Many people from other countries plan their trips to Mexico to get to know a little about the culture, gastronomy and life of Mexicans in one of the largest cities in the world.
Before the trip to Mexico
Do not travel without first reading a little about the history of Mexico. This is recommended for any destination, to know its past is to understand its present and its customs. In order not to drive you too crazy, here is a brief summary of the history of Mexico.
We always recommend scanning your documents (passport, travel insurance, reservations…) and uploading them to Drive or sending them by email. If you lose the originals (knock on wood), at least you will have a copy always accessible. Well, the best thing is that you don’t lose them.
If you are going to rent a car, get your international license. Based on what was investigated, Mexico is NOT one of the countries where you can drive with a Spanish driver’s license.
Visa and legal procedures to enter Mexico
Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico? It depends on your nationality, obviously. We Spaniards and Italians do not have to process anything: upon arrival, if our passport is valid for at least 6 months, they will grant us entry into the country for 90 days.
Before arriving in Mexico, on the same plane they will give you the immigration form. It is divided into two parts, the upper part is torn off and handed over to the authorities upon arrival, but the lower part must be kept throughout your trip, as they will ask for it when you leave the country. We understand that if you don’t have it you will have to request a duplicate and it is not something that they give you in 2 minutes… better take care of it and not lose it!
Safety and health in Mexico
The question that we receive most often during this trip is, without a doubt: Is it safe to travel to Mexico? It is clear that there are areas (especially border areas) that suffer from various problems that are not a matter of analysis now… But as for the Yucatan Peninsula, we can tell you that we did not feel insecure even once. It is a very touristic area and the government itself is the first interested in keeping it safe. Lots of police patrols were seen around and people were generally very friendly.
Another essential tip for travel to Mexico is to hire good travel insurance. In Mexico there are very good private hospitals, with your travel insurance you will be covered with guarantees for any mishap.