US Department of State Warns Against Travel to Mexico

Citing the safety and security of U.S. residents, the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warning for many Mexico border towns following a recent outburst of drug cartel violence.

Effective now until April 12, 2010, cities to avoid include Tijuana, Monterrrey, and Nogales.  It is recommended that visitors avoid Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua) entirely due to the violent deaths of two Americans only days ago.

In 2009, the violence in Ciudad Juarez escalated into 2,600 killings; 16,000 stolen cars; and 1,900 automobile hijackings.  Visitors are advised against driving at night, to avoid desolate areas, and to use extreme caution at all times.

Just this past weekend, 19 people were killed in Acapulco due to drug cartel activity.  Canada has also issued a similar travel warning for Mexico in which it tells visitors to “exercise a high degree of caution” when travelling to these areas.

For more information and a complete list of Mexican cities affected, visit the U.S. Department of State.

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