US State Department Expands Travel Warnings For Mexico's Beachside Tourist Meccas

Posted August 24, 2017

This new warning replaces a travel warning that was issued for the country on December 8, 2016. "Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight". However, the advisory says there is no evidence those involved in the drug war are targeting American citizens based on their nationality.

USA citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads.

In an updated travel advisory for Mexico, the U.S. State Department on Tuesday added warnings for Americans considering travel to two states which include the popular tourist destinations of Cancun and Los Cabos. The violence has led to innocent people being killed as bystanders, the Los Angeles Times reported.

As a result of the warning, the State Department has provided a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico. A new Travel Advisory has been issued for Mexico due to violent crimes including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in several Mexican states.

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A warning for Baja California Sur - which includes Los Cabos - said criminal activity and violence is occurring throughout the state.

The warning, issued Tuesday, forbids USA government personnel and their families from personal travel to all "non-essential" areas, along with a ban from adult clubs and gambling establishments in Cohuila, Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit.

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. It also prohibits personal travel to all impacted areas by USA government personnel and their families.

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.