With Spring Break around the corner it’s more important than ever – for you and your clients – to feel comfortable about upcoming travel to Mexico.
While often our industry must overcome misleading media reports, yesterday the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City issued a “security alert” that will only raise additional unfounded concern.
The alert does not include any new or increased threats to travelers, and many of the potential dangers listed are general in nature.
Security protocols remain strong throughout Mexico to ensure tourist safety. In addition, there have been no recent changes to travel warning levels from the U.S. State Department, despite the “security alert.”
To help answer any questions client might have, here is a quick cheat sheet:
Is it safe to travel to Mexico?
The recently issued “security alert” does not reflect any change to the State Department’s travel warning level. Rather, this communication was a mislabeled attempt to educate travelers about best practices when traveling to Mexico, and frankly, most foreign countries.
For example, the U.S. State Department Travel Warning Level for places like Cancun, Riviera Maya and Cabo is the same as it is for other popular travel destinations like the U.K., Italy and France.
By exercising common sense, a vacation to Mexico should cause little pause.
Should I consider rescheduling my trip due to the alert or recent reports of shootings in places like Cancun?
No. The alert raises no new security threats and tourists have not been involved in any of these shooting incidents. All of the recent incidents have taken place outside of the hotel zone or popular tourist areas.
Local authorities take a wide-ranging of measures to ensure the safety of tourists, including road blocks into hotel zones and a strong police presence.
While you should never travel abroad if you don’t feel personally comfortable, the U.S. State Department Travel Level Warning has remained consistent.
Can I take extra precautions to stay safe?
Leveraging common sense is your best defense.
- Keep Your Surroundings Familiar: Normally you would not take a ride from someone you don’t know or travel to an unknown neighborhood late at night. Use reputable transportation and travel in groups to regular destinations visited by tourists.
- Consume responsibly: Binge drinking and hot temperatures are a bad mix. Stay hydrated and never accept a drink from a stranger. If someone is trying to sell you something illegal, “no gracias,” is advised.
- Rely on your resort: Mexico has thousands of resorts who are dependent on tourists having the best experience possible. Their staff is dedicated to keeping you happy and safe, so if assistance is needed, ask uniformed personnel.
- Keep in touch: Always let friends and family know where you’re going, naming specific hotels, clubs, etc.