Last updated April 9, 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.

Fun Facts:

  • Currency: Peso (MXN—see exchange rates)
  • Weather: Tropical climate with a rainy season (May-September) a dry season (October-April) and a hurricane season (June-November)
  • Must-Try Food: Tamales
  • Most Common Language: Spanish
  • Emergency Services Telephone Number: 065 for an Ambulance, 068 for Fire Department, 060 for the Police

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 to select one. 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 4 for COVID severity. This is the highest level and means that travelers, even fully vaccinated ones, should avoid all travel to Mexico unless absolutely 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. Be sure to keep up with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Mexico

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

Once the Covid-19 vaccines are more widely distributed, vaccination may be required prior to departing your country of origin.

Visas and Documentation

If you are 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 are 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.

Getting the most out of your Mexico Vacation

Common Words and Phrases in Spanish
  • Yes: Sí [see]
  • No: No [no]
  • Please: Por Favor [por-fah-vohr]
  • Thank You: Gracias [grah-see-ahss]
  • Cheers: Salud [sah-loohd]
  • Hello: Hola [oh-la]
  • Goodbye: Adiós [ah-dee-ohss]

Popular Destinations
  1. Chichén Itzá: This area hosts a wealth of architectural and natural wonders, including The Temple of the Warriors and El Castillo.
  2. Mexico City: This capital city is full of newly-reinvigorated public spaces, great restaurants and cultural history.
  3. Los Cabos: This seaside municipality is where the desert meets the sea. It's is a great, sunny escape for adventurers who want something different.
  4. Guadalajara: Visit the birthplace of both mariachi and tequila for an unforgettable experience.
  5. Cancún: Mexico’s resort capital is dotted with white-sand beaches for for snorkeling and scuba diving. For something different, hop on a bus to explore the local culture.