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Travel Tips

AllaboutOaxaca.com would like to help make your trip to Oaxaca as simple as possible. This is why we want to provide you with these Oaxaca travel tips and useful Oaxaca phone numbers.

México’s Entry Requirements:

To enter México you need to obtain (provided by your airline, if flying) a Tourist Card (FMT). To get your Tourist Card you will need to prove citizenship, a passport is best for this purpose. Other forms of accepted proof of citizenship include, certified birth certificate, voter’s registration card, naturalization papers or a notarized affidavit of citizenship. A photo ID is is a must, a passport can serve as proof of citizenship and photo ID. Airlines will furnish the Tourist Card. Be sure to save the copy that is returned to you, upon entry, as you must present this copy when leaving México.

Public Phone Charges:

Beware, of the phones plastered all over some towns, usually on the front of businesses. They are marked “TO CALL LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA & CANADA, SIMPLY DIAL 0″ The writing is in black and USA is in blue letters with CANADA in red letters. They also have pictures of credit cards on the signs. The phones are put there by a private phone company and are VERY, VERY EXPENSIVE. You will probably faint when you see your phone bill or credit card bill. It is best to purchase a Pre-Paid phone card or dial 01 800 111-SAVE from any phone in México. You can use this number to make credit card calls, collect calls and even calls using your calling card from your long distance company in the U.S.

Important Telephone Numbers

Tourist Assistance – Toll Free from anywhere in México 01 (800) 903-9200

When dialing the local number from the U.S. or Canada, dial 011 52 81 before the number shown.

From within México: Dial 01 81 before the number shown.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Police: 060 (Emergencies, traffic, fire etc.)
  • Traffic Police: 512-6606
  • Metropolitan Police: 516-0400
  • Fire Dept: 516-2231
  • Immigration: 511-5733 (Airport)
  • Tourist Protection Center: 514-2155
  • Consumer Affairs (Profeco): 513-4141

Medical Services

  • Ambulance: 516-4455 (Red Cross)
  • Clinica Hospital Carmen: (English Spoken) 516-2512
  • Hospital Reforma: 516-0989
  • Red Cross: 516-4455

Pharmacies

  • Farmacias Ahora: Home Delivery Service
    Open 24 Hours a Day – 515-5000
  • Farmacia Profesional – Centro: 516-1698 (24 Hrs)
  • Farmacia Reforma: 513-2419 (24 Hrs)

Consulates

  • American: M. Alcalá 201 – Tel. 514-3054
  • Canadian: Pino Suárez 700 – Tel. 513-3777
  • Italian: Tel. 515-3176
  • German & British: Tel. 514-3054
  • French: Tel. 513-9944
  • Spainish: Tel. 518-0031

Credit Cards/Travelers Checks

  • American Express: 01 (800) 001-3600
  • Banamex: (MasterCard – Visa) 01 (800) 366-3100
  • Carnet: (MasterCard) 01 (800) 366-3100
  • Diners Club: 01 (800) 500-3000
  • B of A – Travelers Checks: 01 (800) 849-4479

Banks

  • Banamex: 516-2944
  • Banco Bital: 516-1967
  • Bancomer: 514-0095
  • CitiBank: 516-0335
  • Scotiabank Inverlat: 516-7090

Consulates

  • Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles – (213) 351-6800
  • Mexican Consulate in San Francisco – (415) 392-2897
  • Mexican Consulate in San Diego – (619) 231-0337
  • Mexican Consulate in New York – (212) 689-0456
  • Mexican Consulate in Vancouver – (604) 684-3547
  • Oaxaca State Tourist Information Office – 516-0123