US State Department Expands Mexico Travel Warning

US State Department Expands Mexico Travel Warning

US State Department Expands Mexico Travel Warning warnings of differing levels exist for most Mexican states. The updated travel warning, which was released August 22, replaces an earlier travel warning issued December 8, 2016.

Gun battles between rival criminal groups or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight, officials said.

"There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted USA citizens based on their nationality", the advisory said.

"While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted criminal organization assassinations, turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by USA citizens", the warning said.

The State Department has issued a fresh assessment of travel concerns in Mexico which includes several popular tourism spots.

In Jalisco, which includes Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, the State Department is asking USA citizens to defer non-essential travel to areas that border the states of Michoacan and Zacatecas due to continued instability.

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Quintana Roo - home not only to Cancun, but also Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel - alone draws 10 million tourists a year alone, according to Bloomberg.

In Los Cabos, located in Baja California Sur, the department says criminal activity continues to be an issue and the homicide rate is high.

"In Baja California Sur, home to Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, 232 slayings have been reported this year, almost four times as many as during the same period last year".

"Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred" in both states, the warning said. In Nayarit, which includes the Riviera Nayarit coast, US government personnel are allowed to travel using major highways, but intercity travel at night is prohibited.

The agreement is the second to be achieved Mexico after Mexico City, however, Airbnb in Jalisco, Baja California and Nuevo Leon are expecting to do the same in coming weeks.

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