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Mexico was rocked by an earthquake with a 7.1 magnitude on Tuesday, which killed hundreds of people and wrecked much of Mexico City and the surrounding areas. As the dust settles and rescue operations are underway, many tourists are considering how to get to the country, and if it’s even safe for them to travel there in the first place. 

The areas that have been hit hardest are Mexico City, the state of Puebla and the state of Morelos — with many parts of those areas without electricity. For those who are traveling to popular tourist destinations like Cancun, Los Cabos Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Yucatan, the Latin American Travel Association has said that those areas were “completely unaffected by the earthquake and business continues as usual.”

According to Travel Weekly, Le Meridien Mexico City, Holiday Inn Mexico Coyoacan and Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Mexico Medica Sur sustained damage and are closed for repairs. All other Marriott, IHG Hilton and Hyatt hotels in the affected regions are still open and operational.

The Mexico Tourism Board said that tourist destinations are safe and that travelers shouldn’t cancel any plans:

“Given these facts, there is no reason for visitors to cancel travel plans to Mexico. Many have asked Mexico and its tourism industry what they can do to support during this time, and on behalf of all destinations in Mexico we encourage them to show their support by continuing with their travel plans to our destinations, which can have a positive impact on local communities.”

Additionally, it does not appear that the US Embassy in Mexico — which reopened on Wednesday — or the US State Department have advised travelers to stay away from the country due to the quake. In its alert, the State Department advised:

U.S. citizens in the area should monitor local news reports, follow directions from local officials, and contact their loved ones. For U.S. citizens facing emergencies, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City by calling 011-52-55-5080-2000. Please note, when in Mexico, you dial 55-5080-2000.

Flights

Mexico City’s international airport (MEX) was shut down immediately after the quake, although it has since reopened and there appear to be no signs of additional flight cancellations. The international airport in Puebla has also reopened and is operational.

American, Delta, Southwest and United have offered travel waivers allowing passengers to rebook travel without fees. For those traveling on American to Mexico City, the change fee may be waived if you:

  • Bought your ticket by September 19, 2017
  • Are scheduled to travel September 19 – 26, 2017
  • Can travel September 19 – 30, 2017
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city
  • Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference

For those traveling with United to Mexico City, the change fee may be waived if you:

  • Are scheduled to travel September 19 – 26, 2017
  • Can travel September 19 – 30, 2017
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city
  • Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference

For those traveling with Delta to Mexico City, the change fee may be waived if you:

  • Are scheduled to travel September 19 – 26, 2017
  • Can travel September 19 – 30, 2017
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city
  • Rebook in the same cabin or pay the difference

For those traveling with Southwest to Mexico City, the change fee may be waived if you:

  • Are scheduled to travel September 19 – 26, 2017
  • Can travel September 19 – October 10, 2017
  • Don’t change your origin or destination city
  • Rebook in the same cabin or travel standby

Keep in mind that if your travel was affected by the earthquake, you may be eligible for travel insurance through your credit card. If you purchased flights, hotels or other services on your card, contact your bank to see if you can make a claim for reimbursement. Cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Citi Prestige all offer various types of travel insurance.

Finally, even if you’re not traveling to Mexico any time soon, the New York Times put together a list of where/how you can donate to those affected by the disaster.

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