Mexico's tourism board has provided useful information for tourists during their time in Mexico. Please review the following information carefully for tips regarding your travel to Mexico for the 25th Annual IRF Education Invitational. Immigration forms/tourist cards may be required upon entry into or departure from Mexico. Forms may be received on your inbound flight. Please read the terms of your travel documents carefully and retain any stamped and validated documents that may be required for exit. 

Airport and Entry Requirements

United States Citizens

Please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/mexico.html for more information regarding US State Department information and regulations on travel to/from Mexico. You are encouraged to register your trip with the US State Department's "S.T.E.P." program. For information on registering your travel, please visit https://step.state.gov/step/

Canadian Citizens

Please visit http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/mexico-mexique/consul/visas.aspx?lang=eng for more information regarding travel laws and regulations for travel to/from Mexico. 

 

All Travelers and Attendees
We encourage you to visit your government's travel recommendation page or embassy/consulate for the most up to date information on travel to and from Mexico. Any documents, including visas, that may be required for your attendance to the Invitational are the sole responsibility of the attendee and their fellow travelers. If your passport will expire less than 6 months after your travel to the Invitational, you are encouraged to renew your passport prior to attending the event. 

IRF Transportation Services
The IRF is pleased to be partnering with Amstar DMC for all transfer services for registered Invitational attendees upon arrival and departure between Cancun International Airport (CUN) and The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun. Transportation service information must be entered into your registration profile. Amstar DMC staff will be wearing blue shirts and will be scheduled to greet you at the airport once you have exited the customs area. Please refrain from stopping to talk to any timeshare or expedition providers located within the airport facilities. Amstar DMC staff will have a sign or placard indicating they are with the IRF. Transfer services to all destination activities and receptions held offsite during the Invitational program will be organized by the IRF. 

Language
The official language of Mexico is Spanish. English is heavily spoken in tourist destinations such as Cancun. While communication with hotel, transfer partners, and activities staff should not be a problem, we encourage you to review some useful Spanish phrases as well. 

Currency and Tipping
The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso. Currency exchange facilities are located in many places in Cancun. Many establishments accept the American dollar, but you are encouraged to pay in pesos to reduce the chance of overpaying for items due to the currency exchange rate. You are discouraged from carrying large amounts of cash. Not all credit cards will be accepted at all establishments. Taxis are commonly used for transportaiton in Mexico and tipping, while appreciated is not expected for taxi service. 


Embassy and Consulate Contacts

United States Embassy, Mexico City
Paseo de la Reforma 305
Colonia Cuauhtemoc Col.
06500 Mexico, D.F.
Phone: ( 01-55 ) 5080-2000
Fax: ( 01-55 ) 5080-2005

United States Consulate in Merida
Closest to Riviera Maya/Cancun
Calle 60 No. 338-K x 29 y 31
Col. Alcala Martin Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050
Phone: 011-52-999-942-5700
Fax: 011-52-999-942-5758

British Embassy
Río Lerma, No. 71,
Cuauhtémoc, CP. 06500
Mexico City, Mexico
Phone: +52 (55) 1670 3200
General enquiries: ukinmexico@fco.gov.uk     

Australian Consulate, Cancun
Av. Nader No 28, tercer piso
Cancun, Quintana Roo
77500, México
Phone: +52 998 898 1900 x 213
General enquiries: asis.consul.australia@gmail.com 

Consular Agency of Canada, Cancun
Centro Empresarial, Oficina E7, Blvd. 
Kukulcan Km. 12, 
Zona Hotelera, 77599 
Cancún, Quintana Roo, México
Phone: 52 (998) 883-3360 
Email: cncun@international.gc.ca 

Consulat Général de France à Mexico
Seulement sur rendez-vous les mardi et vendredi de 9h30 à 14h. 
Bureau 23, Rez-de-chaussée intérieur, Plaza Antigua, 
Avenida 10 - Colonia Aviacion (Playa del Carmen)
Phone (Urgences): 045 984 152 3828
courriel : playadelcarmen.chfrance@gmail.com