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Is it safe to travel to Mexico?

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    I WAS PLANNING ON GOING TO CHOIX, SINALOA THE MIDDLE OF MAY FOR ABOUT A WEEK... DOES ANYONE THINK IT'S OK TO TRAVEL THERE OR NOT???
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    I am taking a ship to Ensenada next week. Is it safe?
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    Me,my patner and two friends have booked to go to mexico in july 09. will this swine flu all be over. We only have two weeks to change our holiday. What do we do!!! keep our fingers crossed or change our hol ?????
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    Some friends and I are going to a 3-day cruise to Mexico from San Diego at the end of May. Should we still plan on going?
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    My son and GF are travelling to America and Mexico and Canada in August and Im really worried about it with this swine flu outbreak, do you think they should cancel their plans???
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    Hi I'm getting married in August and my soon to be husband and I will travel to Cancun Mexico for our honeymoon. Do you think that it will be safe for us to travel to Cancun Mexico in August? or should we cancel our reservations and go to the Bahamas instead?
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    Im in the same situation. We are due to go to Mexico in August and dont know whether to chance it and keep this booking or to rebook another holiday elsewhere. Thomsons want £35 per person to do this, which I think is a bit unfair considering the unusual circumstances.
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    Hi we are scheduled to travel to Mexico in August this year so in just a few months, Should I cancel due to the SWINE FLU
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    I am also due to fly to the riviera maya in july and thomson also want £35 pp off us, then £50pp 8 wks before departure so we only have 2 wks to decide its ridiculous! if the goverment says we can fly then were going, people have got to get back to normal sometime!!
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    It is a flu, it has now spread to every country. Remember that Mexico does not have the same medical as other countries. There are thousands of people that die from the regular flu every year and thousands that die from a common cold but no one seems to be alarmed by that. The reason I believe that airlines suspended flights to Mexico is because they are giving most people a credit to rebook, but they also raised their prices and so now if you rebook you have to pay more. If your going to go to Mexico the airlines are suppose to be back in the air to Mexico by June 1st. I treat it like any other flu be aware of who your around and that it was mostly in Mexico city and there are millions of people that live in that city and a small percentage got the flu. The reason why it is a pandemic is because it has gone to different levels meaning each level it gets to another country has encountered the flu. They believe it will hit many people before it stops around the world and that it is not the same strength as it was many years ago when it was taking many peoples lives. If your still unsure about going talk to your travel agent but they don't seem too concerned as it is in many countries now and you can pretty much get in anywhere. They also said that a lab testing people might have started spreading it too. Don't hide do what you think is best for you and hope that no one else loses their life from this. Mostly week immune systems which are the young and elderly are at risk. And if you do get it treat it like any other flu they are saying lots of fluids and rest not many people in Canada have been hospitalized but I believe there has been one death here in Canada. Hope for the best and hope everyone that has it recovers nicely from it.
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    My son and his finance are to be married on July 25th and travel to Puerto Vallarta to the Grand Mayan for 7 days. Is is safe? I am worried sick about them.
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    The crisis is by and large over. I believe that it is safe to travel to Mexico. Please search for other posts on this board that provide more information.
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    Anyone else been to the Cancun area recently? How did you find it? Our family is going the beginning of July.
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    HI.. CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP..WE ARE 3 LADS GOING TO CANADA NEXT MONTH MAINLY TO WORK, FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS MAYBE LONGER, THEN MOVING ON DOWN THE WEST COAST INTO MEXICO AND BEYOND..WE ARE AWAITING OUR VISAS (FROM A COMPANY CALLED BUNAC), WHICH WE HAVE JUST BEEN TOLD WILL NOT BE ISSUED UNLESS WE CAN SHOW PROOF THAT WE ARE LEAVING NORTH AMERICA..WE ARE TRYING TO BUY A COACH OR TRAIN TICKET ONLINE FROM MEXICO INTO GUATEMALA..THIS IS PROVING VERY DIFFICULT AND ANY HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED ( IT SEEMS THE GREYHOUND BUSES WILL NOT SEND TICKETS OUTSIDE AMERICA)...HELP!
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    Bunter - start a separate post with this question and you may get a better response...
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    CHEERS DAVID, EEEERM WHATS A SEPERATE POST N HOW DO I DO THAT
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    Hey - just register quickly (10 seconds) and start a new post under Mexico. Your question will be more prominent then.
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    THANKS MATE, WILL DO
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    Me and my fiance have booked our trip to cancun since february. My parents say we shouldn't go, but then other people say it's perfectly fine.But it's too expensive to go anywhere else at the moment...unless you know somewhere equally as expensive as cancun. I would like to know...should we cancel or just go?
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    It's safe to trvel to Mexico. Drug issues are a major worry in some areas since it envolves violence (guns) ins publica places, but it mostly relates to 'inner mafia' vendettas.
    Mexico is a great place to spend vacation.
    If in need of travel suggestions and personlized guidance, please contact me.
    Based in Mexico City but available for the whole country.
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    This is the first time in 11 years that we haven't traveled to Cancun .... we hope the situation is under control by July 2010 so we may return to our timeshare villa.
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    If in doubt of traveling into Mexico because of safety concerns, make sure that before you leave you register with the State Department and make sure where your closest U.S. embassy is located.
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    I intend to travel to the us around sept oct and want to tour Mexico from Atlanta in Oct. Can you please let me know if it is safe to travel to Mexico with the H1N1 scare. I am keen to see Chichin Itza and the Mayan history
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    Hi!!! My husband and I are traveling to Central America in November,but we have to change planes in Mexico first, we were just wondering how safe is to be in the airport for about 2 hours? just inside the airport!!!
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    omg people of course mexico is really extremely safe to travell to its like the us just dont go into alleys like in the morning! u could get robbed or dont go thrghu dark streets but from that everything is safe u wont get kidnapped the mafia doesnt care about the tourist they wont do anything to u they just really hate the mexican army or who interfiers with them. just dont cause any trouble like at a bar cause u dont really know any one so they could like start hating u for being a tourist. and let's say ur driving and a convoy of surburvans or trucks with black windows are movinng towards ur path just move to the side let them pass thats the mafia u dont move they will shoot u!. or if ur speeding and the cops or army tell u to stop ?. STOP IMMEDIATELY!! they will shoot u with the .50 cal machine guns mounted on their humbes. but yea mexico is extremely safe i live in mexico im always like partying till like 5 am but yea just stay out of trouble. and have a good time !!
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    Hi,
    I am planning a trip from San Antonio to Guadalajara via the border town of Laredo. I am planning to take the tole roads to get there. Is there anything I need to be aware of and is there any sightseeing recommendations you know of? I am really nervous driving through Mexico because of the violence and the threat of my car being stolen. Does anyone recommend a particular Mexican insurance company? I am going in 3 weeks. please respond soon.

