Do I need an especial vaccine?
It is not mandatory do present vaccine certifications in order to enter Merida; however, travellers should take into consideration that Yucatan is in a tropical zone, and that it is possible that outbreaks of infectious diseases such as malaria, hepatitis and dengue may present after the rainy season; therefore, we recommend you ask your family doctor to inform you about the best way to protect you against these illnesses.
Is tap water reliable?
Despite the fact that water in Merida is potable, we advise you to drink bottled or purified water only, but not tap water coming directly from the faucets. In this way you will avoid potential inconveniencies.
What should I do in case of illness?
Most of the big hotels have doctors amongst their staff. You can also go to any of the many hospitals and clinics in Merida, places equipped with excellent infrastructure and emergency rooms as well (See Hospitals and clinic in Merida)
What precautions should I take regarding food?
Dishes in Yucatan’s cuisine are truly luring, although they are usually spicy, seasoned and greasy, which could cause some stomach disorders on travellers strange to Southern tastes; therefore, it is recommendable to be frugal during your first days here until your organism gets used to local seasoning.
Regarding the fruit, prefer those that can be peeled, and in the case of salads, only ask for them at clean tourist restaurants. Be prudent regarding fishes and seafood too. Have them only at places you regard as safe.
If in spite of all these precautions you were to suffer a stomach disorder (a rather frequent malady amongst travellers), drink abundant purified water and anti acids after each meal. If the problem should persist, ask a doctor.