I just received my e-tickets for a Feb. trip to our San Bruno beach house and on the top was a new travel advisory regarding the exchange of US dollars for pesos.
A friend reported to me that she had issues changing US dollars in a Merida bank last week.
Here is the advisory I received:
NEW RULE FOR THE EXCHANGE OF U.S. CURRENCY IN MEXICO
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT HAS PUT IN PLACE A NEW RULE THAT
APPLIES TO THE EXCHANGE OF U.S. DOLLARS TO MEXICAN PESOS.
THIS NEW MEASURE APPLIES TO MONEY EXCHANGED IN BANKS AND IN CURRENCY EXCHANGE
OFFICES ONLY AND DOES NOT APPLY TO WITHDRAWALS MADE FROM AUTOMATED TELLERS
(ATMs), OR TO PURCHASES AND TRANSACTIONS MADE WITH CREDIT CARDS OR DEBIT CARDS.
IT IS POSSIBLE THAT CERTAIN HOTELS AND/OR BUSINESSES MAY REFUSE THE PAYMENTS
MADE WITH U.S. DOLLARS IN CASH. THEREFORE, WE RECOMMEND THAT CLIENTS CARRY A
CREDIT CARD, A DEBIT CARD, AND/OR MEXICAN PESOS AND/OR CANADIAN DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONSULT THE NOTICE ISSUED BY FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND
INTERNATIONAL TRADE OF CANADA AT: