Published On: Fri, Sep 22nd, 2017

Is it safe to visit Cancun or Mexico City after the earthquake?

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Mexico was rocked by a devastating earthquake, killing hundreds of people on the anniversary of the great Mexico City earthquake in 1985.

The earthquake had a magnitude 7.1 on the Richter scale and the epicentre was in Puebla, south-east of Mexico city, but the damage has been widespread.

The worst appears to be over, but is it safe for holidaymakers to visit the popular tourist destinations of Mexico City or Cancun?

The Mexico earthquake's epicentre (Picture: USGS)
The earthquake epicentre (Picture: USGS)

Where was impacted most?

  • 43 of the deaths were in the state of Puebla (75 miles east of Mexico City).
  • 71 people were killed in Morelos (south of the capital).
  • Mexico City felt the greatest impact – with 86 confirmed dead.

A spokesperson for the Latin American Travel Association said it was in ‘constant contact with our LATA members who have passengers in Mexico and are closely monitoring the situation and working closely with their local ground handlers to ensure the welfare of all visitors’.

However, they were keen to stress that holidaymakers should not be put off by visiting popular destinations such as: Cancun, Yucatan, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Los Cabos.

These places were ‘completely unaffected’.

American tourists in Cancun (Photo: Google)

What is the Mexico travel advice warning?

The British Embassy in Mexico City is closed until further notice while structural assessments of the building are carried out.

If you require emergency assistance, call +44 (0)20 7008 1500. If you’re in Mexico and urgently require an Emergency Travel Document, call or email

The Foreign Office also said: ‘Damage has been severe… Local authorities are opening up shelters for those most badly affected.

‘If you are in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. The British Embassy in Mexico City remains closed and phone lines are intermittent due to structural damage.’

During hurricane season, people should monitor the progress of approaching storms on the website of the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any evacuation orders, the Foreign Office stressed.


Have flights to and from Mexico City been affected?

Mexico City airport was closed temporarily but has now reopened.

A number of flights en route to Mexico City in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake were diverted or returned to their point of departure.



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