Documents & health information for Central America, Mexico & Cuba
British Foreign & Commonwealth Advice:
Cox & Kings supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel Aware campaign to help you stay safe and healthy overseas. Find out more at FCO Travel Aware. The FCO website provides travel information for many countries around the world which includes advice on safety and security, entry requirements and health, as well as general information. Cox & Kings strongly recommends that you, and everyone on your booking, visit the FCO website and read the advice about the country you are planning to visit prior to booking. You should also revisit the advice regularly prior to your departure as it may change frequently. It is also possible to sign-up to receive FCO e-mail updates for your destination so you are aware of any changes to advice they issue and we recommend you do this. There are different levels of advice, and sometimes this includes advice against travelling to certain areas or countries. To check the current travel advice, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and follow @FCOTravel on Twitter and Facebook.com/fcotravel.
Health & entry requirements
All the destinations featured in this brochure have specific entry regulations and many have recommended health precautions. The requirements and recommendations in force at the time of publication are detailed below. If there are any alterations, you will be informed at the time of booking or as soon as these are known to us. However, it is your responsibility to check the relevant requirements and recommendations before departure to ensure that you comply with them, and to take with you the correct documentation for the country or countries that you are visiting.
Please note that the entry requirements listed are only valid for British citizens. All other nationalities should check with the relevant embassy/consulate for advice. Regarding any inoculations or health precautions that may be needed, Cox & Kings recommends that you consult your GP or travel clinic for personal advice.
Requirements and recommendations are as follows:
Costa Rica: AC*EFGHIJK
El Salvador: AC†EFGHI
Key to the codes:
A: Full valid British passport required (minimum six months validity from the intended date of return).
B: Visa required (see note).
B*: Visa required and can be obtained on arrival, please check requirements with your travel consultant.
B†: Visa required, to be completed online.
C: Yellow fever precautions advised.
C*: A yellow fever certificate is required if travelling from an infected country.
C†: A yellow fever certificate is required for all travellers more than one year old when travelling from an infected country.
D: Cholera precautions advised.
E: Typhoid, polio, rabies and hepatitis A precautions may be advised.
F: Malaria precautions advised.
G: Tetanus precautions advised.
H: Areas of high altitude – check with your GP for confirmation that it is safe for you to visit.
I: Food and drink precautions advised.
J: Diphtheria precautions advised.
K: Hepatitis B precautions advised.
Changes to requirements and recommendations: The above information is accurate at the time of writing (June 2019). Cox & Kings will advise you before accepting your booking should there be any subsequent changes to the above recommendations and requirements. You should contact your GP or visit the MASTA (Medical Advice Service for Travellers Abroad) website at www.masta-travel-health.com where you can receive professional advice as well as arrange any vaccinations. Further country-specific useful health advice for travellers can be found via the NHS and FCO.
General health advice
Please see the advice regarding inoculations for specific countries above. For more general advice, please note the following:
Drink only bottled water and check the seal is secure when you receive it.
Do not eat raw vegetables, unpeeled fruit, and raw or uncooked seafood.
Avoid drinks with ice in unless you know that the ice was made from filtered water.
Avoid food and drink from street vendors and restaurants that might have suspect refrigeration and sanitary practices.
Chikungunya virus: In 2014 there was an outbreak of Chikungunya virus with cases reported in countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and also in the USA. This virus often occurs after the rainy seasons when mosquitoes breed more actively. The best way to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellents and wearing appropriate clothing. Medical attention must be sought for any feverish illness experienced while travelling or on your return home. For more details, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.
Passports & embassies
This advice is only valid for British citizen passport holders. Holders of any other type of British passport (eg British subjects) or of any other nationality must contact the relevant embassy/consulate (details listed below). It is important that you hold a valid 10-year British passport and we recommend that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months from your date of return to the UK. Passport application forms can be obtained from the post office or online at www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports. The passport advice telephone line is on 0300 222 0000 (calls are charged at national rate). Whether renewing your passport or applying for a new one, all relevant information can be found on the website or by telephoning the number above. The cost for a postal application is £72.50 and takes a minimum of three weeks to obtain from the date of application.
Information on visas may be obtained from the respective embassies and high commissions at the following addresses:
Belize High Commisson, Third Floor, 45 Crawford Place, London W1H 4LP. Tel: 020 7723 3603.
Costa Rican Embassy & Consulate, 23 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, London W1C 2AS. Tel: 020 7629 3111.
El Salvador Embassy, 2nd floor, 8 Dorset Square, London NW1 6PU. Tel: 020 7224 9800.
Guatemalan Embassy, 105 a Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW. Tel: 020 7221 7448.
Embassy of Honduras, 4th Floor, 136 Baker Street, London W1U 6UD. Tel: 020 7486 4880.
Mexican Embassy, 16 St George St, Hannover Square, London W1S 1FD. Tel: 020 7499 8586.
Nicaraguan Consulate, Vicarage House, 58-60 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4DB.
Tel: 020 7938 2373.
Consulate of Panama, 40 Hertford Street, London W1J 7SH. Tel: 020 7493 4646.
For British citizens, a tourist card is required for entry into some Latin American countries. These may be obtained and completed on all international flights, excluding flights to Cuba. Please remember to retain each card for your departure from the country. It is not necessary to purchase tourist cards prior to departure, except for Cuba.
For Cuba, Cox & Kings can process your tourist card which costs £15 plus a £15 handling fee. A photocopy of your passport is required.
If you are not a British citizen and do require a visa, Cox & Kings can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your travel consultant for details.
Neither Cox & Kings nor any visa assistance company can guarantee the granting of any visas, as this is a matter outside of their control. If a visa is not granted through no fault of Cox & Kings or any visa assistance company, neither will accept any liability for the consequences. Therefore Cox & Kings reserves the right to pass on to you any costs incurred as a result, including cancellation charges.