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
Mexico

Mexico is a popular tourist destination with a tropical climate. There is a risk of mosquito- and water-borne diseases present throughout the country, particularly during the rainy season from July to October. Medical care is generally of a high quality throughout the country.


01. What vaccinations do I need for Mexico?

This list of vaccines follows the official recommendations for travel to Mexico. Specific requirements for the vaccines you need will depend on a variety of factors, including your medical history and the details of your trip.

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

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

02. Malaria

Is there a risk of malaria in Mexico?

There is a very low risk of malaria the whole of Mexico.

There are, however, sporadic outbreaks in rural areas every year so it is important to always avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.

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03. Other health risks

There is a risk of food and water related illnesses for all travellers going to Mexico. Contaminated food and water can transmit diseases such as travellers’ diarrhoea, typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera.

There are also mosquito-borne diseases prevalent in Mexico that cannot be prevented by a vaccine and can cause serious complications, and sometimes even be fatal. There is a risk of Zika and dengue transmission in Mexico.

Can I travel to Mexico?

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in restrictions to travel in order to curb the spread of the disease. Many countries around the world are closed to travellers, and travel restrictions have been imposed sometimes without notice.

The UK government currently advises against all non-essential international travel. There is a 10-day mandatory quarantine for anyone returning to the UK.

When will I be able to travel to Mexico?

It is difficult to know when international travel will be possible. Find out more about when you can travel again.

What are the travel restrictions in Mexico?

The land border between the United States and Mexico is closed. There are currently no restrictions for travellers arriving in Mexico by air. Be sure that you:

Zika

Is there a risk of Zika in Mexico?

There has been recorded transmission of Zika in Mexico, particularly in coastal areas and regions below 2,000 metres.

There is no vaccine or medication currently available for prevention against Zika. Pregnant women should consider waiting until after pregnancy to travel to Mexico, as there is a link between infection during pregnancy and babies being born with birth defects. Women who are planning to get pregnant should also avoid travel to Mexico, or should wait to get pregnant at least 6 months after returning.

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Dengue

Is there a risk of dengue in Mexico?

There is a risk of dengue in Mexico. The risk is higher in coastal areas, particularly during the rainy season from July to October.

Cases of dengue have been reported in Mexico from Veracruz, Chiapas, Jalisco, Quintana Roo and Tabasco, as well as the southern half of Baja California.

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04. Risk areas

Depending on the activities of travellers and length of stay, the following areas can carry the risk of certain diseases. Book a free consultation for specific advice on which diseases you may be at risk of during your travels.

Urban areas

There is a risk of dengue across the whole of Mexico, particularly in urban areas. It is important to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Risk of dengue is higher during the rainy season from July to September.

Mexico City

There is a risk of dengue in Mexico city, particularly during the rainy season. Mexico City has a very low risk of Zika, as it is above 2,000 metres and the mosquito that spreads the disease does not usually live at high altitude.

Quintana Roo

The state is a popular destination, particularly for those visiting the popular resort areas of Riviera Maya and Cancún on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Cases of dengue have been reported in Quintana Roo. As a low-lying coastal state there is also a risk of Zika.

Oaxaca

The historic city of Oaxaca in the south of Mexico has a lower risk of mosquito-borne diseases due to its altitude. However, there is still a risk of dengue and Zika, particularly during the rainy season.

05. Precautions

Mosquitoes

Some mosquito-borne illnesses cannot be prevented by a vaccine or medication, so it is therefore essential that you take the right precautions to avoid getting bitten during your stay in Mexico.

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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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06. Healthcare in Mexico

Is healthcare in Mexico good?

There is an excellent standard of healthcare across Mexico, particularly in big cities. The private sector has many English-speaking professionals.

It is essential that you get health insurance for your trip to Mexico.

Useful contacts

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.

07. 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.

08. 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

Fuad Hussain, Pharmicist Prescriber
22 February 2021

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