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The U.S. State Department’s Updated Travel Advisory for Mexico

25 February 2012

The U.S. State Department issued its most recent Travel Advisory for Mexico in February, highlighting the areas of Mexico that are safe for travel.  Those areas include:

  • Baja California South, including Cabo San Lucas
  • Parts of Southern Mexico including Campeche, Chiapas
  • Central Mexico including Estado de Mexico, Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Leon and Hidalgo, Puebla, Queretaro
  • Mexico City
  • Oaxaca including Huatulco and Puerto Escondido
  • Quintana Roo including Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel and Tulum
  • Tabasco including Villahermosa
  • Tlaxcala
  • Yucatan including Merida and Chichen Itza

States to avoid or to exercise caution in include:

  • Chihuahua
  • Tijuana
  • Coahuila
  • Durango
  • Nuevo Leon
  • Sinaloa

As both Travel Mexico and State Department point out, every year, millions of travelers from the United States cross into Mexico for business, pleasure or educational purposes.  From Travel Mexico :

In fact, over 150,000 U.S. citizens venture into Mexico on a daily basis. The Mexican government spends a considerable amount of resources to protect tourists from both the U.S. and other countries. As a result, resorts and other tourist destinations do not have the type of drug-related crime that is seen in the border regions or along the primary trafficking routes. Plus, the State Department has found that there is no evidence that any organized criminal group in Mexico has targeted U.S. citizens based on their country of origin.

You can read the full Travel Advisory for Mexico at the State Department’s website, here.

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3 Comments to “The U.S. State Department’s Updated Travel Advisory for Mexico”

  1. heidi silverstein

    My daughter and a bunch of her college sorority sisters are going to Puerta vallarta on Monday for spring break. They are staying at a resort there organized through Extreme Trips. The resort has assured us that they will be safe and has cancelled all excursions as a precaution. They will not refund their money.

    The updated travel advisory does not list PV as a dangerous destination, but it isn’t listed as a safe one either. To you have any additional information or know where we can access some?

    We hate to pull the plug and Lise thousands of dollars if it isn’t necessary.


  2. Hi Heidi,

    The U.S. Travel Advisory is the best source of information – you may also want to consider contacting the consular agency for Puerto Vallarta, or the U.S. Consulate for Guadalajara which covers the state of Jalisco

  3. A place that often does not get mentioned as dangerous is Nayarit. The Mexican government has dumped millions in Riviera Nayarit. They do not want any bad publicity. The beach areas near Vallarta are fairly safe. You should still excersise caution as violence may occur anywhere. Specifically, early mornings and at night seem to be a favorite time for narco violence. Tepic and Xalisco are extremely dangerous. I basically grew up in Tepic(my teens and 20’s). It is not rare to pass bodies hanging from a bridge in the early morning hours. At night it sounds like a war zone. Gunfights raging through the city. Find out what a human pozole is and you will how extreme it can really be. It is a shame because Tepic is a beautiful city with wonderful people. After 6 of my friends were murdered I was forced to come back to USA but hopefully the peace will come back with a new president.

    Heidi I couldnt help but laugh a little at your naivety of listening to a resort. The employees livelyhood depends on tourists. They are not going to say its dangerous. They are not going to mention the 20 tourists robbed outside vallarta or how cruise ships have canceled the port due to safety concerns. Overall, if your daughter uses common sense which most spring break students do not do, she should be fine.

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