Travel insurance for Mexico

When you’re travelling as far as Mexico, you’ll want to be prepared. We look at how to find and compare Mexico travel insurance so you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind.

When you’re travelling as far as Mexico, you’ll want to be prepared. We look at how to find and compare Mexico travel insurance so you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind.

Josh Daniels
From the Travel team
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Posted 19 NOVEMBER 2019

Do I need travel insurance for Mexico?

Yes – while it’s not compulsory, it’s advisable to have travel insurance if you’re visiting Mexico. You aren’t entitled to free healthcare in Mexico, so if you’re ill or injured and need a doctor, you’ll have to pay for it out of your own pocket. However, if you have insurance your medical costs will usually be covered, and you could also be flown home for continuing treatment in the UK.

It's worth noting that the sort of insurance policies that come free with some bank accounts may only cover Europe. When you travel to Mexico you will need worldwide travel insurance for your trip.

Over half a million Brits travel to Mexico every year and while most visits are trouble-free, tourists have been victims of crime in the past. Another very good reason to equip yourself with travel insurance.


The travel traffic light system currently states that trips to green and amber listed countries are legally permitted if you live in England and Scotland. If you live in Wales and Northern Ireland, you still need to follow the rules for your relevant government.

Please note: from 4am on 4 October 2021, the current traffic light system will be replaced by a single red list of countries.

Currently, if your destination of choice is on the green or amber list, you still need to check the latest travel advice and entry requirements for each country you visit or transit through. This is to ensure you are aware of any specific requirements relating to entry and ensure travellers from the UK are permitted. Countries can have their traffic light status changed with short notice and you should take this into consideration when looking to travel. Please check the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) for the latest information.

The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to red list countries. Most insurance policies purchased to cover a trip to a destination where the FCDO has instructed citizens not to travel to won’t be valid, however, some insurance providers may offer reduced cover if you’re travelling for essential purposes. Should you have any queries, please check the policy wording, or contact your chosen provider before purchasing, to ensure the cover meets your needs.

Travel within England, Scotland and Wales is permitted under the current guidelines. However, public health rules and lockdown restrictions continue to vary, including entry restrictions for Northern Ireland. Check the latest guidance from the official tourism boards for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

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When you declare medical conditions on our website, we’ll only show quotes from insurance providers who will cover all declared medical conditions, with no exclusions. 

MoneyHelper has launched a directory of insurance providers who may be able to provide quotes over the phone if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at MoneyHelper or by calling them on 0800 138 7777.

What should I think about when choosing travel insurance to Mexico?

Travel insurance policies vary, so it’s important to find one that matches your needs. There are a few things to consider before you compare Mexico travel insurance:

  • What activities are you doing? Some activities are considered riskier than others, so if you’re planning on diving, horse riding, surfing or even caving (all popular activities in Mexico) check that your insurance covers you should anything go wrong. Find out more about adventure travel insurance.
  • Can you afford to pay medical costs up-front? Some insurance providers will expect you to pay medical costs up-front and then claim them back (so keep all the paperwork safe!). If you can’t afford this, go for a different policy. Just be aware that some hospitals in Mexico won’t deal directly with insurance providers, so always keep some spare funds available. Be sure to choose a policy that also pays for ambulances and emergency flights back home.
  • What are you taking with you? Make sure your insurance covers the cost of replacing all your belongings if they are lost or stolen – whether it’s a few hundred pounds for a backpack of essentials, or a few thousand pounds worth of designer clothes, gadgets and SCUBA gear.
  • What would you lose if you had to cancel? If (for a genuine reason) you can’t go to Mexico, travel insurance could give you peace of mind – but there’s always a limit to what your policy will pay for. Make sure your travel insurance covers the full cost of your trip. Find out more about cancellation cover.

Mexico travel insurance: A checklist

What needs to be in your travel insurance policy when you head to Mexico? Make sure you're covered for the following:

  • holiday cancellation cover
  • medical care
  • damages, loss or theft of luggage
  • flight delays
  • pre-existing medical conditions
  • personal liability cover

A holiday to Mexico is likely to be an expensive adventure, so make sure your insurance policy offers you the peace of mind you need.

Do I need a visa for Mexico?

If you’re visiting as a tourist, then you won’t need a visa, but you will need a tourist card. You can get this when you arrive in Mexico and sometimes on the flight there. Keep hold of your tourist card, because you’ll need it to leave. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for as long as your stay.

Any other tips for visiting Mexico?

Here are a few things it’s good to know before you go:

  • tap water: not generally safe to drink or use to brush your teeth. Only drink bottled water and avoid ice in your drink
  • altitude sickness: many places in Mexico, including Mexico City, are at high altitudes. You may experience some fatigue, headaches and other symptoms of altitude sickness. Usually, if you take it easy, you’ll feel better in a couple of days
  • currency: the currency is the Mexican Pesos (M$). ATMs are plentiful in big cities, but due to the risk of being a target of pickpockets, you’re best off finding one inside a bank
  • vaccines: you should see your doctor at least one month before you travel just to double-check you’re fit. You might also be advised to have Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccines - these are usually free on the NHS
  • language: Spanish is the official language. Some English may be spoken, but it’s worth having a few Spanish phrases up your sleeve
  • tipping:
    hotel staff: tipping is optional, but much appreciated as typical wages for hotel staff are very low (about $96 per day, which is just under £4)

    - restaurants: tip 10-15% of the total bill (unless service is included)

    - porters: tipping is expected - good to tip around $50 to $100

    - taxi drivers: no need to tip unless they’ve done something above and beyond

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