Travel Attractions – Travel Advisory for Mexico
The Mexico State Department recently issued a Travel Advisory, level three. This means that you should reconsider your plans to visit.
The first level of this advisory was issued because of COVID-19, but the current warnings also include increased crime and kidnapping risks. As a result, you should exercise extra caution especially in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
Think about your need to travel
Avoid non-essential travel. Make sure you do your research to ensure that your insurance covers you. You should take extra precautions if you travel to reduce the risk of being attacked by security or health hazards.
Reconsider your travel to Michoacan (except Morelia, Lazaro Cardenas, and the Monarch butterfly reserve), Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains, southern Chihuahua, and the states, Guerrero (including Acapulco), North eastern Sinaloa and North-western Durango. South-eastern Sonora (except the Chihuahua Pacific Railway), Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas.
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- COVID-19 is still a concern.
- Mexico is a country where Zika virus and malaria are possible. Before you travel, make sure you consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
- It is home to many insect-borne diseases such as Chagas disease, Chikungunya, and dengue fever. Make sure your accommodation is bug-proof. Use insect repellent.
- Mexico’s high elevations are a part of its territory. In winter, when temperatures are low, air pollution can cause serious health problems. If you have any breathing, heart or lung problems, consult your doctor before you go.
- Travelers should be aware that Mexico has high rates of violent crime, particularly involving drugs. While the country is largely safe, there are areas where crime levels have increased.
- The most dangerous areas to visit include the capital, Mexico City, and the state of Sonora, which is a center for international human trafficking networks.
- In addition, gang activity and violent crime are endemic in many Mexican cities, including the state of Tamaulipas.
- The country’s Pacific coastline is part of the Ring of Fire, and earthquakes on the “Cocos” or “Rivera” plate can trigger local tsunami, as well as remote ones.
- You should be aware that the hazard for Mexico will vary greatly depending on the location, the shape of the coastline, and the state of the tide.
- The State Office of Proteccion Civil (CP) issued bulletins on social media informing residents of tsunamis. The bulletins did not specifically state to leave the coast. However, they recommended caution because of higher waves and strong currents.
- A visa will be issued upon arrival for tourists who are visiting the country for less than 180 days. You will need to complete a Multiple Immigration Form (FMM), and ensure that your passport is stamped upon arrival by immigration officials. You can be denied entry or expelled at any time. For the most current information, you should contact the Mexican consulate or high commission nearest to you.
- You must be fully vaccinated to cross the border between Mexico (US) and Mexico. You must show proof of your COVID-19 vaccine and provide a written attestation to support your travel plans.
- Mexico may experience periodic closures at its land border with Guatemala and Belize. Please check with the authorities before you travel or cross the border.
- The COVID-19 measures are determined state-by-state. To indicate the state’s COVID-19 risk, the Government established a “traffic light” system. For more information about each state, local government websites can be found. COVID-19-related measures may change rapidly so make sure to check back frequently.
- A valid Australian driver’s license is required to drive in Mexico. Before you drive, learn about local road safety laws and driving rules. Use only first-class buses or registered taxis if you are using public transport. Ride-sharing services are a better option than taxis. The crime rates on intercity buses are very high, especially after darkness.
- Before you buy or invest in property, get legal advice. This includes time-shares. Mexican property law can be complex.
- Mexico has some laws that make it illegal to do certain activities. These include driving without insurance and political activity. Make sure you are familiar with and adhere to local laws.
- It is illegal to possess or export ancient Mexican artifacts, or carry firearms or ammunition without a permit. Before you travel to Mexico, apply for a firearm permit at the Mexican consulate or embassy.
- Some Mexican States allow same-sex marriage, but others are more conservative. Travelers who are LGBTI should limit their public displays of affection.
If you plan on travelling to Mexico :
- remain vigilant at all times
- stay in tourist areas
- be very cautious on major highways
- avoid travelling at night
- monitor local media closely
FAQs About Mexico’s Travel Advisory
What is the travel advisory for Mexico?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that Mexico has a high COVID-19 level. For the most current Travel Health Information, visit the CDC page. Don’t Travel to: Colima state because of crime and kidnapping .
What documents do you need to travel to Mexico?
U.S. citizens need to present a valid U.S. card or passport, and an entry permit (Forma Migratoria Multiple (FMM)) from Instituto Nacional de Migracion. Even if they are not in the border zone, travelers should ensure that they have valid proof of their vehicle registration before entering Mexico.