Is it safe to travel to Mexico right now? Yes! Like any large country, Mexico has safe areas and not-so-safe areas—but despite some common misconceptions, Mexico is absolutely safe to travel to. Get all the specifics here, including which areas of Mexico are safe, which you should skip, where you can drink the water, the best places to travel solo, and more.
Any questions? Talk directly to a Mexican local.
For reference: the US State Department’s travel advisory for Mexico lists the country as a “Level 2 Risk”—the same level given to Spain and France. Would you feel safe going to France? Then you should probably feel safe going to Mexico.
So why does Mexico seem so dangerous in the news? Because of the ongoing drug war (which is seriously no joke). However, this is very localized to a few specific regions.
Specifically, there are 5 Mexican states that you really need to avoid, and which are listed by the US State Department as a Level 4 risk. They are:
Additionally, there are several Mexican states that are listed as a Level 3 risk (the same risk level given to Istanbul, for reference). These states are:
That may seem like a lot, but remember three things:
These areas are all far away from where most travelers visit. Essentially any part of Mexico that isn’t listed above hasn’t seen anywhere near the same level of crime. In fact, the State Department’s Mexico City travel advisory remarks that the area is even safer than the country as a whole.
Like any large country, there’s going to be trouble areas and areas you want to avoid, just like the United States. In 2017, Mexico was the sixth most visited country in the world and had the fifteenth highest income earned from tourism in the world. In simpler terms: Mexico is poppin’.
The odds of you traveling to a dangerous area are slim to none—to prove it, here’s the safety 411 on some of Mexico City’s popular travel areas.
If you’re you’re alert and use common sense, solo travel in places like Mexico City can be super safe and super rewarding. With that said, here are a few Mexico travel tips you should follow (the article is written for Mexico City specifically, but the ideas apply to the country as a whole).
Pro tip: Want to feel a bit more secure in your travels through Mexico? Connect with a Mexican local. They’ll help plan your trip and make sure you’re completely prepared for… everything. Plus, they’re around with 24/7 phone support if you have any issues on your trip.
For the most part, car services like Uber or Lyft are available in most of Mexico’s must-see spots. If Uber or Lyft isn’t available, find a number for a car service.
It’s better to call for a cab instead of hailing one because, again, everyone will know you’re traveling which makes you vulnerable. This goes for any city. Additionally, you should keep your doors and windows closed/locked to avoid problems at stop lights.
Although the water is purified at the source, Mexico’s distribution isn’t the best and may allow water contamination. We can almost guarantee, though, that whatever place you’re staying in Mexico has clean or bottled water available for you. It’s not really that much of a big deal since there are so many other options for water.
Before you book your trip to Mexico, consider asking a local trip planner to help plan your trip. They’ll create a custom-made itinerary just for you and offer great advice and recommendations that only a local would know. Don’t travel blindly—make sure a local’s got your back. Questions? Just message us! And make sure to check out: