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. 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

Following structural damage to the British Embassy caused by the earthquake, the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico is providing temporary space for the British Embassy’s consular services operation. If you need consular assistance, please make an appointment on our website or call (0052) 55 1670 3200.

On 23 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 in Oaxaca. On 7 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of Chiapas. There have been reports of 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 have been shooting incidents in Playa del Carmen, downtown Cancun and Los Cabos in 2017. If you’re visiting any of these areas, 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. 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.