US Department of State updates Mexico Travel Warning

The US Department of State warns American citizens about the risks of traveling to Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Quintana Roo and Veracruz
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22/08/2017
17:55
Ariadna García - enviada
Mexico City
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The US Department of State warned US citizens living or traveling to Mexico to be extremely cautious when visiting Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Quintana Roo and Veracruz due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.

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Infographic with data from the Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System (Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública)

“Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations and has engaged in an extensive effort to counter criminal organizations that engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. citizens based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the level of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes,” the US Department of State reassured in the warning.

“We urge American citizens to read the full warning. The new update reflects changes to the US government restrictions to its personnel regarding travel and security conditions in Baja California, Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Quintana Roo and Veracruz according to a detailed evaluation in the changing security conditions in the region” disclosed the US Embassy in Mexico.

This is the first Travel Warning update to Mexico since President Donald Trump took office and replaces the Travel Warning for Mexico issued December 8, 2016.

The American government reaffirms that Travel Warnings do not reflect the nature of the bilateral relationships with a country in particular since the Travel Warnings are part of the compromise to inform American citizens traveling or living abroad.

The full warning can be read in http://bit.ly/20XYsF0.

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