General Medical Care
From a medical point of view, Mexico is a relatively safe travel destination. The level of medical care in the main cities and tourist areas corresponds to that of Western Europe. In smaller cities, medical care is guaranteed to an acceptable level in exceptional cases, but this is not usually the case in rural areas. Contact your guide first in case you need medical treatment. He will give you important information on how they can help you. Tropical diseases are practically non-existent in the tourist areas. We recommend that you clarify doubts about your travel destination and your state of health with your family doctor or a specialist doctor. Your medical care should always be tailored to the region of the country you will visiting, travel time, travel style and your health.
Use your trip as an opportunity to have your vaccination coverage checked by a doctor. All traveler should have the standard vaccinations recommended for their country, in particular a current vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, measles and a basic immunization against poliomyelitis. People over the age of 60 are recommended to be vaccinated against pneumococci (pneumonia) and, depending on the travel time, against flu.
Special vaccinations for Mexico
Especially for Mexico, experts also recommend vaccination against hepatitis A. if you are staying longer in the country or traveling in simple conditions (for example, with a tent and a backpack), you should also consider the following vaccinations: hepatitis B, rabies, possibly typhoid fever.
Time interval between vaccines
Make sure there is a time interval between the necessary vaccinations so they do not neutralize each other. You should also have the vaccinations on time to make sure immunization is fully achieved.
Visit the dentist before the trip
As a precaution, you should also see your dentist to make sure that your teeth are fine. If you experience toothache during your trip to remote regions, you will have problems getting it treated.
Due to the large differences in altitude and temperature between day and night, those with cardiovascular problems or other respiratory disease are particularly exposed to extra effort in the mountains. Be sure to discuss this with your family doctor. However, a healthy person can adapt to heights and temperatures without problems, but he must also wait to adapt little by little
When traveling with children or during pregnancy, we advise you to visit your doctor (4-6 weeks before the start of the trip) so that if necessary, he can issue you a medical certificate and you can make the trip comfortable.
Travel medical advice
There is always a risk of getting malaria in the Mexican jungle, but it is low. The disease mainly occurs in the rural areas of the provinces of Oaxaca, Chiapas and the Yucatán peninsula. Archaeologically interesting cities, seaside tourism centers and the larger cities are malaria-free. The most important protective measure against a disease is consistent protection against mosquito bites. Wear light-colored clothing as long as possible. WHO and other agencies also recommend carrying an appropriate emergency medicine with you when traveling to higher risk areas. The exact procedure should be coordinated with an experienced doctor in good time. Take your vaccination certificate with you on the trip. We recommend that the health risks / information that affect you with your family physician or tropical physician
First aid kit
Always carry your own first-aid kit throughout the trip. As a precautionary measure, you should have twice the amount of medication that must be taken regularly and hand it in your carry-on and checked baggage.
Foreign health insurance
Anyone traveling to Mexico should definitely take out private international health insurance. Since foreigners are mainly treated in private clinics, the costs can be significantly higher than at Home. Legal health insurance companies in your country can only reimburse cost incurred abroad in accordance with their rate schedule. Additional costs for transfers or transportation to a medical center or back to your country o origin are not included in the insurance.