Certificate of Attendance
Certificates of attendance will be available in your registration package.
The official language of the Conference will be English.
In Mexico, merchants and businesses are no longer allowed to change U.S. dollars for pesos, but they will tell you the location of the nearest currency exchange office. If you have U.S. dollars, there are some places where you can exchange them for Mexican pesos, for example:
- Currency exchange offices: You will usually find a currency exchange counter at international airports. You will have to show your passport in order to be able to exchange money.
- Banks: Not all banks provide the service of exchanging pesos and dollars, and some require you to have an account with them. Ask someone at your hotel to tell you about the location of the nearest bank where tourists can exchange their currency. You will also need a valid U.S. passport to make the exchange.
- Automated Teller Machine: One of the most convenient ways to buy pesos is by using an ATM. You will often receive better exchange rates, even though you have to pay a service fee, as with most ATMs outside your bank network. Please do not accept any help from people who are not bank employees.
- Credit card: If you have a credit card, you will find that it provides one of the best exchange rates. Although you will not receive pesos directly, your monthly balance usually shows the exchange rate you received on purchases made with the credit card.
The standard Cancun electricity supply is 110 volts. Hotels usually offer voltage converters for 220 volt devices. Many sockets do not accept polarized or three-prong plugs so it is recommended that you bring your own adapter but you can usually buy these in the hotel shop.
Cancun telecommunications are modern and up to date. All the main tourist areas have facilities such as fax and internet services and you will find wireless internet access in most hotels and also in many restaurants and cafes.
To make international calls from Mexico you dial access code 001 for the US and Canada; and 00 + country code for the rest of the world. The cheapest way to make telephone calls is with prepaid cards. Making calls from your hotel room can be very costly.
Contact your service provider before your vacation for more information if you wish to use your cell phone in Mexico. Otherwise you can rent cell phones per day for local use.
The time zone in Cancun is the Eastern Daylight Time, 5 hour behind of GMT.
To know the current local time is Cancun, click here
Weather in Cancun
The weather gradually begins to cool down in October in Cancun, Mexico, when the wet season comes to a close. At this time of the year, the average temperature is around 27°C /80°F, created by lows of 23°C /73°F and highs of 31°C /88°F. With an average of 218 mm of rainfall across six days, it’s likely you’ll experience a storm or two during your trip. Despite the wet weather, Cancun enjoys an average sea temperature of 29°C /84°F in October, alongside eight hours of sunshine each day.
Taxes and Tips
If you make purchases in Mexico, you may be able request a refund of your money. To do this, you must make your purchases at businesses affiliated with the tax refund program and you must spend at least 200 Mexican pesos on Mexican goods. There is no refund on services; therefore you will not be able to recover the money invested in lodging and meals.
The procedure is simple. On the day you leave the country, you should visit one of the tax refund kiosks located at certain airports nationwide. There, you must submit a completed form, your bank details, immigration form, plane ticket, purchase receipts and the merchandise you purchased. You will receive a refund of 50% in cash and the other 50% will be transferred to you account within the next 40 days.
For more information visit: taxback.com.mx and www.taxfree.com.mx
It is customary to leave a tip to thank waiters, valets, gas station employees, bellboys and other service providers. At restaurants, bars and coffee shops, it is customary to leave 10% of the total amount of the bill; if the service was very good, you may wish to leave up to 15%. Some restaurants and bars include the tip in the final bill, so be sure to check this in order not to overpay. Not tipping is frowned upon.
Passport and Visa Requirements
To enter Mexico, all tourists need to have a permit called Customs Form for Tourists, which is valid for 180 days. This document is available at airline offices, travel agencies or Mexican ports of entry. Each passenger must be provided with one.
As of 1999, a Non-immigrant Tax (DNI) is charged in Mexico, which is intended to promote tourism and improving immigration services. This tax must be paid upon leaving the country. Its cost is 294 pesos. For more information, visit the National Immigration Institute’s webpage at www.inm.gob.mx
Legal, permanent residents in the United States or Canada do not need a visa to enter Mexico.