provide valuable lists of doctors and lawyers, as well as
regulations concerning marriages in Mexico. Contrary to popular
belief, your embassy cannot get you out of a Mexican jail, provide
postal or banking services, or fly you home when you run out of
money. Consular officers can provide you with advice on most matters
and problems, however. Most countries have a representative embassy
in Mexico City and many have consular offices or representatives in
Embassy of the United States
in Mexico City is next to the Hotel María Isabel Sheraton at Paseo
de la Reforma 306, at the corner of Río Danubio tel. (5)
There are U.S. Consulates General in:
López Mateos 924-N tel. (16)
Guadalajara, Progreso 175 tel. (3)
Monterrey, Av. Constitución 411 Poniente tel. (83)
Tijuana, Tapachula 96 tel. (66)
In addition, there are consular agencies in:
tel. (74) 84-06-00 or (74) 69-06-56;
Cabo San Lucas tel. (114)
Cancun tel. (98)
Hermosillo tel. (621)
Matamoros tel. (88)
Mazatlan tel. (69)
Mérida tel. (99)
Nuevo Laredo tel. (871)
Oaxaca tel. (951)
Puerto Vallarta tel. (322)
San Luis Potosí tel. (481)
San Miguel de Allende tel. (415)
2-23-57 or (415) 2-00-68).
Embassy of Australia in
Mexico City is at Ruben Darío 55 Col. Polanco tel. (5)
531-5225 fax (5) 31-95-52
it's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm.
Embassy of Canada in
Mexico City is at Schiller 529, in Polanco tel. (5)
724-7900 it's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm and 2
to 5pm (at other times the name of a duty officer is posted on the
embassy door). In Acapulco, the Canadian consulate is located in the
Centro Comercial Marbella, Local 23, Prolongacíon Farallon S/N, at
the corner of Costera Miguel Aleman tel. (74)
84-13-06 it's open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Embassy of New Zealand in
Mexico City is at José Luis Lagrange 106, 10th floor, Col. Los
Morales Polanco tel. (5)
281-5306 or (5) 281-5486 it's open Monday through Thursday from 9am to 2pm and 3
to 5pm and Friday from 9am to 2pm.
Embassy of the United Kingdom
in Mexico City is in Río Lerma 71, Col. Cuahutemoc tel. (5) 207-2089 or (5)
207-2189 it's open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
and South African
citizens should go to the British Consulate.
24-hour Tourist Help Line
in Mexico City is tel. (800)
906-9200 (5) 250-0151.
tourist legal assistance office (Procuraduria del Turista) is
located in Mexico City tel. (5)
625-8153, and (5) 625-8154.
They offer 24-hour service, and there is always an
English-speaking person available.
Legal Defense Counsel, 111 S. 15th St., 24th Floor, Packard
Building, Philadelphia, PA 19102 tel. (215)
977-9982 is a law firm specializing in legal difficulties of
Mexico Hotline tel. (800)
44-MEXICO) is an excellent source for general information; you
can request brochures on the country and get answers to the most
commonly asked questions. If you have a fax, Mexico's Ministry of
Tourism also offers Fax-Me-Mexico
tel. (541) 385-9282.
Call, key in your fax number, and select from a variety of topics
from general destination information to accommodations (the service
lists 400 hotels), shopping, dining, sports, sightseeing, festivals,
and nightlife. They'll then fax you the materials you're interested
information (15,000 pages worth, they say) about Mexico is available
on the Mexico Ministry of Tourism's Web site: mexico-travel.com.
U.S. State Department
tel. (202) 647-5225 for
travel information and Overseas Citizens Services) offers a Consular
Information Sheet on Mexico, with a compilation of safety,
medical, driving, and general travel information gleaned from
reports by official U.S. State Department offices in Mexico. You can
also request the Consular Information Sheet by fax tel. (202)
647-3000. The State Department is also on the Internet; check
for the Consular Information Sheet on Mexico; travel.state.gov/
travel_warnings.html for other Consular Information sheets and
travel warnings; and travel.state.gov/tips_mexico.
html for the State Department's Tips
for Travelers to Mexico.
Center for Disease Control
Hotline tel. (406)
332-4559 is another source for medical information affecting
travelers to Mexico and elsewhere. The center's Web site, www.cdc.gov/,
provides lengthy information on health issues for specific
Government Tourist Offices-Mexico's foreign tourist offices (MGTO) throughout
the world--with the exception of the United States and Canada--were
closed effective January 1997 and consolidated with their embassies
as a cost-saving measure. Those operating in North America include
Chicago, IL tel. (312)
606-9252 Houston, TX. tel. (713)
780-3740 Los Angeles, CA tel. (213)
351-2069 fax 213/351-2074 Miami, FL tel. (306)
443-9160 New York, NY tel. (800)
446-3942 and the Mexican Embassy Tourism Delegate, 1911
Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC 20006 tel. (202)
728-1750. The MGTO offices have been combined with Mexican
Consulate offices in the same cities, providing one central source
for official information on Mexico.
Place Ville-Marie, Suite 1931, Montréal, QUEB, H3B 2C3 tel. (514) 871-1062. 2 Bloor St. W., Suite 1502, Toronto, ON, M4W 3E2 tel.
(416) 925-2753. 999 W.
Hastings, Suite 1110, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2W2 tel. (606) 669-2845.
Tourism Development Offices-Two Mexican states Oaxaca and Tabasco have a
tourism and trade development offices in the United States - Oaxaca and Tabasco States Convention and Visitors Bureau, 7880 St.
Felipe, Suite 130, Houston, TX 77063 tel. (713)
339-1880 fax (713)