Foreign travel advice

Mexico

Summary

On 19 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 near Puebla, south east of Mexico City. Damage has been severe and there’s a risk of aftershocks. The Mexican government has declared a state of emergency in some of the areas affected and announced 3 days of national mourning from 20 to 22 September 2017.

Mexico City airport was closed temporarily, but has since reopened. You should check with your airline in the first instance if you’re due to fly to Mexico City.

If you’re in an area affected by the earthquake you should follow the advice of the local authorities. Shelters have been opened for those most badly affected. Further details are available from Proteccion Civil. Electricity has been restored to most parts of Mexico City but there are reported cuts to gas supplies in some areas. Phone lines remain intermittent. See Natural Disasters

The British Embassy in Mexico City is closed until further notice while structural assessments of the building are carried out. If you need emergency assistance, call +44 (0)20 7008 1500. If you’re in Mexico and urgently need an Emergency Travel Document, email cancun.escalations@fco.gov.uk. While the British Embassy in Mexico City is closed, all Emergency Travel Documents are being issued from our office in Cancun. While we aim to keep disruption to a minimum, this may mean a slight delay in receiving your documents.

On 7 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico. There have been reports of severe damage in southern Mexico. Local services, including transport, may be affected. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities.

The hurricane season normally runs from June to November and affects both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. 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.

There’s currently an increased police presence in Los Cabos following a shooting on Palmilla Beach on 6 August 2017. This follows shooting incidents earlier this year in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. You should 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 have affected Mexico City and other parts of the country. There have been protests across Mexico following petrol price rises announced on 1 January 2017. This includes the blocking of highways and looting. 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. 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.