US State Department Expands Mexico Travel Warning

Evrard Martin
Août 23, 2017

The State Department on Tuesday issued a travel advisory for Mexico that includes two popular resort destinations following violence and criminal activity in the country.

In the state of Quintana Roo, for example, - home of tourist favorite cities Cancun and Playa del Carmen and the island of Cozumel - Mexican government statistics show an increase in homicide rates this year compared to 2016.

USA citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads.

The State Department on Tuesday urged US citizens to "exercise caution" when visiting the booming tourism areas of Baja California and Mexico's Caribbean Coast, which includes the resort city of Cancún. This new warning replaces a travel warning that was issued for the country on December 8, 2016. Officials added that there's no evidence that US citizens are being targeted exclusively based on their nationality, however.

The department also extended a total ban on personal travel by US government personnel to the violence-wracked state of Guerrero.

US government personnel are not permitted to drive from the worldwide border to Mexico's interior.

The travel warning issued by State Department officials explained that US citizens had been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads. See a full list HERE.

Mexico City remains without an advisory.

'U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states, ' the warning reads on the department's website.

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