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Safety in Mexico

Before continuing

We highly recommend reading the State Department’s Country Specific Information about Mexico, and enrolling in the Smart Traveler program before leaving.

Below, we have a brief summary of their report, and contact information for the U.S. Embassy. Please also feel free to contact us directly with any safety questions or concerns:

Important Phone Numbers

  • Ambulancia / Ambulance: 911
  • Bomberos / Fire Department: 911
  • Carabineros / Police Department: 911
  • US Embassy: 011-52-55-5080-2000

The U.S. State Department on Safety in Mexico

The US State Department currently has a travel warning in effect for Mexico, broken up by region. To read the whole warning, click here. A safe trip to Mexico is possible, but it is achieved largely by sticking to the beaten path. Carefully heed the Areas with Travel Advisories section. It’s a long list, but there are still plenty of amazing places to visit that are not on there. Or some can be visited with the warnings provided.

Civil Unrest: Demonstrations are common throughout all of Mexico, can turn violent, and often block roads. Mexican law also prohibits foreigners from participating in such demonstrations, which means getting involved could lead to arrest or deportation.

Road Safety: Driving during the day in Mexico is generally safe. However, driving at night should be avoided and you should stick to toll roads as opposed to free roads. While tourists usually aren’t a common target, highway robbery and carjacking are common in Mexico. And police are also known to pull people over in search of receiving a bribe. So if these are all things you don’t want to worry about, stick to public transportation.

Only take public buses during daylight hours and only take taxis you have called for or booked in advance. Don’t flag taxis down off the street. Uber is also popular and a considerably safe option in major cities.

Health: First responders aren’t always considered to be up to standards, but hospitals themselves in major Mexican cities are of excellent quality. However, complaints have been placed over some private hospitals in popular tourist areas regarding unethical methods when it comes to their bills.

Crime: Mexico has developed a dangerous reputation, and that isn’t entirely undeserved.

There are threats such as armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault. However, travelers don’t tend to be met with these more serious crimes, especially if you stay on the beaten path and use caution. Definitely don’t carry a lot of cash, never flash it, and keep a close eye on any beverages, even if you’re in resort areas. Avoid beaches at night and take taxis at night instead of walking through potentially dangerous places. Just be sure to call for those taxis as opposed to flagging them down.

The threat travelers are most commonly faced with is petty theft, meaning extra caution should be exercised with valuables. Don’t keep them out of display for any longer than necessary and consider wearing a money belt under your clothes.

Areas with Travel Advisories:

Embassy Information