Mexico Travel Warning Updated; Cancun, Los Cabos Included

US Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday warned U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico due to the activities of criminal organizations in those areas.

"Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred" in both states, the USA warned.

US Warns Citizens About Traveling to Cancun
US State Dept. issues travel warning for Mexico violence

"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 US citizens", the warning 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".

Quintana Roo's Tourism Ministry was quick to respond to the advisory, issuing a statement to say travelers to the state are "safe and protected" and the government will keep collaborating with federal and USA officials on security.

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There have been deadly gun battles in downtown Cancun, and in January, five people were killed at a nightclub in nearby Playa del Carmen.

The State Department warned that criminals target newer and larger vehicles but drivers of old sedans and buses coming from the United States are also targeted. U.S. Government officials are not allowed to drive to or from the border from inside Mexico during the warning; cell phone use is limited, especially in remote areas, and carjackings are often violent, if not fatal. In Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, the homicide rate has been on the rise since previous year.

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According to the Baja California State Secretariat for Public Security, the state of Baja California experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016.

Are there areas without advisories?

The same goes for the states of Hidalgo, Campeche, Tlaxcala, Yucatan, Tabasco, Queretaro, Puebla and Guanajuato.

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