    Thanks
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    I am thinking of booking to go to Los Cabos in the 2nd. week of December, 2009. Is that a safe place and a best time to go there for a vaction ? Would appreciate your advise.
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    I am a Mexican national but I have been living out of Mexico for the past ten years. Due to my work I have lived in many different countries in all continents so I have been exposed to the news about Mexico from many different sources.

    Please note ALL my family lives in Mexico (Guadalajara) and I visit the country AT LEAST FOUR TIMES every year. I hope this information help the readers understand that I am pretty much aware of what is happening from a "local" standpoint while I can analyze this information from a foreigner perspective.

    I hope I do not offend any of my fellow Mexican brothers and sisters but I believe is extremely important to provide an honest description of what I believe if the current situation in Mexico.

    For years the drug cartels have been infiltrating and bribing all police agencies in Mexico. We all knew this was happening but did not care much about it. As many mention in this forum, the general belief was that if you do not belong or mix with the drug cartels you were safe.

    Many years of this infiltration and open bribery led to have a extremely corrupt law enforcement agencies. It came to the point where these agencies are completely broken and non-operational. The policy agencies, local, state and federal are truly non-operant by now. I can confidently say that over 95% of the law enforcement employees do not care at all about the safety of the general population. Their main objective now is to stay alive and protect the cartel that provides his or her income.

    I hope is clear to all that if you visit Mexico you are in fact visiting a country with no law enforcement capabilities.

    As many mention the touristic areas tend to be safer. There is a lot of money also in the tourism industry and therefore the people who benefit from it play their role trying to counter balance this situation by having private security and "paying" local police to help them keep those little oasis of safety. Be aware that this has been increasingly difficult and violence is leaking into the touristic cities. A good example to mention is Cancun. I have dear friends living in Cancun who have been telling me for some time now that there is a war going on between Central American drug and people-trafficking cartels and Mexican cartels. Violence has reached many of the “Safe Heavens” including resorts. These incidents do not make is to the news because powerful people linked to the tourist industry manage to block them to avoid “bad publicity”.
    Why do Mexicans living in Mexico would not tell you things so straightforward?
    They are not lying, they simply cannot see it. It is well known as the Frog Effect. They have been living in the country and have seen the situation progressively get worse so they cannot see how far it has gotten to be. They truly believe is safe because they have learned to live with the situation. I have seeing this happen with all my family. A friend was recently kidnapped and killed and they did not see the seriousness of the situation: People you know is being kidnapped and killed from places you regularly visit and by organizations protected by police.
    I could go on and on giving examples of real situations that happened and never made it to the news but this post is already too long for anyone to read…

