BANKS, CURRENCY EXCHANGE AND CREDIT CARDS
ELECTRICITY POWER SUPPLY
TIPS FOR YOUR TRIP TO OAXACA
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. Venue is a non-smoking area.
The Organizing Committees and/or Conference Organizers shall not be held liable for personal accidents or losses or damage to private property of registered delegates of the Conference. Delegates should make their own arrangements in respect of personal insurance.
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: http://www.banxico.org.mx/portal-mercado-cambiario/index.html
Calculator / Currency converter: http://www.cambiodolar.mx/
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.
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: http://www.inm.gob.mx/index.php/page/Paises_Visa
You can find further information about migration requirements to enter Mexico on this website: http://www.gob.mx/inm (NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MIGRATION - MEXICO, INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE MIGRACIÓN DE MÉXICO).
Wear light-weight, comfortable and light-colored cotton clothing, such as shorts or bermudas.
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.
Oaxaca is characterized for its traditional food, so be careful when ordering meals if you are not familiar with condiments. Ask your waiter for recommendations.
Oaxaca is a safe city. However, be cautious at all times to ensure a pleasant and productive experience.