In an effort to make sure U.S. citizens are aware of any international security concerns in Mexico, the U.S. Department of State has been updating their travel warning to Mexico about every eight months or so. The most recent report was released January 19, 2016 with few changes from its prior in May, and now including details and guidelines specifically for US government personnel. Below is a recap with important cities highlighted in each state.
GENERAL CONDITIONS – Mexico Travel Warning
Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government dedicates substantial resources to protect visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that organized criminal groups have targeted U.S. visitors or residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes. More >>
The follow states have no warning or advisories in effect
Campeche: Campeche City, Calakmul, Edzna
Chiapas: San Cristobal de las Casas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Comitán, Tapachula, Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Toniná, Sumidero Canyon, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantan
Guanajuato: Guanajuato City, Leon, San Miguel de Allende
Distrito Federal: Mexico City (Polanco, Santa Fe, San Angel, Coyoacan, La Condesa, Chapultepec Park, Bascilica de Guadalupe, Historic Center, Zócalo, Xochimilco, Templo Mayor, Bellas Artes)
Puebla: Puebla City, San Andres Cholula, San Pedro Cholula
Queretaro: Queretaro City, Bernal
Quintana Roo: Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba, Akumal, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Xpu-Ha
Veracruz: Veracruz City, Tajin
Yucatan: Merida, Chichen Itza, Isla Holbox, Ek Balam, Valladolid, Izmal, Uxmal
There are advisories in effect for the state but in very specific areas, the cities listed are not included in the advisory.
Baja California Sur: Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Todos Santos, Isla Espiritu Santo, Loreto, Laguna San Ignacio, Magdelena Bay
Mexico State: Toluca, Teotihuacan
Nayarit: Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, Bucerias, San Blas
Oaxaca: Oaxaca City, Sierra Norte, Monte Alban, Mitla, Teotitlán del Valle, San Bartolo de Coyotepec, San Martin Tilcajete, Cuilápam de Guerrero, Tlacolula, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido
There are advisories in effect for the state. The cities listed are specified okay for travel but that you should exercise caution and stay within tourist areas.
Guerrero: Ixtapa/Zihuataenjo, by air only
Sinaloa: Mazatlan, Los Mochis, Topolobampo
Advisory in effect and you should exercise caution in the state
Aguascalientes, Baja California, Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Morelos, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas Read the official warning for specific details and outlines.
JOURNEY MEXICO RECOMMENDS
As with any travel, you should always exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings. We encourage everyone to review the detailed information on staying safe in Mexico via the State Department’s Country Specific Information for Mexico.
- This post was published January 2016; check travel.state.gov for the most updated information.