How Safe Is Juarez for Travel?

Juarez, Mexico
Safety Index:
32

Juarez is a city in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

The city is located on the Rio Grande, right across the United States border from El Paso.

Juarez is not a wealthy city, far from it: there are some nice and rich areas distributed all along with the city, however, most of the streets and hoods are poor.

Since it shares its border with the US, there’s a huge influence of people from every state in Mexico, and some from other countries, mainly the countries of South America.

Because of this, there’s no real “Juárez Identity” among people, and the city is more of a mixture of many cultures, traditions, styles, music, food, etc.

Warnings & Dangers in Juarez

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : HIGH

Juarez is notorious for street crime happening in connection to the drug cartels located in this area, but residents insist that the situation is not that scary. Just in case, you should apply all possible precaution measures, to minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

If you choose to get into public transport, you should be very careful as this is one of the primary places where pickpockets operate. You should always try to call your reliable taxi driver instead of hailing one on the streets.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpocketing and bag snatching is a very common issue in Juarez, especially in public and crowded places like bus and train stations and airports. Keep your belongings by your side at all times and try to leave all your valuables in a security deposit box of your hotel.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

As for natural disasters, the biggest risk for tourists lurks at the beaches of the Pacific Ocean as there have been reports of swimmers drowning. Monitor the news and the authorities' advice regularly.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Muggings, kidnappings and similar street crimes have been known to happen in Juarez, but they aren't very common occurrences, according to the residents of the city. Tourists are still highly advised to leave all valuables at home and remain vigilant at all times.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Juarez's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out. Remain vigilant at all times and aware of your surroundings.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

You should be very vigilant, decline all drinks sent by strangers, double-check all information and negotiate everything in advance. Be wary of people trying to distract you as it may be a scheme to try and steal from you.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Many women have traveled safely to Juarez, without having any problems. However, a lot more women will have a problem with being cat-called on the streets, while they might find whistles and comments directed at the offensive. Avoid parts of the city that are filled with bars and clubs, and visiting them alone, since there is a higher chance of running into intoxicated people.

So... How Safe Is Juarez Really?

Even though it is said that Juarez is not a safe city, it is being patrolled day and night by local Police officers.

There have been changes in the police service and the new sheriff has established changes that have led to a safer and more trustworthy Police service, so it’s safer than many believe.

The problem of the city is that people here live with the constant fear of being kidnapped or something related to the infamous drug cartels, and it is understandable since this city has gained bad fame due to several murders that occurred during the last 10 – 15 years.

There are some violence problems, of course, but it doesn’t happen to just anybody.

Most of the people that die of a gunshot or in any other way due to violence are in some way connected with the criminal world.

People here will generally call you a Gringo in their cars if you’re a white person from the U.S. so the best piece of advice is to ignore them; other than people here are very nice and even try to communicate with you even if you don’t speak Spanish.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Legally entering Mexico is fairly easy: all nationals receive a traveler's permit upon entering Mexico, and it costs 15 USD, while there are still some countries that do need to acquire a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Mexican embassy for further information.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso is the official currency in Juarez. ATMs are widespread throughout the country, and while credit cards are accepted in most top-end hotels, restaurants and stores, Mexico is considered largely a cash economy.
  • Weather - Juarez has a desert climate, which means that the summers are hot, the winters are short and cold, and it is dry and mostly clear year-round. The average temperature in Ciudad Juárez is 17.4 °C.
  • Airports - Abraham González International Airport is an international airport located in Ciudad Juárez. The airport is located near the Mexico–United States border opposite El Paso, Texas.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Juarez, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Juarez Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 6° C
Feb 8° C
Mar 12° C
Apr 18° C
May 21° C
Jun 26° C
Jul 27° C
Aug 26° C
Sep 23° C
Oct 17° C
Nov 11° C
Dec 7° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
131620273135353431251915
Low
°C
-1039111619181592-1
High
°F
556168818895959388776659
Low
°F
303237485261666459483630

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14 Reviews on Juarez

  1. playas de juarez

    NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
    the beaches of Juarez are dangerous, especially the Pacific beaches,use your credit card,
    don’t show your cash to her.
    also i don’t agree that the TERRORISM RISK : LOW, what level of risk do you apply for losing your head.

