Over 400,000 British nationals visit Mexico every year and the Foreign Office reports that most of these are trouble free. So please don’t let the widely reported Mexican Drug Wars put you off travelling to this interesting and varied country.
Whilst there are some areas where lawlessness and gang rivalry are so intense that they have become no go zones, the main areas of interest to travellers are all open for business and generally unaffected by the conflict.
We urge travellers to take sensible precautions to keep themselves out of trouble.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has further information:
Mexico City stands at an altitude of 2309 m (7575 ft) above sea level so temperatures are cooler than you will find at lower altitudes and on either the Pacific or the Caribbean coast.
The wet season throughout the country is June to the end of October/start of November which also coincides with the hurricane season in the Yucatan peninsula and the Caribbean. This is also the warmest time of the year.
Along the Pacific coast, daytime temperatures vary between 29 and 32 degrees Celsius according to season with a minimum of 20 to 24. With scant, if any, rainfall between November and May, there are 6-12 wet days per month the rest of the year.
In Mexico City there may be a minimum of 6-11 degrees between November and April, maximums of 19-25 and between 3 and 6 wet days per month, contrasting with 10-13 minimums, 23-26 maximums and around 18 wet days per month in the rainiest months of July-Sept.
In the Yucatan day time temperatures soar to 33 or 34 degrees during the summer months of June-October, with minimums of 22-23 Celsius and 10-12 wet days per month. In the dry season, between November and May, temperatures are a more manageable maximum of 28-32 degrees with minimums of 17-19 and between just 1 and 4 wet days per month.
Please click the links below for up-to-date visa and entry requirements for British nationals travelling to Mexico:
Please make sure your passport is valid and up to date. In general terms, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of arrival into all Latin American countries.
Evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination may be required for travellers who are going to or have recently been to countries where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Travelling with children
Single parents or adults travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to provide notarised documentary evidence of parental responsibility, or consent to travel from those with parental responsibility. Such documentation is often required before being allowed to enter Latin American countries and, in many cases, before permitting children to leave the country.
Local airport taxes International and domestic airport taxes may be payable locally if it is not included with your airline tickets. This is usually payable in US dollars and it may not always be possible to pay by credit/debit card.
For up-to-date advice on any vaccination requirements and any health risks associated with visiting Mexico, please contact your local GP.
The following NHS website provides health information and advice for travellers to Mexico:
Please click onto the links below for up-to-date advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office:
British Embassy in Mexico City:
It is best to travel to Mexico with a supply of US dollars rather than trying to obtaining any Mexican pesos here. Dollars can always be changed for local currency and are more widely recognised than euros or pounds.
It is always a good idea to visit an airport ATM when you land, before leaving the airport. You should always take sensible precautions when using bank ATMs.
It is generally easy enough to travel throughout Mexico using bank ATMs but these are not always available in remote locations such as the Durango desert or the Copper Canyon. We always recommend you keep a supply of US dollars handy and make sure that notes are clean and undamaged. Torn or damaged notes (e.g. from a staple or written on) will not be accepted.
We also suggest that you have a supply of single 1 dollar notes as these are useful for tips for airport and station porters and for hotel staff.
Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and the better restaurants and shops but may not be accepted in small shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, nor in local markets.
In general terms, MasterCard is more widespread than Visa. It may be a good idea to take both if you have them. Usage of American Express is rare.
Exchange rates are subject to change at any time but the following table provides indicative information for Mexico, Central and South American destinations:
Mexico City: GMT -5 (BST -6)
Chihuahua: GMT -6 (BST -7)
La Paz (Baja California): GMT -7 (BST -8)