Is it Secure to Journey to Mexico? Hear from our Consultants!
Our travel experts provide safety resources and tips for this popular destination.
Author: Jemima Forbes
Mexico has long been a popular choice for vacation thanks to its mild beaches, fascinating heritage sites, delicious cuisine, and lively festivals and events. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting where and how we travel, you may be looking for knowledgeable advice on this destination. Our travel specialists have compiled the following tips to help you decide whether a Mexico vacation is the right option for you.
First of all, should I travel internationally now?
With many countries placing additional restrictions on visitors during the coronavirus pandemic, it is not surprising that international travel is quite limited right now. Some countries require a negative coronavirus test upon arrival, while others may even require quarantine for up to two weeks.
Even so, there are still plenty of places to go on vacation safely. You can check the status of any nation on the planet using the state’s travel advisory service, with each country falling into one of the following categories:
- Stage 1 – Exercise normal precautions
- Stage 2 – Increase Precautions
- Level 3 – Rethink the trip
- Level 4 – Do not travel
As a general rule, you shouldn’t travel anywhere if you or someone you live with has symptoms of COVID-19. If you or someone you live with is considered vulnerable for health reasons, vacationing abroad can increase your risk of contracting the virus.
Is it safe to travel to Mexico now?
Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many people have asked us where it is currently safe to travel there. With direct flights available from many US departure locations, Mexico is a natural choice for a sunny getaway. With many people currently unwilling to venture too far from home, the country has the added benefit of being only a short direct flight from many US airports. For more information on how airlines have changed safety practices, watch this Aeromexico informational video.
COVID-19 in Mexico
With Mexico next on your agenda, it’s a good idea to take official advice from the CDC when it comes to COVID-19. They currently recommend avoiding all non-essential travel to Mexico. However, this advice can often change as the situation progresses.
According to the Mexican government website, the entire country is operating under a traffic light system regarding COVID-19 cases. Before you travel, make sure what color the area you plan to visit is classified in. If the area is not rated green (this means you can go out but be careful and take preventive measures) you may want to postpone your trip. In general, Mexico’s COVID-19 security procedures are in line with CDC recommendations.
Regardless of where you are going in Mexico, be sure to follow our knowledgeable coronavirus safety tips, including:
- Stay three feet away from people who are not in your immediate household
- Wear a face mask that covers your mouth and nose
- Wash and / or disinfect your hands regularly to remove germs
Crime in Mexico
When it comes to other security concerns in Mexico beyond COVID-19, crime might be something to worry about. As in any country, Mexico has certain areas that are best avoided by visitors. In particular, we recommend staying away from the regions around the US border. Please contact one of our travel experts for detailed information on these destinations.
While in Mexico, your safety and wellbeing is our top priority. We employ a reliable and serious team that can guide you safely through the beautiful places while avoiding risks. However, as in many other countries around the world, we advise you to always be careful. Kidnapping and petty crime can be problematic in certain parts of Mexico. It is therefore important that you remain vigilant and observe the following safety precautions:
- Do not carry around large amounts of cash or valuables.
- Be especially careful when out and about at night, especially when you are alone.
- Make sure someone at home has a copy of your itinerary and knows where you are at all times.
- Be aware of your surroundings when using ATMs or handling money.
- Avoid driving at night, especially in rural areas where help may be hours away.
We also recommend signing up for the STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) so that you can receive relevant safety information, advice and warnings about your selected destination from local US embassies.
We would be happy to create a personalized Mexico travel route for you, in which your health and personal safety are paramount. Contact us today with any questions or ideas for a trip of a lifetime to this incredible land!