Is it safe to travel to Mexico?

edited January 2009 in - Mexico
there's been a lot on the news lately about drug related violence in mexico. is it safe to travel there at the moment? obviously we wouldn't go looking for trouble, but is it avoidable?
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  • edited 10:20AM
    Yes, it is safe to travel in Mexico. Violence has not been targeted to tourists and so far is limited to people somehow connected to the drug industry and enforcement. Much of this is limited to border towns. Resort areas will surely be fine.
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    A little curious i'm travelling around the world in april over a period of 6months. the first four months are being spent in Canada, if i'm an australian citizen and i decide to buy a separate ticket to mexico, while i'm there do i have to gain a visa or anything if i'm departing from canada to mexico and then back to canada??
    i know that a holiday visa applys for USA...

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    Awesome i am staying at a resort i am so glad its safe
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    I am about to book a trip and was not sure if I should still go to Cancun. It seems to me that we are going to questions every move we make while we are there. Should I go on the day trips to the jungle, etc.
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    We are going to Cancun in March with 3 children and are staying at an all-inclusive resort (which we have been there 2years ago) but I am a little concerned this time around with all the news about Mexico. I'm sure the resort will be safe but we still have to get from the airport to the resort and back, and should we just stay at the resort or would it be safe to make plans to venture out to the market, or to Xel-ha which is over an hour on the bus (which we have done before and loved it)....
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    I am planning a honeymoon in August to Mexico and am worried about the drug related violence there? Do we have anything to worry about near the Mayan Riviera?
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    We are also heading to Cancun with 3 kids in March, staying at an all-inclusive. Have there been issues getting to/from the airport or going on daytrips? What is the best site to get information about the current situation in and around Cancun?
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    I am going to Puerto Vallarta at the end of May and staying at a resort. Is it safe to go there right now with all of the violence?
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    my son is going on a mission trip to Mexico this summer with a group from church (mostly teens). They are going to be in Baja. Is this area considered safe right now?
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    NO, it is not safe to go there at all. All of the violence and killings are confined to the northern and western parts of Mexico. Baha is one of the worst area's to be in right now....
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    Is it safe to travel around mid august ? I'm planning to go there for my honeymoon, any suggestions of the best places ?
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    Its save to go to Cancun, the entire Yucatan and even Chiapas.
    The drug violence is only in border towns near the US, mostly in Reynosa, Ciudad de Juarez, Tijuana etc.
    Its absolutly safe and really cheap right now with the peso devaluating against the dollar, you basically get 50% discount on almost anything.
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    I have a trip planned for the end of March crossing at Palomas and traveling to Copper Canyon. Is this a safe trip?
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    My husband and I are traveling to Playa Del Carmen at the end of April. Is it a safe idea? Should we re-consider? Perhaps if a large group of US citizens traveling together at the same time could stick together, we might be less of a target. Anyone else going to Playa the end of April?
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    My wife, 1yr old and I have already booked our vacation to Cancun in May and I'm just a bit concerned about the whole situation. We are staying at a resort that we have been before and we felt very safe and they also provide transportation to and from the airport, don't take taxis if at all possible! I also read about checking into the nearest US consulate just to be on the safe side.
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    Folks, relax! The Mexican government and the "Federales" (the police) are seeing to it that the resort areas are safe. They know that Cancun and Yucatan (the Mayan Riviera) are tourist meccas, and that the Mexican government will NOT put up with drug cartel violence in these areas! As such, there has been no violence in the tourist areas.

    The unsafe areas are mostly border towns like Cuidad Juarez and Tijuana. Also, parts of Baja Californian are really not safe (although Cabo is largely fine). So if you stick to the tourist areas of Cancun, the Mayan Riviera and Cabo, and if you don't go looking for trouble...you'll be absolutely fine.

    Remember, the media likes to hype up and sensationalize things to scare people. That's how the news sells. Parts of Mexico have ALWAYS been a little dangerous, and it's not much worse now than it's ever been.
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    I am going in June to Secrets Capri. I am not worried about the days we stay on the resort all day. But, we are leaving one day to do a day tour Xel-ha. Is that safe for us to do?
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    Hi I am traveling to Mexico via the United States. I have a Permanent Resident card from the U.S. and an Israeli passport, do I need a Visa to fly to Mexico. What is required? Please help. Thank you kindly.
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    does anyone know if there is a bridge that connects cozumel to the mainland or is it only reachable by boat and plane?
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    we are planning a trip in may to cancun and wondering if it would be safe to travel their at this time. we have been their for the past two years and really enjoy it their but i am worried about going this year with all the trouble going on in mexico. help me make my decision on whether or not to go this year.
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    I would honestly say that you are pretty safe going to Cancun. I have been tracking the stories of violence and they re really criminals taking out other criminals. Tourists are solid safe.
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    I will be going to Los Cabos for Spring break, is it safe to travel to Mexico during this time?
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    We have two months booked in a private house in San Felipe which is northern Mexico in December and January. We are planning on driving down from Western Canada all the way down to the Mexican border. We were thinking of crossing at Tijuana. Is it going to be safe to cross the border into Mexico and then drive down.
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    I live in Ciudad Juarez. Although I appreciate the positive thinking reflected by those who assure travelers that Mexico is safe, I would encourage visitors to know a bit more about current events in the country. Our greatest problem has been referred to as "institutional irrelevance." Over the past couple of months, seven-thousand troops have been sent to Juarez, and our police force has been taken over by the military. This is no simple scenario of a few "criminals taking out criminals." National difficulties leading to increased militarization of the country have been escalating over the past two decades.
    I do not recommend driving through Chihuahua or Durango. If the traveler does experience problems, efforts to get police assistance may clarify the meaning of "institutional irrelevance." The lines between such identity groups as "police," "criminals," and "government officials" are not clearly defined in any country. In Mexico, it's especially hard to tell the players without a program.
    I'm sure that such major tourist spots as Cancun are well protected and safe, but I can't recommend exploring Mexico by car.
    Please come and do your part in supporting our economy, but our playground is not really free of hazards. So be cautious about where you go and what you do.
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    Hi people I understand your concerns about security in Mexico. I am mexican and I live in Sonora. The most part of the violence that you see on television happends in the boarder (Cd. Juarez, Nogales and Tijuana) because of the currently war between cartels and the federal government. The rest of the country and specialy tourist spots are perfectly well and peaceful. You can feel secure and calm about your vacations. I hope you enjoy your visit.
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    I have traveled to Mexico by bus from NM for over ten years. I am a 65-year old light haired woman. I just exercise reasonable caution. I wear a $15 watch from Walmart and gold studs in my ears only. I dress conservatively usually jeans, turtleneck, jacket and old sneakers. I carry my credit cards, passport, traveler's checks and a little cash in my money belt under my clothes. I wear large US bills under the soles of my feet in my socks. They do get damp but I feel they are safe. I have traveled as far as the Yucatan, Chiapis, Veracruz and many small and large cities. I have never felt unsafe. I would go to Mexico in a nanosecond now. I will probably change my travel to daytime only at this time however.
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    I have a friend traveling to Mexico next week and plans on crossing the boarder in Tijuana, catching a buss or even just setting off on foot to Ensenada for the night, then continuing down the Baja for two weeks. I am very concerned for his safety. Should I be?
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    My husband and I finally booked our dream vacation to Dreams resort in Rivera Maya Should we still go????
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    I am still concern about travel as this is our first trip to Mexico, in July. We are goining with a family that speaks spanish and I was wondering if it will still be safe to travel.
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