Travelling to the conference

Some information for people travelling from outside Mexico

Map

A map of important conference venues, interesting locations and nearby hotels is available on Google Maps.

Check the conference venue page for more information about the conference locations.

Visas

Visas are not required for tourists and visiting businessfolk from the USA, the European Union, and some other countries. The Mexican National Institute of Migration publishes this useful list.

Weather

At the end of October, the temperature in Mexico City typically ranges from 9℃ to 22℃ (49℉ to 72℉), with an average rainfall of 3 cm (1.2 in). Ocasionally, it can get quite cold (even around the freezing point) during the night and in the mornings, so pack some warm clothes as well!

Health and safety

Over the past few months, Mexico has been in the news in ways that cast it in an unflattering light. The two obvious questions for visitors are: swine flu and violent crime. Do these really have an effect on travelers coming to Mexico City to participate in Typ09?

Health: Although swine flu (H1N1 influenza) was first detected in Mexico, it is now an important health concern anywhere in the world; there is nothing about Mexico that makes you more likely to contract swine flu than you would be at home. (On May 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of State informed that the health warning relating to the 2009-H1N1 influenza outbreak is no longer in effect, i.e. that it is safe to travel to Mexico.)

It’s worth paying attention to, and taking the usual practical hygiene precautions (such as washing your hands regularly). But the fact seems to be that we’re no more or less at risk from swine flu in Mexico City than anywhere else in this interconnected world.

If you’re not from Mexico, you should probably avoid drinking ordinary tap water there. Similarly, you might want to be careful about eating fresh fruit or vegetables from street vendors. This is a precaution one might take anywhere that has a different bacterial spectrum. Indeed, the Mexicans have to be careful what they eat in New York or Berlin.

Safety: Mexico City is a big city, and like any big city, it has its hazards. If you’re a smart traveler, you’ll get some information before you go: find out first what to watch out for, what to avoid, and how to behave. This is true no matter where you’re traveling to. Some useful links are published below.

If you don’t speak Spanish, we suggest what we would suggest to any international traveler: learn a few useful words (yes, no, please, thank you, excuse me), keep an open mind, and be willing to approach a new place on its own terms. The people you encounter will most likely be friendly and willing to help, especially if you make an effort to meet them halfway.

The downtown area of Mexico City, the Centro Histórico, where our main program will take place, is a safe place to walk around. The workshops and TypeTech will be held on the suburban hillside campus of Anáhuac University, a beautiful, secure environment. We will provide bus service between downtown and the university for the workshop/TypeTech days.

Links with Mexico travel information