Travel Notes

Travel Documents

Upon arrival in Mexico, you will need to produce a valid passport plus a visitor’s permit, which is now known as the FMM “Forma Migratoria Multiple”. This form is provided free of charge by your travel agent, airline, or at point of entry. As before, passport holders from countries on Mexico’s no visa required list do not need to apply for a formal visa to visit Mexico.

The immigration officer at passport control may also ask you to prove the necessary economic means and a return ticket to your country.

Immigration will check your documents and stamp and process the form, handing you back the right-hand portion, which you must keep and surrender when you leave Mexico. If you lose this form, you will have to go to the immigration desk at the airport and may have to pay a fine for another one, so it is best to attach it to your passport so it cannot be misplaced.

Upon check-in, the hotel will make a photocopy of your passport and the FMM immigration form.

Currently, Mexico Visa Policy permits citizens of the countries listed below to travel to Mexico without a visa. (FMTTV):

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Island, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela

Please check with your travel agent or the Mexican Consulate in your area about any changes to visa requirements and other specific documents you may need to travel to Mexico.

About Cancun

Located in the northeast point of the Yucatan Peninsula, Cancun is young. It was just a small sand barrier some 35 years ago when the plan began to develop it into the vacation haven of the 21st century. Today, Cancun consists of a medium-sized coastal city, a long, thin island connected to the mainland through bridges at its north, and south ends. It features world-class resorts, hotels, clubs, and malls. It offers something for everyone, from an all-day fun party beach to an isolated, tranquil island.

Most hotels, including the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Hotel, are located in the Hotel Zone, as this long strip of island is known. Kukulcan Boulevard is the main thoroughfare. On the west side of the island is Laguna Nichupte, a vast lagoon home to hundreds of marinas, waterfront restaurants, shopping malls, golf courses, a few islands and inlets, and the fantastic sunsets you'll see during your visit to Cancun.

Transportation

Cancun International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean and is one of the easiest and most convenient airports to fly to/from Mexico. The Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Hotel is located 13 miles (approximately 20 minutes) from Cancun International Airport.

Arriving delegates can take an authorized taxicab, sedan, SUV or van (shared or private) from the airport. Tickets can be purchased at one of the podiums (by the vehicles) in the parking lot directly outside the arrivals doors. Alternatively, delegates may use the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Hotel’s App. Once the hotel reservation is confirmed, the participants can send an e-mail with the reservations confirmation number and the hotel will send a friendly guide with instructions as to how to upload and use the Hotel App.

Cancun Taxis
You can get a taxi anywhere in Cancun, except at the airport, which has its own taxi system. Taxi fares are set by how many zones you travel through. It is best to agree to the rate before you start your journey. You can find the approximate rates at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Hotel’s front desk. Remember that taxis from outside your hotel or restaurant are more expensive than one you hail in the street.

Cancun Buses
Buses are the cheapest way to get around Cancun and you can get from the Hotel Zone to almost anywhere for only 10.50 pesos (Mexican coins only) or 1 dollar bill.

R1 – R2 – R15 – R27 all travel within the Hotel Zone although only half of them go as far as Wet n’ Wild – you need to ask the driver

R2 – R15  go to Walmart and the Market 28 in Downtown Cancun

R27 takes you to Plaza Las Americas

There is also the Bus One (a white bus) which is the only bus with air conditioning travelling in the Hotel Zone. This costs 11 pesos.

Out and About

The Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau offers a wealth of information about the many exciting activities awaiting Congress delegates during leisure time.

Cancun Weather

Cancun weather is semi-tropical, with an average temperature of 70°F. In September, normal temperature is 89°F- 75°F. Cancun’s rainy season occurs during September and October.

Conference Attire

Attire is business casual, and we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes. We also recommend you dress in layers, as temperatures in meeting rooms can vary.