    In a few words, if you are going to Mexico for vacations I would recommend going somewhere else, somewhere safer. Why put yourself and your family at risk when there is no need?
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    Thank you Alex for your honesty. Me and a friend were planning on going to Morelia in February for a conference instead of Las Vegas in March. Then we were thinking about drving to Cancun to visit a friend. I am so glad you for people like you who are willing to "tell it like it is"
    We were going to purchase our tickets next week, but now we will go to Las Vegas even though it is not one of our favorite places.
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    I'm concerned with our trip to Mexico as this will be the first time traveling to Mexico after 20 yrs. We'll be crossing at Laredo and heading to Michoacan then to Puerto Vallarta.
    If any one has any recent information we can use during our trip, i'd appreciated.
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    I can only speak from personal experience but I returned to the UK today after more than 10 weeks travelling allover Mexico, including places with a dodgy reputation like Mexico City, Michoacan, and Chiapas as well as Copper Canyon, Mazatlan, Yucatan, Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Puebla and many more places. I found everywhere very safe and very friendly and would not have the slightest hesistation in recommending Mexico to anybody.
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    I've never been to Mexico, but a dear friend of mine was recently kidnapped (while on vacation), and held for ransom. His poor family had to fly to mexico, and after one month, my friend was returned back to his family after the ransom had been paid in full. Fortunately, my friend's family is wealthy, and they were able to pay the ransom. The messed up part is that the mexican federals refused to get involved, nor did they even acknowledge there was an issue. Alex is so right. Travel elsewhere!!
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    Mexico is not safe right now. My friend and her husband was both killed in juarez last january in front of their children in their home. Because they were american and thought they had money. My husband family also lives im jalisco and things are just not safe. Dont risk your safety or your familys.
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    My husband & I with our child are planning to drive across Mexico to Belize and would like to ask what is the SAFEST border crossing into Mexico? We plan to travel 'safe' and will do our best to stay out of harms way. We love Mexico and don't want to eliminate it from our travels. Any suggestions? Thx
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    AJPBrown, I'm an American citizen who lived in Mexico from 1997-2009. I met and married my wife there, and our three children were born there. All was well until 2008, when terrorism arrived and there were violent gun battles in the streets of Leon, 45 minutes from where we lived. Over the next few months, my business partner's family was threatened to the point that she did not allow her kids to leave home for any reason other than to go to and from school. A university professor was kidnapped, and his wife forced to pay ransom. There was an outbreak of extortion attempts/threats through the use of phone calls. Everyone in the city knew about it. Police chiefs in the surrounding cities would be assassinated--there heads would be found in the parking lots of the police station.

    These things are all true, and they happened on a regular basis. My wife and I began to talk about the possibility of moving to the US. It would be complicated because she wasn't a citizen. We put it off until there was a military raid on a neighborhood where a powerful dug ring was housed. Our close friend's daughter, a university student in Celaya, said she could hear helicopters, machine guns and bomb blasts all night long. Less than a week later, she was attacked and robbed. Her friend resisted and was stabbed. We decided to leave the country over the Easter holiday last year.

    The very night before we left, the state militia was on our street. They had raided a drug safehouse and were escorting their captives down our street into police vehicles.

    PLEASE do not think I'm exaggerating. Living in the US, I realize now that nobody has the slightest idea of how bad things are in Mexico, of how bad the crime is, of how it goes unchecked. Do not DRIVE into Mexico under any circumstances. We have friends here in the states now who are Mexicans, and who traditionally make trips to Mexico for Christmas. None of them went this year, for fear of what might happen to them on the highways with their American plates.

    The only way I would enter Mexico would be by plane, and even then I would stay alert at all times. But you would honestly be better off not going at all. Find another destination.
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    How would things be if i were to just go to a small ranch where i have family?
    I went last summer and it was great i absolutly loved it and really want to go back, my cousin also wants me to return...would it be safe it would be a small ranch near chuihuahua.
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    HEaded to Acapulco on Friday with our 3 children. How is the safety there? SHould we stay in the resort. Wanted to got see the cliff divers and swim with dolphins
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    I heard Swine flu is originated from Mexico, any comment? Is it safe to go to Mexico if Swine (H1N1) flu is spreading in Mexico.
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    For the love of god dont be so ignorant!, you are not going to Iraq!, dont believe everything you see in the news. I live in mexico city, 25 years i've lived here, i havent been robbed not once. The drug cartel issues are basically between drug cartels and the goverment, not the citizens, mostly in the border and not in the tourist areas. You are totally insane if you think that by getting here you will instantly be the target of the narcs, i mean sorry to tell you this, but who the hell you think you are for the narcs to turn their attention to you?

    For the love of god ppl i expect a little bit more common sense than this, that type of attitude is just plain lame....
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    BTW the swine flu didnt originate in Mexico, but in the states, its just that here its were it got bigger...
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