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 about every eight months or so. The report was edited last week, with little changes from its prior on November 20, 2012.
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. More than 20 million U.S. citizens visited Mexico in 2012. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and 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 is reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes. More >>
Cities Clear For Travel
The follow tourist cities and places continue to have no warning or advisories in effect:
Baja California Sur: No advisory is in effect.
Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, La Paz, Todos Santos, Isla Espiritu Santo, Loreto, Laguna San Ignacio, Magdelena Bay
Campeche: No advisory is in effect.
Campeche City, Calakmul, Edzna
Chiapas: No advisory is in effect.
San Cristobal de las Casas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Comitán, Tapachula, Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Toniná, Sumidero Canyon, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantan
Guanajuato: No advisory is in effect.
Guanajuato City, Leon, San Miguel de Allende
Acapulco, Taxco, Zihuatanejo, Ixtapa
Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Tequila
Distrito Federal: No advisory is in effect.
Mexico City (Polanco, Santa Fe, San Angel, Coyoacan, La Condesa, Chapultepec Park, Bascilica de Guadalupe, Historic Center, Zócalo, Xochimilco, Teotihuacan, Templo Mayor, Bellas Artes)
Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, Bucerias
Oaxaca: No advisory is in effect.
Oaxaca City, Sierra Norte, Monte Alban, Mitla, Teotitlán del Valle, San Bartolo de Coyotepec, San Martin Tilcajete, Cuilápam de Guerrero, Tlacolula, Huatulco, Puerto Escondido
Puebla: No advisory is in effect.
Puebla City, San Andres Cholula, San Pedro Cholula
Queretaro: No advisory is in effect.
Queretaro City, Bernal
Quintana Roo: No advisory is in effect.
Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba, Akumal, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Xpu-Ha
Tabasco: No advisory is in effect.
Yucatan: No advisory is in effect.
Merida, Chichen Itza, Isla Holbox, Ek Balam, Valladolid, Izmal, Uxmal
*There are advisories in effect for the state. The listed cities are okay for travel but you should exercise caution and stay within tourist areas. Read the warning for specific details and outlines.
#There are advisories in effect for the state but the listed cities are okay for travel.
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.
In a recent Travel Weekly article, our very own Zach Rabinor commented on safety concerns and said, “Mexico is back on the map for many international travelers. Business definitely is rebounding. The recovery we see is reflected in increased arrivals, package sizes, forward bookings — a great indicator of traveler confidence in a destination — and more off-the-beaten-path trips to cultural, natural and adventure destinations, which are another indicator of travelers’ comfort with their own safety and personal security.”
For more resources on the Safety of Mexico, check out our regularly updated resources with over 60 articles, posts, tweets, infographs & more! Safety of Mexico Resource
Note: The U.S Department of State travel warning was updated January 9, 2014. Read the new post here: 2014 UPDATED MEXICO TRAVEL WARNING FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE