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Traveling to Mexico? Be Sure to Understand the New Travel Requirements

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Making plans to travel to Mexico this year? Is a Mexico family 
vacation in your future, or are you looking to take a little time 
for rest and relaxation on the sandy white beaches of Cancun or 
Puerto Vallarta? Be sure you are prepared before you travel, as 
there have been some new requirements issued by the U.S. State 
Department.


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Traveling to Mexico? Be Sure to Understand the New Travel Requirements
Copyright © 2006, CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort
Written by: Jon Wuebben



Making plans to travel to Mexico this year? Is a Mexico family 
vacation in your future, or are you looking to take a little time 
for rest and relaxation on the sandy white beaches of Cancun or 
Puerto Vallarta?  Well, your timing is right. It promises to be 
another fantastic year south of the border for all of the major 
Mexico resort hot spots! In fact, 16 million Americans will 
probably visit Mexico this year.   

Be sure you are prepared before you travel, as there have been 
some new requirements issued by the U.S. State Department ( 
http://www.state.gov/ ). Although it's a minor change from prior 
travel requirements, it affects all U.S. citizens entering the 
United States from countries within the Western Hemisphere who do 
not currently possess valid passports. Essentially, all that is 
required is a passport, which most frequent travelers have 
anyway. The goal? To make it safer for you and to strengthen 
United States border security.

Here are some important facts you should know:

 * The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 ( 
http://www.ncix.gov/publications/law_policy/law/PL108_458_Intel_Reform_and_Terrorism_Prevention_Act_2004.pdf
   ) requires that by January 1, 2008, travelers to and from the 
   Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada have a passport 
   or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the 
   United States.

 * In the proposed implementation plan, which is subject to a 
   period of initial public comment, the Initiative will be 
   rolled out in phases, providing as much advance notice as 
   possible to the affected public to enable them to meet the 
   terms of the new guidelines.

 * The proposed timeline will be as follows: 

    - December 31, 2006 - Requirement applied to all air and 
      sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South 
      America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. 

    - December 31, 2007 - Requirement extended to all land 
      border crossings as well as air and sea travel. 


The Easy Way to get a Passport

First, when applying for a passport, make sure you allow 
enough time! It typically takes 6 weeks to process a passport 
application. Where can you apply for a passport?  The State 
Department provides a handy search tool to help you find the 
Passport Acceptance Facility ( http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/ ) 
nearest you. What's the busiest time for passport processing? 
Usually between January and July. Of course, if you have an 
emergency and need to travel to Mexico right away, the 
State Dept does offer some options. Go to their website at 
http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html, or call 
the U.S. National Passport Information Center: 1-877-4USA-PPT  


Additional Tips for Travel to Mexico

 * Be sure to leave your travel itinerary and passport 
   information with a friend or relative in case the originals 
   are lost. It can also be helpful to carry a copy of your 
   travel documents with you in a separate location from the 
   originals.

 * Avoid traveling with large amounts of cash. Credit cards are 
   widely accepted and most areas visited by tourist will have 
   an ATM machine. These are great options because they are safe, 
   convenient and you get a favorable exchange rate. Another 
   option is to use traveler's checks.

 * Using a fanny pack or travelers wallet for your cash and 
   passport is a great idea.

 * While they are making great strides in improving the water 
   quality throughout Mexico, it is advisable to drink bottled 
   water. In addition, avoid drinking beverages over ice as the 
   ice may have been made from tap water.

 * Wash vegetables and fruits in a purifying solution of some 
   type.

 * Before leaving, check with your health insurance provider 
   so that you are aware of your coverage.

 * If you are planning to drive over the border be sure to obtain 
   a temporary import permit and all the necessary insurance.

So now that you've been informed, what are you waiting for? 
Mexico is a land of incredible beauty and natural wonder! Whether 
you're going to sunny Cancun, festive Acapulco, or even Puerto 
Vallarta, your perfect Mexican vacation getaway is just a flight 
away!




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This article was written by Jon Wuebben, of Custom Copywriting. 
Jon writes select pieces about travel in Mexico for the 
<a href=http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/CUNMX>CasaMagna Marriott 
Cancun Resort</a>: 
http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/CUNMX


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