U.S. Embassy In Mexico Issues Advisory For Spring Break Travel

U.S. Embassy In Mexico Issues Advisory for Spring Break Travel

The U.S. embassy in Mexico released a travel advisory for Americans this week, in advance of what is anticipated to be an intense spring break season for the country.

The embassy acknowledged that thousands of US citizens travel to Mexico for spring break each year, the great majority of whom do so safely. 

It has alerted visitors about various potential challenges they may encounter during their stay in the country. In this regard, it states that crime can occur anywhere in Mexico, including in popular tourist destinations.”

“Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations.” 

It went on to say that “U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution in the downtown areas of popular spring break locations including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, especially after dark.”

Source: mx.usembassy.gov

The statement also says that Mexico strictly prohibits drug possession since it can result in extended imprisonment. It further highlighted instances where U.S. citizens have consumed synthetic drugs or altered prescription medications, leading to severe illness or fatalities when in the territory.

Furthermore, the embassy also speaks about prescription drug misuse, excessive alcohol consumption, sexual assault, medical emergencies, and various other concerns. 

This year, emphasis is also placed on the risks associated with illegal immigration, with a reminder that violating Mexico’s immigration regulations can lead to significant fines and detention.

Enrolling in the State Department’s Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) is also highly advised for all visitors. Through this program, American citizens can stay informed about safety conditions in Mexico and the U.S. government can get in touch with them in a case of emergency.

Additionally, the embassy advises downloading the “Guest Assist” application prior to traveling to hotspots such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, or Cozumel in order to obtain information on emergency services.

How to Stay Safe in Mexico During Spring Break

According to the embassy, ensuring a safe trip involves:

  • Refraining from getting intoxicated and never leaving your drink unattended.
  • Being aware that Mexican laws differs from U.S. laws and respecting them.
  • Minimizing the amount of cash you carry in public, using caution when taking out cash, and staying away from ATMs in remote areas.
  • Using transportation-related apps like Uber instead of street taxis.
  • Letting your loved ones back home know about your travel schedule, particularly if you’re going by yourself.
  • Making sure that Mexico is covered by your health insurance policy.
  • Staying out of the water after drinking, and not swimming when there are red flag warnings.