Mexico Relocation Tours FAQ
Our Mexico Relocation Tours
will introduce you to the inexpensive and wonderful lifestyle available when you retire in Mexico.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a visa to visit Mexico?
Passport holders from the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, the UK, most countries in the EU, and many other countries are not required to obtain a visa before visiting Mexico. More info: Visitor Visa Requirements
Are there any special passport requirements?
You can travel to Mexico when your passport is about to expire as long as it is valid when you enter. However, some airlines have their own requirements when it comes to passport control. Check your passport now and start the process to get it renewed if necessary. Also check with your airline to know if there are any additional passport requirements.
Is a COVID-19 test required to enter Mexico?
No. Travelers are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test before arriving in Mexico.
When should I arrive in Mexico for my tour?
I recommend arriving at least a day before your tour start date. This will ensure you don’t miss any time from your tour. If you are not able to arrive on time for your tour, we cannot extend the number of days on your tour.
Can you help us with pre-tour and post-tour vacation planning/travel arrangements?
We are a small company and must focus 100% of our efforts on ensuring our tours go smoothly. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to assist you in making pre or post-tour trip plans or extended vacation plans. Please also keep in mind our tours do not include lodging or airport transfer.
Why is breakfast not included?
We don’t provide your lodging in the cost of the tour, because all the hotels we recommend include breakfast. We find it is easier for everyone if you could have breakfast on your own at your hotel.
What airport do I fly to in Mexico?
Depending on which tour you would like to take.
-If you are taking our 3-Day Lake Chapala tour, you should fly into Guadalajara International Airport (GDL)
-If you are taking our 3-Day San Miguel and Queretaro Tour, I recommend flying to Queretaro International Airport (QRO). Or you can also fly into Leon International Airport (BJX).
When should I book my international airfare?
According to a study by CheapAir.com, you can get the best price on airfare by booking approximately 2 months before your travel date. To get the best rates, I recommend using Skyscanner or Google Flights.
Do I need a return ticket?
If you are a tourist in Mexico, yes you will need to have a return flight ticket as part of the tourist visa process. We recommend using Onward Ticket which allows you to make a reservation for up to 2 weeks and automatically cancels it for you. More info https://onwardticket.com/
Please make sure you check the number of days you are given on your tourist visa (FMM) before leaving the immigration area to ensure you can stay for the duration of your trip.
If you are a resident of Mexico, you do not need a return ticket.
Do I need to make any hotel reservations?
You will need to make your own hotel reservations. We do not include lodging in the cost of your Private Mexico Relocation Tour. At the time of your reservation, I will send you an email with a list of recommended hotels and lodging.
What’s included and NOT included in the cost of the tour?
Can you accommodate my food allergies/restrictions?
Please understand that we (Mexico Relocation Tours or Private Tour Guides) are not involved in the preparation of your food. Throughout the tour, you’ll visit 3rd party restaurants that handle all of the food preparation. For this reason, we ask that you please be responsible for communicating your dietary needs and preferences directly to the restaurants you visit, when you visit them. You can tell your private tour guide about any dietary needs ahead of time, and they can try to accommodate visiting the best restaurants to meet your needs. However, please keep in mind your private tour guide is not a dietician or a professional chef. They will do their best to make your tour as customized as possible.
If you have a food allergy you are responsible for communicating that directly to your waiter at each restaurant we visit. We also recommend that you ask your waiter what is in your dish and how it is prepared. Make sure your waiter understands what you are allergic to and explain that cross-contamination must be avoided. You may want to speak with the manager just to be sure.
For more tips on how to handle food allergies while dining out please visit this site:
Do I need to bring an electrical converter?
Visitors from the U.S. and Canada do not need to bring a power plug adapter to Mexico. Visitors from other countries should check this website to see if they need an adapter.
The standard voltage is 110 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
What will the weather be like?
Mexico is a large country and this will depend on which tour you are taking.
If you are going to Lake Chapala the weather is usually 75-80 degrees in the daytime between November and April. The temperature drops to 55-65 at night and depending on the time of the year. The rainy season in Mexico is from May-September. And usually, the rainiest months are August and September.
If you are going to San Miguel and Queretaro the weather is usually 60-70 during the daytime. However, the temperatures drop to the 40s and 50s at night. And during the rainy season (usually between May and September) a light rain will drop in the early afternoon. The rainiest months are July-September. We also highly suggest bringing a jacket as the highlands can get very chilly at night.
If you are going on any of our tours covering beach towns: All beach towns have average weather of 75-85 degrees during the months of October through April. The temperature rises in the summer months with average weather in the mid to high 90s from May-September. And humidity levels can be high throughout the whole year. Keep in mind hurricane season is from August-October. You can expect more rain than usual during this time frame. Please bring comfortable clothing. We also suggest bringing a few extra changes of clothes considering the humidity and sweat.
Please check out https://weatherspark.com/ for the most up-to-date weather for the locations you will be visiting.
I suggest bringing light clothing and flat shoes. You will do a lot of walking on uneven cobblestone streets in the central highlands of Mexico. And you can expect all the sidewalks in Mexico to have uneven surfaces. Not wearing the proper shoes can make it difficult to walk.
Can I use my cell phone?
Please contact your cell phone company for details about what is included with your plan. Carriers like T-Mobile and AT&T are known to be the best carriers for international plans. Call and ask your provider if you can use your phone while you’re in Mexico. Make sure to ask if there are data roaming charges.
An alternative is to get a Telcel SIM card when you arrive in Mexico. Please make sure your phone is unlocked to take advantage of this feature. Talk to your cellphone provider.
Can I use my Credit or Debit Cards in Mexico?
Most hotels and some restaurants take MasterCard and Visa.
Mexico is mostly a cash-based society and many places only accept cash.
Of course, all your lunches and dinners are covered during the tour so you will not need cash or credit for these. But we do recommend exchanging about $200 USD to Mexican Pesos (approx $4,000 MXN) in cash to use before or after the tour. Many banks will do this for you ahead of time. Ask your local branch.
Check the current exchange rate here
ATM machines are readily available at banks and grocery stores so you can get additional cash if necessary. And if you need small change in Mexico, the best place to get this is at any Mexican Bank. Talk to your private tour guide to arrange a stop at a bank.
Why do you require everyone to sign a non-compete agreement?
We have worked very hard to build this business, establish contacts and relationships which we share exclusively with our tour guests. We provide the highest quality tour with the most information. We will not allow someone to come on the tour who is planning to start a competing business or write a book about relocating to Mexico. During the tour, each tour guest will be provided with proprietary trade secrets and confidential data. Each tour guest must agree to retain said information as confidential and not disclose the same to any third party.
Have more questions?
send an email to Mariana at info@MexicoRelocationGuide.com