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México’s Entry Requirements:

To enter México you need to obtain (provided by your airline, if flying) a Tourist Card (FMT). To get your Tourist Card you will need to prove citizenship, a passport is best for this purpose. Other forms of accepted proof of citizenship include, certified birth certificate, voter’s registration card, naturalization papers or a notarized affidavit of citizenship. A photo ID is is a must, a passport can serve as proof of citizenship and photo ID. Airlines will furnish the Tourist Card. Be sure to save the copy that is returned to you, upon entry, as you must present this copy when leaving México.

Public Phone Charges:

Beware !!!!, of the phones plastered all over some towns, usually on the front of businesses. They are marked “TO CALL LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA & CANADA, SIMPLY DIAL 0″ The writing is in black and USA is in blue letters with CANADA in red letters. They also have pictures of credit cards on the signs. The phones are put there by a private phone company and are VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE. You will probably faint when you see your phone bill or credit card bill. It is best to purchase a Pre-Paid phone card or dial 01 800 111-SAVE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 800 111-SAVE end_of_the_skype_highlighting from any phone in México. You can use this number to make credit card calls, collect calls and even calls using your calling card from your long distance company in the U.S.

Important Telephone Numbers

Tourist Assistance – Toll Free from anywhere in México 01 (800) 903-9200

When dialing the local number from the U.S. or Canada, dial 011 52 81 before the number shown.

From within México: Dial 01 81 before the number shown.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Police: 060 (Emergencies, traffic, fire etc.)
  • Traffic Police: 8370-0206
  • Municipal Police: 8328-0606
  • Fire Dept: 8342-0053
  • Ambulance: 8375-1212 (Red Cross)
  • Federal Highway Police: 8343-2576
  • Consumer Affairs (Profeco): 8347-4849

Medical Services

  • Private Ambulance: 8317-1211 (English Spoken)
  • Hospital Santa Engracia: Emergency Room – ICU
  • Tel: 8368-7777 Emergencies: 8368-7731 (24 hrs)
  • Hospital San Jose Tec de Monterrey: 8347-1010
  • Dr. Juilo Escalante: (Speaks English) – 8335-9550
  • Red Cross: 8375-1212

Pharmacies

  • ABC Farmacia: 8115-1141 (24 Hrs)
  • Farmacia Benavides: Home Delivery Service
  • 24 Hours a Day – 8126-0000
  • Farmacia Benavides – Centro: 8342-5374
  • Farmacia Fer: 8372-5308 (24 Hrs)

Consulates

  • American: Constitution 411 Pte. Tel. 8345-2120
  • Canadian: Av. Fundidora 501 Tel. 8344-3200
  • Holland: Tel. 3673-2211
  • Germany: Tel. 8335-1784
  • France: Tel. 8336-4498
  • Spain: Tel. 8333-1608
  • Credit Cards/Travelers Checks
  • American Express: 01 (800) 001-3600
  • Banamex: (MasterCard – Visa) 01 (800) 366-3100
  • Carnet: (MasterCard) 01 (800) 366-3100
  • Diners Club: 01 (800) 500-3000
  • B of A – Travelers Checks: 01 (800) 849-4479

Banks

  • Banamex: 8318-2171
  • Banco Bital: 8319-2019
  • Bancomer: 8157-9111
  • Bannorte: 8319-6488
  • CitiBank: 8335-7368

Mexican Consulates

  • Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles: (213) 351-6800
  • Mexican Consulate in San Francisco: (415) 392-2897
  • Mexican Consulate in San Diego: (619) 231-0337
  • Mexican Consulate in New York: (212) 689-0456
  • Mexican Consulate in Vancouver: (604) 684-3547
  • Nuevo Leon State Tourist Information Office: 8340-1080