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Title: Mexico Travel Orientation GEOGRAPHY/LOCATION


1
Mexico Travel OrientationGEOGRAPHY/LOCATION
BHM A/P
  • Mexico is bordered by the United States to the
    North, and Belize and Guatemala to the southeast.
    Mexico is about one-fifth the size of the United
    States

2
MEXICO
  • President Vicente Fox Quesada
  • Area 761,602 sq mi
  • Population106,202,903
  • Capital Mexico City, 21,233,900
  • Monetary Unit Peso
  • Main Language Spanish
  • Main Religion Roman Catholic

3
WEATHER IN MEXICO
  • During the summer months, individual daytime
    temperatures quite often exceed 100? F at
    elevations below 5,000 feet but the average
    monthly maximum temperatures during July, the
    warmest month, range from slightly above 90? F at
    lower elevations to the upper 70s at high
    elevations.
  • In January, the coldest month, average daytime
    temperatures range from the middle 50s in the
    southern and central valleys to the middle 30s in
    the higher elevations of the north.

4
General Information - Culture
  • Some countries consider business suits and
    briefcases as a sign of wealth.
  • To avoid this misconception, travelers should
    dress down, and keep a low profile.
  • Respect the customs of any country, and under no
    circumstance try to change them.
  • Know, observe, and adapt to their customs.

5
Crime Rate - Things to know about Mexico
  • At least 27 Americans have been abducted along
    the border with Mexico in the past six months
    because of increased violence among drug
    traffickers, prompting the U.S. State Department
    to issue a warning to travelers.
  • The most frequently reported crimes involve taxi
    robberies, armed robbery, pick pocketing and
    purse snatching.
  • Have the Hotel call a known cab servicing company
    for transport services.

6
Health and Sanitization
  • In case of emergencies, it will be
  • helpful to maintain a copy of
  • Medications or Prescriptions should be kept in
    their original containers.
  • Blood Types and Physician/Medical Information
  • Malaria is found in some rural areas of Mexico,
    particularly those near the southwest coast.
    Travelers to malarial areas should consult their
    physician.


7
Health and Sanitization
  • Air pollution in Mexico City is severe. It is
    most dangerous during thermal inversions that
    occur most often from December to May.
  • Air pollution plus Mexico City's high altitude
    are a particular health risk for the elderly and
    persons with high blood pressure, anemia,
    respiratory, or cardiac problems. If this applies
    to you, consult your doctor before traveling to
    Mexico City.
  • Associates are advised NOT to drink tap water.
    Buy only bottled water to consume when needed. Do
    NOT use ice cubes from direct tap water.
  • Be cautious when eating Mexican Cuisine, as food
    can be extremely spicy and may cause stomach
    irritation.
  • Be cautious of consuming produce, salads and
    unwashed fruits.


8
Travel Documents
  • A passport cover is Highly Recommended !
  • You do not want to advertise that you are
  • from the United States !
  • Leave your Cell Phone number and the number of
    your contact in Mexico with your travel planer.
  • Leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers of
    your passport or other citizenship documents with
    a friend or relative in the United States.

9
Travel Documents
  • Bring either a U.S. passport or a certified copy
    of your birth certificate and current, valid
    photo identification.
  • Carry your photo identification and the name of a
    person to contact with you in the event of
    serious illness or other emergency.
  • Keep photocopies of your airline or other tickets
    and your list of traveler's checks with you in a
    separate location from the originals and leave
    copies with someone at home.

10
Car Information
  • If associate is driving across the U.S and
    Mexican border, they will be required to pay a
    one time fee of 20 in cash.
  • The authorities located at the border might
    require to stamp passport while going back and
    forth the U.S. and Mexican border.

11
Car Information
  • The standard insurance included with many car
    rental contracts in Mexico provides only nominal
    liability coverage, often as little as the
    equivalent of 200.
  • Because Mexican law permits the jailing of
    drivers after an accident until they have met
    their obligations to third parties and to the
    rental company, renters should read their
    contracts carefully and purchase additional
    liability and comprehensive insurance if
    necessary.

12
SAFETY TIPS ON GROUND TRASPORTATION
  • When using valet parking, be sure to leave only
    the ignition key with the attendant. Remove
    items that might tempt theft.
  • Park only in parking lots and garages that are
    well lit.
  • Park as close to exits/entrances as possible.
  • Lock your vehicle and close all windows tightly.
    Do not leave any valuables in the car and secure
    personal information from sight.
  • Ask for an escort if you do not feel safe.


13
HOTEL INFORMATION
  • Confirm airport and hotel reservations
  • Travelers should seek hotels that include
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Electronic Door Locks
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Fire Evacuation Chart
  • Stay between the 2nd and 3rd floors. (The
    ladders will easily be able to reach those
    floors, in the event of a fire).

