There are currently large numbers of migrants moving en masse from Honduras through Guatemala to Mexico and beyond. This is having an impact on border crossings. The situation is fluid but borders crossings at Tecun Uman (Guatemala/Mexico) and Agua Caliente (Honduras/Guatemala) are currently affected and subject to periodic closures. Travellers are advised to check with local authorities and tour operators before attempting to cross land borders.
Hurricane Willa is expected to make landfall on the Pacific Coast of Mexico (Western Mexico), between San Blas and Mazatlan, late on Tuesday 23 October. A tropical storm watch is also in place between Playa Perula and San Blas. The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. Be aware that effects of tropical storms and hurricanes can span hundreds of miles from the centre of the storm, causing flooding, landslides and disruption to local services, including transport. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the website of the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders. See our tropical cyclones page for information and advice about what to do if you’re caught up in a storm.
On 19 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 near Puebla, south east of Mexico City, which caused severe damage. Further details are available from Proteccion Civil. See Natural Disasters
From 16 July 2018, our consular services in Mexico City will be operating from the British Embassy at Río Lerma 71, Col. Cuauhtémoc, 06500, following a period of temporary relocation to the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico after the 19 September earthquake. If you need consular assistance, please make an appointment on our website or call (0052) 55 1670 3200 (option 4).
There were shooting incidents in Playa del Carmen, downtown Cancun and Los Cabos in 2017. On 21 February 2018, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry operating between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, Quintana Roo. The explosion injured 20 people, including tourists. On 1 March, local authorities found an undetonated device on another ferry operating on the same route. The Mexican authorities are continuing to investigate the incident. If you’re visiting any of these areas, you should monitor local advice, remain vigilant and follow the advice of the local authorities and your tour operator. See Safety and security
UK health authorities have classified Mexico as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Protests regularly affect Mexico City and other parts of the country. You should avoid demonstrations and follow the advice of the local authorities if you’re in an area where a protest is taking place.
Over 513,800 British nationals visited Mexico in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free.
The security situation can pose a risk for foreigners. Be alert to the existence of street crime as well as more serious violent crime like robbery, assault and vehicle hijacking. In certain parts of Mexico you should take particular care to avoid being caught up in drug related violence between criminal groups. The emergency number in Mexico is 911. If you’re in Mexico City, you can download the 911 CDMX app. See Crime and Violence
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Mexico, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.