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New Mexico Travel Guide

New Mexico — Visas and Vaccinations

Nearly everyone who visits the United States is required to have a travel visa arranged in advance of their arrival. Be sure to check with the nearest US embassy to find out what is required for your nationality or look online at the US government’s visa website for more information.

Health and Safety

New Mexico is not a particularly dangerous place, but travelers should exert a little extra caution when venturing into isolated villages after dark or camping in remote parts of the state. Theft is the biggest problem in New Mexico, followed by drug use. Don’t leave valuable in your car or it may very well be gone when you return. Both Albuquerque and Santa Fe have higher than average rates of crime and New Mexico also has the unfortunate status of having some of America’s most dangerous roads. Drunk driving is a real problem, particularly in the northern part of the state. Drive with extreme caution, especially after dark on two-lane roads.

It is suggested that all travelers to the US get vaccinated for hepatitis A and B, but other than that there is little disease to worry about. The biggest danger comes from the high desert climate. The sun shines almost every day and can be extremely strong so always use sunscreen or a hat when venturing outdoors.

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