On September 7 a 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast in Mexico’s strongest quake for a century.

At least six people have died and one person is said to have died in Guatemala.

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The quake struck 54 miles south-west of Pijijiapan.

As a result a tsunami warning has been issued with The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stating that waves more than three metres about the tide level are possible. 

We found out everything travellers need to know.

Is another earthquake likely?

There are no outstanding earthquake warnings for Mexico, though it is feared that the strength of this latest quake, which was felt as far away as Mexico City, could cause a tsunami with higher waves than normal predicted.

The Foreign Office advises that travellers currently in Mexico should follow the instruction of local authorities, including any evacuation orders.


It is currently hurricane season on the Pacific and Atlantic coast which runs from June to November. Hurricane Katia currently poses a threat to the eastern coast of Mexico while Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc on the Caribbean with Hurrican Jose set to hit the area too.

Is it safe to travel to Mexico? 

Although Mexico is a country with no recent history of terrorism, there is a problem with violent crime, and foreigners may well find themselves the victims of street crime.

Violent and gang related crime, often to do with the drug trade, is largely regional. The Northern states close to the border with the United States have seen frequent incidents, so in areas such as Nuevo Leon, Durango and Sonora, tourists are advised to be on their guard. Travel should be restricted to the daylight hours, and you should inform friends and family of your schedule and plans.

Caution should also be exercised in eastern regions such as Tobasco, and there have been reports of illegal roadblocks in states such as Guerrero and Chiapas.

Tourist hotspots

With tourism so vital to the Mexican economy, security is generally tight in destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Los Cabos, although foreign nationals were caught up in a fatal shooting at a music festival in Playa del Carmen in January 2017.

Public transport passengers often find themselves the target of robbery attempts, and there is also a problem with unlicensed taxi drivers. Women on their own are particularly advised to be careful in their travel plans.

Ensure you have adequate insurance if taking part in any adventure sports such as scuba diving, paragliding etc, and make sure you use reputable operators as there have been incidents where tourists have been injured or even died.

Political problems

Mexico has a multi-party political system, and demonstrations are a common sight – but beware as they have the potential to turn violent. Also, the constitution forbids political activity by foreigners, so visitors who decide to take part run the risk of detention and deportation.

Natural dangers

Shark attacks are relatively rare, but it is best to observe and stick to local safety guidance when swimming. There is a greater threat from crocodiles, who have been known to attack and injure. Hurricane season, affecting the east and west coasts, runs from June to November, and UK health authorities have classified Mexico as an area of risk for transmission of the Zika virus.