Travel Safety Notice:
In light of a recent incident at the Texas-Mexico border, we’d like to take a moment to update our community on the status of travel to our treatment centers and address any concerns you have about safety in Mexico.
- The United States has “Do Not Travel” advisories for only 6 of 31 Mexican states
- Neither of our treatment centers are in Do Not Travel territories, and both are safely located over 1500 miles / 2500 kilometers from the original incident
- Distance and incidents aside, we always take extra precautions to ensure your safety while traveling to Mexico, including private transportation
As of March 2023, the United States has “Do Not Travel” advisories for only six of the 31 Mexican states: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas. We’re happy to let you know that neither of our treatment centers are located in the “Do Not Travel” vicinity. In fact, both are safely situated a significant distance from the recent incident, which took place in the town of Matamoros, Tamaulipas.
Covering more than 761,000 square miles, Mexico is the world’s 13th largest country by area. Our Playas de Tijuana treatment center is located approximately 1500 miles (2500 km) west of the recent incident. Similarly, our Cancun treatment center is located roughly 1400 miles (2300 km) southeast of the incident. For reference, this is the approximate distance between European countries France and Russia, or U.S. cities Los Angeles and Dallas.
Though it is always prudent to keep travel advisories in mind, we’re proud to let you know that neither of our treatment centers have experienced ANY safety incidents since opening our doors in 2000.
Patients at our Playas de Tijuana center have all of their needs taken care of under one roof in our secure, round-the-clock facility, while Cancun patients both reside in and undergo treatment within the coastal city’s protected hotel zone. Even so, the safety and wellbeing of our community is always our top priority. At both of our treatment centers, we take extra precautions to ensure every step of your journey to Mexico is as smooth as possible, including private transportation to and from the airport.
Distance aside, we’d also like to assure you that traveling to Mexico for our integrative cancer treatment is an inherently different experience than the circumstances associated with most safety incidents. Illicit activity in Mexico most often occurs in local bars, nightclubs, and casinos (establishments that directly contradict the nature and purpose of a healing journey) or when unescorted travelers drive into unfamiliar territory. By ensuring you are escorted to and familiarized with your environment, we exercise preventative care and avoid many situations that can arise for unaware travelers.
Still Concerned about Safety at our Treatment Centers?
In 2021, the U.S. State Department reported that just 75 of the 28.8 million Americans who visited Mexico were victims of homicide – a rate of 0.26 per 100,000 visitors. Comparatively, the homicide rate inside the United States currently stands at 7.8 per 100,000 citizens. More than 66 million people from around the world travel to Mexico each year, and the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico report that the vast majority travel safely. However, it is always a wise decision to exercise situational awareness when traveling to any unfamiliar destination, whether in Mexico or not.
If you’re still concerned about traveling to Mexico for cancer treatment, we invite you to learn more about our locations and the protective measures we take on our Safety and Travel page: https://hope4cancer.com/become-our-patient/safely-traveling-mexico/