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Health & Safety In Mexico

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Health & Safety In Mexico

As a Travel Agent and Travel Blogger, many clients and readers ask me, “Is Mexico Safe”.  So, I decided to put together this short article on Health & Safety in Mexico.

Yes, traveling to Mexico can be safe; it all depends on how and where you chose to vacation in Mexico as well as take precautions and respect the country you are in.  This article will help you make plans and help you be aware of how to stay healthy and safe while visiting Mexico.  

The Mexican Caribbean and Mexico’s Pacific Coast are still taking precautions for Covid which you can keep up to date on here https://mx.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/

*Hint: The best way to make sure you have the best Mexico Vacation is to utilize a Travel Agent.

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Health & Safety In Mexico

How You Can Stay Healthy In Mexico

Food & Water

Usually, in this day and age, all resorts use a special filtration system for water or you can request bottled water if you prefer that.  Remember that fruits and vegetables are washed with water so I’d ask if they utilize the water filtration system to wash their produce or stick to eating produce that you can peel.

Buying Medication In Mexico

Do NOT just go buying different medications at the pharmacy. 

Mexico does not have the same stipulations on medications as the U.S., every country is different.  Remember, not only are you visiting another country with different laws and regulations but, you are also not under a physicians care here, to explain what the medication is designed to do for you. 

That being said, If you don’t know what you’re taking or the drug interactions they may have with each other or with medications you already take, this could be very dangerous and even deadly.  Don’t make this your last vacation, please.

Make sure to take care of your health just as you would at home. Wash and/or sanitize your hands regularly.

*Make sure you bring all the medications you take on a daily basis.

First-Aid

Pack a small first aid kit for you trip to Mexico.  Most resorts have a nurse’s station and doctor if you get sick, cha-ching $, but if you get scraped or cut, sprain an ankle, bust a knee, my list of injuries goes on; a homemade first aid kit comes in handy. 

Make sure you have things like Band-Aids, Neosporin, Ibuprofen/Tylenol, Pepto, a small ice pack, a wrap and so on.

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Staying Safe In Mexico

My purpose here is not to scare you but to help you stay safe.

As far as safety goes… People on vacation want to try new things and do something they wouldn’t do at home. 

Trouble finds trouble. 

Don’t take a drink from someone and always keep your drink in your presence and your eye on it. Don’t walk around by yourself or go down un-traveled or unlit streets. This is a different country with different laws. Respect them and use your head.

Staying In An All-Inclusive Resort

Many of you will more than likely be staying at an all-inclusive since Mexico has the largest number of all-inclusive resorts and they are up and down the Yucatan Peninsula. 

That being said, all-inclusive means free booze, which means a lot of day drinking. 

“It’s Five O’clock Somewhere”, right? 

Or at least while you’re on vacation, in Mexico, at an all-inclusive, you have to get your money’s worth, right?

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All Beverages Included

No worries, I’m not judging. 

I know because I’ve been there. I’ve actually had to get stiches because I busted my ass walking up stairs and broke my toe from running into a rock, on the way to the beach bar. 

Those incidents were on two different visits by the way. I just feel better clarifying that.

Ok, let’s move on. 

Drinking and excursions or tours don’t mix well. If you’re hiking up 5 to 10 stories to zip-line, climbing the pyramid in Coba, jumping off a high platform or snorkeling while visiting cenotes, try taking it easy because enjoying your vacation is one thing, dying on your vacation… well, we just don’t want that.

Safety While You're Out & About

Have An Exit Strategy

Be aware of your surroundings and stay on main roads, especially at night. My father is a firefighter so, ever since I was 5 my father made us run monthly fire drills. 

Don’t worry, I’m going somewhere with this.

He would set off the alarm and we’d have to first feel the door knob and if it wasn’t blocked, by him in the place of real fire, of course, I’d have to crawl on the floor, where the oxygen is during a real fire, to the first exit.  If the door was blocked, I would then have to block the crack under the door and crawl out the window. 

I know it seems like a lot but I appreciate it now.  Thanks Dad!

He taught me to always have an exit strategy.  Look around you, be observant and have multiple exit scenarios.

The biggest reason I say this is for Cancun and Playa Del Carmen

There are some side streets that veer off and at night you can get turned around or have someone try and sell you something illegal. 

Do Not do illegal drugs while you are in Mexico.  Whether you do them at home or not, the laws are different in Mexico and you really don’t want to wind up in a Mexican Jail. 

I prefer not to wind up in any jail but for sure not in a different country.

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Keep Your Money Hidden

Don’t flash around your cash. If people see a wad of cash, you make yourself a target. This goes without saying anywhere in the world so just keep it up.

In most of the resorts I’ve stayed at in Mexico, include a small safe bolted to a cabinet in the closet. Make sure to utilize it. Make sure you invest in suite case locks if you haven’t already and keep them locked when you’re not using the contents.

Let your credit card company know of your intended vacation plans and dates so you don’t run into issues while trying to make a purchase in Mexico.

Drinking Rules

When the sun goes down and you’re ready to hit the clubs, bars or just dine at a restaurant other than in the resort, the drink rule is the same while you’re in Mexico as when you are at a bar or club at home. Keep you drink with you and don’t take a drink from someone without you knowing what’s in it or seeing it being made.

Family & Friends

Let your family and friends also know about you vacation plans with your flight numbers, airport stops, flight departure and arrival times and please make sure they know when you land, both ways. This way, someone will know if you’re not where you should be.

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Your Documents

I have this tip in a few of my articles because I feel that I can’t stress this enough… Do Not Lose Your Documents.

There are 2 forms you will need for you travel to Mexico.

  • FMM Form-This acts as your Mexico passport/visa. (1 per traveler)
  • Customs Form (1 per family)

In the airport in your departing city, at your gate you will pick up the FMM form and you Customs form or once you have boarded the airplane, the flight attendants will pass them out.

More times than not, the flight attendants run out of these forms but don’t fret if this happens.  These 2 forms are also available once you land at the Cancun Airport.

FMM Form

This acts as your Mexican passport and every traveler must fill one out. Do NOT lose this! I can’t stress that enough. If you lose or misplace your Mexican passport, you will be unable to leave the country. You will have to go to the courthouse to get a new one meaning, you’ll need to book another hotel and airplane ticket.

When I travel to Mexico, I keep the perforated portion given back to me at immigration in my U.S. passport and place it in the safe at my hotel.

Customs Form

The customs form is a 1 per family document the airline will most times give you after you have boarded and taken your seat, if they haven’t run out of them. If that is the case you can get the document once you have landed in Mexico.

This form is different from the FMM form because no part of this will be handed back to you. The entire customs form will be taken from you when you pass through customs. 

To understand more about what to expect and navigate the Cancun Airport like a pro, make sure to read You Have Landed At The Cancun Airport.

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Let Us Remember

Let’s remember after it all, the people of Mexico are genuinely friendly and welcoming. 

Respect and use your head.

If there is something you think should be added to this list, please email me because ultimately, we all want people to be safe.

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For Covid-19 restrictions and updates, check out the link below.

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-mexico