Is it safe to travel to Mexico? Latest travel update amid tourist scams

The travel advice for Mexico has been updated following a rise in scams and “virtual kidnapping” which sees tourists extorted for money.

As the entry rules also change for tourists, is it safe for travellers to visit the country?

 What is the latest travel advice for tourists travelling to Mexico?
What is the latest travel advice for tourists travelling to Mexico?Credit: Getty Images – Getty

The UK government has updated their latest travel warning for British tourists travelling to Mexico.

They advise: “The most common scam involves criminals phoning, acting as a distressed member of your family, or an employee, claiming to be kidnapped and demanding money for their release.

 Mexico is popular with tourists, particularly to Tulum and Cancun
Mexico is popular with tourists, particularly to Tulum and CancunCredit: AFP – Getty

“Thieves may also deceive the family by assuring them that their relative is being detained.

“If you are threatened over the phone, the recommendation is to hang up and authenticate the safety of your family member or employee.”

Other scams they advise to be wary about include police officers extorting money, particularly with rental car users, along with scam artists asking for financial help.

 The US advises against travel to a number of regions in Mexico
The US advises against travel to a number of regions in Mexico

Entering the country has also changed for tourists who will now need additional details.

Immigration officials may now ask to see proof of departure, such as your cruise itinerary or flight details, before allowing entry to the country.

You may also need proof of your accommodation – if you’re staying with family or friends, you will need a “letter of invitation” with all of their details.

However, there are no travel restrictions for Mexico in place.

The US government currently has a Level 2 Warning – which advises “increased caution” due to crime and kidnapping.

They advise not to travel to Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas.

The popular regions with tourists, such as Cancun and Tulum, are considered safe for travel.

Source: The Sun IE