The U.S. State Department has issued a Mexico travel warning for U.S. Citizens!
On August 22nd the State Department issued a travel warning for U.S. citizens advising against travel to Mexico. U.S. citizens are strongly warned not to travel to Mexico due to increased activity by criminal organizations in certain parts of the country.
U.S. citizens have been victims of violent crimes including homicide. Carjackings, robberies and kidnappings of U.S. citizens/tourists have also dramatically increased. The warning also defines three types of kidnappings used to victimize U.S. citizens/tourists. They are traditional, express and virtual. The goal of all three types is to extort money of course but express and virtual kidnappings seem to be the most popular. Victims of express kidnappings are abducted and forced to withdraw money from an ATM and then released. Victims of virtual kidnappings are abducted and forced to give up the names and contact information of family members. They are then held until the family member(s) pays the ransom. Hotel guests have been the main targets of express and virtual kidnappings.
This travel warning also prohibits the travel and movement of US government personnel working in Mexico. They are prohibited from patronizing adult clubs and gambling establishments in the states of Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Colima, San Luis Potosi and Nuevo Leon.
U.S. Citizens and government personnel are also strongly prohibited from driving from the U.S. to Mexico as newer model and larger vehicles are often targeted by carjackers.
This travel warning replaces the one issued on December 8, 2016. If you don’t have to travel to Mexico, the government strongly warns against it as response to emergencies involving U.S. citizen will be delayed due to the restrictions.
Click here for the complete Mexico travel warning. Remember to check the State Department’s website for the most current list of travel warnings and advisories before you book any travel outside of the country.
Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled. Also remember to be safe!
By The Travelin Diva ~ Kirstin N. Fuller