Travel and Visa information
How to get to Mérida. What to do to get a visa.
Travel to Mérida
Many flights from Asia, Europe, United States and South America to México arrive in México City. If you arrive in México City, you can get a connection flight to Mérida, Yucatán.
There are at least 16 daily flights from México City to Mérida, the ticket price is approximately 500 USD if you fly by Aeromexico or Mexicana.
There are other flight options to travel to Mérida, flying to Cancún directly from the United States (Miami – Cancún – Mérida; Los Angeles – Cancún – Mérida), from Argentina (Buenos Aires – Panama – Cancún), from Brazil (Sao Paulo – Panamá – Cancún) as well as charter flights from Europe.
Visitors coming to México from Asia and Africa without a valid American VISA, can travel via Europe (e.g., Moscow or New Delhi – Paris – México), Canada (Tokyo – Vancouver – México), or directly to México (Tokyo – México).
If you arrive in Cancún from Europe, United States or South America, you may use public transport to Mérida. In this case, go to the central bus station (Terminal de Autobuses de Oriente ADO) located in downtown Cancún (approx. 30 minutes from the airport) and take a bus to the Hotel Fiesta Americana in Mérida. Buses leave hourly, the ticket price is 20 USD and the time to Mérida is approximately 3.30 hours (321 kilometers). Alternatively, you may rent a car at the airport. The toll highway Cancún – Mérida is in excellent condition.
If you arrive in México City, you can also take a bus to Mérida, which leaves from the East Bus Station (Terminal de Autobuses de Oriente). You take a taxi from the airport to the bus station. The ride to Mérida from México City is a little bit uncomfortable and long, though (20 hours). The price for the ticket is about 100 USD.
A valid passport is required for entry into México. Delegates from some countries will also need a visa. Detailed information is available through the Web site of the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores: (http://www.sre.gob.mx/english/services/visasforeigners.htm). For definitive information, please contact your nearest Mexican consulate.
Invitation letters for visa applications will be provided by the organizers upon request. Delegates who need invitation letters should contact the NOC by email or Fax providing full name, nationality, affiliation, current address, place and date of birth. To identify their activities in the cosmic-ray field, applicants are kindly requested to send the submission numbers of the ICRC2007 abstracts including their name as one of the authors or a list of three major recent publications.
A preferred treatment of visa requests for the participation in the 30th ICRC has been authorised by the Mexican immigration authorities. This decision has been communicated to the Mexican consulates world-wide. You can get a copy of the letter authorising tourist visas for 30 days for ICRC participants and of the letter clarifying the visa fee to be $36US. We recommend that you print the letters and bring them with you when you apply for your visa, in case the information failed to reach the person handling your request.
The 30th International Comic Ray Conference will be conducted in accordance with IUPAP principles as stated in ICSU Document "Universality of Science" (sixth edition, 1989) regarding free circulation of scientists for international purposes. In particular, no bona fide scientist will be excluded from participation on the grounds of national origin, nationality, or political considerations.