US Consulates in Mexico 

Entrance / Exit

ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: For the latest entry requirements, contact the Embassy of Mexico web site at or contact the Embassy of Mexico at 1911 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC  20006, telephone (202) 736-1000 or any Mexican consulate in the United States for the most current information.

All Americans traveling by air outside the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States .  This requirement will be extended to sea travel (except closed loop cruises), including ferry service, by the summer of 2009.  Until then, U.S. citizens traveling by sea must have government-issued photo identification and a document showing their U.S. citizenship (for example, a birth certificate or certificate of nationalization), or other WHTI compliant document such as a passport card for entry or re-entry to the U.S.   Sea travelers should also check with their cruise line and countries of destination for any foreign entry requirements.

Vehicle Permits: Tourists wishing to travel beyond the border zone with their vehicle must obtain a temporary import permit or risk having their vehicle confiscated by Mexican customs officials.  At present the only exceptions to the requirement are travel in the Baja Peninsula and in the state of Sonora only for vehicles entering through the Nogales port of entry.  Travelers are advised that the “Sonora Only” exception through the Nogales port of entry will expire at the end of 2007.  To acquire a permit, one must submit evidence of citizenship, title for the vehicle, a vehicle registration certificate, a driver’s license, and a processing fee to either a Banjercito (Mexican Army Bank) branch located at a Mexican Customs (Aduanas) office at the port of entry, or at one of the Mexican Consulates located in the U.S.  Mexican law also requires the posting of a bond at a Banjercito office to guarantee the export of the car from Mexico within a time period determined at the time of the application.  For this purpose, American Express, Visa or MasterCard credit card holders will be asked to provide credit card information; others will need to make a cash deposit of between $200 and $400, depending on the make/model/year of the vehicle.  In order to recover this bond or avoid credit card charges, travelers must go to any Mexican Customs office immediately prior to departing Mexico.  Despite any advice, official or unofficial, to the contrary, vehicle permits cannot be obtained at checkpoints in the interior of Mexico.

Travelers should avoid individuals outside vehicle permit offices offering to obtain the permits without waiting in line, even if they appear to be government officials.  There have been reports of fraudulent or counterfeit permits being issued adjacent to the vehicle import permit office in Nuevo Laredo and other border areas.  If the proper permit is not obtained before entering Mexico and cannot be obtained at the Banjercito branch at the port of entry, do not proceed to the interior.  Travelers without the proper permit may be incarcerated, fined and/or have their vehicle seized at immigration/customs checkpoints.  For further information, contact Mexican Customs about appropriate vehicle permits.

Chichen (u already know of it)
Uxmal and the “Ruta Puuc” (this is a must do)
Ruta de los Conventos” (Route that passes along many ancient big churches of the franciscan order back in 1600´s)
Celestun (awesome beach with lots of flamingos at the west of the yucatan peninsula)
Rio Lagartos and Holbox (amazing beach towns barely touched by progress of civilization)
Many awesome Haciendas (Temozon Sur, Xcanatun)
You can always go south from tulum then you get to this amazing towns in the middle of the bahias called Punta Allen and Punta Herrero.

Anyway…there is this website that have many options too……/mrtulum1.html

Mahahual and Xcalak–two beachtowns really off the beaten track!

Calakmul in southern campeche (take two days) is a major archaeological site, not yet explored (think chichen before mass tourism) and in a huge biosphere reserve…

Valladolid, two nice cenotes there, One in town with a nice restaraunt , and one a little west called dzinup which is in a cave with a hole in the ceiling making a beautiful scene. I also highly recommend the town of Izamal, the yellow city. Mayan ruins there, and a large convent, few tourists. Many other ruins that are not highly exploited by tour busses, such as Mayapan, Ek Balam. The city of Merida is my favorite destination for a home base.
This is a good source for Yucatan activities;

In mexico we stop in Acapulco and slept for about 15$ in a youth hostel with olympic size pool, tennis court and a lot of surprise like it. They have a minibus and can ride you in the acapulco attraction for free in english ! The kingdom hostel is a little bit hard too find but when you get it it worth it. You can put the moto inside the gate at night !
Kingdomhostel Carratera a puerto marquez #104
casi esq. con glorieta de puerto acapulco, mesico tel: +52 (744) 4 66 37 36
They can give you the name of all youth hostel on your way and call for you to make sure you will have a place.
the following internet adresse is good to keep in your contact: and
Hostel are a great place to meet other travelers but it is not really quiet. It depend of how you feel. At a certain moment in the trip we choose to pay a little bit more to have our bathroom and a room for us only ! But for sure is the place too have fun!
We slept at the mayflower in Puerto Escondido… you can not miss Puerto Escondido if we are looking for town where people want to meet people from around the world and have fun with them on the beach !

