The U.S. State Department has reiterated its “do not travel” warning for some parts of Mexico as Americans plan their upcoming spring break.
“The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas are one of the Department’s highest priorities, and we provide U.S. citizens with relevant information so they can make well-informed decisions before they travel,” a State Department spokesperson declared that noting that the last advisory was issued on Oct. 5, 2022.
But the department, which reviews travel advisories on a “regular basis,” said that it had “no changes to the Mexico Travel Advisory to announce or preview.”
Mexico ranks as the top international destination for Americans traveling for spring break, with three different locations in Mexico ranking in the top 10, according to an Allianz Partners survey of some 1.8 million flight itineraries.
News Nation Now reported that more than 30 million Americans traveled to Mexico over the first 11 months of 2022 alone.
The State Department currently assesses six Mexican states as having Level 4 travel advisory concerns – meaning those areas with “greater likelihood of life-threatening risks”: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas, all due to risk of high crime and almost all with a high risk of kidnapping.
“Violent crime and gang activity are widespread,” the department warning said of one area. “Most homicides are targeted assassinations against members of criminal organizations.”
“Shooting incidents between criminal groups have injured or killed bystanders,” it continued. “U.S. citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping.”
Another seven states pose a Level 3 travel risk, mostly due to the high risk of crime but some areas with a risk of kidnapping, including Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos and Sonora.
Source: Periodico Viaje