Mexico : Safety by CityMexico - safety as a country
Mexico City is the capital city of Mexico, divided into 16 boroughs all of which tend to preserve some of their original and unique characteristics.
Centro Historico part of the city is where many historic colonial landmarks, and the famous Aztec Templo Mayor, can be found. Mexico City is a metropolitan city with 26 million people living in the region and most tourists will spend the majority of their time going around the city.
Frequently visited areas of Mexico City are the Centro, the old city center, and Zona Rosa, the new business and entertainment part.
Warnings & Dangers in Mexico City
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
You can feel completely free in Mexico City, as long as you remain watchful and stay in the touristic areas. The crime statistics shows that crime is possible and frequent in Mexico City, but tourists are rarely targeted. Pay attention when approached by some people, since they might be thieves trying to rob you. If you do not want to look like a tourist, do not wear shorts, even though it is extremely hot.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH
Considering the fact that thieves operate on busses and subways, special attention should be paid if you happen to travel via the B line of the subway. The only safe taxi companies are Uber, EasyTaxi or Taxiaviso. Tourists should never catch cabs in the street. Metro is reliable and runs underground. Driving around by car is the least advised way of going around the city, due to the complicated road structure and reckless drivers. Be aware that traffic signals are not respected.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pickpocket risk in Mexico City is high, especially in the crowded streets. In order not to attract attention of thieves, it is advisable not to wear expensive things around with you and avoid isolated areas. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your passport and visa with you and leave the original at your hotel room or safe.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Mexico is prone to natural disasters and it has experienced many very strong earthquakes. Mexico City is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, which contribute to its air pollution.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
The chances of being mugged or kidnapped in Mexico City exist and express kidnappings are usually performed by fake taxis. The best advice is that you never resist, since their aim is to force you to withdraw funds from your credit or debit cards, and not to injure you. However, if you resist, there might be more serious consequences.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
There is no risk of terrorism in Mexico City, since it is believed that the terrorist will not attack it.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Touristic places are attractive to scammers, who may try to scam you by doing magic tricks. Unlicensed taxis are the most usual scammers, who overcharge tourists or even take part in kidnappings. Be aware that groups of strange teenagers might try to distract you, while other will take your valuables or wallets.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM
Mexico City is a dangerous place for women that are not watchful enough and who are not experienced travelers. It is advisable not to walk alone at night, and always travel by the women reserved cars in the subway and train.
So... How Safe Is Mexico City Really?
When in Mexico City, do not be afraid if you see a lot of police force patrolling, since the historic center is patrolled in the early evening in order for the tourists to feel protected.
Being extremely crowded place, Mexico City is prone to pickpockets and bag snatchers so it is advised to be aware of your surroundings. Mexicans are usually very friendly and helpful, but there are those who will try to use this in order to rob you, so do not trust everyone. Taxi robberies are frequent, but 95% of total kidnapping victims are nationals.
Another advice is not to leave anything of value inside your car and do not try to show that you are tourist. One of the keys to maximize your safety in Mexico City is to blend in.
- Visas - Whether you will need a visa or not when coming to Mexico depends on your nationalities. Citizens of the US, Canada, EU, Israel and Japan do not have to obtain it.
- Currency - The Mexican Peso is the official currency of Mexico and this country is not so expensive, which makes it even more attractive for tourists. Mexico City is the most expensive city in Mexico, but still a very cheap one compared to other metropolises in the world. ATMs can be found everywhere and it is safer to use ATMs during daylight hours and inside shops or malls.
- Weather - Mexico City has a very good climate, which allows tourists to come throughout the whole year. The period from December to April is the high season. Mexico City has two seasons, dry one from November to April, and the rainy season from May to October.
- Airports - Benito Juarez International Airport is the one that most travelers use when arriving in Mexico City by air. It is located in the eastern part of the city and has two terminals. There are frequent flights to and from larger cities in the world. Another airport is Toluca International Airport, 50 km southwest of Mexico City. Other major Mexican airports are in Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana.
- Travel Insurance - Before going anywhere abroad, it is advisable to invest your money in travel insurance that covers all the possible incidents.