It is advisable to be very careful throughout the country. Violence, often linked to drug trafficking, organized crime or classic forms of delinquency (robberies), may occur. Caution and vigilance must especially be observed at night and on weekends.
Only carry the bare minimum amount of cash and credit cards.
Leave your identity documents and other valuables at the hotel, preferably in a safe. Do not take your passport with you, but a copy.
Mexico City lies at an altitude of 2250m and has very high pollution levels, this may affect people with certain health conditions.
Hospitals in Mexico provide good-quality care. High quality international hospitals can also be found. The cost of care in Mexico is as high as in Belgium.
Pharmacies often sell generic drugs but pharmacists are not trained to render specific medical advice.
It is not only advisable but also mandatory to travel with an adequate travel health insurance.
Anyone travelling to Mexico should be vaccinated against hepatitis A. It is also advisable to check your general vaccination status before departure.
For more information on vaccination please consult the travel advice issued by the Institute of Tropical Medicine:
Tap water is Mexico is not safe to drink, except in large hotels. Restaurants generally wash fruits and vegetables with tap water and make ice cubes with non-potable water. Only drink boiled or bottled water and avoid ice in drinks.
Average temperatures in Mexico City and Monterrey in February are 22-24°C during daytime, 7-8°C during nighttime. Almost no chance of rain.