Will you avoid traveling to Mexico because of swine flu fears?

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While there have been no formal travel restrictions put into place by either the airlines or the government, concerns over the swine flu may damper travel to Mexico. So far, Mexico has seen the largest and deadliest outbreak of the swine flu strain, hence the growing concerns of traveling there. It’s important to note that outbreaks have been found here in the U.S. as well, though so far it seems a milder strain of the swine flu is infecting people in the states.

Would fear of catching a severe strain of the swine flu stop you from traveling to Mexico in the near future? If you already had plans to travel there (and it’s a popular high school senior trip destination this time of year) are you changing your plans or are you going forward with your south-of-the-border plans?

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JE

April 26th, 2009
10:08 pm

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Kyle

April 26th, 2009
10:09 pm

My sister and I have booked a trip to an all inclusive resort on the hotel strip in Cancun for the second week of May. We are keeping an eye on the developments, but are uneasy about the trip because of the swine flu outbreak and the NY spring breakers who got the virus from Cancun. We are going to buy traveler’s insurance for an extra $30 each that will cover medical expenses if we get sick, and guarantee at least a 75% reimbursement if we cancel prior to a 48 hour deadline after deciding not to go. Hopefully it won’t get worse.

RW

April 26th, 2009
10:17 pm

I still would like to go….but i may get myself a flu shot first if possible. I’ve heard it can help.

Taylor

April 26th, 2009
10:19 pm

Looking at a map from one of Mexico City’s major newspapers, it’s quite apparent that the epicenter of the outbreak is Mexico City, “zona metropolitana” immediately surrounding the city, and the state of San Luis Potosi. Look a little farther out and states such as Guanajauto, Veracruz, and Gurrerro (home of Acapulco) have few, if any, cases. If you are planning on going to Mexico, go! The exchange rate is fantastic, the tourist resorts are uncrowded, and the number one security priority (both in terms of Swine Flu and Narco-violence) of the Mexican government is places where tourists frequent. If you are smart and proactive, you will have a great trip! Go and enjoy!

AllAmerican

April 26th, 2009
10:23 pm

From the looks of the map, I would most definitely avoid Texas and California.

bulle

April 26th, 2009
10:24 pm

no way, 187 people sick??? 6 Canadians was the latest stat, you know how many Canadians have visited Mexico in the last month, thousands and only 6 reported flu like symptoms, no data on how many of the six cases where travelers, and in all 6 cases the symptoms were mild.

bre

April 26th, 2009
10:34 pm

We booked a trip to a resort in the Yucatan May 22-25. If it were just my husband and I we would still go. We have young children at home so we have decided to talk to our travel agent about making different arrangements. It is always better to be safe than sorry when you have little ones :(

Belinda

April 26th, 2009
11:20 pm

So here’s the deal all, my boyfriend and i just booked all inclusive to Cancun Mexico on Thursday, we are leaving this Tuesday lol with Airfare and resort and a few activities for 7 days it cost us 3500.00 bucks, we where unable to get the travel insurance due to the fact that we booked last minute. I’m hoping that we are still able to go, but because im Navy my command may say the risks is to high due to the fact that we will be leaving soon on deployment. I also hope i am able to get a refund or change my destination to Hawaii but it’s not looking good. This sucks.

Goyo

April 27th, 2009
1:26 am

Don’t succumb to the hype! The chances of getting swine flu if you travel to Mexico — even to the danger spots — are small! Mexico is a WONDERFUL country. Cancun and Veracruz are wonderful destinations. Mexico City is splendid! The post by Taylor regarding the dangers of the cartels is SPOT on: Mexican security is highest (and best) in the tourist spots. GO AND ENJOY!! (Just be sensible and not stupid.)

RH

April 27th, 2009
10:02 am

Obama says “don’t be alarmed”. That statement alone scares me.

luckydog

April 27th, 2009
10:04 am

Now if we can get the Mexicans to avoid comminh to the US!

Subject

April 27th, 2009
10:30 am

Well I have a cruise planned from June 1st- 5th. It goes to Key West and Cozumel. We will only be in Cozumel from 1-10 on one of the days. I guess the biggest threat would be someone getting off of the boat and being exposed to the flu and possibly bringing it back on board. I didn’t get the insurance but I think it will be okay. I’m not that big of a worrying person. I especially don’t base all my actions on a media that can’t even admit when things are getting better because that would not make a good story. It is a real cause for concern but so is the drug cartel violence and people have been going and having fun every week. So I hope everyone like myself that is still going has a great time!! Does anyone know what Carnival’s policy would be if it was still a state of emergency by the time of my cruise. Would they just go to another location or allow me to transfer to a different destination?

Mama Cass

April 27th, 2009
10:33 am

To Everyone with travel plans to Mexico,
DHS is about to issue a travel advisory for Mexico. If you can change your plans to travel to Mexico, do yourself a big favor and reschedule.
The current thinking for the reason that Mexico has had 80+ deaths while the US has seen none so far is that there are probably somewhere around 50,000 to 100,000 cases in Mexico, and that these official deaths are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how many people are really infected.
This outbreak has been growing in Meico for the last month – it is not controlled – I am not telling you what to do but I can tell you, as a public health person, what I am telling my friends and loved ones: DON’T GO TO MEXICO UNTIL THEY’VE FIGURED THINGS OUT AND GOTTEN THE EPIDEMIC UNDER CONTROL. Things are still at a very early stage and will contiue to change, but right now it looks like delaying travel to Mexico is a good idea, personally speaking (although not for “business”, which is why they are holding back on a total travel ban.)

