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    Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
    • In short

      • Region
        North America
      • Capital
        Mexico City
      • Population
        113,423,000
      • Currency
        Peso (MXN)
      • Languages
        Spanish, local languages
    • Flag

      Flag of Mexico
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    Recommended Immunization

    In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (Mexico). Some of them may also be mandatory.

    Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
    These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
    Cholera
    Cholera is present in certain regions of the country. Consider protection only if anticipating close contact with local residents in unhygienic conditions. Vaccination is recommended for health professionals and aid workers assigned to endemic areas. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.
    Hepatitis A
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
    Hepatitis B
    Low prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
    Malaria
    Malaria is present in Chiapas and rural areas in the states of: Nayarit, Oaxaca, Sinaloa and between 24N - 28N and 106 O - 110 O, wich lies in parts of Chihuahua, Durango and Sonora. Few cases in Quintana Roo and Tabasco. No risk along the United-States border. Chloroquine (Aralen), taken once a week, is the drug of choice.
    Typhoid fever
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers who are planning a long-term visit, expect to have close contact with local residents or who are planning stays outside tourist areas in unhygienic conditions. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.

    During your stay

    Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.

    Dengue fever
    Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
    Rabies
    Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups. Vaccination is also recommended for travellers visiting regions where the virus is endemic and where it could be difficult to quickly get a post-exposure treatment and among travellers who will spend lots of time outdoors in rural areas. Vaccination is also recommended to children who will travel frequently or for long stays in a regions with risk, and which are too young to understand the precautions or to mention a bite.

    The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

    Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.

    If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

    The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:

    • Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
    • Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
    • Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)

    If you need help when travelling in Mexico, contact:

    ** When dialing from within Mexico, the area code for all Canadian
    missions is 91; when dialing from outside Mexico, the area
    code is 52.

    Mexico - ACAPULCO
    Consular Agency of Canada
    Address: Centro Comercial Marbella, local 23, Prolongación Farallon s/n, Esq. Miguel Alemán, 39670 Acapulco, Guerrero, México
    Tel.:(744) 484-1305, 481-1349
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(744) 484-1306
    E-mail: acapulco@canada.org.mx

    Mexico - CABO SAN LUCAS
    Consular Agency of Canada
    Address: Plaza San Lucas, Carretera Transpeninsular Km. 0.5, Local 82, Col. El Tezal, 23454 Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur - Mexico
    Tel.:(624) 142-4333
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(624) 142-4262
    E-mail: lcabo@international.gc.ca

    Mexico - CANCÚN
    Consular Agency of Canada
    Address: Centro Empresarial, Oficina E7, Blvd. Kukulcan Km. 12, Zona Hotelera, 77599 Cancún, Quintana Roo, México
    Tel.:(998) 883-3360/883-3361
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(998) 883-3232
    E-mail: cncun@international.gc.ca

    Mexico - GUADALAJARA
    Consulate of Canada
    Address: World Trade Center, Av. Mariano Otero 1249, Torre Pacifico Piso 8, Col. Rinconada del Bosque, 44530 Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
    Tel.:(33) 3671-4740
    Tel. after hours: 001-800-514-0129
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(33) 3671-4750
    E-mail: gjara@international.gc.ca

    Mexico - MAZATLÁN
    Consular Agency of Canada
    Address: Centro Comercial La Marina Business and Life, Blvd. Marina Mazatlán 2302, Office 41, Col. Marina Mazatlán, 82103 Mazatlán, Sinaloa - Mexico
    Tel.:(669) 913-7320
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(669) 914-6655
    E-mail: mztln@international.gc.ca

    Mexico - MEXICO CITY
    Embassy of Canada
    Address: Calle Schiller No. 529, Colonia Polanco, 11580 México, D.F., México
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 40-045, 06141 México, D.F., MéxicoMexico
    Tel.:(55) 5724-7900
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(55) 5724-7943
    E-mail: mxico@international.gc.ca
    Website: www.mexico.gc.ca

    Mexico - MONTERREY
    Consulate General of Canada
    Address: Torre Gomez Morin 955, Ave. Gomez Morin No. 955, Suite 404, Col. Montebello, 66279 San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Léon, México
    Tel.:(81) 8378-0240
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(81) 8356-9965
    E-mail: monterrey@international.gc.ca

    Mexico - OAXACA
    Consular Agency of Canada
    Address: Pino Suarez 700, Local 11B, Multiplaza Brena, Colonia Centro, 68050 Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México
    Tel.:(951) 513-3777
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(951) 515-2147
    E-mail: oaxaca@canada.org.mx

    Mexico - PLAYA DEL CARMEN
    Consular Agency of Canada
    Address: Plaza Paraíso Caribe, Modulo C, Planta 2, Oficina C21 - 24, Av. 10 Sur entre Calle 3 y 5 Sur, M-35, Lote 1, Colonia Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México
    Tel.:(984) 803-2411
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(984) 803-2665
    E-mail: crmen@international.gc.ca

    Mexico - PUERTO VALLARTA
    Consular Agency of Canada
    Address: Plaza Peninsula, Local Sub F, Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio 2485, Zona Hotelera Norte, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México
    Tel.:(322) 293-0098/293-0099
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(322) 293-2894
    E-mail: pvrta@international.gc.ca

    Mexico - TIJUANA
    Consulate of Canada
    Address: Germán Gedovius No.10411-101, Condominio del Parque, Zona Río, 22320 Tijuana, Baja California Norte, México
    Tel.:(664) 684-0461
    Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 001-800-514-0129
    Fax:(664) 684-0301
    E-mail: tijuana@canada.org.mx

    While in Mexico, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator by dialing a Canada-direct number: 01-800-123-0200. When calling from a public pay phone, use phone marked LADATEL Public phones may require coins or a phone card.

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.

    Bon voyage!