Country: Mexico is a federal republic in North America bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico is the fifth largest country in the Americas with an estimated population of more than 113 million. Mexico City is the capital and Spanish is the official language.

To access emergency services: Dial 066

Currency: Mexican peso (MXN)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Mexico, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.

It is also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers.

What to expect in a Mexican hospital: Every medium to large city in Mexico has at least one first-rate hospital. A big plus is that the cost of health care in Mexico is typically half of what you might expect to pay in the United States. In the major cities of Mexico, you can get high quality medical care for serious medical conditions.

Mexico offers excellent private health care facilities. Private clinics and hospitals feature the latest modern facilities and are built to U.S. standards. Mexico has also taken the initiative to attract international patients and many of these private Mexican hospitals have hired English-speaking doctors and supporting medical staff.

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Mexico: To read about specific facilities that are JCI-accredited, visit the Hospital Search section.

Mexico-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices. 

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