaving a place in a suitcase for travel souvenirs.
On a trip to Mexico, it is worth taking mainly short-sleeved clothes and shorts. It is worth taking at least one long-sleeved shirt and pants made of airy material, they will protect against sun and mosquitoes. For women, dresses and skirts are great. Remember the elegant dress for dinner, most of the hotels restrict entry to men with bare shoulders and bare feet eg in sandals or flip-flops. It is always warm and humid on the Yucatan Peninsula. Synthetic fabrics, such as those for athletes that dry quickly, are perfect. There is no exaggeration with warm clothes, unless we are going to a detour and to Mexico City. However, it is worth taking at least one sweater, sweatshirt, or a light fleece since it can be cold on the bus, where the air conditioning is always set to. One should also pack a light rain jacket and umbrella, which protects against rain and sun. Umbrellas are also available in the hotel lobby, and can be rented during the trip. Be sure to take your hat that will protect you from the strong sun.
Remember to pack reliable footwear : sandals with strong soles will prove themselves invaluable on trips and during climbing on pyramids. It is necessary to take medicines that we regularly consume, but it is not worth taking the whole first aid kit with you. Drugs in Mexico are very cheap, and with travel diarrhea, those bought in Mexico work better than imported from Poland.
Remember to use creams with high filters. All products such as sun creams, sun creams or mosquito repellents must be biodegradable. Other types of products have a devastating effect on the natural flora and fauna of Mexico. If you do not have the opportunity to buy a special cream before the trip - you can buy it at a guide cost of 15 EUR / USD (Kiin Sun Company).
The special spray "OFF Spray" will also be available for 6 EUR / USD for a bottle during the trip. Mexican repellent mosquitoes work much better than the European insect repellent.
Mexico will delight you with original handicrafts, wooden masks, Aztec and Mayan calendars, hammocks, sals
Mexico delights with the richness of smells and flavors. Mexican cuisine is immediately associated with corn (maiz), beans (frijol) and hot chile pepper.
You can not leave Mexico without trying:
Tortillas - cakes made from corn flour are the basis of Mexican food, the best is straight from the hot sheet
Tacos - they are created after adding meat, e.g. pork, or beef and additives such as onions, tortilla tomatoes and then wrapping them
Quesadilla - prepared after making a tortilla in the shape of a dumpling with cheese, mushrooms and frying
Burrito- very popular in Poland, however, this is not a typical dish of Mexican cuisine, it is a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine, it was created in Texas. The main difference is that the cake is made of wheat flour and much larger than a traditional tortilla
Nachos - in Mexico, it's called totopes, it's chip-like triangles made of hard cornmeal
Tostada - is a hard corn cake with additions, seafood, ceviche, or meat
Ceviche - it is prepared by pouring raw, chopped fish with citrus juice (usually lime), with the addition of onions, chilli and salt, and leaving for a short marinade
Tamales- ground maize stuffed with meat, mostly chicken, wrapped and stewed in a corn leaf
Pozole - broth of pork and corn grains with the addition of onion, radish, lettuce, hot peppers
Elote - An elapsed corn on the cob, spread with cheese and / or mayonnaise
Frijoles - dark mass? most often served as a side dish, black and red beans served with bacon and onion
Salsa mexicana - pico de gallo -to a sauce made with green tomatoes, chile and caroles
Guacamole - grated avocado with onions and hot peppers
Mole poblano- chicken in spicy chocolate sauce
Flan - a native dessert pudding
Marquesitas- crunchy pancakes with bananas and nutella, or philadelfia cheese and marmalade sold after dark on the street
Coco loco - crazy coconut, natural coconut water strengthened with local alcoholic liquor, cane sugarcane, or mezcal or tequila
Aguas de sabor - in Mexico, flavored waters are popular. They are perfectly refreshing, mixed fruits with mineral water, for example, oranges (naranjas), limes (lime), papayas (papayas), watermelons (pineapples), pineapples (pinas), fruits prickly pear (tunas), chicos zapotec, guayabas, mameys….etc.