  2. Crossing in to Juarez

    If crossing by bus from El Paso over the boarder you do NOT need an exit stamp from the US Immigration with a UK passport, I was told incorrectly by Mexican authorities on the border when applying to enter Mexico that I needed an exit stamp, I had to walk back across the border bridges pulling bags in the heat, queued after being questioned by US police along with loads of Mexicans to be told by two different US immigration/Passport officers that NO exit stamp is required on leaving the US to enter Mexico, they have other methods of following us but would not say how. Tramped now back to Mexico and got my entry tourist visa to enter, all this took about 2hrs wasted in a dangerous city Cuidad Juarez that I wanted to leave asap.

  3. Juarez is one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico for women. The femicide, trafficking and kidnap rates are really high.

  4. A
    Anonymous says:

    ****ing dangerous

    Are you crazy man?? If you lost your mind so you can go to this ****ing hell

  5. A
    Anonymous says:

    Juarez beaches?

    Juarez doesn’t have a beach. There is no ocean or sea nearby Juarez, it is literally in the middle of the desert. The mayor natural disaster risk are the heat waves and torrential rainfalls on the summer and fall season (and thus not common to happen).

    1. C
      Christopher says:

      Get real

      I was reading, PACIFIC OCEAN. PACIFIC OCEAN? who in the hell wrote this un-factual piece. Exactly there is NO OCEAN !!! the bs that gets passed as info on the internet!!!

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    Robert Dembski says:

    Was robbed 6 times in 3 days . By the cab driver , the hotel clerk , followed by the door men from the bar & pushed into a doorway by 6 idiots . I was capable of fighting them off if only the bartender had not doping me up gradually spiking my beer . You CANNOT GET A DRINK IN JUAREZ W/O A DRUG IN IT . Stay in the US . Visiting a country , a bar , a beach , a hooker isn’t worth the pathetic hassle of going back home with nothin . Police aren’t there to protect you either . You are a US citizen. You have no rights in Mexico.

    1. Super dangerous but still 4 stars?

      But you gave it 4 stars? Wth?

  7. B
    Bradley says:

    You have got to be kidding...

    Beaches in Juarez, eh? Boy I must have really missed something when I was there. I’m not sure how you find the Pacific Ocean in Juarez when it’s like a 1000 miles away.

  8. One hell of a place

    Never been but heard wonderful things, not! If anyone goes there then prepare for a bad time. Youd be better off at home lol

    1. I’ve been in Juarez multiple time it’s a wonderful experience if you have family down there or friend because it is way safer with people that live there i would say don’t go past dark because that’s when things can get really ugly.

  9. The time to visit was 40-50 years ago.

    We used to go to Juarez back in the 70s. it was a fun day trip. Cheap meals, cheap shopping. Fireworks, switchblades. You would park in the Decor parking lot, pay the attendant like 50 cents to watch your car, and spend the day walking around. I would never go now.

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    Charles Davis says:

    Yes I remember. I was stationed at Ft Bliss, TX in 1971, much different time. Would walk over the bridge, cost 1 cent to enter Mexico. It cost 2 cents to go back to El Paso. Many that lived in Juarez would cross the bridge with their Green Card and work in El Paso. I would always cross back into the US in a cab with the same cab driver, always nice and took me to Ft Bliss.

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    cm Jordan says:

    my time visiting Juarez

    I was stationed at fort bliss from May 1968 until august 1969. We would most every weekend walk over the bridge into Juarez. never having any fear of being shot or having any trouble there. I enjoyed shopping there, would get great bargains, just plain enjoyed time spent there.I dated a girl that lived in Juarez, visited her home there, she worked in El Paso. I have visited El Paso 5 times first time back 2015, but would not go to Juarez with my wife and friends because of the danger. I under stand that Juarez is off limits to military now. Do not get me wrong, the people I met back then in Juarez were friendly and for the most part treated you nicely, no problems, Someday I would hope to be able to visit Juarez again just to see how it has changed over the years

Rated 2.21 / 5 based on 14 user reviews.

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