Foreign travel advice

Mexico

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There was a shooting incident at the state prosecutor’s office in downtown Cancun on 17 January. This follows a separate shooting at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen on 16 January. There is currently an increased police presence in the Cancun area, including in the hotel zone. The situation in the hotel zone is calm. You should continue to follow the advice of the local authorities and your tour operator.

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.

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.

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.

Illegal roadblocks have been reported more frequently, particularly in the states of Guerrero and Chiapas. If you’re driving in these states, travel during daylight hours and use toll roads, although you may still encounter disruptions. If possible, travel by air if you’re visiting a major tourist destination in Guerrero. Due to an increase in violent crime in recent months, you should exercise a high degree of caution in Acapulco and surrounding areas.

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

There is a low threat from terrorism. 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.