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AWord of Advice for Canadian Snowbirds in Mexico
More and more Canadians are
travelling to Mexico for business,
study, holidays and, as our
Canadian snowbirds know, long-
term stays and even as a primary
Canadians made almost two
million visits to Mexico last year.
Large snowbird communities have sprung up around the country, in such
areas as the Lake Chapala Region, San Miguel de Allende, the Yucatán
Peninsula, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.
No matter how long you’ll be staying in Mexico, we strongly encourage you
to consult the travel advisories for Mexico at the Government of Canada
website (under Travel). Here, you’ll find advice and information about safety
and security, local laws and customs, entry requirements, health conditions
and contact information with which to obtain consular assistance in
Mexico and about 200 other destinations worldwide.
While most Canadians spend time in Mexico without incident, they should
still exercise a high degree of caution during their visit and avoid non-
essential travel within specific northern and southwestern states of the
country as listed
here regional travel advisories remain
in effect. Most major tourist areas have not been significantly affected by
violence or insecurity, but keep in mind that natural disasters and other
incidents can happen anywhere. We recommend flying directly to your
destination in Mexico to avoid land-border crossings through potentially
dangerous regions.
We also strongly recommend that you sign up for the Registration of
Canadians Abroad service, so that the Government of Canada can contact
and assist you in case of an emergency abroad, such as an earthquake or
civil unrest, or inform you about an emergency at home. It only takes a few
minutes to sign up, and it’s free, confidential and mobile-friendly! Sign up
online or register in person at the Embassy of Canada in Mexico City or one
of its consulates.
Canadians travelling to Mexico – or anywhere else in the world – can stay
up to date regarding safety, security and health conditions around the
world through the Travel Smart mobile app, by following on
Twitter and visiting the Facebook page.
The Government of Canada provides Canadians abroad with a vast array
of consular services, from replacing lost passports and sharing information
about local laws, to lending support during natural disasters and medical
emergencies. In addition to the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City and
consulates in Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana, Canada has consular
agencies in Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Cancún, Mazatlán, Oaxaca, Playa del
Carmen and Puerto Vallarta.
Information and travel advice for Canadians visiting Mexico is available
through the following resources:
Travel advisories:
Consular Services
Registration of Canadians Abroad
Embassy of Canada in Mexico: tel. (+52 55 5724 7900),
Winter travellers should visit
their doctors NOW
Canadians who spend their winters in the south
should visit their doctor now in order to get a head
start on ensuring that their pre-existing medical
conditions are stable and controlled before travelling.
Different travel medical insurance programs have
different definitions for the terms “stable and
controlled,” as well as different stability periods for
the length of time that your condition has to be
stable before you travel. If your medical condition
does not meet your insurance program’s definition of
stability, it is likely that you will not be able to travel
when you want to. If you go to your doctor now,
you will have time to get treatment for undiagnosed
illnesses and adjustments in medication. If you are
referred to a specialist, you can advise them of your
trip departure date; there will be plenty of time to
address your health issues before you travel.
Chikungunya Virus in the Caribbean
and South America; Starting to
Appear in North America
The chikungunya virus, or “chik-v” virus
for short, is transmitted to people by
infected mosquitos, just as with dengue
fever. The chik-v virus is not fatal, but
causes victims to experience fevers, joint and muscle
pain, swelling, headaches and rashes. The joint pains in
extremities can last for up to two years in some cases,
depending on the patient’s age.
Travellers who go to the islands in the Caribbean are at
risk of getting the chik-v infection. In addition, travellers
to Africa, Asia and islands in the Indian Ocean and
Western Pacific are also at risk, as the virus is present
in many of these areas. The mosquito that carries the
chikungunya virus can bite during the day and night,
both indoors and outdoors, and often lives around
buildings in urban areas.
To date, no vaccine or medicines are available for
preventing the chik-v infection. The best means
of prevention is overall mosquito control and the
avoidance of bites by any infected mosquitoes in
countries where the virus is prevalent. There is no
specific treatment, but medications can be used to
reduce symptoms.
For further information, visit Travel Health
Notices at the Public Health Agency of Canada at