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August 24, 2017
The U.S. Department of State Issues A New Warning Regarding Travels to Mexico

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning regarding the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.

This advisory comes as the country’s tourism industry is experiencing some difficult weeks. A few weeks ago, the U.S. State Department released another alert regarding possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol served to travelers in several Mexican beach resorts (read our Assist Alert on this subject here).

The new alert concerns many parts of Mexico and is a result of the surge in violent drug-related crimes in the country, including kidnappings, sexual assaults, armed robberies, homicides and carjackings. While foreigners are not usually targeted by attackers, violent incidents in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed have occurred in both night and day light.

The regions listed in the advisory are the following:

  • Aguascalientes
  • Baja California
  • Baja California Sur
  • Chiapas
  • Chihuahua
  • Colima
  • Durango
  • Estado de Mexico
  • Guerrero
  • Jalisco
  • Michoacan
  • Morelos
  • Nayarit
  • Nuevo
  • Leon
  • Oaxaca
  • Quintana Roo
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Sinaloa
  • Sonora
  • Tamaulipas
  • Veracruz


If you are traveling or planning to travel to Mexico:

  • Exercise caution when traveling at night.
  • Limit your road travel to major federal highways and toll roads and to daylight hours.
  • Remember that getting in touch with emergency services may be difficult when traveling on smaller country roads as cellular service is often poor.
  • Avoid using public transportation in the regions listed in the advisory.
  • Remain in tourist areas where local authorities and police are well deployed. Most resort areas are considered safe also.
  • Avoid driving a car with a U.S. plate as foreign cars might be targeted by carjackers. There are indications that criminals also target newer, larger vehicles and buses coming from the U.S.
  • Exercise caution throughout Mexico even if no advisories are in effect for a given state as crime and violence can still occur.


Read the full travel warning on the U.S. Department of State's website, here.‚Äč

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