'Move away quickly!' Mexico travel warning as political demonstrations pose safety threat

Quintana Roo, Mexico
Britons have been given new guidance regarding holidays in Mexico
Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 29/05/2024

- 13:58

Britons have been given imminent guidance regarding holidays in Mexico

Mexico is a popular holiday destination among Britons, however, those heading there in the next few days have been given an important warning about their visit.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provided Britons with some essential information about upcoming elections in the North American country.

The elections may result in demonstrations that could potentially affect the safety of British tourists. Visitors have been advised on how they can remain safe.

The FCDO said: "Mexico will hold national elections on June 2, 2024. There may be an increase in political demonstrations and travel disruptions, such as roadblocks or disputes between supporters.

Tulum, Mexico

Mexico is a popular holiday destination among Britons


"Avoid demonstrations and move away quickly. Be aware of the potential for disruption and monitor local media."

Britons in Mexico should also be aware of the wider political landscape in the country. The FCDO advised: "Political demonstrations are common in Mexico City and can happen across the country. These can be tense and confrontational and could potentially turn violent. Onlookers can be quickly drawn in. Monitor local media and avoid all demonstrations.

"It is illegal for foreigners to participate in political activities in Mexico. Participation in demonstrations may result in detention and deportation.

"Politically motivated violence can happen across the country. Onlookers can be quickly drawn in. You should monitor local media and avoid all demonstrations. If you come across protests, move away from the area."

Holidaymakers should also consult the UK Government's advice regarding terrorism. Britons were warned: "There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets. You should remain vigilant at all times.

"UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack. Find out how to reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad."

Those travelling to Mexico have been warned that "terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out".

As for crime, holidaymakers can increase their safety by taking practical measures. The FCDO said: "Crime in Mexico can pose a risk for foreigners, particularly in major cities and tourist resort areas where street crime is a serious issue.

"Many Mexican and foreign businesses choose to hire private security. You should: research your destination thoroughly, only travel during daylight hours when possible, monitor local media and inform trusted contacts of your travel plans.

"If you’re the victim of a crime and want to report the incident, do so immediately to the nearest branch of the state prosecutor’s office (‘Agencia del Ministerio Público’). A criminal investigation is not possible without a formal complaint to Mexican authorities. Complaints must be made in person before leaving Mexico.

"The Mexico City Command and Control Centre (‘Centro de Atención a Emergencias y Proteción Ciudadana de la Ciudad de México’) has information and advice in Spanish on safety in Mexico City."


Mexico City, Mexico

'Political demonstrations are common in Mexico City'


Specific guidance has been provided on using ATMs, protecting your belongings, scams, drink and food spiking, sexual assault, kidnapping and violence, vehicle crime and crime on public transport.

There are certain parts of Mexico that the UK Government advises against travelling to, and it is important to consult the FCDO's list before booking a trip, ensuring you are visiting places where travel is advised.

The FCDO warned: "Your travel insurance could be invalidated if you travel against FCDO advice. Consular support is also severely limited where FCDO advises against travel."

Britons were recently warned about a threat in South America, as parts are gripped by a "state of emergency".

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