The country of Mexico has long been one of the most popular vacation spots for Canadians.
According to the Government of Canada, more than 1.8 million Canadians visited Mexico in 2022 alone. In 2019, the last year that wasn’t significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico welcomed a record 2.3 million Canadian visitors.
The Government of Canada also reports that more than 400,000 Mexicans visited Canada in 2022. With the peak of the pandemic behind us, that number should only increase in the coming years as well.
If you’re a resident of Ontario planning a trip to “El Tri”, there are several travel tips to keep in mind before you formally book your vacation. Remember that when you want to go online for some recreation, you will find that the law allows you to play at online casinos apps in Ontario.
Through these apps, you’ll be able to place sports wagers while also enjoying your favorite casino games like poker, blackjack, roulette, and slots, among others.
Here are some tips to consider if you’re planning a trip from Ontario to Mexico.
Flying From Ontario To Mexico
A simple search on Expedia.ca, and you’ll find a long list of good Ontario-to-Mexico travel deals through Mexico’s Volaris airline.
Air Canada, one of the nation’s top airlines, is always offering good deals on round trips from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to the Mexico City International Airport. For instance, if you’re planning a 10-day trip and departing from Toronto, you can get a quality round-trip deal for about $650 Canadian.
Let’s say you’re planning to fly from Toronto into Cancún, one of Mexico’s most popular destinations for tourists. American Airlines and Delta also offer quality round trips — from Toronto to the Cancún International Airport — for under $800 Canadian.
You could also look to fly out of Ottawa, Hamilton, or another major Ontario city. But generally speaking, you’ll find the best Ontario-to-Mexico flight deals from the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
First things first. As you’ll be entering a different country, you’ll have to have a valid passport.
You’ll have to show your passport to authorities when you first arrive in Mexico, and to border officers when you come back to Canada. If you don’t have a passport, you won’t be able to travel.
Border officials will also want to know simple details like your reason for travel (work, recreation/vacation, wedding, schooling, etc.), the length of your trip as well as your place of stay.
For convenience and time-saving purposes, it is also wise to bring documentation and show it to border officials. If you’re traveling to Mexico for a wedding, for example, you should show them a wedding invitation as well as proof of your hotel reservation.
When you’re flying back into Canada from Mexico, you’ll be required to fill out a declaration form. You’ll need to declare your items of purchase (clothing, souvenirs, foods/liquor, etc.) with a good estimate of how much money you spent during your vacation.
If you don’t declare certain items, you could be subject to a significant fine. Honesty is always the best policy, so don’t avoid declaring items. You could also be required to undergo additional checks, which would only add more time, hassle, and stress to your trek back home.
Pack Plenty Of Summer Clothes
As opposed to Canada’s well-documented cold weather — especially the freezing Winter conditions — Mexico is among the world’s warmest destinations. It’s no wonder that millions flock to Mexico every year, wanting to soak in the beautiful sun before cooling off in the inviting waters.
Residents of Ontario are obviously used to lots of rain, humidity, and snow year-round. You may be used to packing a lot of warm clothes (jackets, sweaters, toques, gloves, boots, scarves, etc.) for getaways, but you should mostly focus on summer clothes for a trip to Mexico.
Yes, you’ll want a good pair of walking shoes. But if you’re staying in a resort and/or planning lots of time on the beach, be sure to load up on t-shirts, muscle shirts, towels, and shorts. Most definitely bring at least a pair of sandals and water shoes, too.
Mexico will get the occasional rain or snow during the winter season. You should pack at least one set of quality winter clothes but definitely prioritize a summery wardrobe for your vacation to Mexico.