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When two women are traveling together, each of you should put one complete outfit in the other's suitcase in case one suitcase is delayed or lost. It is also a good idea to carry a change of underwear and socks in your carry-on.

Mexico peso (Mex$) = 100 centavos

In 1998 there were 9.6 million telephones main lines in use.

There are 31,048 km of railways in Mexico.

Females are allowed to volunteer for military service.

In 1997 Mexico had 31 million radios in use.

Mexico's exports partners: US 89.3%, Canada 1.7%, Spain 0.6%, Japan 0.5%, Venezuela 0.3%, Chile 0.3%, Brazil 0.3%.

Mexico produced 176.055 billion kWh of electricity in 1998.

The main industries are: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.

The Mexican name for the Atlantic coastal region of the Yucatan Peninsula is Riviera Maya. The English use is either Maya Riviera or Mayan Riviera. It is used all three ways in this web site.

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PORT OF ENTRIES PORT OF ENTRIES

International     National

1. Champoton
2. Campeche
3. Celestun
4. Progreso
5. Telchac
6. Puerto Juarez
7. Isla Mujeres
8. Puerto Morelos
9. Cozumel
10. Majahual
11. Chetumal



ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Visiting cruisers may keep their boats and boat trailers in Mexico for up to 20 years, and they can leave and return without their boats [or trailers] whenever they choose. Mexican officials charge no fees.

If you're arriving at your first port of entry by sea, you must clear in with the Port Captain's Office [the Capitanía], the Immigration Office [Migracíon] and the Customs Office [Aduana].

Upon entering your first port you must at the Aduana:

  • Complete and sign an Import Form.
    • It states the rules for selling, renting or chartering your boat in Mexico. By signing it you promise not to violate these rules or you'll be liable for a fine of 10 to 15 percent of the value of your boat.

      A hired captain or owner's legal representative may sign this form if the owner is not present, but that person must be named as a notarized power of attorney. The original notarization and a copy must be presented.

      Your Import Form must be presented to whichever marina you visit whenever you depart Mexico. The marina in Mexico keeps your copy on file until you return.

  • You must present the original and one copy of either your boat's state registration or its Coast Guard documentation that proves your ownership of the boat. The copy will be kept by the Aduana.

    For cruisers arriving by sea, you [owner, captain, representative] or a qualified marina Representative may make the rounds of office calls for your initial port of entry [international] clearing-in procedures. The marinas charge a service fee, newly limited to not more than $100, for this type of clearance. They charge less for a regular port-to-port clearance.

    If you want to handle your own international clearance at your first port of entry, start by visiting the Capitaína. Have all your paperwork ready, because as long as you're in his geographic jurisdiction, he makes the rules. After that, you'll be directed to either the Aduana or Migracíon office.

    To clear into Mexico, you'll need:

    • The original [and 10 or more first copies] of your boat's documents [U.S. Coast Guard Documentation or state Registration]
    • A valid passport for each person onboard, not to expire soon
    • A tourist card for each person onboard
    • A simplified crew list
    • Pesca fishing papers [boat permits, individual fishing licenses].
    If a marina handles your clearance paperwork for you, they'll provide a blank tourist card for each person to fill out and sign. If you handle your own clearance, the Migracíon office will have blanks. Each person must be present at the Migracíon office to sign the form.

    Standardized blank crew-list forms are sold in some nautical bookstores and vessel-documentation offices however, you can type up your own. It should include:

    • vessel name
    • home port
    • documentation or registration numbers
    • net and gross tonnage
    • the port of your U.S. departure
    • your farthest Mexican destination
    • details about each person onboard [name, age, sex, citizenship, passport number, country of origin].

    Make out a new "crew list" whenever anything changes; do not modify an existing list.

    You MUST have Pesca papers even if you do not fish, have no fishing gear. An individual fishing license is required for each person onboard [crew, guests, children].

    Your boat and your dinghy each need a permit, good for 12 months. Permit fees are subject to change.

    If you don't intend to remain more than 24 hours in your initial port of entry it is advisable to clear in and out at the same time.

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    In Mexico they speak: Spanish, various Mayan, Nahuatl, and other regional indigenous languages.

    90% of Mexicans age 15 and over can read and write.

    Mexico Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

    Mexico has a population of: 100,349,766 (July 2000 est.)

    There is 61,000 sq km of irrigated land. (1993 est.)

    Mexico's natural resources are: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.

    There is 9,330 km of coastline.

    The life expectancy is: male 68.47 years, female 74.66 years. (2000 est.)

    The geographic coordinates are: 23 00 N, 102 00 W

    Mexico had 38.6 million people in the labor force in 1999.

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