Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico

Date: March 7, 2018

Location:  Mexico – Countrywide

Event: Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens visit Mexico during Spring Break.  While the vast majority of travelers have safe and enjoyable trips, Spring Break travel can sometimes include unforeseen problems such as the following:

  • Medical Emergencies: An illness or accident could result in the need to seek medical treatment or hospitalization in Mexico.  Private hospital prices are comparable to those in the United States.  Many facilities require payment in advance of treatment.
  • Drowning: Some beaches have strong undercurrents and rip tides.  Beaches may lack life guards, warnings, or signs of unsafe conditions.
  • Unregulated alcohol: S. citizens have reported losing consciousness or becoming injured after one or two drinks, and may have consumed unregulated alcohol.
  • Sexual assault: S. citizens have reported incidents of rape or sexual assault.  Perpetrators may target inebriated or isolated individuals.
  • Drugs: Drug possession and use, including medical marijuana, is illegal in Mexico and may result in a lengthy jail sentence.
  • Arrests: Drunk and disorderly behavior and urinating in public are illegal in Mexico.  If you break Mexican law, you will be arrested.

 Actions to Take:

  • Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
  • Avoid strong currents and do not swim while drinking or when warning flags note unsafe conditions.
  • Drink responsibly and watch your drink at all times. If you begin to feel ill, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Know your drinking companions and stay in a group of friends who have your safety in mind when you are in clubs, bars, out walking in dimly-lit areas, or in a taxi at night. Obey Mexican law and remember Mexican laws may differ from U.S. laws.
  • Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.

U.S. Embassy Mexico City, Mexico
(011-52-55) 5080-2000

State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Mexico Country Information
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