The U.S. Department of State reissued a travel warning in Mexico, warning Americans to be vigilant and aware of crimes, particularly those involving cartels. The advice comes after Mexico issued a shelter-in-place order in the Tijuana area of Baja California, after violent clashes broke out and hundreds of troops were deployed. Images shared on social media showed the violence and chaos.
Travelers to Mexico should be aware of the country’s recent escalation of violent crime, particularly in Baja California, and consider sheltering in place. While most of Mexico is safe to visit, the State Department advises against certain areas due to the high risk of crime. This includes Guerrero state, which has several militia groups, as well as Michoacan, which has widespread crime.
The Department of State re-issued a travel warning for Mexico on March 1, warning travelers of an increase in crime and kidnapping. The advisory was issued after a series of hijackings in the border city of Tijuana, which temporarily shut down one of the busiest U.S. border crossings and led to the arrest of more than 17 people.
Violence against tourists is a major problem in Mexico. However, the arrest rate is low and detention rates don’t deter criminal activity. Drug cartels are also active in Mexico, and conflict between rival groups is common. Tourists should use common sense when traveling and keep their valuables close at hand.
The state of Quintana Roo includes the tourist areas of Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Riviera Maya. This state is one of the most violent in Mexico, with numerous murders and kidnappings. Tourists and U.S. government employees should exercise greater situational awareness after dark, and stay in areas where there is adequate lighting.
Travelers to Mexico should be aware of the risks of violent crime, particularly drug-related crime. Violence can take many forms, including robberies and kidnapping. It is also important to avoid leaving money in pockets or camera equipment unattended. Moreover, it is best to stay away from areas where people have been abducted.
There are strict rules regarding the import of vehicles and boats, and travelers should be aware of these regulations. Also, it is illegal for foreigners to engage in political activities or carry firearms without a permit. This can be obtained from the Mexican consulate or embassy. Also, the country’s LGBTQ2 community faces discrimination and violence.
Violence is rampant throughout Mexico, but some states are especially dangerous. Crime rates in the Sinaloa state are especially high, and Tamaulipas state is notorious for its drug cartel violence. In addition, the northern border is a hotbed of violence. Other states with higher crime rates include Coahuila and Durango.
Kidnapping is a major problem in Mexico, especially in the federal district. El Informador, a Spanish-language newspaper published in Guadalajara, reports that there are 1,255 people working in anti-kidnapping units. These include public servants, police officers, and experts. El Informador says the anti-kidnapping units have been involved in 3,114 cases since January 2010. During that time, the government has freed 2,610 victims and detained 49 kidnappers. El Informador also reports that the rate of arrests is only 143 per month.
The number of kidnapping cases in Mexico has risen dramatically in recent years. It has also evolved from a simple abduction to mass kidnapping and “virtual” kidnapping, in which the victim never meets his or her captors. The aim is to deprive the victim of money so that they can be sold for ransom.
Kidnapping in Mexico is one of the most common crimes committed against migrants. The number of reported cases varies by state, with Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, and Sinaloa the most common states. The CCSPJP has also documented the disproportionate number of cases in some states.
According to a report from the CCSPJP, the number of kidnappings in Mexico increased by 23 percent in 2013 when compared to 2012 figures. Another study from the Chihuahua University’s Associate Researcher on drug trafficking organizations showed that the number of kidnappings in Juarez increased by 23 percent from January to April 2013 alone.
Apart from kidnapping for a ransom, kidnappers often take the victim’s possessions. In these cases, the kidnappers demand a ransom from the victim’s family members. However, according to the CCSPJP president, these ransoms are usually not large.
Express kidnappings are a common practice in Mexico. These crimes usually involve gangs of criminals posing as taxi drivers. The victims are forced to pay 10,000 to 50,000 pesos, which is about $700 – $3,900. The gang has been linked to 38 kidnapping cases, 16 sexual assaults, and three “aggravated kidnappings.” The number of express kidnappings is growing, but it is still not included in government statistics.
The Mexican government has taken steps to combat the crime, including a national cell phone registry. This is intended to limit the number of kidnappers and reduce crime. However, kidnappers have found ways to circumvent the system.
Drug-related violence has become a significant concern for Americans traveling to Mexico. The US State Department has issued a Level 4 travel warning for Mexico, including the border state of Tamaulipas and the Pacific states of Sinaloa, Guerrero, and Michoa. These states are home to the largest and most powerful criminal organization in Mexico.
Mexico has experienced its worst year in history, with more than 28,000 people killed in violent drug gangs. Violence has spread to popular tourist areas, and the government has shown little signs of regaining control. The US State Department’s latest Travel Warning for Mexico highlights the country’s high crime rates and recent incidents. While the US government doesn’t consider drug-related violence an immediate threat, it’s still important for travellers to take additional precautions, particularly in touristy areas.
Because of the rising number of violent crimes, the U.S. State Department has reissued a Travel Alert for Mexico, advising Americans to avoid certain areas and to exercise extreme caution. In particular, travelers are advised to keep a low profile in these areas and avoid flashing evidence of their wealth. The state department also recommends deferring nonessential travel to parts of Baja California, Chihuahua, Jalisco, and Tamaulipas.
Travelers should also take note of illegal roadblocks in Mexico. These roadblocks are frequent, and heavily-armed gangs have attacked highways. Many of the criminals target full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Checkpoints are frequent, and military personnel will search vehicles for firearms and drugs. The metro in Mexico City is crowded, and a major target for pickpockets. To avoid these problems, passengers should use the Metrobus, which has dedicated lanes and stops for passengers.
In October, a German tourist was killed by gunmen in Tulum. In November, a similar shooting took place at the Hyatt in Cancun, which left two apparent drug cartel members dead. Another report showed that armed men had stopped two tourists at a popular beach bar in Tabasco state. It is not clear whether the two tourists were shot or not, but it is clear that drug-related violence is a significant issue.
Travelers are advised to exercise increased caution while in Mexico because of the ongoing conflict between drug trafficking groups and the Mexican authorities. Even though the vast majority of visitors to Mexico have a positive experience, drug-related violence in the country remains a top concern. Luckily, however, the vast majority of incidents of drug-related violence are minor and non-threatening.
Entry restrictions for U.S. government employees
The United States has a travel warning in effect for certain areas of Mexico, including Tijuana and Mexicali. According to the warning, there is a risk of violence, including kidnapping, robbery, and carjacking. It is also illegal to hail a cab in Mexico, except in government-owned vehicles. Employees are also discouraged from traveling alone in Mexico.
The state of Guanajuato is another area where U.S. government employees should exercise extreme caution. The state is home to rival cartel factions, so it’s important to stay clear of these areas if you’re on a U.S. government trip. Highway 45D, which passes through these cities, is closed to U.S. government employees until further notice. In addition, employees are advised not to travel south of the state’s border with California and Arizona.
Federal employees are encouraged to heed the travel warnings, regardless of their source of income. However, if they are unsure of the safety of their travel destination, it’s best to follow the travel policy of their agency. It’s also advisable to check the COVID-19 situation in their destination before leaving the country.
Until further notice, travelers should avoid traveling to areas where there are a high risk of violence and illness. The CDC also issued a travel warning for the country because of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19, a mosquito-borne virus that has been in the U.S. for a few months. Its official website lists the number of cases and its effects on the country.
According to the US State Department, travelers should avoid any area of Mexico with a Level 3 Travel Advisory. In addition, travelers should also consider getting the COVID-19 vaccination. In addition to the CDC’s warning, the US government is warning travelers to exercise greater caution in these areas. As always, the CDC recommends that U.S. government employees take precautions while traveling in Mexico.