Roberto

April 27th, 2009
10:35 am

Wear a mask on the plane and just drink tequilla to kill the bug while in Mexico.

darryl

April 27th, 2009
11:03 am

I’m going to cancun on Thursday for a week, a little worried, but i think everything will be fine.

kisha

April 27th, 2009
11:05 am

Well here’s the comment that I have. i will be traveling on a cruise line that leaves from california and will stop in cabo st lucas, and cozumel. My family and I are very concerned about this but the insurance that we were trying to purchase woould not cover us because we tried getting it so late. This is a very scar situation bc of the way that you can contract the virus. Because we have spent thousands of dollars planning this trip we will be going unless a travel warning has been issued, otherwise we will have to chalk it up and wear our mask. Someone needs to send some stronger medicine over to mexico to stop this. This is where the U.S is needed!!!! Not in Iraq

STJ

April 27th, 2009
11:07 am

Let’s see: 100,000 drug gang members running loose (and their government adamantly opposing US protecting/sealing OUR side of the border), now the swine-bird flu outbreak. Nope, not going to Mexico, this year or any other year.

Margaret

April 27th, 2009
4:59 pm

I have a honeymoon planned in Riviera Maya from June 10-17th…. I am a little worried about how the flu develops .. Advice? I also have the trip paid in full with no insurance so the chances of changing plans and getting the money back are slim im sure. Im a little ify! and i dont want to ruin my honeymoon :(

mexihellno

April 28th, 2009
9:56 am

why would anybody want to go to Mexico. If they are all jumping the fence to get over here then something must be wrong. all of the drugs dealers and murderers, and pig flus. you have got to be kidding me.i am with you STJ i will never in my life time want to step foot in that nasty, gressy, dirty, dieseased riddden place.

Jeremy

April 28th, 2009
1:20 pm

Like Margaret, I will be traveling to Riviera Maya late June for my honeymoon. I am also a bit nervous. I am hoping within the next few weeks, there will be a breakthrough…do you think this is reality? If the US and/or airlines put a Federal ban on traveling to Mexico, will I see a refund from the airline…regardless of trip insurance?

Nick

April 28th, 2009
1:56 pm

I am also going to Mexico on my honeymoon June 22nd. I didn’t purchase insurance either but I spent the day talking to the airlines and resorts and most airlines are allowing members to change flights with no fee, but are only doing that from week to week. They did say that if you want to change you flight now you only have to pay about $100 per ticket. Most resorts are understanding but you can’t get back any money for shuttle services and other excursions. My best advice for Jeremy and Margaret is just sit tight for a few weeks and see how things shake out.

Natto

April 28th, 2009
7:28 pm

I don’t understand why people use this swine-flu epidemy to show how negative, ignorant and racist this people can be, wake up MEXIHELLNO! in what era are you living in, look around you, who do you see! stop the ignorance and try to be a little more human! get out of your couch and get yourself enroll back in high schol to get some education. Patetic!

leba

April 30th, 2009
1:02 pm

I´m Mexican, and i´m sad because the way theworld is acting, treating us like were radioactive, and the worst isthat all is pure ignorance, and specially from the “first world”. But do what you need to, life is amazing and we will defeat this situation as a nation unitet. I hope that neither of your countryes find in this situation, because then you know what is feels like. Ah, and by the way, do you know how the virus is transmited? … gess not… Fearfull humans.

Dazzle

May 1st, 2009
10:17 am

I’m from UK and my tickets have arrived today (For 26th May) so far no insurance but would still like to go, my tour operator will not change my holiday at the moment, only for trip up to 22nd of may so i will lose my money if i decide to chane myself, i’m willing to risk it!

Jesisca

May 1st, 2009
12:11 pm

Im traveling to mexico next week May 8th….cancun actually. Im not too worried, its just the damn flu!

Karla

May 1st, 2009
2:14 pm

Going to Mexico 5/06/09, a little worrried but like Jessica said “it’s just the damn flu”…

Karla

May 1st, 2009
3:36 pm

Mexihellno your comment is so ignorant it’s disgusting..think about what you say….

