Mexico Safety, security and travel insurance

Safety and Security

Every country around the world has risks that travellers should know about and thus avoid at all costs. Mexico is no different when it comes to dangerous areas that travellers should stay away from. Each country has fake news that the tabloids have hyped up. Some of these are not true and scare away potential tourists. In the case of Mexico, it is as dangerous as most European countries.

So, we will discuss some steps and precautions you should consider before travelling to Mexico with your family.

Is Mexico Safe?

Many media reports say that Mexico is not a safe country to visit as a tourist destination. Still, the fact is this country is safer than several states in the United States. However, certain areas in Mexico are not safe for an outsider, especially a tourist. Despite those areas, the country has many perfectly safe regions to visit with your family.

Some dangerous areas you should avoid are in the Northern part of the country near the border of the USA. Different cartels and drug-related crimes are going on in that area, and so should be avoided. Several surrounding regions of Mexico City should also be avoided for safety reasons, particularly for a family.

Areas to Avoid in Mexico

There are some areas in Mexico where the crime rates are very high, and so the government advises tourists to stay as far as possible from the following places that include:

  • Colima
  • Michoacan
  • Tamaulipas
  • Guerrero
  • Sinaloa

People with a Mexican tourist visa are exempt from going to the regions mentioned above. Moreover, the government has advised tourists not to stay at certain resorts due to crime concerns. These resorts include the likes of Cabo San Lucas, Tijuana, and Acapulco.

Is Mexico Safe for Tourists?

Travellers coming to Mexico on a tourist visa will remain perfectly safe if they choose their destination places with caution and adhere to the government safety warnings in certain regions of the country. Nevertheless, each tourist should take steps to ensure their safety.

Due to the media reports, Mexico City suffers a bad reputation of being unsafe for tourists, but if you take precautions, it is perfectly safe to visit with your family. The country has certain areas like Merida that are as safe as some European cities.

Every country has con artists that scam people, particularly tourists. Mexico is no different in this regard, and so you should avoid the following mainstream scams:

  • Currency exchange scams
  • Car rental damage scams
  • Corrupt police asking for bribes
  • Fake taxis
  • Watered down alcoholic beverages

Health Concerns for Tourists

There are certain health concerns that tourists should look into before they plan on visiting Mexico with their families. The concerns include the following:

  • Appropriate vaccine for mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, malaria, etc.
  • Travellers should refrain from drinking tap water in Mexico to be safe from travellers' diarrhoea.
  • Refrain from any iced beverage made using tap water instead of purified water.
  • Get your Covid-19 vaccine and booster jabs to avoid getting a positive result.

Most media reports are untrue because they are not based on factual information. Mexico is a beautiful travel destination that is safe and dangerous at the same time. Every country has beautiful and worse parts. Apart from the dangerous areas, the country has much to offer in all the other places. Taking precautions is the job of tourists as the government can only provide guidelines. And if these warnings are adhered to, you will enjoy a relaxing time with your family like in other European countries.

Health and Medical Emergencies and Insurance

Mexico is one of the ideal travel destinations in the world. Any family vacation is incomplete without having proper health and medical coverage for the tenure of the trip. Still, getting recommended vaccines and health insurance for yourself and the whole family is better due to the country's climate and ongoing illnesses.

So, we will discuss some health and medical emergencies and how you can make the most out of your medical coverage.

Medical Emergencies in Mexico

Tourists visiting Mexico with their kids should know the dangers of food poisoning and contaminated water. As mentioned before, Mexico's tap water is polluted and not safe for drinking. It will cause great illnesses like nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, and stomach cramps.

Moreover, Mexico's climate is very hot and dry and will mostly lead to dehydration. This can cause severe headaches and migraines. Dehydration can be deadly, so the best treatment would be to visit a medical hospital and get yourself checked, which will be covered by your medical insurance.

Many experienced travellers have experienced hard times in Mexico due to these illnesses. That's why we recommend that you and your family get health coverage so that the insurance team can facilitate you in the case of medical emergencies. Having an emergency team around the clock is valuable.

