Travel advisory Mexico: US warns of violence with taxi, Uber

The Canadian government also advises travelers to exercise caution in Mexico.

The US State Department is warning travelers not to use ride-hailing services in parts of Mexico because of violent clashes with taxi drivers.

In an update issued on January 23, US citizens are advised to reconsider the use of “application-based transportation services” in Mexico, including services such as Uber and Cabify.

While these services are generally considered safe alternatives to taxis, there have been several complaints against Uber and other ride-hailing companies. In addition, past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have turned violent, “resulting in injuries to US citizens in some cases,” according to the update. The most recent clashes took place in the state of Quintana Roo.

The advisor also notes that there are many other risks associated with traveling to Mexico, including violent crimes such as murder, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery.

Travelers to Mexico are advised to consult the US Travel Council for Mexico and review their security plans prior to their trip and immediately before departure. They should also monitor the local media for updates and keep a low profile.

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In an emergency, call 911 in Mexico.

US issues travel advisory for Mexico

Mexico’s powerful drug cartels often use local gangs to protect their territory and carry out their vendettas.

The most frequented tourist areas are in the state of Quintana Roo, including the Mayan Riviera hotel zones like Cancún, and it is included in the list of states to be careful.

According to the advisor, criminal activity and violence could occur in popular tourist areas. Therefore, travelers should remain aware of their surroundings and avoid areas where criminal activities occur. If a situation turns into something potentially dangerous, they should leave immediately.

Tourists from Canada and the United States are victims of kidnapping. They were also involved in a shootout between rival gangs.

Canadian Council on driving restrictions in Mexico City

Although some Canadians choose to drive down to Mexico for their vacation, there are driving restrictions in Mexico City.

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The Canadian Government says that only “selected vehicles with plates from the State of México (Estado de México) or the Federal District (Distrito Federal) are allowed to circulate,” according to its advisory. The date the vehicles are allowed to circulate depends on the last number on their plate, from Monday to Saturday, from 5 am to 10 pm

These regulations are strictly enforced and your vehicle may be taken from you if you do not comply.

Certain visitors may be exempted by requesting a tourist pass. It is granted for two periods of seven days or for one period of 14 days within a period of six months.

The Canadian government emphasizes that “penalties for breaking the law in Mexico can be more severe than in Canada, even for similar offences”. This rule also applies to Mexico’s new national ban on smoking, which also applies to tourists.

Many minor crimes, including public urination, failure to pay a bill, or disorderly conduct, may result in a 72-hour police detention. Travelers can be released early by paying a fine, but this situation is best avoided.

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Many hotels, tour operators and reliable travel agencies arrange buses and shuttles before you arrive in Mexico. They are the best choice for providing safe transportation to and from the airport.

Using taxis and ride-hailing apps in Mexico

If you choose to take a taxi or Uber, follow the guidance provided by the Canadian government under the Safety and Security section of the Mexico travel advisory.

In Mexico City, there are ways to recognize license plates and registered taxis. If you arrive at an airport anywhere in Mexico, you should prepay the fee and ask to see the driver’s ID.

If you use a ride-hailing app, verify the driver’s ID and license plate before getting in the car.

Find out some important insurance considerations for traveling to Mexico with our guide.


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