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Safety & Security
Safety and Security
There have been many reports of crimes and assaults against tourists, most notably in areas like Mexico City, Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, and a handful of regions that we have listed in this section. Aside from increased crime rates in these areas, Mexico is generally a very safe country to visit.
- REGION 1: Baja California (North)
- REGION 2: Baja California Sur
- REGION 3: Northwest Mexico
- REGION 4: Chihuahua State
- REGION 5: Northeast Mexico
- REGION 6: Central Highlands
- REGION 7: Central Pacific Coast
- REGION 8: Mexico City and Outlying Areas
- REGION 9: Chiapas and Tabasco
- REGION 10: Yucatan Peninsula
Embassy and Consular Information
In Mexico you are guilty until proven innocent. The system of laws is likely very different from that of your home country. It’s recommended that you make an extra effort to stay out of trouble. Inform yourself by reading our article, Knowing the Law in Mexico.
Tourist Security and Help Line
As soon as a crime takes place, travelers should contact the Police Department. Thereafter, criminal reports should be filed with the Public Ministry. Often though it is difficult to find someone who speaks English. The tourism department has therefore created the Tourist Security and Help Line, a service that acts to facilitate communication. Dial their toll free number 01-800-903-9200 and ask for an English operator, "por favor comunicame con alguien que habla ingles".
Anonymous Reporting of Criminal Activity
Of every 100 crimes in Mexico, it is estimated that only 20 or so are reported. Even with these reduced numbers crime is out of control in major in major Mexican metropolitan cities and several smaller towns. A non-government organization, named Ni1mas (not 1 more) manages a website and a toll free number (01-800-833-6862), where crimes can be reported anonymously.
Driving the Mexican Highways
If you are planning to bring your automobile from the United States or Canada there are a few laws, requirements, and safety tips you should know about. For information, read Driving in Mexico.
Pharmacies and Prescription Drugs
Are you planning to purchase medications in Mexico? Do you plan to return to your home country with them? Inform yourself to shop smart and know your rights by reading our article on Pharmacies and Prescription Drugs.
Mexico Beach Water Advisory
Click here to learn more about the beach water at your destination.
Hurricane Safety Guide
Where do hurricanes hit Mexico? What should you do before, during and after a hurricane? Read what MedToGo’s Hurricane Safety Guide.
Seismic Activity in Mexico
Where are earthquakes commonly found in Mexico? What can you do to avoid them? Learn how to stay safe during an earthquake. Read what MedToGo has published on Seismic Activity in Mexico.
Frequently Asked Questions on Death and Estates Issues in Mexico
It’s certainly the last thing we want to contemplate while traveling abroad, but if the death of a loved one does occur having access to this information will help you avoid any additional grief. Read what MedToGo has published on death in Mexico
Additional Safety Tips
Do not bring firearms or ammunition into Mexico without written permission from the Mexican government. Firearm possession is a serious offense in Mexico that results in a mandatory jail sentence.
Bring either a passport or a certified copy of a birth certificate and photo identification. Leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers of your passport or other citizenship documents with a friend or relative.
Use a money belt or concealed pouch for your passport, cash, and other valuables.
Keep photocopies of your airline or other tickets and your list of traveler’s checks in a separate location and leave copies with someone at home.
- Leave expensive jewelry at home.
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