Mexico Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever no
cholera 1
Typhoid & Polio 2
malaria 3
Eat Drink


The medical facilities are good, there are state and private hospitals, doctors, clinics and pharmacies available. Drugs are often available without a prescription, and pharmacists are authorized to treat minor illnesses and injuries. Due to Mexico City’s relatively high altitude, visitors may need some acclimatization time. The city also has high smog readings, which should also be considered. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance.┬áCheck ebizdir for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A certificate of vaccination against cholera is not a requirement for entry, but the risk of infection still exists in the states of Hidalgo and Veracruz. Since the effectiveness of the vaccination is disputed, it is advisable to seek medical advice in good time before you travel. To protect yourself, you should practice careful drinking water and food hygiene. [2] Typhoid occurs, poliomyelitis does not. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [3] Malaria occurs. The less dangerous form, Plasmodium vivax, occurs year-round in rural areas rarely visited by tourists. There is a medium malaria risk in the lower lying rain forest areas (< 1000 m). A low risk of malaria exists in Chiapas and Oaxaca, as well as in remote Foci in the northwest. There is a low risk of malaria in the remaining lowland areas, such as Chichuahua, Durango, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Quintana Roo. High altitudes, major cities and the Yucatan Peninsula are malaria free.

Food and drink

Due to the risk of possible intestinal infections, careful drinking water and food hygiene must be ensured. Bottled or sterilized tap water is available in most hotels. If this is not the case, water should be boiled or otherwise sterilized before drinking, brushing teeth and before making ice cubes. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Outside of the larger cities, milk is often unpasteurized and should be boiled. Only prepare dry and canned milk with sterile water. Meat or fish dishes should only be eaten well cooked and served hot. Consuming pork, mayonnaise, raw salads, and dairy products made from uncooked milk should be avoided because of the significant risk factor. Vegetables should be boiled and fruits should be peeled. Fruit, seafood, ice cream in drinks and street stalls in general are not recommended.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Chagas disease is caused by assassin bugs, which are prevalent in the lower-lying rural areas of the south. Travelers who stay in simple huts and in the open air are recommended to use mosquito nets to protect them from insects. Chikungunya virus infection does occur, many suspected cases in the south. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Dengue fever, transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Filariasis caused by insects occurs in the south of the country. An effective insect repellent is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur nationwide. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is a danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: unprotected sexual contact, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. Leishmaniasis, transmitted by whiteflies, and Kala Azar, a disease also transmitted by mosquitoes, occur nationwide. Protection is offered by skin-covering clothes and insect repellents. Rabies occurs nationwide. Apart from dogs, bats are the most common cause of infection in humans. Vaccination is recommended for backpackers, children, occupational risk groups and for longer stays. In the event of a bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The infection often goes unnoticed or only has mild symptoms. The isolated deaths documented so far were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The Federal Foreign Office advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended.

Health certificate

A health certificate in Spanish may be required for a long-term stay or work stay of more than 3 months.



1 Mexican Nuevo Peso = 100 centavos. Currency code: Mex$, MXN (ISO code). Banknotes are in denominations of 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10 (rarely) Mex$, coins are in denominations of 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 Mex$ and 50 and (rarely) 20 centavos in circulation.

Credit cards

Above all, Mastercard, Visa (less common), American Express and Diners Club are accepted. (Individual payment difficulties must be taken into account.) Cash withdrawals are possible in banks or ATMs, it is recommended to use ATMs in buildings or secured areas. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. ATMs are everywhere in Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Many hotels also have ATMs. It is recommended to use ATMs in banks and secure areas. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money,

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Traveler’s checks are accepted at banks and bureaux de change in major cities in Mexico.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 9am-4pm (sometimes until 5pm), smaller branches have shorter opening hours. Partly Sat 09.00-13.00.

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions. The import and export of the national currency, as well as the import and export of foreign currencies, must be declared if the amount is equivalent to US$ 10,000 or more.

Currency Exchange

Common currencies can easily be exchanged in tourist areas or larger cities, and in many places you can also pay in US dollars. Exchange offices (casas de cambio) that exchange euros for Mexican pesos are i. Generally open Mon-Fri 8.30am-6pm and Sat/Sun 8.30am-2pm; there is a 24-hour service at international airports. Cash in euros can also be exchanged in larger hotels. We recommend taking cash in euros with you. Money transfers are possible via Western Union or Deutsche Post AG.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
MXN M$ 1 EUR = 21.20 M$
1 CHF = 25.25 M$
1 USD = 20.38 M$

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