Travel insurance for Mexico
Mexico is a truly wonderful destination, but when you take the long flights and unfamiliar culture into account, a great travel insurance policy is really important. With travel insurance from Holiday Extras you can book quickly and easily, and you'll then be able to enjoy a relaxing trip, with the knowledge that you're protected in the event of any problems.
Travel better with pre-holiday preparation
- If you're planning on travelling to Mexico, and your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the date you intend to enter the country, you have the option to complete your immigration card in advance online rather than on arrival.
Why choose Holiday Extras for your Mexico travel insurance?
Booking with Holiday Extras gives you the choice of three excellent insurance levels, so you can pick the worldwide policy that suits your itinerary:
- Basic contributes £500 cancellation costs per person, £1 million in medical cover, and £1,500 for baggage protection.
- Standard doubles cancellation cover per person to £1,000 and offers medical cover at £2 million, and £1,500 for baggage.
- Premium cover, offers £5,000 cancellation cover for everyone in your party, £1,500 of baggage cover, and £5 million for medical expenditure.
The option of single trip or annual trip policies provides even more versatility, and all Holiday Extras' insurances offer free cover for children aged up to 18 accompanied by an adult policyholder. You'll be assured of a straightforward booking process which takes an average of just ten minutes; so you can focus on the details of your trip.
Practical advice for Mexico
Vaccinations - Get all of your immunisations, from Typhoid to Hepatitis A and B, at least six weeks in advance to ensure that the effects kick in. If you need to bring medication, take it in clearly labelled containers for easy use on the move. Remember that we don't cover lost medication on our policies, or medical expenses if you lack the required immunisations.
Travel - During long journeys to or across Mexico, be sure to stand up and walk at regular intervals to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis.
Visa - British citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico at present. You will need to keep a Mexico Tourist Card, which will be stamped at immigration control, with you at all times.
Staying safe in Mexico
Despite it's notorious reputation as a hotbed for gang violence and drug related crime, Mexico is by and large a safe destination to visit. Keep your wits about you and follow these safety suggestions, and you should have a great, trouble-free trip.
Know which areas to avoid - If you're planning a trip to Mexico, be sure to research which areas are best avoided in the town or city you'll be visiting. It goes without saying that this research should be done before booking your accommodation. Neighbourhoods like Tepito, La Lagunilla and Dotores in Mexico city are notorious for high rates of violent-crime, and should be avoided. If you are unsure whether an area is safe to visit or not, you can always ask your host or at the hotel reception desk.
Using public transport - getting around Mexico is actually incredibly affordable, and as a traveller you have many options at your disposal. As a female traveller, you can also make use of the 'women and children only' carriages on the metro lines. While during the day, public transport is perfectly safe to use, it's largely advised not to use public transport during the night. If you need to make a journey across town after dark, you're best bet is to use an Uber.
Food safety - Mexican cuisine is full of surprises, many delightful, but others not so welcome. While there is always the chance of catching a stomach bug from a dodgy burrito, this shouldn't put you off from exploring the wonders of Mexican street food. As a fearless gastronaut, there are a couple or basic things you can do, to avoid getting more than you bargained for. A couple of days before the trip, start loading up on healthy probiotics, giving your stomach more resilience to any new foods. When deciding where to eat, go for the stalls that have tons of locals queuing up - this is a easy indication of a potentially good eat. Lastly, in Mexico, stick to bottled water for drinking and even brushing your teeth as tap water isn't safe to drink.
Know your emergency services numbers - In mexico city, it's 911 for the police, and dialling 066 or 080 puts you in contact with the ambulance and fire services. You should also have the contact information of your home country's embassy close to hand, just in case you need these.
What are some of Mexico's traditions?
Independance day - The 16th of September is the Mexican independence day, and marks the occasion on which Mexico separated from Spain in 1810. Celebrations typically begin on the evening of the 15th when the president gives "El grito de dolores" or the cry of dolores, a speech commemorating the victory of the 16th. Much like in the US, schools and workplaces are closed during Mexican independence day, with parades, food and festivities enjoyed throughout the day.
Feast of our Lady of Guadelupe - this is a major Mexican holiday celebrated on the 12th of December, in which Mexicans honour the legacy of their patron saint the Virgin Mary. Special masses, dances and processions are held on this day.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the dead) - Celebrated on the 2nd of November, the Day of the Dead is a time during which the people of Mexico remember and honour those who have died. Brought to Mexico by the Spanish Conquistadors, the Day of the dead is actually a combination of ancient Aztec tradition with Catholicism. Typically the day is celebrated with food, drink and festivities, and families gather to clean and decorate the graves of their dead loved ones.
What is the most popular food in Mexico?
Mexican cuisine is rich, colourful, bursting with flavour and so diverse that it's no easy task to choose just one dish that represents the country. With that being said, a classic staple in the Mexican diet, an item that's eaten every day is mexico, is the taco. Unlike the popular American varient, real Mexican tacos are soft tortillas and are eaten at all times of the day. Served with mexican style scrambled eggs at breakfast and with stewed, roasted and braised meats at lunch and dinner, tacos really are a mainstay of Mexican cuisine. You can pick up 4 generous sized tacos with stewed, roasted and braised meats,crackling, habanero chilli and cilanthro dip and a squeeze of lime, for a little over $3!
What kind of clothes do you wear in Mexico?
Climate is hot and humid, so light layers and natural breathable fabrics like cotton, silk and linen are the way to go. Clothing that's made of light wool is perhaps the best choice as it helps to regulate your body temperature, keeping you warm in the cold and wicking away moisture when temperatures and humidity levels are high.
Be sure to bring along some kind of sweater as air-conditioning in hotels and on first class trains and buses can make things quite chilly!
Keep beach wear for the beach and bring a sarong to throw on, if you need to pop into town. It's best to dress modestly in Mexico - for women, avoid wearing clothes that excessively expose the midriff or décolletage.
Some hotel resort restaurants will have a smart casual dress code, and won't allow things like shorts or camisoles.
What to do in Mexico
- Delve into Palenque, an enduring example of the imposing beauty of Mayan architecture.
- Race through the Copper Canyon a network of gorges larger than the Grand Canyon on the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway.
- Visit the vast pyramids of Teotihuacan and its iconic Pyramid of the Sun, which dates back to 100 AD.
- The beautiful, tourist-friendly town of Akumal offers coral reefs and diverse wildlife its name means Place of the Turtle.
- As unique as it is colourful, you could spend a lifetime in Mexico City without doing everything. Try out grilled tacos in the thriving city centre.