Cozumel (Mayan: Island of the Swallows) is an island located in the Caribbean Sea off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, across from Playa del Carmen. Cozumel has long been a tourist destination for its resorts, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The main town on the island is San Miguel de Cozumel.
In 1960, Jacques Cousteau was introduced by locals to the beauty of Palancar Reef, the coral reefs at the south of Cozumel and publicized it as one of the best places to go scuba diving in the world. Scuba diving is still one of Cozumel’s primary attractions, mainly due to the healthy coral reef marine communities. These coral reefs are protected from the open ocean by the island’s natural geography. In 1996, the government of Mexico also established the Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, forbidding anyone from touching or removing any marine life within the park boundaries.
Even though Cozumel is Mexican territory this island is a very friendly laid back. The main source of income for Cozumel is the Tourist trade. There are more than 300 restaurants on the island and just as many hotels, some of which run dive operations, have swimming pools, private docks, and multiple dining facilities.
Since March 1, 2010, all U.S. citizens – including children – have been required to present a valid passport or passport card for travel beyond the “border zone” into the interior of Mexico. The “border zone” is generally defined as an area within 20 to 30 kilometers of the border with the U.S., depending on the location. Regardless of the destination in Mexico; however, all U.S. citizens age 16 or older must present a valid U.S. passport book or passport card to re-enter the U.S. by land. A passport book is required to return to the United States via an international flight.
Travelers are required to have a valid Forma Migratoria Múltiple (FMM), also known as a tourist card or visa. The FMM is a form that declares the traveler’s stated purpose of visit as tourism, and is valid for 180 days. International air travelers should receive their FMM during their flight and the fee is already included in the price of the flight.
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