MexicoHow to get there



Mexico – How to get there
(Last updated August 2010)

Mexico offers beautiful beaches on the Caribbean side and ancient Mayan temples in dense rainforest areas to be explored. Above all ther is excellent diving. The country is famous for its cave diving in the "cenotes" (waterholes). They hold crystal clear water for best visibility to see the entire fabulous underwater world.
In the ocean, Socorro Islands have the best big fish diving in Mexico.

The gateway airports for Mexico are Mexico City and Cancun.

We have listed some of the most common air connections below. Please contact us for detailed routings suitable for your trip.
From North and South America
Flights from the United States or Canada to Mexico City or Cancun are operated by most major airlines like Delta Airlines, Aeromexico, Mexicana de Aviation, United Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways and Continental Airlines.
Direct flights operate from the following ports (as of Aug 2010):
Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, New York City, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Seattle, Tampa, Vancouver and Washington.

Flights from South America to Mexico City or Cancun are operated by:
Aeromexico, Mexicana, Avianca, LACSA, Taca International Airlines, Copa Airlines, LAN and LAN Peru.
Direct flights operate from the following ports (as of Aug 2010):
Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Panama City, San Jose, Santiago and Sao Paulo.
From Australia and Asia
There are no direct flights from Australia or Asia to Mexico City or Cancun. If you travel from this region, you need to fly via the United States/Canada or South America.

There are flights from Sydney to Buenos Aires or Santiago with LAN or Qantas. You can also fly from Sydney to New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles with American Airlines, US Airways or United Airlines, (Qantas or Continental) or to Vancouver with Air Canada or Air New Zealand.

The 2 main hubs in Asia to the United States are Singapore and Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines flies to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, whereas Cathay Pacif flies from Hong Kong to Tronto, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines also operate flights from Asia to North America.
From Europe
There are flights from Europe to Mexico City and Cancun operating with KLM from Amsterdam, Iberia from Barcelona and Madrid, Air France or XL Airways from Paris, British Airways from London and Lufthansa, Mexicana or Condor from Frankfurt.

There are also flights operating with Swiss International Airlines from Zurich or with Livingston or Blue Panorama Airlines from Italy (Rome and Italy).
Domestic flights
There are daily flights from Mexico City to La Paz with Aeromexico and Mexicana.
Baggage
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

International
In Economy class most big airlines have a free check in baggage allowance of 20kg (44lbs) per person.

Domestic
The free baggage allowance at Mexicana is one piece of 25kg (55lbs) in economy class. Extra baggage is charged by MXN65 per kilo.

The baggage allowance at Aeromexico is depending on which class your flight is booked between 25 and 30kg (65lbs). Extra baggage is charged by MXN50 per kilo.
Airfares
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.

Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.

Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might slightly be more expensive then the cheapest offers online.

In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won’t be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Visa & passport requirements
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Mexico for the most up-to-date information.

If you are travelling to Mexico through the United States of America (USA), or if you are transiting in Honolulu or other USA points of entry, you are required to meet USA entry/transit requirements. Make sure you check with your nearest US Embassy or Consulate your visa requirements well in advance of your travel. You should also read our travel advice for the United States of America. For information about some recent changes to United States border entry procedures, including the use of Emergency Passports and Documents of Identity, please see our travel bulletin on entry into the United States.

Visitors crossing by land at the US/Mexico border should ensure they obtain a tourist card on arrival to Mexico from the closest National Institute of Migration (Instituto Nacional de Migracion) to the land border crossing. All tourists are required to have their passport stamped for entry into Mexico. This will help to avoid problems if the passport is checked by authorities at a later stage during travel in Mexico, and will also ensure that no fine is payable on departure.

Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia. You should carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
Links to more information
The following information is supplied by the foreign affairs section of the relevant country or the tourism authority of the destination. Please check the links for up to date information on visa and safety requirements, embassy and consular contacts, general information:

Australian Travel advice for Mexico:
www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Mexico

UK travel advisory for Mexico:
www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/north-central-america/mexico1

US travel advisory for Mexico:
travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html
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