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
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
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
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:
List of most recent alerts:
Republic of South Sudan 07/12/2011
Israel, the West Bank and Gaza 06/22/2011
Cote d'Ivoire 06/16/2011
Burkina Faso 04/19/2011
Cote d'Ivoire 04/14/2011