U.S. Department of State Mexico Travel Warning!

Today the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs issued an updated Mexico Travel Warning for all foreign visitors to Mexico.  

While not all areas of the country are affected, citizens of the U.S. are encouraged to defer all non-essential travel to the following Mexico states effective immediately

  • Chihuahua
  • Morelos
  • Durango
  • Zacatecas (except Zacatecas city)
  • Tamaulipas
  • Nuevo Leon (except Monterrey)
  • Coahuila
  • San Luis Potosi (except San Luis Potosi city)

Drug cartel violence of rival Transitional Criminal Organizations (TCOs) include gun battles, kidnapping, carjackings and highway robberies in these high drug traffic border states.  TCO crime is especially prevalent at night.

The U.S. Department of State Mexico Travel Warning goes on to advise U.S. citizens to "use caution" (especially in early morning and at night) when visiting additional states within Mexico as follows: 
  • Baja California - Tijuana, Mexicali
  • Sinoloa - except Mazatlan
  • Sonora - defer travel between Nogales, Sonoyta, and Caborca
  • Aguascalientes - defer travel to areas bordering Zacatecas
  • Colima - except Manzanillo
  • Estado de Mexico - use caution in Ecatepec, La Paz, Chalco, Coacalco, Nezahualcoyotl, Ixtapaluca, and Valle del Chalco Solidaridad
  • Guerrero - except Acapulco, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo
  • Jalisco - defer travel to Michoacan and Zacatecas
  • Michoacan - except Lazaro Cardenas and Morelia
  • Nayarit - avoid all areas north of Xalisco and Tepic
  • Veracruz - exercise caution throughout the state

The Government of Canada also suggests that all foreign visitors to Mexico should "exercise a high degree of caution" no matter their destination while Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada has issued an official travel advisory to all northern Mexico states.

To view the complete U.S. Department of State Mexico Travel Warning, visit the U.S. Department of State.

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