How Safe Is Reynosa for Travel?

Reynosa, Mexico
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Reynosa is a city, located directly across the Rio Grande from the US border.

It’s one of the dangerous cities in Mexico because of ongoing conflicts with gangs.

Travel to this region is not recommended.

Despite its reputation, Reynosa is an industrial hub for Northern Tamaulipas and the Rio Grande Valley.

The majority of industries are related to electronics or automotive manufacturing.

Reynosa is located 38 meters above sea level.

It is within the northern part of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

There are not that many historical things in Reynosa to see.

However, there are a few historical monuments like A Juárez, Hidalgo, and Morelos.

Also, there is an Architectural monument, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Warnings & Dangers in Reynosa

Overall Risk


Reynosa is one of Mexico's most unsafe cities. The city is controlled by cartels, the police are corrupt. The number of immigrants is growing here. For tourists is not recommended and dangerous to travel to this city.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport is rather unsafe here. There is a risk of being captured by terror during the trip. Taxis are only safe if you order a licensed car.

Pickpockets Risk


The risk of pickpocketing is not so high here. But you must carefully monitor your belongings, do not leave valuables unattended and keep especially important documents and things in the hotel safe.

Natural Disasters Risk


The main risk here is flooding due to heavy rains. Information about the situation with this risk must be checked before visiting the city.

Mugging Risk


House robberies, hijacking, and theft are quite common in the city. You need to take high-security measures to protect your life and belongings.

Terrorism Risk


Skirmishes of drug gangs often occur in the city, because of this, shootings are possible. Tourists or locals rarely find themselves in a conflict zone, but the likelihood of becoming a victim of terror is quite high.

Scams Risk


The risk of fraud is high enough in Reynosa. You need to closely monitor your things, especially in crowded places. High probability of scamming in ATM.

Women Travelers Risk


It is not safe for single traveling women to be in this city. Avoid walking the streets after sunset and do not appear in bars at night.

So... How Safe Is Reynosa Really?

Reynosa is one of the dangerous cities in Mexico because of ongoing conflicts with gangs.

The level of crimes in here is high.

Due to ongoing conflict between Gulf Cartels, it is one of the most dangerous places in Mexico with thousands killed annually.

Federal police continue crackdown with drug dealers.

It’s not safe to walk to the city after dark.

Most places close by 10 p.m., and after that, the military can stop you and searches after that time are common.

The police are quite corrupt so approach Reynosa with caution.

Reynosa is full of immigrants, they are becoming more and more here, as they are trying to return to the United States, but in most cases, they are returned to this city.

Due to the constant influx of immigrants, this city also remains unstable in terms of security.

Pedestrians on the streets should be very careful while crossing the road: drivers usually do not really look around, and especially on pedestrians.

It is also not safe to ride a bicycle here and drive a rented car.

In any case, the city is quite strongly controlled by cartels and the presence of tourists in it can be quite unsafe.

Anyone very easily can end up in the midst of a shootout.

How Does Reynosa Compare?

CitySafety Index
Mexico City45
Playa del Carmen69
Cabo San Lucas68
Manama (Bahrain)54
Tianjin (China)67
Brussels (Belgium)60

Useful Information

  • Visas - No visas required for tourist proposals to enter Mexico for many countries of Europe, US citizens and so on. You should have a valid passport and a tourist permit. The maximum possible of stay is 180 days. For a longer stay or other options, you should visit the Mexican embassy.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso - is the official currency in Mexico. There are one hundred Mexican centavos to every peso. The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $, so you can see MX$ or MN$ in banks and exchange points.
  • Weather - The Best time to visit Reynosa is from November to March. May, August, September, and October have a high chance of precipitation.
  • Airports - Reynosa has an International Airport - General Lucio Blanco International Airport located near the Mexico–United States border. It handles national and international air traffic for the city of Reynosa.
  • Travel Insurance - The medical travel insurance is required for travelers in any country as well as Mexico. On the border, any traveler may be asked by a customs officer to show insurance.
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Reynosa Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 17° C
Feb 18° C
Mar 22° C
Apr 26° C
May 28° C
Jun 30° C
Jul 31° C
Aug 31° C
Sep 29° C
Oct 26° C
Nov 22° C
Dec 18° C
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5 Reviews on Reynosa

  1. City to avoid

    Checking out some reviews and articles to help me make the best-informed decision for an upcoming vacation to Mexico and came across this well written article. It gives very good risk indicators for many topics and what tourists should check out in the area. With all the information provided in this article I will probably avoid going into or near Reynosa for any stops. Thanks for putting this information together.

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      Needles says:

      I was there and my friends family lives there. Had 0 problems other than a hater hating on my looks and flooding on my last day there. Can definitely expect a few people asking for money or selling stuff. But people are back and forth there everyday like going to the mall.

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    TheOldRanger says:

    If you are white, you are immediately targeted as a free ride… pickpockets, kids prostituting their sister or mom, and this is in daylight. If you are white and you go out at night, you are asking for trouble and most likely, will be involved in any number of unwelcome activity. Just about any border town just across from the US is trouble.

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    Anonymous says:

    Do NOT TRAVEL HERE especially if white

    I have been to Reynosa I am a single woman that drove to see my friend at border. I stayed with him in a concrete buildings, no windows, bullet holes sprayed everywhere..pretty much all the building. There are dealers on streets with one pant leg rolled up. People on the streets just sitting there when you first cross border. It’s like Chinatown busy but with Mexicans and dangerous ones at that. You DO NOT look at military vehicles because you don’t know if they are military or cartel. During the day the town center is busy and cars drive wherever they want there’s not like street lines like the US, think of India. I showed up at 10pm and the border agents did not want me to cross they were in fear for me as we’re my friends from Mexico. I was young, dumb, adventurous and thought my friend who knew people would keep me safe and fortunately I was. Also something that happened to me that is not mentioned…MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR PASSPORT BACK IF THEY SEARCH YOUR CAR GOING INTO US. The border agents on Mexican side stole our passports when coming back into us. I had to park far away and walk all the way back to border where a manager type guy came at me to stop. I told him the guys that searched my car didn’t give me passport back. He called a guy over and he checked his pockets and he said no. I begged the head guy to ask around or check cameras because they didn’t give it back. He asked the guy again to check is pockets and SURPISE SURPRISE, the guy found our passports. If we would have got to second checkpoint and found no passports, we would not have been able to continue home and our passports would have been long gone! DO NOT TRAVEL HERE, I DIDNT EVEN LET THEM COOK ME BREAKFAST I WANTED HOME…oh also I forgot to mention while sitting in one of the ladies beds (and hearing sex going on all around this complex and seeing a brick of cocaine on a table with two guys who looked like they were gonna pass out, I looked out my open window (there was no glass) and there was a rifle pointed in my direction from across the courtyard. Also driving in there were tarps over the back of trucks with gun tips sticking out. People would be under tarps guarding their area with guns. DO NOT GO THERE I WAS DUMB AND GLAD NOTHING HAPPENED TO ME

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      Needles says:

      Sound like a paid troll for the government.

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