2 MAIN MEETING OF THE OZONACTION NETWORK FOR THE LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN OCTOBER Mexico, D.F. LOGISTICS INFORMATION GUIDE
3 Place and date of the Meeting The meeting will take place from October 6 to 8, 2010, Camino Real Hotel, Santa Fé, México City. Language Spanish is the official language and the main language for nearly all the habitants of the city. However, due to their metropolis character, from its pre-hispanic origin, indigenous languages or foreign languages, mainly English, can be heard regularly. The working languages for the Meeting are Spanish and English and there will be simultaneous interpretation. Meeting Organizers United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/ROLAC). Ozone Layer Protection Unit Mexico. Hotel Information Check in 15:00 Hrs Check out 13:00 Hrs Camino Real Hotel (Santa Fé) González Camarena No. 300, Col. Centro Ciudad Santa Fe México, D. F. Contact person: José Luis Gutiérrez García y Penélope Saavedra Telephone: +52 (55) Celular: +52 (1) (55) Fax: +52 (55) Web Page:
4 Mexico D.F. Information Mexico City is located in the center of the country, bounded by mountains within the remains of an ancient lake at an average altitude of 2,300 meters above sea level. Being located in the historical and geographical center of the country, the capital is connected by land to all its destinations. Its average altitude is 2,235 meters above sea level. Weather in Mexico City Mexico City has an average temperature of 16ºC, which can range between 11 and 24ºC. The main variations are along the day: cool in the early morning and evening and warm during the day. General Information All participants who have confirmed their participations will have a reservation made as part of UNEP/ROLAC group. In the case of participants sponsored by UNEP, the rooms have been booked and paid in advanced. Also, breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner and respective taxes will be covered by UNEP. Participants should make the check out on their own and should cover personal charges such as: room service, telephone and laundry. Travel Documents The documentation that visitor is required to enter Mexico is: Photo ID (eg. driver s license) Corresponding Visa (if necessary, see attached list, page 8) Passport Tourist immigration form. This document has two parts: It is the authorization by the Mexican government to visit Mexico. It is issued free of charge, airlines usually have then available at the time of check in for your flight, this form of migration can be extended for 180 days. Some advices related to this document are: Try not to lose the blue copy which will be delivering to you with the official stamp after passing the immigration formalities. You must surrender to authorities so as to leave the country. Note down your tourist immigration form number and keep it in a safe place. Do not mutilate or mistreat your copy; remember you must give it to the authorities to leave the country. If you need a visa, you can obtain it at Mexican embassies and consulates in the country of origin. Its validity is for 90 days. It may be renewed if necessary. Mexico does not require vaccines to enter the country.
5 Flight ticket and per diem supplement Those who receive financial support provided by UNEP, the route and the electronic key will be sent in advance to print your ticket. In order to deliver the correspondent supplement per diem in accordance with UNEP rules, participants will be required to submit UNEP staff the following documents: A copy of your Passport (include a copy of the sheet with the photo of the participant) Original boarding pass of your flights Taxes It has been ensured that in all air tickets sponsored by UNEP, the airport departure tax of the country of origin has been paid. Medical Requirements The meeting participants should travel in good health conditions or take with them their regular medication. In case of medical emergency, the participant must have an international health insurance or pay their expenses. Exchange rate The currency use in Mexico is the peso. The official exchange rates in local banks are as follows: EQUIVALENT IN MEXICAN PESOS CURRENCY RATE AMOUNT SALE BUY U.S. Dollar US $1 $13.00 $12.90 Euro 1 $ $16.63 Exchange rate at September 10, 2010
6 Airport-Hotel Transportation Benito Juárez International Airport is approximately 1:30 hours away from the Hotel. This calculation was performed on a traffic-free time (traffic of Mexico City is very unpredictable, and peak hours are varied and very extensive). Furthermore, the approximate cost of a taxi from the airport to the hotel, range from US$30 40 U.S. Dollar. Transport Staff from the Protection of Ozone Layer Unit from Mexico, will support by receiving the participants at the airport with a banner sign and will assist the participants in making sure that a taxi transfer them to the hotel meeting. Each participant must arrange their transfer hotel-airport at the hotel reception. Security in Mexico Mexico City is in Phase I Precautionary level according to the United Nations Safety Department, so we recommended all the participants to take the necessary precautions when you are outside the hotel. On this regard, we recommended the use of authorized positions taxis known as Taxi Site located outside the airport terminal (1 and 2), as well as in all places of the city, or use taxis authorized by the hotel. DO NOT TAKE other kind of taxis due to the high rate of kidnappings. Additionally, we recommended using only ATMs in Banks or hotels. Phone calls The Mexico City Code is 55 and the country code is 52, so if you need to call to the City from the interior of the country you have to dial local number. If you need to call from abroad you have to dial local number.
7 Contacts Agustín Sanchez Guevara Protection of the Ozone Layer Unit Coordinator (UPO) México Telephone +52 (55) Celular: + 52 (1) (55) Karla Rojas Rodríguez International Affaires UPO México Telephone +52 (55) Celular: + 52 (1) (55) Mirian Vega United Nations Environment Programme Officer Telephone: + (507) Joella Hayams United Nations Environment Programme Assistant Telephone: + (507)
8 Countries who required visa to enter Mexico/ Países que requieren visa para entrar a México Ordinary Passport/ Pasaporte Official Passport/ Country/País ordinario Pasaporte Oficial Antigua Barbuda YES (USD.36.00) YES Argentina NO NO Bahamas NO YES Barbados NO NO Belice/Belize NO YES Brasil/Brazil YES (USD.36.00) NO Bolivia YES NO Colombia YES NO Costa Rica NO NO Chile NO NO Cuba YES (USD.36.00) YES Dominica YES (USD.36.00) YES Ecuador YES (USD.36.00) YES El Salvador NO NO Grenada YES (USD.36.00) YES Guatemala YES NO Guyana YES (USD.36.00) NO Haiti YES (USD.36.00) YES Jamaica NO NO Nicaragua YES NO Paraguay NO NO Panamá NO NO Perú YES NO República Dominicana YES YES St. Kitts YES (USD.36.00) YES St. Lucia YES (USD.36.00) NO St. Vincent YES (USD.36.00) NO Surinam/Suriname YES (USD.36.00) YES Trinidad & Tobago NO NO Uruguay NO NO Venezuela NO NO USA NO NO Alemania/Germany NO NO Comunidad Europea/European Community (Eslovaquia, Estonia, Letonia, Luxemburgo, Malta, Polonia, Rep.Checa, Liechtestein) NO -- YES Inglaterra/England NO NO Please note that any citizens who holds a valid USA tourist visa stamped in his/her ordinary passport, is not required a visa to enter Mexico. CABE SEÑALAR QUE CUALQUIER EXTRANJERO DE CUALQUIER NACIONALIDAD QUE TENGA UNA VISA VIGENTE DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA NO REQUIERE VISA PARA MEXICO EN PASAPORTE ORDINARIO.
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