Is Mexico safe to travel? What are the safest places in Mexico? This interactive travel warning map shows the current safety levels around Mexico.
(Updated in January 2018)
A lot of people who travel to Mexico are worried about their safety. While parts of Mexico are considered dangerous, other places are fairly safe for travelers. The danger level depends a lot on the area and state of Mexico.
I made this interactive travel warning map of Mexico to help other travelers visit Mexico. My safety map of Mexico combines travel warnings of three different governments: USA, Canada and Finland. You can find the original travel warnings here:
The colors of the map are based on the travel warnings of the Finnish Foreign Ministry. If you highlight a state, you’ll see what the U.S. travel advisory about the state. The green dots mark cities that have been excluded from the travel advisories of Canada.
In general, the governments of Canada and Finland recommend a high degree of caution even in the states with no specific travel advisories in effect.
Is Mexico Safe to Travel? – An Interactive Travel Warning Map
No Travel Advisory in Effect | Exercise Extra Caution and Stick to Typical Tourist Routes | Weak Safety Level
Important notice: This safety map of Mexico has been last updated on 2 January 2018. Visit the government links above for detailed and updated information. My travel warning map of Mexico shouldn’t be your only source of safety information.
What is the safest route through Mexico?
The safest route through Mexico would start from the northwest, either from the state of Baja California or Sonora. Although government travel advisories warn about the weak safety level in Sonora, places like Hermosillo and Guaymas are not included in the travel warnings.
Towns along the U.S. border often have a higher crime rate. Most states further south are considered fairly safe to travel. As you plan a safe route through Mexico, you should look for toll roads and prefer traveling by daylight.
So, is Mexico safe to travel?
The question “Is Mexico safe to travel?” remains popular, but there’s no definite answer. I recently spent three months traveling through Mexico on public transport. I never felt threatened during my visit, and I can strongly recommend visiting this beautiful country.
At the same time, you should know where to stay and where not to go in Mexico. I mostly stayed in safer regions and traveled overnight as little as possible. Be cautious and use common sense, but don’t overdo it.
Related reading: A Short Guide to Overland Travel Through Mexico
The high crime rates of Mexico might scare you, but it’s important to where the numbers come from. For example, the homicides and violent crimes are often related to drug cartels. Tourists are very rarely targeted.
I cannot give you a 100 % safety guarantee, but you’ll most remain completely unharmed during your stay in Mexico.