Foreign Office warns UK tourists in Mexico to 'move away quickly'

The Foreign Office has issued a Mexico travel warning to UK tourists and warned to "get away quickly". Mexico will hold national elections on June 2, 2024, sparking the urgent warning from the UK Foreign Office to Brits heading abroad.

It warned: "There may be an increase in political demonstrations and travel disruptions, such as roadblocks or disputes between supporters. Avoid demonstrations and move away quickly. Be aware of the potential for disruption and monitor local media."

"Political demonstrations are common in Mexico City and can happen across the country. These can be tense and confrontational and could potentially turn violent. Onlookers can be quickly drawn in. Monitor local media and avoid all demonstrations," it added.

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"It is illegal for foreigners to participate in political activities in Mexico. Participation in demonstrations may result in detention and deportation. Politically motivated violence can happen across the country. Onlookers can be quickly drawn in.

"You should monitor local media and avoid all demonstrations. If you come across protests, move away from the area." Last week, nine people were killed and at least 50 others injured when a stage structure collapsed at a campaign event for the Mexican presidential candidate Jorge Álvarez Máynez.

Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said a gust of wind caused the accident in the city of San Pedro Garza García in the northern state of Nuevo León. Máynez said: “I am fine and in communication with state authorities to follow up on what happened. The only important thing right now is to care for the victims of the accident."

Maynez is running a distant third less than two weeks before voters go to the polls on 2 June. The former Mexico City head of government Claudia Sheinbaum and Xóchitl Gálvez, an ex-mayor for the city’s Miguel Hidalgo borough, are the two leading candidates.