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Travel Alerts

Traveling to Mexico? U.S. currency is restricted.

Bring a credit card, debit card or traveler's checks.

If you're planning a trip to Mexico, you'll need to know about Mexico's new policies for accepting U.S. currency. Here are a few of the major changes that could affect you:
Airport ticket counters in Mexico no longer accept U.S. currency. You can pay with Mexican pesos, a credit card or traveler's checks.
Businesses in Mexico can only accept up to $100 USD per transaction, and certain businesses may not accept U.S. currency at all.
Each traveler can only exchange up to $1,500 USD for Mexican pesos per month.


Here's what we recommend:

Bring a credit card or traveler's checks. You can also use your debit or bank card to withdraw pesos from ATMs in Mexico.
If you need to exchange U.S. currency for pesos, do it either before you arrive or once you're there at the airport, bank or hotel (check with your hotel first).


Tourism is important to the economy of many communities around the world. We want you to have a safe, as well as enjoyable trip, so be informed about the locations you visit. Get your passport well in advance of your trip. Even when passports are not required, it is better, and easier to travel, to go ahead and get yours.

A special word for honeymoons! The bride will have her maiden name on all identification and tickets should match maiden name. Take a copy of your marriage license and wedding announcement. Apply for a revised passport AFTER the honeymoon.

Also, register with the US State Department:
Sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Let us know your travel plans through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, a free online service here. This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.

Here is a link for the travel alerts page for the US Secretary of State: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html

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