A GUIDE TO PERSONAL SECURITY
MEXICO TRAVEL ADVISORIES
The U.S. Department of State recently issued travel advisories for every country, alerting American citizens of safety risks. For Mexico, advisories are issued for individual states and Mexico City. These advisories range from level 1 to level 4, with level 1 being the least severe and level 4 being the most severe.
Since the beginning of the year six states in Mexico have level 4 "Do Not Travel" warnings: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. Seven more states have Level 3 "Reconsider Travel" warnings. All but two of the remaining states have level 2 "Exercise Increased Caution" warnings due to high crime rates.
Ensuring the security of air travel to Mexico is a shared responsibility among the aviation industry, security professionals, and passengers. By staying informed and following recommended safety protocols, travellers can contribute to a safer environment while minimising potential risks.
John Cauthen, MedAire’s Director Aviation & Maritime Security
TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELING SAFELY IN MEXICO
Mexico is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, rich culture, and delicious cuisine, making it a fascinating place to explore. However, like any country, taking precautions is essential to ensure safety. Navigating your trip to Mexico confidently and securely involves taking certain precautions and staying informed. In this guide to personal security, MedAire recommends safe travel practices.
STICK TO WELL-KNOWN TOURIST AREAS AND WELL-LIT STREETS, AVOIDING DOWNTOWN AREAS AFTER DARK
While tourist zones of popular destinations are generally safer, crime still occurs. Therefore, travellers should stay in tourist areas along well-lit pedestrian streets, avoiding downtown Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen after dark.
USE TRANSPORTATION CAUTIOUSLY
Opt for regulated taxi stands, reputable ride-sharing services, or well-known car rental companies. Utilise toll roads when available and avoid driving at night or in high-risk areas.
STAY UPDATED ON REGIONAL SAFETY LEVELS
Regularly check travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State for individual states and Mexico City. Avoid high-risk areas with level 3 "Reconsider Travel" or level 4 "Do Not Travel" warnings.
SELECT ACCOMMODATIONS CAREFULLY
Choose reputable hotels or resorts, preferably in tourist areas with increased security measures. Look for safety features like 24-hour security, surveillance cameras, and in-room safes for your belongings.
MAINTAIN A LOW PROFILE
Dress modestly, limit flashy jewellery, and avoid displaying large amounts of cash or expensive electronics. Travel in groups when possible and avoid going out alone, particularly at night or in unfamiliar areas.
REGISTER WITH THE SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP)
Enroll in STEP to receive updates from the U.S. Embassy on safety and security conditions in Mexico. This program also helps the embassy locate and assist you during emergencies.
STAY CONNECTED AND SHARE YOUR ITINERARY
Keep your phone charged and share your travel plans with friends or family members. Provide them with contact information for accommodations and transportation providers.
EXERCISE CAUTION WITH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Be mindful of your alcohol intake, as excessive consumption can impair judgment and increase vulnerability to crime. In addition, be aware of counterfeit alcohol, which can lead to serious health complications or even death.
CARRY A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR PASSPORT
Keep a photocopy of your passport and other essential documents separate from the originals. If your passport is lost or stolen, this can speed up the replacement process.
AVOID DRIVING INTO MEXICO FROM THE U.S. BORDER AND OPT FOR FLYING OR ARRIVING BY SHIP INSTEAD
Although driving across the border may seem like a convenient way to travel to Mexico, it can pose a higher risk of encountering crime, especially along the highways close to the border. Choosing alternative transportation methods can significantly increase your safety while travelling.
At MedAire, our goal is to provide travellers with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate their journey safely. By being proactive and taking the right precautions, visitors can appreciate all Mexico offers without compromising their well-being.
Bill Dolny, CEO of MedAire
Despite the challenges and risks associated with travel to Mexico, the country continues to be a vibrant and attractive destination for millions of American tourists. By staying informed, exercising vigilance, and following the tips outlined in this guide, travellers can confidently enjoy Mexico's rich cultural experiences and natural beauty. Additionally, MedAire supports travellers' safety, offering medical and security advice and assistance in emergencies. Ultimately, a well-prepared and cautious approach to travel will allow visitors to have a safe and enjoyable trips.