Whatever the reason you choose to travel to Mexico, consider taking out travel or expat health insurance for you and your family. You will leave with peace of mind and can prevent financial, health, and legal risks that would arise unexpectedly. Guarantees for repatriation, hospitalization, civil liability and other emergency medical expenses are essential, regardless of your destination.
Political regime: Federal Republic
Capital: Mexico City
Area: 1,972,550 sq km
Population: 129.2 million
Spoken languages: Spanish
Currency: Mexican peso
If you are a French national, you do not need a visa to travel to Mexico on a tourist visit. Upon presentation of your passport, which must be valid for at least six months longer than the expected stay and your return airfare, you are issued a tourist migration form (FMT) that allows you to stay in Mexico up to 90 days. The FMT is available at all Mexican Consulates, airlines and Migration offices located at ports of entry in The Mexican territory.
French Embassy in Mexico City
Campos Eliseos 339 – 11560 Mexico DF
Tel: 52 91 71 97 00
Fax: 52 91 71 97 03
Mexican Embassy in Paris
9, rue de Longchamp – 75116 Paris
Vaccines and Safety in Mexico
- Compulsory vaccines and certificates: Only the yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers from an endemic area.
- Recommended vaccines and certificates: For adults, don’t forget the vaccines against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, meningitis A and C and for people at risk: tuberculosis and rabies. For children, don’t forget the vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, tuberculosis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A and B, (long stay), meningitis A and C (long stay for 18-month-old travelers), typhoid (long stay for 5-year-old travelers and older).
- Local diseases: In Mexico, the following diseases are common: Amibiase, bites of spiders, snakes, fish and scorpions, ascaris, bilharziosis, dengue, hepatitis A and B, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease (trypanosomiasis), sexually transmitted diseases meningitis, malaria, polio, rabies, AIDS, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid.
Mexico is a country known for its delinquency and crime. However, there are two types of delinquency: petty crime such as robbery or fraud and criminal theft. The latter are legion in Mexico and can come in various forms: kidnappings with ransom demands, forced kidnappings to withdraw money from ATMs, armed assault, fights between drug traffickers. It is recommended to exercise the utmost caution, not to walk alone in the streets at night, and not to attract attention. In the event of an assault, do not attempt to resist or stare at individuals. These can be very violent and fatal outcome. Telephone threats are also very common but rarely successful. Just hang up calmly. Finally, it is recommended to be careful and follow the directions of the safety teams in the event of a cyclone or earthquake (very common in Mexico).
Health insurance in Mexico
Why take international health insurance when travelling or residing in Mexico? Simply because health spending quickly reaches very high amounts abroad. On the other hand, health insurance is compulsory in Mexico in order to be covered in a public or private institution. In addition, the repatriation guarantee is an essential criterion. In the event of a serious accident it is sometimes necessary to carry out a medicalized repatriation to the nearest medical centre or to the country of residence. Depending on where you are at the time of the accident, and depending on the medical prognosis, it may be necessary to Charter a helicopter or a medicalized aircraft.
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