Dave

May 1st, 2009
8:11 pm

I live with my wife in Puerto Vallarta, and have done so for five and a half years. I am a retired medical professional from British Columbia. When this all broke out we were at first concerned and seriously considered leaving. But after a few days we witnessed the incredible response of the Mexican government, which has been praised world wide, and as there has been no confirmed cases anywhere near us, and that this flu is treatable AND we have incredible medical services here, we decided to stay.
We love it here. It is our home. We love the Mexican people, incredible, open, caring, and tons of laughs.
And we feel much safer walking the streets here than in any major city in Canada or the US. Much safer. My grandkids age 10-16 all run around here like it is their own.
The other day I was speaking with two Federales who were having a coffee outside a local store. Young guys, 25 or so. I asked them what it was like working as a Federal police officer in Vallarta (I asked in english, my spanish isn’t so hot…). One of them told me his mother was so happy when he was posted here because it is so beautiful and safe here.
The resorts are quiet, mostly die hard Puerto Vallarta visitors it seems. The quiet is kinda nice actually, manana in the extreme. Buckets of ice cold beer for 5 bucks, beautiful beaches, sundown at 9 pm, nice life.
If you are worried about coming here for your vacation, don’t be. All of us here are going about life as usual, at a little slower pace.
See you soon.

Patrick

May 2nd, 2009
12:10 pm

Well, if those of you with plans to go are anything like my wife and I who are scheduled to leave on the 13th of May, you are probably obsessing over this flu and watching every news report to get the up to the minute updates. The problem is that I think watching the news is not the best way to prepare. Lets face it, the media organizations are part of a BUSINESS and they make their living on the number of people watching. So what do they do? They HYPE every story and DRAMATIZE every interview. So my wife and I have decided to make our decision with our brains rather than our emotions and are going. We are just going to take common sense precautions. The one thing that will keep us from going is if either of us are suffering from any flu like symptoms. My understanding is that the Mexican authorities are on high alert and may deny anyone access into the country it they exhibit signs of illness. Keep this in mind if you are sick because you don’t want to spend your time in Mexico in quarantine.

andy

May 4th, 2009
2:59 pm

im planning to go to mexico on june the 10th 4 2 weeks,i live in england are starting to get a bit worried,im well up for going though just want to know wheather everything will still be happening like clubs etc any help would be mnt

rich

May 6th, 2009
7:09 am

i too have a holiday booked for the 10th of june just hoping and praying that things blow over cos me and my fiancee have really looked forward to this holiday, if we have to cancel or change our destination hell knows where we will end up

nate

May 7th, 2009
3:03 am

there must be a special in cancun june 10th cuz thats when me and my friends are going im not worried about the flu i jus dont wanna go down there and it be dead do u think that would be a possibility?

leba

May 7th, 2009
3:16 pm

Why won´t you read mexican newspappers!!!!! don´t you see the nwes arround the world! God!!!
if you are so scared don´t come, we receive only wider criteria.
all dead, no clubs?, yeah rigth.
don´t come, stay at youre bubble world?

nate

May 7th, 2009
6:27 pm

yea meanings i have never seen a mexico newspaper in my life im 19 i dont watch the news like i said im not scared of the flu jus wanna make sure cancun is still happening when i get there

sara

May 11th, 2009
5:32 am

im supposed to be flying out with 3 kids on the 5 th of june and im so upset that the travel agent wont let me change destinations free of charge…. £250 is alot of money when you have saved for a year for this holiday…first choice have just continually fobbed me off. i understand they dont probably know anything but they should let familys have pririty to change free,we are having sleepless nites, the kids are upset and worried we still have to go to mexico.travel agents should look out for there customers and not try and make more money out of a sad situation… i have travelled with this company for 14 yrs never again… has anyone had the same problems

ANNE

May 12th, 2009
6:18 am

My husband my son and myself are due to go to Mexico on the 26th June and I am so looking forward to going on holiday I do not think people should be that worried as lets face it you can catch the flu in Britain every year in winter. Please lets get our priorities right on the scale of things there is not many people infected so get over it.

Donna

May 12th, 2009
11:14 am

My fiancee and i are goin to Mexico inJune for 2 weeks. I’ve been readin the internet like insane-o. Im pretty positve we’re goin. Swine flu, drug cartell. What are you gonna do? Im just gonna keep myself up to date on all the news goin around.

matthew fytche

May 15th, 2009
12:55 pm

iam ment to be going to riviera maya on the 4th june with first choice and to say they have been useless is a understatement ive spent a fortune on my mobile and still dont know if iam going and its less than 3wks away. also ive noticed on the first choice website that they keep putting hols up to jamiaca dom rep as i check the prices most days incase we have change destinations and i think this is disgusting has anyone else noticed this?

Jon

May 16th, 2009
1:32 pm

We just got back to California from five days in Mexico, we had an amazing time, no tourists, no problems, no flu.. I cannot think of a BETTER time to go. Just think, Chichen Itza to yourself! And the risk of getting swine flu here in SoCal is much greater than the risk in SE Mexico.

Chris

May 20th, 2009
12:53 pm

I am suppose to go to Cancun from 6/26-7/3 with my husband and son. I am very nervous if the resort/town will be empty. Like nate asked, i would like to know. I want to enjoy Cancuna nd all it has to offer in it’s prime. I don’t want the crowds of spring break, but the natural vibe of the town is what i’m looking for. I am nervous about the flu and the drugs and the killing. Please let me know what you think, any advise or suggestion are greatly appreciated.

Donna

June 11th, 2009
1:00 pm

We’re leaving in a week to Cancun mexico. I’ve been reading alot, and it obviuos its not a ghost town, things are open.(malls and clubs) Hope everything will be fine. I will for sure comment on this site when i get back.