14
HOTEL INFORMATION
  • When you leave your hotel, always try to carry
    something that identifies where you are staying.
    (Book of matches or something with hotel address)
    This way, if you get lost, it can be used as a
    reference.
  • Remember to use your hotel's safety deposit box
    for valuables, and always lock your hotel room
    and car.
  • Be aware of habits used in hotel rooms. For
    instance, keep personal items out of sight, to
    avoid theft or usage.
  • Leave on lights and televisions, while away from
    hotel room. Therefore, others can assume that
    someone is present in the room.

15
HOTEL SAFETY
  • After you enter your room, make sure the door
    closes securely and that the deadbolt works.
  • Keep the deadbolt and safety chain on at all
    times.
  • If the room does not have a dead bolt or
    heavy-duty security clasp, and only has a chain,
    be sure to twist it to take up the slack before
    latching it.
  • Never prop your hotel room door open.
  • Inspect windows and outside doors to make sure
    that they lock and operate properly. Make sure
    the lock on the adjoining door (if there is one)
    works.
  • Locate the telephone and learn how to quickly
    contact the front desk and make an outside call.
  • Never open the door to your room to anyone unless
    you know positively who they are.

16
HOTEL SAFETY
  • Some crooks dress up in hotel uniforms or pose as
    plainclothes security. Be cautious and always
    ask for the employee's name and call the front
    desk to verify that he or she is a legitimate
    employee who in fact needs to come to your room.
  • Locate the nearest fire exit and count the number
    of doors between your room and the exit.
  • Put your room key in the same place every time,
    preferably close to the bed, so if you have to
    leave the room in a hurry you won't lose time
    searching for your key.
  • Bring a small flashlight with you and keep it
    next to the bed with your room key.
  • If traveling with an associate, do not mention
    your room number in public places.
  • The "Do Not Disturb" sign serves as a sentry for
    your room if you leave it on the doorknob outside
    the room. It gives the impression you are still
    inside when you are not in the room.
  • If your bag is stolen from the hotel, recruit
    management to search for it. Most hotel
    robberies are committed by the staff.

17
HOTEL SAFETY
  • Hotel Fires
  • If the fire alarm sounds, get your room key, put
    on your shoes, and head for the door. If theres
    any smoke in your room, crawl. The fresh air you
    need to survive is near the floor.
  • A wet towel tied to cover your nose and mouth is
    an effective filter if you fold it in a triangle
    and put the bottom corner in your mouth.
  • Feel your door before proceeding into the
    hallway. If cool, leave your room and take your
    key. If hot, do not open the door.
  • If the hallway is clear, close the door behind
    you and proceed to the nearest exit. If the
    hallway is filled with smoke, crawl to the
    nearest exit. Stay against the wall to count the
    doorways.
  • If smoke is entering your room from beneath the
    door, use wet towels to block all openings.

18
HOTEL SAFETY
  • Call the front desk to tell them you are in the
    room.
  • Open your window only if smoke is not entering
    your room. Hang a sheet out the window to signal
    firefighters. If smoke begins to enter, shut the
    window immediately.
  • Never break open a window with a chair or other
    object. The air pressure will draw more smoke
    into the room and you may have to close it later
    if there is smoke outside.
  • Never jump from the third or higher floor.
  • Fill the tub with water and turn on the bathroom
    vent fan.
  • Use your ice bucket to bail water on the door.
    If they are hot, bail water on the walls also.
  • If there is a fire outside, move everything
    combustible away from the window.
  • Do not panic. Fight the fire until rescue
    personnel arrive.

19
HOTEL SAFETY
  • Laptop Safety in hotel rooms
  • If you really want to make sure your laptop is
    safe, leave it at the front desk and ask them to
    put it in the hotel safe.
  • If you leave your laptop in your room, use a
    security cable. Try attaching your laptop with
    the security cable to the pipe under the sink in
    the bathroom or some other spot that is anchored
    and can't be broken easily.

20
SAFETY MEASURES
  • Leave things like unnecessary credit cards and
    expensive jewelry at home.
  • Bring travelers checks, not cash.
  • Use a money belt or concealed pouch for passport,
    cash and other valuables.
  • Do not bring firearms or ammunition into Mexico
    without written permission from the Mexican
    government.

