Travel guide

The land of the feathered serpent

Here, the country reveals its tumultuous history to visitors: pre-Columbian remains, colonial history… And art lovers will be delighted by the segments of Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

Immerse yourself in incredible golden cities, as well as lush canyons and forests!

Discover modern diversity in Mexico City: color, music and street-food smells!

For your relaxation, the heavenly beaches and turquoise waters of Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen welcome you to charming beachfront hotels…

Time difference



Mexican Peso


Telephone prefix


How do you say...

Some words and expressions in the language

  • Good morning/Good evening = Buenos días / Buenas tardes
  • How are you? = Cómo estas?
  • Do you speak French/English? = Habla francés ?
  • I understand/ I don’t understand = Entiendo / No entiendo
  • Sorry =Lo siento
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Welcome = Bienvenido
  • Thank you (very much) = (Muchas) Gracias
  • Please = Por favor
  • I am French = Soy frances(a)
  • My name is…= Me llamo
  • No thanks = No gracias
  • Yes/No = Sí / No
  • You’re welcome = De nada
  • How much is it? = Cuanto es?
  • Where is…? / How do I get to…? = Dónde esta? / Como llegar a ?
  • Have a nice day! = Buen día !

Key figures

Mexico is on the GMT-5 time zone, so there is a 07:00 time difference with France:

When it’s 12:00 in Paris, it’s 05:00 in Mexico City.

By contrast, Baja California is at GMT-6 and Baja California at GMT-7;

This means 01h00 less in LA Paz than in Mexico City, and 02h00 less in Tijuana than in Mexico City.

Good to know

American sockets – Type A and B

You may need a transformer if you’re coming from Europe.


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • MMR
  • anti-tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Typhoid fever
  • Rage, desirable
  • A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required only for travelers arriving from countries where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.

In order to cope with the sometimes very high cost of hospitalization and healthcare abroad, it is essential to have an assistance contract or a  insurance to cover all medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization, etc.) and medical repatriation, at the risk of not having access to care, even in the event of a life-threatening emergency. Under no circumstances will these costs be covered by the local French embassy or consulate general.


You don’t need a short-stay visa to enter Mexico. Passport and return ticket required. Passports must be valid for the duration of the planned stay. When entering Mexico, migration authorities may ask travelers to provide proof of their means of subsistence during their stay in the country.

While Mexico allows tourists to stay on its territory for a maximum of 180 days, no activity, paid or unpaid, is permitted during this period. Under the new Migration Law of May 25, 2011, implemented on November 12, 2012, the Mexican authorities are stepping up their fight against illegal labor and stepping up controls. Offenders risk immediate expulsion from the country, often accompanied by a residence ban of up to two years.

On arrival in Mexico, a form called FMM must be completed. Issued by the migration authorities, it indicates the length of stay. This document must be kept in a safe place and handed in to the immigration authorities on leaving the country, or to the airline. 
If this document is lost, the traveler must pay a fine of 400 pesos (around €20) when leaving the country. This formality is carried out exclusively at the official immigration office, located at each international airport (including Mexico City and Cancún).