Covid-19 travel restrictions
Coronavirus continues to disrupt travel to some destinations. The UK government regularly updates the list of countries you can travel to, but that doesn’t mean there will be no restrictions. It’s your responsibility to check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice before you travel. Your travel insurance policy won’t be valid if you travel against it.
The same applies for any local entry requirements, such as testing, or restrictions in your destination country, like local lockdowns or curfews. Advice may differ by city or region or prevent certain activities. It’s up to you to check local coronavirus laws, guidelines and requirements in plenty of time before you go. Check what’s expected in your destination country.
The travel information below was written before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Experience Mexico protected
Mexico’s culture is a draw for UK, European and American tourists alike. With its mixture of indigenous and Hispanic history, its incredible coastlines and its striking monuments, Mexico gives visitors a land of intrigue, mystery and adventure. So whether you’re going to swim its phosphorescent lagoons or take in the wrestling in Mexico City, make sure you take good travel insurance with you.
Healthcare for Brits in Mexico
The FCDO warns that medical facilities may not immediately agree to treat you under the terms of your medical travel insurance, so it’s advisable to have accessible funds to pay for any medical care you might need. If you are in this situation, you may still be able to make a claim on your travel insurance for a refund of costs incurred, so make sure you maintain all documents you receive as part of your treatment and request an itemised list of payments.
Zika virus has been reported in Mexico, as well as other dangerous mosquito-borne infections and viruses. Taking care to avoid being bitten is important, and there are a few simple steps you can follow to minimise this risk.
Food and drink can pose a risk to your health as well. While most food is considered safe, do not eat anything that has not been properly cooked, has been left out for any length of time or is raw. Only drink boiled or bottled water and use this when brushing your teeth as well. Avoid taking ice in your drinks. If you haven’t bought bottled water from a supermarket, check that the seal isn’t broken and that it appears completely clear and free of particles.
Some of Mexico is at a high altitude, including Mexico City. This can make you feel a bit unwell if you’re unused to it, and Travel Health Pro have a guide for altitude sickness and what to do if the altitude affects you.