21
Things you should consider if going to Honda
location in Mexico
  • Must
  • Passport By Dec 31, 2006. Make sure it is
    valid. (Travelers should keep passports in a
    pocket that is not easily attainable by others.)
  • Airline Ticket
  • Honda ID
  • Uniform
  • Phone Cards
  • Travelers Checks you can take your cash advance
    to the Honda Federal Credit Union and get your
    checks there.
  • Safety Shoes
  • Honda ball cap and bump cap, if required.
  • Ear Plugs
  • Over the counter medications
  • Want
  • Laptop (if needed) must notify ISD x3222
  • Web Mail If an associate wishes to check their
    e-mail while in Mexico, they will need to contact
    IS to acquire access and a password to the web
    mail system.
  • Expense report Forms complete within 7 days of
    return
  • Do Not
  • Carry any weapons or sharp objects (knives,
    scissors, pointed objects), the airport will take
    them. Please read up on current policies for
    airport security.

22
AIRPORT SAFETY
  • Travelers need to be aware of their bags and
    personal items at all times.
  • Leaving bags, laptops, and briefcases unattended
    is one of the most common mistakes, made by
    business travelers. It only takes a second to
    get these items stolen.
  • BE VERY CAUTIOUS if asked by a stranger to hold
    their luggage or any item for them.
  • Be aware of surroundings at all times.

23
TRANSPORT SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (TSA)
  • Put all undeveloped film and cameras with film in
    your carry-on baggage. DO NOT put any film
    baggage that you plan on checking in. Screening
    equipment will damage undeveloped film.
  • Declare firearms ammunition to your airline and
    place them in your checked baggage.
  • If you wish to lock your baggage, use a
    TSA-recognized lock. This TSA-recognized locks
    can be bought in stores such as wal-mart.
    Otherwise DO NOT lock any baggage you plan on
    checking in.
  • Do not bring lighters or prohibited matches to
    the airport.
  • Do not pack wrapped gifts and do not bring
    wrapped gifts to the checkpoint. Wrap on arrival
    or ship your gifts prior to your departure.  TSA
    may have to unwrap packages for security reasons.

24
Before the Airport
  • Do not pack or bring Prohibited Items to the
    airport. Read the Permitted and Prohibited Items
    list.
  • Place valuables such as jewelry, cash and laptop
    computers in carry-on baggage only.   Tape your
    business card to the bottom of your laptop.
  • Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry and accessories
    that contain metal.  Metal items may set off the
    alarm on the metal detector.

25
Am I wearing the right shoes?
  • You are NOT REQUIRED to remove your shoes before
    you enter the walk-through metal detector.  
  • However, TSA screeners may encourage you to
    remove them before entering the metal detector as
    many types of footwear will require additional
    screening even if the metal detector DOES NOT
    alarm.  
  • Footwear that screeners will encourage you to
    remove because they are likely to require
    additional screening
  • Boots  
  • Platform shoes (including platform flip-flops)

26
Before the Airport
  • Avoid wearing shoes (safety shoes) that contain
    metal or have thick soles or heels.  Many types
    of footwear will require additional screening
    even if the metal detector does not alarm.
  • Pack a bottled water and over the counter
    medication i.e. Aleve, Tylenol in your carry on
    if plane movement bothers you.
  • Always have some cash while traveling. You might
    need to get a luggage cart at airport.
  • Allow at least 2 hours to check in at airport
    before your flight.
  • Always park in long term parking and remember the
    location.

27
What to do when you arrive in Mexico
  1. Passport Control Make sure you have properly
    filled out the disembarkation card and present it
    along with your passport if required to do so.
  2. Baggage Claim Check your flight number and
    proceed to the proper baggage turntable.
  3. Customs Inspection At this point, the money can
    be exchanged to pesos. (1.00 USD/United States
    Dollar 10.9687 MXN/Pesos)
  4. Now you need to proceed to the arrival lobby and
    continue with your option of transportation.

28
Extreme Situations
  • If Kidnapped,
  • Do not be resistant.
  • Give information needed.
  • Be quiet when necessary.
  • Do not try to escape.
  • IF EVER IN DANGER
  • AND IF ABLE TO, PLEASE ASK FOR
  • HELP FROM THE AMERICAN EMBASSY.

29
Departure Procedures
  1. Check in After arriving at the airport, proceed
    to a check-in counter. Check which airline you
    will be using and then proceed to the designated
    counter. Present your ticket and your passport
    and you will receive your boarding pass. (Dont
    forget to check your flight time and gate
    number).
  2. Security Check To prevent hijacking, all
    passengers are subject to baggage inspection and
    body searches. Follow the instructions of
    security personnel.
  3. Customs - You will need to go through customs to
    exchange your currency.
  4. Passport Control Present your passport,
    boarding pass, and embarkation card at the
    Passport Control counter.
  5. Boarding Check the departure time and gate
    number on your boarding pass and proceed to your
    departure gate.

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