SAFETY IN MEXICO

PDF - Safety in Mexico Fact Sheet

6

MOST VISITED

COUNTRY IN 

THE WORLD

TH

TH

11

LARGEST ECONOMY IN 

THE WORLD

39 MILLION


SAFE
TOURISTS

ANNUALLY

HOT TOPIC

Is Mexico Safe? 

YES!

 

It is our fundamental and professional belief that the major tourist and resort areas of Mexico are safe and secure destinations given the facts. 

Facts Updated on July 18, 2018

The Facts

KNOW

Due to its rich culture and history, Mexico is the 6th most visited country in the world and home to 39.3 million safe tourists annually. The country ranks first in the Americas and seventh in the world by the number of Unesco World Heritage sites, has the 11th largest economy in the world, and is a member of The United Nations, The World Trade Organization, the G8+5, the G20, The Uniting for Consensus, and The Pacifica Alliance.

 

The truth is that Mexico is safer than many major U.S. cities. Some people are quick to judge Mexico based on isolated incidents they see on the news and thus form opinions that are based on stereotypes and overly sensationalized press that is often inaccurate. In actuality, the Mexican Government and tourism industry have long-standing, proactive programs in place that ensure all travelers enjoy a positive and safe experience during their visit.

Safer in Mexico

YOU ARE 

THAN IN LARGE U.S. CITIES!

Crime Index

17.71

23.20

31.06

32.30

35.68

36.34

43.42

44.15

44.28

44.41

48.67

48.80

53.27

55.60

57.27

65.41

66.30

66.78

67.55

67.85

70.51

71.89

MOST TOURIST AREAS IN MEXICO ARE SAFER THAN MANY MAJOR U.S. CITIES!

 

Visitors from around the world enjoy traveling to popular and vibrant U.S. cities like Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Philadelphia, yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than popular Mexican destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, and Puerto Vallarta. As with anywhere you travel in the world, you should always travel smart and be aware of your surroundings. Every city and country across the world has areas that are safe and areas that dangerous. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided and those that are safe, like secure tourist areas and resorts, should be enjoyed and celebrated!

MEXICO & THE U.S. SAFETY CRIME INDEX

In Order from Safest to Most Dangerous

 

City                                           

Cozumel, Mexico                  

Merida, Mexico                     

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico         

Boston, MA, USA                     

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico 

Cancun, Mexico 

Dallas, TX, USA 

New York, NY, USA 

Seattle, WA, USA 

San Francisco, CA, USA 

Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Miami, FL, USA 

Orlando, FL, USA 

Washington, DC, USA 

Chicago, IL, USA 

St. Louis, MO, USA 

Atlanta, GA, USA 

Mexico City, Mexico 

Albuquerque, NM, USA 

Baltimore, MD, USA 

Detroit, MI, USA 

DID YOU KNOW?
Mexico remains the number one travel destination for Americans. In one month

alone, more Americans will visit Mexico than visit the UK in a year! 

UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE

Alert vs. Warning

As of July 16, 2018, the U.S. Department of State confirmed that major international tourism destinations in Mexico are safe!

Travel alerts and warnings are regularly issued by the U.S. government for more than 100 countries around the world. Keep in mind the difference between an alert and a warning is significant. A warning is issued to describe a long-term, prolonged condition that makes a country unstable, whereas an alert is used to circulate information about short-term conditions. An alert is not intended to discourage US citizens from traveling, but rather to make them be more alert and aware of their surroundings. It is not intended to inhibit travel.

 

The U.S. State Department currently lists the primary tourist areas in Mexico in the same classification as a significant number of countries that are among the most common destinations for American travelers, including the UK, Denmark, Belgium, and Germany.

 

These tourist areas include Cancun, Los Cabos, Tulum, and Puerto Vallarta, among others. Each are listed as a level 2 on a four level scale.

1 - Exercise Normal Precautions

2 - Exercise Increased Caution

3 - Reconsider Travel

4 - Do NOT Travel

Visit the U.S. State Department for current information.

NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE

In Mexico

Issued by Unesco, Natural World Heritage sites encompass monuments or natural sites with cultural or historic wealth for humanity. Mexico has 34 sites: 27 are cultural, six are natural, and one is mixed.

Learn more about tourism in Mexico from the country's website or Visit Mexico.

About Mexico

FUN FACTS

  • With 31 states, Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas, covering almost two million square kilometers (760,000 square miles)
     

  • Mexico is the 13th largest independent state in the world.
     

  • With an estimated population of over 120 million, Mexico is the eleventh most populous and the most populous Spanish-speaking state in the world, as well as the second most populous nation in Latin America.

In Perspective

MEXICO SAFETY

Violence in Mexico occurs in isolated areas of the country and largely only affects the people involved in criminal activity. The violence does not affect U.S. citizens visiting Mexico as tourists. 

PDF - Safety in Mexico Fact Sheet

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