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The United States has issued a new special health alert for travel to Mexico for Spring Break. The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) has listed various precautions for all American tourists this year. 

OSAC says: “Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens visit Mexico during spring break. While the vast majority travel safely, visitors should consider the following factors when planning their vacation or traveling throughout Mexico.”

The New Travel Guidance 


OSAC says crime—including violent crime—can occur anywhere throughout Mexico; they suggest crime even happens in popular tourist destinations. They add: “Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations.”

OSAC says all U.S. citizens should exercise added caution in downtown areas of Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, and Cancun after dark. The U.S. travel advice varies depending on the Mexican state; OSAC advises travelers to see specific information for each Mexican state. 


OSAC says drug possession and drug use—including medical marijuana—is illegal in Mexico and may lead to a long jail sentence. They said: “U.S. citizens have become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.”

The Panorama Arch In Los Cabos, Mexico

Unregulated Alcohol 

OSAC says all U.S. citizens should be wary of unregulated alcohol. They say: “U.S. citizens have reported losing consciousness or becoming injured after consuming alcohol that was possibly unregulated.” Tourists may find unregulated alcohol in popular tourist destinations—such as Cancun. 

Sexual Assault 

OSAC says U.S. citizens have reported being victims of sexual assault and rape in various popular resort areas. They say: “Perpetrators may target inebriated or isolated individuals or may employ drugs that alter the victim’s physical or mental state.”


OSAC says some beaches in Mexico, even in popular tourist areas, have strong rip tides and undercurrents. They warn that beaches often lack warnings, lifeguards, and even signs of unsafe conditions. 

Medical Emergencies 

OSAC says: “An illness or accident could result in the need to seek medical treatment or hospitalization in Mexico.” They warn that private hospital prices can be higher than those in the United States, with many hospitals requiring payment in cash-only. 

Aerial View Of Isla Mujeres In Mexico, Riviera Maya, Caribbean

Guns & Ammunition 

OSAC warns all U.S. citizens against using guns and ammunition. They warn that even small amounts of guns lead to long jail sentences. 


OSAC warns that drunken behavior, such as public urination, leads to arrests and potential prosecution.

OSAC Recommends All U.S. Tourists:

  • Read the Mexico Travel Advisory and the Country Information Page.
  • Enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive up-to-date information on safety conditions in Mexico.
  • Call 911 for any emergencies. Although English speakers are available, tourists should seek the assistance of a Spanish speaker if they don’t speak Spanish. 
  • Ensure their health insurance plans provide coverage in Mexico for COVID-19 and other health issues 
  • Check the CDC’s Travelers’ Health information for Mexico
  • Check the Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for up-to-date information about health risks and conditions in Mexico.
  • Avoid all strong currents when swimming 
  • Drink responsibility and watch what they drink 
  • Regularly monitor their credit card transactions to ensure no unauthorized transactions 
  • Keep their friends and family notified of their travel plans 
  • Keep their passport and entry permit safe

Final Thoughts 

Mexico is the most popular destination for U.S. tourists. Although most visits to Mexico are crime and trouble-free—all tourists should take standard precautions, especially if they’re leaving popular tourist destinations in Mexico. 

With that said, Mexico currently has limited COVID-19 restrictions, and the nation is back to relative normality; therefore, it’s the perfect destination in 2022.

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Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Can u give me advices about New York, New Orleans for example.


Sunday 6th of March 2022


Approximately halfway through this article, the following is indicated:

"OSAC says an illness or accident could result in the need to seek medical treatment or hospitalization in Mexico. They warn that private hospital prices can be higher than those in the United States, with many hospitals requiring payment in cash-only".

Huh ??

I live in Canada. I have travelled many times to Mexico over the last 14 years, often staying for about 2 months at a time, and although I've thankfully had very limited experience with these matters, I have occasionally visited doctors for minor medical issues. Moreover, my interaction with locals and expats over the years, have given me the strong indication that medical costs in Mexico are generally much lower than those in the United States.

My question:

Can this information stated by 'OSAC' be taken seriously? Can it be considered in any way truly accurate? Am I missing something?

If possible, perhaps Sam or Kashlee or Trevor can provide some insight?

Many thanks! I love this website. It's my complete go-to guide for all things travel related.

Best regards, Tom

Tom P.

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

@Kashlee Kucheran,

Hi Kashlee, Thanks for your detailed and knowledgable reply. Much appreciated. This website is the best!

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi Tom, We live in Mexico and we also share your sentiment. I feel that prices for private hospitals are very reasonable, especially compared to health care in the USA. The US State Dept and OSAC have really been ramping up their travel warnings. Not to say it's not correct, but it's very 'over cautious' of them. Perhaps they are speaking to people in the USA that have some sort of healthcare coverage there, warning that costs could exceed their coverage amounts they would incurr in the USA, which of course is possible.

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Sunday 6th of March 2022

Beautiful spot in the title image, where/what is that place?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 7th of March 2022



Sunday 6th of March 2022

TL;DR - use common sense as you should anywhere