Is Travelling To Mexico Safe? State Department Issues Travel Advisory

  • Is Travelling To Mexico Safe? State Department Issues Travel Advisory

Is Travelling To Mexico Safe? State Department Issues Travel Advisory

The State Department has issued a new, strict "do not travel" advisory for USA citizens regarding five Mexican states because of violent crime and gang activity.

The state department is concerned about violent crime in all of the five states but also warns of specific dangers in each one of them.

The new advisories this week place the states - Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan, Guerrero and Tamaulipas on the Texas border - on the same danger level as countries such as Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

With its 31 states, Mexico as a whole has a level-2 rating, which means people travelling to the country should be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.

Days after Mexico logged its risky time in history, the United States asked its citizens to not tour five intensity filled Mexican states, putting them in the very risk class as war-torn Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria.

A statement from the Secretary of Tourism of Mexico (Sectur) reported that 80 percent of the more popular foreign tourist destinations such as Cancun, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayari and Mexico City were not included in the travel advisory. There are no U.S. government restrictions for travel to tourist areas such as Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo.

While not addressing the latest warnings directly, the government's Mexico Tourism Board said in a statement that "Mexico's major worldwide tourism destinations have been explicitly listed as having no travel restrictions", apparently a reference to major resorts like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco.

"Do not travel due to crime", it states.

The advisory delivered a stark reminder of the formerly ritzy seaside resort city Acapulco fall from grace.

While high-profile killings in certain hot spots have gotten media attention, Mexico's homicide rate is actually closer to the middle of the pack than the top, compared to other nations in the hemisphere.

The state department has discouraged a visit to these states previously warning citizens about traveling to Los Cabos and Cancun last summer after six dead bodies were hung from bridges near the Mexican tourist resort.

"We are going to keep working very hard in 2018 to make sure that Los Cabos continues as a safe destination", said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of the Los Cabos Tourism Board.