Mexico Travel Warnings

Mexico is a beautiful country that is filled with history and adventure. Yet too much adventure on a vacation can be a bad thing. Make sure you stay safe by being aware of Mexico travel warnings and safety precautions. Always be aware of your surroundings and possible threats.

Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been a huge concern for travelers over the past few months. Many travelers feel that the virus will create unsafe conditions and health concerns. It’s important to understand the threats that this virus poses before becoming panicked or changing your vacation plans.

This virus poses no general health threats to the majority of the population. The most common way that this virus spreads is through a mosquito bite. The person infected generally experiences the symptoms of a light cold or flu; often the whites of the eyes can turn red, and this can be slightly scary for some people. The virus passes for most people within a few days to weeks.

The biggest health concern of this virus is in women who are pregnant or who are planning on becoming pregnant. The virus can cause birth defects in some babies or lead to early termination of pregnancy. Many women who are pregnant choose to delay their plans of traveling to Mexico until the virus is under control. If you’re not pregnant or not planning on becoming pregnant, you probably don’t need to cancel your plans right away.

Scientists believe the disease could also be sexually transmitted, so couples should abstain from activity that could lead to the spread of the virus too.

Mosquito Repellents

© Mike Mozart - Use of Mosquito Repellents Recommended

Hurricane Season

Mexico’s hurricane season can last for up to several months. Mexico is a large country, so the hurricane season also varies depending the location, too. Generally, the hurricane season here lasts from June to August. Some parts of Mexico see heavy rains all the way through November too. It’s a good idea to check out the months that are affected by hurricane season in the areas where you’re traveling.

The areas that are most commonly affected are those on the coastlines. In the East, the Yucatan Peninsula is generally hit the hardest. This includes the Cancun area. In the West, the entire coastline can be affected.

If you want to travel to Mexico between June and November, you might consider visiting one of the destinations in the central areas of the country. Many visitors love heading to the rainforest or mountains during these months. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to visit Mexico in January, February, March or April.

Though hurricane season only lasts from June through November, the rainy season begins in May. Areas like Mazatlán are heavily affected by the rain. Most tourists don’t want to chance being rained-in for their entire vacation and head to these areas from December through April.

Tropical Storms, Mexico Pacific Coast

© NASA GOES Project - Tropical Storms, Pacific Coast, Mexico

Crime and Violence

Just like any other country, Mexico experiences a certain level of crime. The best way to safeguard yourself from becoming a victim of a crime or violence on your vacation is to use common sense. You don’t want to make yourself out to be a target for possible criminals.

Many crimes against tourists in Mexico include petty theft or pickpocketing. No one wants you to get hurt, but the possibility of getting hurt is still real. One of the best ways to safeguard your bank account is to tell your bank about your travel plans. Ask your bank to limit the amount of money you can withdraw. This way, if someone kidnaps you and doesn’t release you until you make an ATM withdrawal, you’ll only lose a few hundred dollars and not your entire savings account.

Don’t flaunt wealth or expensive accessories either. Don’t even wear fake diamond earrings if they look real; the thief might not know the difference. Don’t wear expensive shoes, watches or jewelry. If you look like you have money, you could become an easier target.

Make photocopies of your passport and identification cards. Leave these copies in your hotel safe. There are plenty of travel apps that save this information for you too. Don’t carry your smartphone or cellphone with you everywhere. The more your nose is buried in a smartphone, the less time you have to be aware of your surroundings.

 

Beware of Pickpockets

© Francisco Uhlfelder - Beware of Pickpockets

 

Terrorism in Mexico

Our world is constantly changing. Nearly every major city in the world now deals with terrorist threats on a daily basis. These types of threats can be a possibility wherever you travel, so you should make a contingency plan. You probably won’t ever need to use this plan, but it’s a good idea to have a plan in place.

The United State government’s website offers information about the possibility of terrorist threats in other countries. Luckily, Mexico’s threat is extremely low – especially compared to many other countries. Terrorists generally target areas that have highly concentrated populations.

Currently, the largest threat in Mexico is posed against British delegates and consulate members. Unless you belong to one of these two groups of people, you don’t need to worry about terrorism in Mexico. The government recommends that you stay abreast of current affairs near the time of your trip, so you understand the current political climate.

Many outside factors can affect Mexican travel, so be aware of possible threats from other countries too. One of the easiest ways to find this information is to do an internet search with the words “Mexico travel safety”.

Terrorism in Mexico

© Carlos t - Monterrey Casino Attack, 2011

Measures of Protection

  1. Blend into the crowd. The more you look like you belong, the less chance you have of becoming a target. Don’t wear clothing that seems very American, British or Canadian to Mexico. Try to dress modestly, and don’t show too much skin. If you don’t know what locals wear in Mexico, do an internet search to see what’s popular. If you’re headed to Mexico on a cruise, you might not need to worry about this. Cruise ports are often filled with tourists, so looking like a local might make you stand out even more.
  2. Don’t wear flashy jewelry or accessories. Keep your fancy jewelry at home. Don’t make yourself a target by showing off your wealth.
  3. Don’t stray from the path. Or more appropriately, don’t wander down dark alleyways. Stick to crowded areas of cities. If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t wander into non-English speaking areas of town. If you want to be adventurous on your vacation, hire a guide to help you navigate the streets.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings. Try to appear as though you belong in a place. Don’t give the appearance that you are lost or confused.

Quick Facts

  • The Zika virus is only a threat if you’re pregnant or plan on getting pregnant in the near future.
  • Most people who contract Zika only experience mild cold-like symptoms.
  • Mexico is just like any other tourist destination; you need to use common sense to stay safe.
  • Don’t travel to coastal areas during hurricane season from June through November.
  • It’s okay to travel to central destinations in Mexico during hurricane season.
  • Don’t make yourself a target by wearing flashy jewelry.
  • Don’t appear afraid of strangers, but let others known you’re aware of their presence.