(Last update March)
The National Immigration Institute of México (INM) is the main authority for the issuance of Visas and Migratory forms. The INM issues a LIST of the countries that do not require pre-authorized Visas to enter México. This List is based on current political situations occurring around the world. The IPhO2009 Organizing Committee is not responsible in any way for sudden changes in this list. Please review the Menu options for further detail.
The Mexico National Institute of Migration DOES NOT require Parental Consent for Minors to enter México without either parent. However, we do recommend that each Delegation Leader brings a letter of consent from the legal guardians of each student along with a copy of said guardian's official identification with photograph and signature.
Please try not to lose your visa or you may have to pay a fine upon departure from the country.
The belongings of all incoming travelers (except for diplomatic personnel) are subject to spot check using a "traffic light" system. New customs declaration forms must be filled out by domestic or foreign travelers. The form is then passed through a machine-a red light indicates possessions will be spot checked; a green light means a search will not be conducted. This method is used in the Mexico City and Mérida International airports.
All international passengers (with the exception of flights originating from the United States) arriving at the Mexico City International Airport on a flight connecting to Mérida must have their baggage checked by the customs authorities in Mexico City, including in-transit passengers continuing on the same airplane. Eventhough travelers still check their baggage through to their final destination (Mérida), airlines will deliver all luggage to their owners to go through the customs check.
Once the customs check has been completed, passengers leave their luggage in the connecting-flight conveyor belt area (in Mexico City) or at the corresponding airline check-in-counter.
To make your arrival to Mexico more comfortable, please read the customs information found by clicking on the following subjects.
- What do I have to do upon arriving to the Airport?
- Customs Inspection
- What can I bring in duty free?
- Which items may be included in my personal luggage exempt from duty?
- In which cases should I pay taxes?
- Which other items must be declared?
- Which goods are restricted?
- Which goods are prohibited?
- How much should I pay for those additional goods that are not part of my luggage or the $50 exemption?
International departure from Mexican Airport is usually paid when you purchase your ticket. Check with your travel agent or airline to be sure. The amount varies depending on the country of origin and must be paid in CASH; no credit cards or checks are accepted. The IPhO2009 does not reimburse payment for any travel taxes.
The rate of exchange is subject to fluctuation. It is recommended to convert your currency to Mexican Pesos either in your own country or in México. There are currency exchanges in most hotels and towns. Exchange rates vary so be sure to consult before traveling. Mexican pesos can be obtained also by using your bank card at the ATMs. The majority of Mexican banks are affiliated with foreign banks, so most cards will work, however, some cards will not, so you might want to bring more than one card.
NOTE: The US dollar is accepted in México, however unless you are from the U.S., it is better to use the peso and avoid an extra conversion.
- The above-listed requirements are subject to change, according to the IMM procedures. The IPhO is not responsible in any way for changes such as, additional requirements.
- The IPhO 2009 Organizing Committee does not in any way guarantee authorization of the Entry Visas to México, nor will it be responsible for obtaining Transit Visas in route to México, required to travel from one country to another for connecting flights.
- Delegations are responsible for any fees incurred in the process of obtaining Visas.
- Vaccinations are NOT required to enter México from Canada or the U.S.A. Other visitors should check with a medical specialist, well in advance of your trip.