The U.S. State Department issued travel warnings on Dec 17 for those that are looking to go to Mexico.
“Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to current crime and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk,” the department said in a statement.
“Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread.”
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or significantly restricted.
They advised specifically that U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including from app-based services like Uber or from regulated taxi stands. U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico, except daytime travel within Baja California, between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D.
They also said if travelers decide to go to Mexico, they should keep both travel companions and their family and friends back home up-to-date on their exact travel plans. Send people your GPS location when traveling, and take photos of the taxi number and also the license plate when traveling alone and text those photos to people you trust.
Do not display signs of wealth and use extra caution in bars, casinos, and nightclubs. Also, be extra vigilant while at banks and ATMs.
Do Not Travel To:
- Colima state due to crime.
- Guerrero state due to crime.
- Michoacán state due to crime.
- Sinaloa state due to crime.
- Tamaulipas state due to crime and kidnapping.
Reconsider Travel To:
- Chihuahua state due to crime.
- Coahuila state due to crime.
- Durango state due to crime.
- Jalisco state due to crime.
- Mexico state due to crime.
- Morelos state due to crime.
- Nayarit state due to crime.
- Nuevo Leon state due to crime.
- San Luis Potosi state due to crime.
- Sonora state due to crime.
- Zacatecas state due to crime.
For detailed information on all states and further level 2 warnings CLICK HERE.