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Mexico is a popular travel destination for Canadians. The number of Canadians who visit Mexico increased by 10% from 2016 to 2017 with an estimate of 1.92 million in 2017. The number of people visiting Mexico increased to 2.1 million up by 11.8% in 2018.

The increased visit to Mexico came amidst violent crime warnings. Furthermore, Canadians visit Mexico for several reasons. While some visit for tourism, some others visit for trade and business.

No matter your reason for visiting Mexico, it is important to get Mexico travel insurance before you leave Canada. With adequate Mexico travel insurance, you will be covered for medical emergencies and accidents.

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Basic Information About Mexico

Some important information on Mexico Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Mexican peso
Most common languages spoken Spanish, Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, and Mixtec
Capital Mexico City
Continent North America
Population Approx. 128 million
Plug type Plug type A and B
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Spring - March to May
  • Summer - June to August
  • Autumn - September to November
  • Winter - December to February
Laws Local laws and customs


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Mexico Security Measures for travelers

If you decide to travel to Mexico, you are responsible for your safety while in the country. However, since we care about the safety and security of Canadians, we provide reliable information in our Travel Advice to help you to make informed decisions when traveling out of Canada.

Risk Level

Mexico – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to high levels of criminal activity in Mexico such as protests, demonstrations, illegal roadblocks across the country, you are advised to exercise a high degree of caution.

Northern states – Avoid non-essential travel to these northern states due to high level of violence linked to organized crime: Chihuahua, Coahuila (except the city of Saltillo), Durango, Nuevo Leon (except the city of Monterrey), Sinaloa (except the city of Mazatlan), Sonora (except the cities of Hermosillo and Guaymas/San Carlos), and Tamaulipas.

Western states – Avoid non-essential travel to western states of Guerrero (except the cities of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Taxco but including Acapulco), Michoacan (except the city of Morelia), Colima (except the city of Manzanillo).

Travel Health Notice – Zika Virus. The Public Health Agency of Canada advised travelers against the Zika virus. The agency recommends that Canadians practice special health precautions when traveling to affected countries.

Entry / Exit requirements

Every country decides who enters or leaves their borders. If you do not meet Mexico’ entry or exit requirements, the Canadian government will not interfere on your behalf.

The information on this page was obtained from the Mexico authorities, however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The type of passport you use to travel determines the applicable entry requirements. Contact your transportation company for information about passport requirement before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport - Even if you are a dual citizen, you must hold a valid passport throughout your expected duration of stay in Mexico.
  • Official Canadian Passport - Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents - When traveling with an emergency travel document or a temporary passport, the entry rules may differ. Check the closest diplomatic mission for your destination before you travel.

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Mexico Healthcare

Mexico has both private and government-run healthcare services. However, in some healthcare centers, facilities may not be up to Canada standards and medical treatments could be expensive in some cases. Also, some hospitals may require cash payments; this makes it necessary to have enough travel insurance coverage or enough money to cater for the possible emergency medical care while in Mexico.

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Mexico Travel Insurance News

Mexico has recorded increased violence since 2017. These include deadly shootings, a ferry explosion, and so forth. Such incidences raise questions on whether it is safe to travel to Mexico.

Even though there is an increase in violence in Mexico, neither the Canadian government nor the police and travel specialists are ready to say that it is not entirely safe for visitors.

Playa del Carmen is located in the municipality of Solidaridad and the state of Quintana Roo. According to crime data collected from the state in 2015, Quintana Roo has become more violent over the years.

The state, with a population of 1.5 million people and 11 municipalities, has a rate of 43.7 in intentional homicide per 100,000 people in November 2018, according to the Mexico Crime Report. More than three times it was the same month the last two years.

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