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Travel Resources and Essentials

Travel Resources

Below are suggestions, tips and information you may wish to consider in your preparation to travel to Mexico City. The topics covered below are general, and we encourage you to seek out more specifics at the websites listed on this page. Alliant is not affiliated with these websites but offers them for your convenience in preparing for international travel. They will provide helpful information about Mexico City and the practicalities of daily living while abroad.

The website below provides practical information about visiting Mexico City. Details on banks, exchanging currency, climate, business hours, tipping and other practical matters are covered. Basics of preparing for insurance, health and safety and other pre-departure considerations are also included.
http://www.mexperience.com/guide/essentials/

Popular guidebook company Lonely Planet's guide to Mexico City also offers a wealth of practical information about the city, as well as history and culture. Additionally, it has an active forum that may answer your more specific questions or those not covered in the guide.
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/mexico-city

Many of the rules governing international travel can be found on the United States Department of State's website. This site includes information on everything from entry requirements to travel safety warnings. Following is the link to the Mexico travel page. 
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html

General tips and information

Passport

All travelers must have a valid passport to re-enter the United States. Check now to verify that your passport will not expire before the trip ends. If you need to apply for a passport or renew, the link at left will take you to the website of the US Department of State. Allow a minimum of 6 weeks for processing passport applications; expedited processing is available at an extra cost.


It is suggested that you carry two extra passport pictures separately from your passport, a copy of your passport, and a certified copy (not the original) of your birth certificate or an expired passport.
If the passport is lost, report the loss to local police, get written confirmation of the police report, and take the above documents to the nearest U.S. consulate (if you are a U.S. citizen) and apply for a new passport. Note that passports cannot be issued immediately abroad, and you can expect a delay of days to weeks.

Inoculations

The link at left will take you to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for more information about recommended vaccinations and other issues that travelers to Mexico City may encounter. Consider making an appointment with a Travel Health Clinic months in advance, since some inoculations must be done in series over many weeks.  

Medicines

Take everything you will need for the trip, along with copies of all prescriptions and the generic names of drugs. Keep medicines in the original labeled drugstore containers. Take extra eyeglasses or contacts and the prescription.

Insurance

It may be necessary to contact insurance agents while abroad, so keep all relevant names, phone numbers, and policy numbers in a safe place.Check your health insurance policy to determine if coverage is available outside the U.S. Consider travel insurance if your current policy does not cover you while outside the U.S.

Money

Take multiple forms of money: cash, traveler’s checks, ATM and/or credit cards. ATMs are widely available in Mexico City, as are banks and currency exchange houses.

Altitude   Mexico City is at an altitude of over 7000 feet. You may get winded faster than you typically do at home.

Packing

It is suggested that you pack important documents, medicine or anything you could not do without in your carry on bag rather than your checked luggage.

Health & Safety Risks

See the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories for potential travel risks and any recent alerts.

Photocopies

It is suggested that you photocopy your passport, plane ticket, traveler’s checks, rail pass, credit card numbers, and prescriptions. Take one set of copies with you and leave another set in the U.S.


International Driver's License

Can be obtained from AAA if you intend to drive while abroad.

International Student ID card (ISIC) and International Teacher ID card (ITIC)

Provides discounts in many countries for card holders. Visit the website below to determine if this is right for you.  http://www.isic.org/

Toll free numbers

800, 888 numbers do not work abroad. Make sure that you have numbers that will work from abroad for your health insurance company, your credit card company, etc.