Travelers to Mexico heeding U.S. State Department warnings should be aware of new state-specific alerts for various parts of Mexico.
The US State Department’s official travel warnings for Mexico should be used by travelers to evaluate safety concerns in specific Mexican states, based on a breakdown of risk indicators such as crime and kidnapping for specific destinations, rather than the country as a whole.
While the State Department normally issues a Level 1 to 4 warning for each country in the world based on concern for the overall safety of all travelers, the travel advisory for Mexico was last updated as “Other” on May 2.
Per a State Department official, the change for Mexico warnings is a result of the State Department shifting gears last month away from COVID-19 concerns, which is currently the focus of warnings from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“In March 2021, the Department updated its Travel Advisory framework to more heavily weigh the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Health Notices (THN) levels,” a State Department official said. “This meant that from March 2021 to April 2022, our Travel Advisory levels were in most cases directly correlated to the CDC’s COVID-19 THN levels.”
State Travel Advisories no longer match the CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Health Notice levels as of April, which is when the CDC removed every country from its highest Level 4: Do Not Travel warning in an effort to reserve that highest alert level for limited circumstances.