State Dept Issues Mexico Travel Warning!

The U.S. State Department has issued a Mexico travel warning for U.S. Citizens!

Stop…Don’t book that trip to Mexico!

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

 

 

Author: The Travelin Diva

Self proclaimed ‘Travelin Diva,’ Kirstin is a DC native and graduate of Howard University! Pursuing her dreams in 2007, Kirstin launched the travel magazine Reservations Travel Guide which led her to start the fabulous travel blog www.Passenger156.com to showcase the latest travel news, innovative travel products and the worlds’ hottest destinations and deals. Be Happy. Be Fabulous. Be Well Traveled.

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14 Comments

  1. Seems like traveling to Mexico has just gotten worse! It used to be just the water that you would avoid. smh

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  2. This is so sad! Its so scary now when you think about traveling to different parts of the world. I wish it wasnt like this!

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  3. That is pretty frightening! I have heard so many scary travel stories recently. I stay on the state department’s website!

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  4. Yes this is scary for people traveling to MExico. I will technically be in Cozumel next month but thats for a Carnival cruise but I am still going to keep an eye out.

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  5. This is strange, I’ve been looking into a trip to Mexico, but now I’m a bit leery. I’ll look more into the safety of the destination.

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  6. This is so crazy to hear! I’m going to Riveria Maya for a wedding in November, I will be sure to be extra cautious while I’m there!

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    • Please be careful and ask if the resort has airport shuttles to ensure safe travels from the airport to the resort.

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  7. First I must say….. HU!!!!! Hey girl hey! LOL.

    I love to travel, but Mexico has never been big on my list of places to go, but I’m reading more articles about crime in the various travel countries. Just read one about Turks and Caicos……I live in caution, but I definitely don’t live in fear!Got to still live and enjoy life!

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    • Yes we can’t let it stop us from traveling. We just have to be more aware of our surroundings.

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  8. That is crazy, I like to follow the travel recommendations. I don’t want any problems.

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  9. I just got back from Cancún shortly before the travel warning was issued. I understand safety concerns but honestly some of the places I’ve traveled to internationally are just as dangerous if not less dangerous than places I actually live in the states. Crime happens everywhere bit definitely be cognizant of your surroundings.

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  10. This is super scary, I only have been to Ensenada Mexico on a cruise ship, so I haven’t felt scared but the idea of being kidnapped in another country is alarming. I had a friend just went to Cabo San Lucas.

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  11. This is serious. Is it that bad?
    This is important information you just shared

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  12. Scary! I’ve never considered Mexico. Thanks for sharing this warning!

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