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Important Documents to Remember
When planning your getaway to Isla Mujeres, you’ll need to make sure all of your travel documents are up to date. Requirements for adults and minors vary, so be sure to check the current laws before you make your arrangements. Below is a listing of necessary documents for both children and adults:
Adults will need:
- A valid passport or birth certificate with embossed seal. Copies are NOT acceptable.
- Mexican Tourist Card. This will be given to you when you arrive at the airport and check in for your flight to Mexico. Filling this out on the plane will save you time when you arrive at your destination. Keep your tourist card in a safe place, as you’ll be required to present it when you leave the country.
- Photo ID. Although this isn’t a hard-and-fast requirement for travel in Mexico, it’s a good idea to carry it just in case. You may be asked to furnish proof of identity at the U.S. airport, and you may also need it if you happen to lose your traveler’s checks or credit cards.
Minors will need:
- Valid passport or birth certificate with embossed seal.
- Notarized letter from parents or legal guardians (if minor is traveling alone).
- Notarized letter from the absent parent giving permission to travel (if minor is traveling with only one parent).
- Proof of custody document (if minor is traveling with only one parent).
- Death certificate for deceased parent, if applicable.
Arriving at an airport in a foreign country can be a little overwhelming for someone who hasn’t traveled internationally. Before leaving the plane, be sure you have your personal items and any carry-on luggage. Find and have readily available any travel documents you may need. Follow these simple suggestions and you’ll be navigating the local airport like a native:
- Take the escalators to the Immigration area. Be sure to present your Tourist Card and passport.
- After Immigration, you can pick up your luggage in baggage claim, which is to the left of the Immigration area.
- The next stop will be Customs, found to the right of baggage claim. Be sure you’ve completed your customs paperwork and have it ready. Press the button. If it’s green, you can go on through. If it’s red, you’ll need to stop and wait to be searched. Be sure you have no opened food containers.
Getting From the Airport to the Island
After leaving the airport, the next step is securing transportation to the ferry launches. There are taxis and travel vans waiting outside the Arrivals area. If you can find someone to share your taxi, you’ll save some money on your trip. Below are the costs for taxis, vans, and ferry services:
- Taxi service to Puerto Juares is about $35 and takes about 30 minutes.
- Vans charge about $10 per person.
- The ferries at Puerto Juares offer express boats that depart every 30 minutes from 6:00 AM and 8:30 PM, and then once more at 11:30 PM. The crossing costs 35 pesos and takes about 15 minutes.
Island Living at its Best
If you’re planning to stay on the island, you’ll need to reserve accommodations ahead of time. Isla Mujeres offers a variety of hotels for any need, from no-frills rooms to all-inclusive luxury resorts. The majority of hotels are found on the northern end of the island, which is where most of the tourist attractions are located. For a more secluded paradise, the southern end offers many lovely, out-of-the-way choices.