Mexico Safety and Precautions
Knowing why a state or country has a travel advisory higher than level one will help you take the appropriate precautions and safety measures during your travels. We asked our experts what safety concerns tourists should pay attention to most while traveling to Mexico and advice on best precaution practices.
“The top three safety concerns that travelers should be aware of when visiting Mexico include petty crime, transportation safety, and natural disasters,” according to Green. “Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and theft, can occur in busy tourist areas. It is important to keep a close eye on your belongings and avoid displaying signs of wealth.”
Green emphasized that transportation safety is also high on the list, especially bus or taxi travel.
“It is important to use reputable transportation services and avoid traveling alone at night,” Green advised. “Lastly, natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes can occur in Mexico. It is important to stay informed and follow the instructions of local authorities.”
Lazzari, who visits Mexico yearly and frequently drives through large swaths of the country, laid out some basic precautions travelers should follow.
“Learn basic Spanish to help communicate with the locals, police, and military officials,” Lazzari said. “Road stops are not uncommon with military checkpoints and police interactions. Ask them about the safest routes to your destination. Always drive during the day only for general safety, find lodging with secure parking, and don’t carry excessive amounts of cash or valuables.”
Of course, Lazzari also recommends getting a solid travel insurance policy!
Beyond the general State Department advice of “Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security” associated with a level 2 “exercise increased caution” travel advisory designation, additional advisements for each state in Mexico are on the State Department Travel Advisory page.
Green recommends one more precaution to keep in mind: the impact of your behavior and interactions with locals.
“It is important to be respectful of the local culture and customs when visiting Mexico,” Green said. “Mexicans are friendly and welcoming, and tourists should take the time to learn about the local customs and traditions and connect with the local people… Mexico remains a safe and popular destination for tourists. While there are certain safety concerns to be aware of, travelers can take certain precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.”