Banks, Currency Exchange and Credit cards
The Mexican peso is the official currency ($). The peso is subdivided in 100 centavos, which come in coins of 10, 20 and 50 centavos. Larger denomination coins are 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 pesos, although the latter is no longer widely accepted.
Peso bills or notes come in the following denominations: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 pesos. Their design and staggered sizes make them easier to identify. The $100 bills and higher denominations have a security element which changes color and a chain of snails of the same color. The $20 and $50 notes have a little transparent window, and are made of polymer, while all others are paper.
For exchange rates, please consult:
Calculator / Currency converter:
Bank hours are normally 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Visa and Mastercard are the credit cards most used in Mexico.
American Express is not accepted everywhere.
Passport / visa
A valid passport is required for entry into Mexico. You can stay in Mexico as a tourist for a maximum of 180 days (non-extendable).
You can check the list of countries that need a visa to enter Mexico through this link:
www.inm.gob.mx You can find further information about migration requirements to enter Mexico on this website: www.gob.mx (NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MIGRATION).
Electricity power supply
Electricity is 110-120 Volts (Same as U.S./Canada, most other areas are 220-240 Volts) Depending on your country, you may need an adapter.
Smoking is banned in all public buildings in Mexico including restaurants and bars.
Tips for your Trip to Mérida
• Wear light-weight, comfortable and light-colored cotton clothing, such as shorts or bermudas, since Mérida is quite warm most of the year.
• Wear comfortable and closed shoes or tennis shoes to be best prepared to walk (especially in archaeological sites). When visiting beaches and cenotes, sandals are recommended.
• Do not forget your biodegradable sun block, cap or hat to protect you from the sun, insect repellent and bottled water to prevent dehydration.
• Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time. In the event of extreme sunburn, request medical attention.
• Yucatán is characterized for its traditional food, so be careful when ordering meals if you are not familiar with condiments. Ask your waiter for recommendations.
• Mérida is a safe city. However, be cautious at all times to ensure a pleasant and productive experience.
The Mérida International Airport “Manuel Crescencio Rejón” (MID) welcomes flights from international and domestic origins from the following airlines: United Airlines, Aeroméxico, Blue Panorama (Italy), Interjet, Volaris, Tar, Viva Aerobus and MAYAir:
• Roma (Mondays only)
• Milán (Mondays only)
• Ciudad de México
To reach Mérida from other cities not listed above, connections are available through the Cancún or México City airports.
CONNECTING THROUGH CANCÚN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Several domestic and international flights land at the Cancún International Airport (CUN).
Check the airlines lists at the following links:
From the Cancún International Airport to Mérida, you may take a domestic flight to the Mérida International Airport or you may arrange for ground transportation (3 ½ hrs approximately).
For connecting flights to Mérida, check departs at the following airline:
If you prefer to travel to Mérida by ground, consider the following alternative:
• ADO Bus Transportation: ADO’s ticket office are located inside the airport terminal. You can buy your tickets directly upon arrival, or check the schedules and rates at www.ado.com.mx and make your reservation for the direct transfer to the city of Merida. (We recommend arriving at the Fiesta Americana Terminal).
We advise against using non-official transportation offered by individuals upon your arrival at the airport, since this is against the law. Remember to make your reservations only through an official provider and prior to your arrival in Cancún.
CONNECTING THROUGH THE MEXICO CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Another route to reach Mérida is through Mexico City. Many national and international airlines serve the Mexico City International Airport (MEX). Check here: www.aicm.com.mx
Domestic flights from México City Airport to Mérida are available through the following airlines:
• Aeroméxico: Six daily non-stop flights.
• Interjet: Five daily non-stop flights.
• Aeromexconnect: One daily non-stop flight.
• Viva Aerobus: One daily non-stop flight.
• Volaris: At least one daily non-stop flight.