Travel Security in Mexico

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Health Precautions

Obligatory Vaccination and Other Recommendations
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travelers aged six months or older if they are arriving from an infected area.
There is a high risk related to the  geographical altitude and air pollution in the Mexico City area.
It is advised not to drink tap water.  Avoid consuming ice creams and sherbets, as well as ice cubes.
In order to prevent gastrointestinal diseases, very common in tourists, it is advised to avoid consuming high risk foods, reheated meals, seafood and fish, undercooked meats and raw vegetables, as well as fruits with their peel.
For Further Information
Enjoy Mexico
Center for control and prevention of diseases
Health and prevention information from the WHO

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Safety Conditions

Mexico is among the ten countries with the highest crime because of the corruption in its legal system.
There is a high degree of violence in the poor areas and in the bad reputation neighborhoods located in the major cities.
The most frequent crime is armed robbery.  In the last few years, there have been cases of kidnapping and murder (policemen, military men and government officials in particular).
Terrorist Risk
Even though there are not terrorist groups known in the country, the Mexican drug cartels have a strong relationship with international drug dealers and organized crime.  During the last months, some cases of individual and collective murders have been committed in the major cities.
Risk of Natural Disaster
Average magnitude earthquakes happen frequently in the southeast of the Mexican territory.
During the summer season, there are tropical storms in the Mexican coast, especially in the Mexican Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, which produce serious damage to the population and commerce.
Traveling Women Conditions
Women traveling alone can be subject to verbal harassment, especially in the popular areas.  A woman should avoid traveling alone and at night.
For Further Information
Information about Mexico - US Department of State

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