Travel Advice to Mexico

Travel Restrictions

There has been a recent crime wave in the area of Ciudad Juarez. Numerous murders, kidnappings, and other crime have been occurring in this area. For this reason travel to this area is not recommended. It is recommended that you only visit Ciudad Juarez if essential.

Crime Warning

When travelling to Mexico it is important to know that crime remains a large concern. There is a crime problem in all the major cities of the country as well as the resort areas available to tourists. In order to protect yourself, it is a good idea to dress down and do not wear any expensive jewellery.

In 2010, there were 62 cases of stolen passports reported to the Embassy. In the spring of 2012, a number of muggings reported in an area just outside of Mexico City. These assaults seemed to be targeted and there were weapons involved. Extreme caution should be exercised when travelling in this area.

Transportation

Only use buses during the daylight hours as there are a number of reports of thefts on the busses. There have also been buses that were hijacked and robberies that took place on toll roads. When on any type of public transport, while at bus stations and airports, or any tourist sites it is important to remain alert. Hiring holiday cars in Mexico is a good idea. However, it is crucial to remain vigilant when driving in any area that is unfamiliar. It is also important to make sure to choose a legitimate car hire business as there are many scam artists in Mexico as well.

Weather Warning

Mexico has a hurricane season that runs from June through November. Hurricanes can affect both coasts. When travelling to the area during this time frame it is important to check weather reports and local news channels. Make sure to check your flight to ensure that it is not delayed.

Volcano Warnings

Authorities from Mexico have raised the level of alert for Popocatepetl, which is a volcano located around 65 south and east of Mexico City. The volcano has shown increasing activity. Frequent ash and steam emissions have been seen about a kilometre from the crater. There are no current evacuations.

Carrying Identification

From time to time, police officers will ask foreigners to show some type of identification. It is recommended that you make copies of the relevant passport pages and other identification documents to carry with you and leave the originals in a safe place.

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