Having medical coverage will allow your health insurance emergency team to give you valuable medical advice and help you find the best place for your medical treatment. Also, they can arrange for your hospitalization if your illness is not going away. Travellers going to remote regions should definitely have medical coverage because it is difficult to access medical care in such regions. 

Health Insurance Coverage for Scuba Diving

Travellers interested in scuba diving with their families should get medical insurance coverage for scuba diving injuries. Knowing the exclusions of the coverage plan for your safety is important. Since there are different types of diving like cliff diving, cavern diving, etc., choose the health insurance plan accordingly.

Travellers doing scuba diving will have to pay an additional premium to improve their health insurance coverage. Moreover, they should check the minimum age requirement criteria for scuba diving as young children are not allowed to do this adventurous activity.

Some health insurance coverage for scuba diving requires a person to have some certificate that qualifies them to dive alone. They need to hire a qualified dive guide and cover their expenses separately if they are not certified.

Immunizations for Mexico

Immunizations for Mexico are required depending on where you plan to go with the family. Certain areas in the country where people travel without immunization because it is perfectly safe.

So if you plan on taking a jungle tour and living in remote places with minimal medical treatment facilities, you would need to get vaccinated for certain illnesses. Travellers get vaccinated for the following illnesses:

  • Diphtheria, Tetanus & Measles

These are some common illnesses for which every human is vaccinated as a toddler. However, doctors advise getting vaccinated for these illnesses every ten years to remain immune. Check with your doctor before you travel to Mexico with your family.

  • Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is much worse diarrhoea caused by polluted water and food. A vaccination is available for such a disease, for which you must take a booster jab every six months.

  • Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is similar to Hepatitis A but is much more severe and is caused by another virus. It is caused by exposing oneself to blood and sexual contact with another person. The symptoms are more aggressive. A vaccine for such an illness is available, which you should have as per your doctor's advice.

  • Typhoid

If you are planning to go to remote planning where hygiene issues are common and pure drinking water is in scarcity, then it is vital for you and your family members to get vaccinated for this illness. Typhoid spreads by eating unhealthy food and drinking contaminated water.

  • Malaria

A female mosquito bite causes malaria, mostly found in jungle areas and remote regions. Malaria drugs are available for a cure, but you need to get in touch with your doctor and ask them for professional advice. These drugs have a direct link to medical history and other illnesses, so not every drug is as effective.

Common Health Ailments

If you plan to go to Mexico, you will expose yourself to a new environment, so it is important to know about some common health ailments in Mexico. Some of these ailments are difficult to avoid due to climate change, but others caused by bacteria or viruses can be cured. Some ailments that travellers may experience in Mexico include the following:

  1. Altitude Sickness

Several good places in Mexico are high altitudes where the temperature reaches 25-30 degrees Celsius. This may be too much for some travellers that have not lived in similar weather conditions. 

Some common symptoms include severe headaches, loss of appetite, and the inability to get good sleep. If you are visiting such places with your family, prepare some medication to get you through the first few days till your body gets used to it. Staying hydrated is the key to staying away from headaches.

  • Heat Exhaustion

Mexico is one of the world's hottest and dry countries, with a rough yearly climate. So it is advised to carry a bottle of water if you walk in the sunshine. Some people prefer to wear a sun hat to beat the sun's heat.

You will sweat a lot as you walk in the sunshine, and salt deficiency may occur. So to cover that up, you should add salt to your food to avoid symptoms like tiredness, headaches, and muscle cramps. For severe dehydration, go to a pharmacy and buy Pedialyte.

  • Sunburn

Due to Mexico's hot, rigid climate, sunburn can cause severe immediate and long-term health problems. The remedy for this includes the usage of medicated sun creams on your body like your face, arms, legs, and any other region exposed directly to the sun.

Some people have very sensitive skin, so they also buy medicated hair conditioners with all the sun-block requirements to protect their scalp. You can use sun-blocking lip cream for your lips, whereas for the eyes, you can buy good-quality sunglasses for protection.

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