Last updated August 18, 2021

A land of beautiful coastlines, stunning deserts and rich culture, Mexico is a great place to kick back and relax or join a fiesta! Whether your style is drinking a margarita on the beach or learning about ancient cultures, Mexico has something for you.

Is travel insurance mandatory in Mexico?

While it’s not technically required, it’s strongly recommended that you purchase travel medical coverage for Mexico before your trip.

With a wide range of insurance plans on the market, it may be difficult find the best travel insurance for Mexico. To find the plan that's best for you, first assess the condition of your health. Then, take a look at your travel plans. From there, you can compare plans side by side with our compare tool. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. On the other hand, if you’re looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.

COVID-19 in Mexico

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) categorizes Mexico at a Level 3 for COVID severity. This is the second highest level and means that travelers should avoid traveling to Mexico unless necessary. If traveling to Mexico is essential, be sure to get fully vaccinated before departure and follow all COVID safety protocols like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, avoiding crowds and frequently washing your hands.

Health & Safety

Certain areas of Mexico are at higher risk for violence and illness. You can protect yourself against illness by getting the appropriate vaccines before your trip and applying plenty of insect repellant. Always ensure that your food and drink are coming from a reputable source, stick to bottled water and never leave a drink unattended. While it’s highly unlikely to occur, a travel insurance policy that covers kidnap and ransom can give travelers and their loved ones peace of mind.

Research the area where you’re visiting before you leave. If the area has a high crime rate, explore the area in a group or with a local guide. In general, larger cities in the northern parts of the country are more likely to have a higher risk of violence.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are the common vaccination requirements. Experts expect that the COVID-19 vaccine will also be required once it’s more widely available.

All travelers:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio

Many travelers:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid

Some travelers:

  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B

The COVID-19 vaccine is not currently required for entry to Mexico but itthe CDC strongly recommends getting vaccinated before traveling to Mexico.

Visas and Documentation

If you're a citizen or permanent resident of Mexico, The United States, Canada, Japan, The United Kingdom or a country in the European Schengen Area, you do not need a visa to enter Mexico for 180 days or less. If you are a citizen of a few other countries, including much of Central and South America, you may also enter the country without a visa for a stay of fewer than 180 days.

If you're a citizen of a country from this list of countries that do need a visa to visit Mexico, you may still be eligible for a few other entrance options.