Directory of Consulates and Consular Agencies in Mexico

US Consulates in Mexico:Consulate General Ciudad Juarez
Consulate General Guadalajara
Consulate Hermosillo
Consulate Matamoros
Consulate Merida
Consulate General Monterrey
Consulate Nogales
Consulate Nuevo Laredo
Consulate General Tijuana
US Consular Agencies in Mexico:Consular Agency Acapulco
Consular Agency Cabo San Lucas
Consular Agency Cancun
Consular Agency Cd. Acuña/Del Rio
Consular Agency Cozumel
Consular Agency Ixtapa
Consular Agency Mazatlan
Consular Agency Oaxaca
Consular Agency Piedras Negras
Consular Agency Playa del Carmen
Consular Agency Puerto Vallarta
Consular Agency Reynosa
Consular Agency San Luis Potosi
Consular Agency San Miguel Allende
Mexico City Embassy Directory U.S. Embassies around the world

Consular Agent in Acapulco
(An extension of the Embassy in Mexico City)

Hotel Continental Emporio
Costera M. Alemán 121 – Office 14
Acapulco, Gro. 39670

Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Office: [52] (744) 469-0556
Phone/Fax: [52] (744) 484-0300


Consular Agent: Alexander Richards

Consular Agent in Cabo San Lucas
(An extension of the Consulate in Tijuana)

Blvd. Marina Local C-4
Plaza Nautica
Cabo San
Lucas, B.C.S. 23410

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Phone: [52] (624) 143-3566,
Fax: [52] (624) 143-6750


Consular Agent: Michael J. Houston

Consular Agent in Cancun
(An extension of the Consulate in Merida)

Segundo Nivel No. 320-323
Plaza Caracol Dos
Blvd. Kukulkan
Hotelera (Hotel Zone)
Cancún, Q. R. 77500

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Phone: [52] (998) 883-0272
Fax: [52] (998) 883-1373

Mailing Address:
Apdo. Postal 862
Cancun, Q.R.


Consular Agent: Lynnette Belt

Consular Agent in Cd. Acuña/Del Rio
(An extension of the Consulate in Nvo. Laredo)
Ocampo No. 305 (at Morelos)
Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila 26200

Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Phone: [52] (877) 772-8179
Fax: [52] (877) 772-4505


Consular Agent: Alfonso Gonzalez, Jr.

Consular Agent in Cozumel
(An extension of the Consulate in Merida)

Offices 8 & 9 (2nd. Floor, taking the stairs to the right)
“Villa Mar” Mall (located inside Juarez Park, which is another name for the Main Square or “Plaza Principal“)
Between Melgar and 5th. Ave.
Cozumel, QR. 77600

Monday-Friday: 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.

Phone: [52] (987) 872-4574
Fax: [52] (987) 872-6662

Mailing Address:
Av. 35 Norte No. 650 (entre 12 bis y 14 Norte)
Cozumel, QR. 77622


Consular Agent: Anne R. Harris

Consular Agent in Ixtapa
(An extension of the Embassy in Mexico City)

Hotel Fontan
Blvd. Ixtapa s/n,
40880 Ixtapa,Gro.

Monday-Friday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Phone: [52] (755) 553-2100
Fax: [52] (755) 553-2772

Mailing Address:
Apdo. Postal 169
Zihuatanejo, Gro. 40880


Consular Agent: Elizabeth Williams

Consular Agent in Mazatlan
(An extension of the Consulate in Hermosillo)

Hotel Playa Mazatlan
Playa Gaviotas No. 202
Zona Dorada
Mazatlán, Sinaloa 82110

Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Phone & Fax: [52] (669) 916-5889


Consular Agent: Patti Fletcher

Consular Agent in Oaxaca
(An extension of the Embassy in Mexico City)

Macedonio Alcala No. 407, Office 20
Oaxaca, Oax. 68000

Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Office: [52] (951) 514-3054, 516-2853
Fax: [52] (951) 516-2701


Consular Agent: Mark A. Leyes

Consular Agent in Playa del Carmen
(An extension of the Consulate in Merida)

“The Palapa”
Calle 1 Sur, entre Avenida 15 y Avenida 20
77710 Playa del Carmen, Q. Roo

Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Tels: [52] (984) 873-0303
Fax: [52] (984) 873-0481
Emergency Cellphone: [52] (984) 807-8355


Consular Agent: Samantha Mason

Consular Agent in Piedras Negras
(An extension of the Consulate in Nuevo Laredo)

Abasolo #211, Local #3
26000 Piedras Negras, Coahuila

Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Tels: [52] (878) 782-5586, 782-8664
Fax: [52] (878) 782-8707


Consular Agent: Dina L. O’Brien

Consular Agent in Reynosa
(An extension of the Consulate in Matamoros)
Calle Monterrey No. 390 (corner with Sinaloa)
Col. Rodríguez
Reynosa, Tamps., 88630

Mon, Wed, Fri: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Phone: [52] (899) 923-9331
Fax: [52] (899) 923-9245

Consular Agent: Vera Nicole Vera

Consular Agent in San Luis Potosí
(An extension of the Consulate in Monterrey)

Edificio “Las Terrazas”
Ave. Venustiano Carranza 2076-41
Col. Polanco
San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., 78220

Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Office: [52] (444) 811-7802, (444) 811-7803
Fax: [52] (444) 811-7803


Consular Agent: Eric A. Whitney

Consular Agent in San Miguel de Allende
(An extension of the Embassy in Mexico City)

Dr. Hernandez Macías No. 72
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Phone: [52] (415) 152-2357
Cell: [52] (if dialing locally, add 044) 415-113-9574
Fax: [52] (415) 152-1588

Mailing Address:
Apdo. Postal 328
San Miguel de Allende, Gto.


Consular Agent: Edward K. Clancy

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