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VACATION CHECKLIST

Important things you must know to travel to Cancun

We strongly suggest you to take your time to read all this useful information before you come to Cancun or to any other region of Mexico.

The Government of Mexico requires that all travellers present a valid passport for entry into Mexico. Driver's permits, voter registration cards, affidavits and similar documents are not accepted, please see the information below:

Important notice for US Citizens. The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative require all travelers to and from the Americas, the Caribbean, and Bermuda to have a passport or other accepted form of documentation to enter or reenter the United States.

ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda by land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security.

After proof of citizenship has been verified, you will receive a free Mexican Tourist Card, which you must keep with you at all times when in Mexico. This permit must be given to the officials upon departure. If you lose your Mexican Tourist Card you can obtain a permission to leave the country from the local Immigration Office.

Make your travel arrangements as soon as possible.  Book in advance, this enables you to get the best prices for airline tickets, airport transportation , car rental and hotel reservations. 
When you leave Mexico there is a "Departure Tax " of about $18.00 US per person but this tax is usually included in your airline ticket and you don't need to pay for it again. If your are not sure you must contact your airline before you fly into Cancun and ask them if the Mexican Departure Tax is already included in your ticket.
Do not bring into Mexico any type of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, ham or prepared dishes, guns and drugs. After you pass the custom you'll be stopped at a last checkpoint to verify your custom declaration and baggage revision. If you are transporting illegal items they will be confiscated by the government, eventually you could be taken to the jail if you are transporting guns or drugs. If you need to take special medication based on forbidden drugs we strongly suggest you to bring the original prescription issued by your physician and it must contain his license ID and phone numbers in order the information can be verified.
Do I need any special vaccination to enter Mexico? For visitors coming directly from the United States or Canada, no immunization certification is required to enter Mexico. If you are traveling from a country known to be infected with yellow fever, a vaccination certificate is required, when request a visa in the Mexican consulate ask the official if you need such certificate.
Things to Do in advance:
bullet Arrange for pet care or boarding.
bullet If boarding, make sure that your pets have any necessary shots / vaccinations.
bullet Arrange to have the lawn cut.
bullet Ask a neighbor or friend to keep an eye on things and to pick up any dropped off, advertisements or leaflets left at your door or on your driveway.
bullet Be sure that you will have enough prescription medicine. Order if required.
bullet Planning to rent a car? Check your auto insurance to see if you're fully covered where you're going. You may not need that supplemental insurance offered by the car rental company.
bullet Buy extras you might need.
bullet Biodegradable sun screen blocker
bullet Entertainment for the kids or yourself during travel time.
bullet Camera or video camera.
bullet Camera batteries.
bullet Camera film or memory card.
Things to Do When You Are Almost Ready to Leave:
bullet Request the post office to stop the mail.
bullet Stop the newspaper.
bullet Update voicemail at work with absence notification.
bullet Update e-mail at work with auto reply absence notification.
bullet Get money and/or traveler's checks. 
bullet Pay upcoming bills that can't wait.
bullet Put destination hotel name or address in luggage. Don't put the address of your vacant home. If the luggage has a tag container that allows you to put both information we strongly suggest to do that.
bullet Remove non-essentials from wallet or purse.
bullet Record phone numbers for reporting lost or stolen credit or debit cards and put them in a location other than your purse or wallet.
bullet Record emergency phone numbers to leave with neighbors, relatives, or pet boarding facilities.
Don't Forget to Bring:
bullet Confirmation printout of any online reservation for airline, airport transportation, car rental or hotel.
bullet Passport, driver's license or birth certificate.
bullet Prescription medicine. Be awared that not all the medicines are available in Mexico, bring an extra dose just in case.
bullet Contact lenses, lens case, and extra solutions.
bullet Extra eyeglasses or lens prescription.
bullet Umbrella or rain gear.
bullet Camera.
bullet Proof of purchase of  expensive camera equipment can avoid customs problems.
bullet Hint: Bring a bag for dirty clothes
bullet Hint: If you plan to bring back souvenirs, leave some room for them in your luggage.
As You're Leaving:
bullet Close and lock all windows
bullet Unplug small appliances (toaster, can opener, coffee maker, and TV's.)
bullet Turn off water to external faucets.
bullet Turn off water to washing machine.
bullet Did you want your A/C or heat On or Off?
bullet Turn on your house alarm system.






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