Mexico adopts ‘911’ for emergency calls

San Ysidro Mexican Border

SAN DIEGO – Travelers in Mexico can now call 911 to reach emergency services just as they would in the United States.

Mexico switched its emergency number from 066 to 911 on Monday, according to the San Diego Police Department. Many U.S. visitors to Mexico were not aware that Mexico had a different emergency service phone number.

Travelers in the border region may have their calls unintentionally routed across the border, but agencies in both countries will transfer misrouted calls to the appropriate agency in the correct country, according to the San Diego Police Department.