What else do I need to think about if I’m going to Mexico?
Apart from leaving enough room in your suitcase to bring back the obligatory comedy sombrero, there shouldn’t be too much to trouble yourself about; nearly half a million Brits travelled to Mexico in 2014 without any hassle.
Like many other holiday destinations, it’s advised that you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in your drink. One thing you may not realise about arriving in Mexico, is that you might experience some altitude sickness but with some sensible precautions you should soon acclimatise.
But here are some more top travel tips for happy holidays Mexican-style:
Visa: If you’re visiting as a tourist then you won’t need a visa but you will need a ‘tourist card’. You can get this when you arrive in Mexico and sometimes on the flight there. Keep hold of your tourist card, because you’ll need it to leave, a replacement will cost you. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for as long as your stay.
Currency: The currency is the Mexican Pesos (M$).
Vaccines: You should see your doctor at least one month before you travel just to double-check you’re fit to travel. You might also be advised to have the following vaccines: Hepatitis A and Tetanus, these are usually both free on the NHS.
Language: Spanish is the official language. Some English may be spoken but it’s worth having a few Spanish phrases up your sleeve.
Tipping: Tipping is much appreciated as typical wages for hotel staff in particular are very low (about M$96 per day which is just under £4). In restaurants tipping is usually about 10-15% of the total bill (unless of course service is included). Hotel staff such as cleaners do appreciate tips but they’re optional so it’s up to you. Porters on the other hand do expect tips, around M$50 to M$100. Taxi drivers don’t expect anything unless they’ve done something above and beyond.
Now that we’ve given you the lowdown, it’s time to start on the nitty gritty – which we can also help you with, just because we’re kind like that. So why not start your comparison now for the best Mexico travel insurance policy that suits you. And then sit back and enjoy that Caribbean sun! Adios Amigos!