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.
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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