There are also other changes to consider.
If you’re looking to get your vitamin D fix in Mexico during Vancouver’s long rainy season, you’re far from alone.
But you might want to be aware of a few relatively recent tourism updates before you go.
First and foremost, you should consider the Canadian government’s travel advice for the country.
While the lion’s share of residents in the Great White North will likely have a relaxing vacation, there have been some tragic incidents that may give potential visitors pause.
Mexico’s powerful drug cartels routinely use local gangs to defend their turf and carry out their vendettas. Tourists from Canada and the United States have been kidnapped. They were also caught in the crossfire between rival gangs.
Due to the levels of violence, the Canadian government advises travelers to exercise a high degree of caution in Mexico. The US State Department also recently warned travelers about increasing levels of violence in Mexico and updated its advisory.
Traveling from Vancouver to Mexico in 2022
Would you like to visit Quintana Roo?
If you’re not sure where it is, you might be more familiar with some of the names of the state’s most popular tourist spots, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum.
Quintana Roo is Mexico’s busiest tourist state and home to the beautiful Riviera Maya. Millions of visitors flock to its beaches and resorts each year, making Cancun International Airport the tenth-busiest in the world for international travelers, according to the airport’s website.
But there have been some changes for air passengers arriving at the airport from foreign countries (and for those returning home as well).
Whether you choose an all-inclusive Mexico vacation or a self-guided adventure, you’ll have to pay a new tax as part of your stay. Luckily, it doesn’t cost that much and the payment process isn’t very complicated.
Visatax is described as “the payment of foreign tourist contributions” to the state of Quintana Roo. To complete the payment process, you must provide the government with the requested information and make the required payment. It came into effect on April 1, 2021 – at a time when many Canadians weren’t planning their next visit to Mexico.
The application form asks for your departure date, number of visitors, full name, passport number and age. Finally, you will be asked to pay approximately 241 Mexican pesos, which is approximately CAD $15.81.
You can check the Visatax portal online and you can complete the process before you travel to Mexico or just before your departure flight out of the country. You can also pay in person at the airport, but it can get a bit chaotic at times. it is better to pay in advance. Also, if you’re trying to pay online at the airport, be aware that the airport’s internet is very hit or miss.
And the good news of visiting Cancun in 2022
Besides the fact that Mexico currently has very few travel rules for entry, the government has introduced a pilot project that will make it even easier to visit Quintana Roo this year.
Now, air passengers arriving at Cancun International Airport no longer need to complete the Forma Multipla Migratoria (FMM) as part of the immigration process. From now on, Canadian tourists arriving at the airport will be granted a 180-day stay in Mexico. If you’ve ventured through the airport before, filling out the paperwork could significantly slow down the process, especially in Cancun. Even if you’ve filled it out beforehand, you might be caught waiting in sprawling queues filled with travelers who haven’t yet.
Although some websites have not been updated to reflect this information, travelers arriving at the airport passed through without a hitch, which greatly expedited the immigration process. That said, this rule does not apply nationwide: this is a pilot in Cancun and you still need to fill out the form if you plan to arrive at other Mexican airports.