MexicoTravel hints



Best time to dive Mexico
(Last updated April 2017)

Baja California has a tropical desert climate with very little rainfall. The temperatures are between 20°C (68°F) in January and 35°C (95°F) in September. The Socorro Islands have a tropical climate with little rainfall. The temperatures are between 24°C (75°F) in January and 35°C (95°F) in August. Yucatan has a humid climate. The average air temperatures vary depending on the season between 25°C (77°F) and 35°C (95°F).
Visa & Passport requirements
If you are travelling to Mexico through the US, 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.

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.

NOTE: As visa and other entry and exit conditions change regularly, we recommend you contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Mexico for the most up to date information.
Health
Tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B vaccinations are highly recommended. Your doctor or travel clinic is the best source of information about preventive measures, immunisations (including booster doses of childhood vaccinations) and disease outbreaks overseas. Please consult with them to get up to date and personal health advice for your trip.

The standard of medical facilities provided by private hospitals in Mexico and other major cities is reasonable. Outside major cities, however, facilities can be very limited. Treatment at private clinics and hospitals is expensive. Doctors and hospitals expect cash payment prior to providing medical services, including for emergency care. Island resorts may lack comprehensive medical facilities.

Malaria is a risk throughout the year in some rural areas, including resorts in these areas. There is a high risk of transmission in some locations in the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca; moderate risk in the states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Tabasco; and low risk in Campeche, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacán, Jalisco, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Sonora, Veracruz and Yucatan. Dengue fever and other insect-borne diseases (including Chagas' disease and leishmaniasis) are also a risk to travellers. You should consult your doctor or travel clinic about prophylaxis against malaria and take measures to avoid insect bites, including using insect repellent at all times.

Water-borne, food-borne and other infectious diseases (including hepatitis, typhoid, tuberculosis and rabies) are prevalent with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before travelling.

In addition to difficulties caused by high altitude, visitors to Mexico City may experience health problems caused by air pollution, which is at its peak during the winter months. Visitors with heart, lung or respiratory problems are advised to consult their doctors before travelling.
Currency
The local currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN). Credit cards are widely accepted. We recommend to also carry small amounts of USD cash in small notes for incidentals.
Departure taxes
Departure taxes of approx. 900 Mexican Pesos (USD 65) are payable locally in cash on departure.
Local time
Mexico uses 4 time zones. Most of the country uses the Central Time Zone. Local time in Mexico City is 5 hours behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico is GMT -6 and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico is GMT -7.
Language
The official language is Spanish. There are over 80 Indian languages. About 8% of the population speak only Indian languages. English is spoken in all larger cities.
Electricity
Electricity is 110 volts. For power sockets a US adapter is required.
Drinking Water
Tap water is not drinking water. You should only be drinking bottled mineral water, filtered or boiled water. It is not recommended to consume ice cubes. Tap water can be used for brushing teeth.
Certification requirements & dive gear hire
Please remember to bring your certification card with you. All certified divers must present their certification cards in order to dive.

Liveaboard operations in Mexico offer the possibility to hire dive equipment at extra cost. Dive gear rental may be limited so advanced notice should be given. Tanks, weights, weight belts and air fills are included in all cruise packages. Nitrox may be at additional cost.

Please note that mostly INT tank fittings are used. If you have DIN fittings on your regulator, make sure you bring an adapter.
Dive insurance
All dive operators promoted by Diversion Dive Travel adhere to very high standards for safety and equipment. A current Diver Evacuation & Accident cover is recommended for all diving arrangements. For a nominal yearly membership fee, the DIVERS ALERT NETWORK (DAN) provides year-round diver evacuation and accident cover. For more details on membership and insurance options, please contact your regional DAN office according to your area of residence:

North America: www.diversalertnetwork.org
Europe: www.daneurope.org
South-East Asia/Australia/Pacific: www.danasiapacific.org
General travel insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled travel arrangements, Diversion Dive Travel strongly suggest you consider taking out suitable travel insurance at the time of booking. Travel insurance policies are designed to cover losses such as cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances, sudden illness or serious injury whilst abroad, and lost, stolen or damaged baggage and personal items.

Travel Insurance for Australian Residents:
www.diversiondivetravel.com.au/travelinsurance.html
Clothing suggestions
Casual & comfortable clothing including a light jacket or sweatshirt is recommended, as evenings can get cool and liveaboards usually keep their air-conditioning high in all indoor areas. Remember to bring swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, a hat and walking shoes for time on shore.
Tipping
This is a very personal decision, tips are your ways of expressing satisfaction. On boats, it is customary to give the tip to the captain or cruise director and ask it be distributed amongst the crew.
Safety
Liveaboards departing from the Baja California peninsula are departing from a safe area called Los Cabos. Guadalupe liveaboard trips start from San Diego in the US. The tourist centres of Mexico are safe for tourists. Some caution should exercised if travelling in the major Mexican cities because of high levels of crime. Before you travel, check with your local Department of Foreign Affairs for advice on the current situation.
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 advisory for Mexico
UK travel advisory for Mexico
US travel advisory for Mexico
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