Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Mexico, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away

Vaccinations for

From the food to the history, Mexico is a multi sensorial experience. To enjoy it to the fullest without getting ill, we have provided a list below of important vaccinations for Mexico.

01. Vaccine list

Below, you can find a list of vaccinations for Mexico based on official recommendations. Whether you need to have all or any of the following injections for Mexico is best discussed with a medical professional.

Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free phone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival


2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers


3 weeks before arrival*

02. Other health risks in Mexico

Your vaccinations for Mexico are highly recommended if not mandatory, yet there are other health risks that do not have vaccines and require meticulous preparation and knowledge to reduce risk. You can read more about them below.


The risk of malaria is present at a low level in the rural areas of Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Quintana Roo, and San Luis Potosí.

To reduce your risk, practice meticulous anti-mosquito bite measures while travelling in these areas, as antimalarials are not usually advised.

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The risk of zika transmission is present in Mexico, notably along the coastal areas and any region below 2000 metres. Avoid the risk and protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially during the daytime.

If you are pregnant, it is recommended that you avoid travelling to Mexico until after the pregnancy.

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Cases of dengue have been reported in Mexico from Veracruz, Chiapas, Jalisco, Quintana Roo and Tabasco.

Risk is higher along the coastal areas, as well as the lower half of Baja, California. The peak transmission season is the rainy season from July to October.

 The risk is non-existent in high altitude areas of central Mexico.

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03. Precautions for Mexico

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Mexico, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.


There is a risk of malaria, dengue fever and zika in Mexico, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against  mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Mexico should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in Mexico or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04. Useful contacts in Mexico

The following contacts may be useful while in Mexico.

The British Embassy in Mexico City The British Embassy in Mexico City can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +52 (55) 1670 3200.

The British Consulate in Cancun The British Consulate in Cancun can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call their 24-hour helpline on +52 (55) 1670 3200.

Local emergency medical services For emergencies requiring medical assistance, dial +52 997 which will connect you to the ambulance.

Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are in Mexico, the British Embassy in Mexico City has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Mexico.

05. How to book your travel vaccinations

If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.

05. Checklist for your trip to Mexico

  • Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated

  • Travel vaccination certificate Check the travel vaccination certificate requirements upon entry in Mexico, as they are subject to change

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Mexico and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Mexico, including DEET insect repellent

  • Note useful contact numbers Note useful contacts in case of an emergency for your stay in Mexico

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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