US State Department Expands Mexico Travel Warning

US State Department Expands Mexico Travel Warning

US State Department Expands Mexico Travel Warning

The U.S Department of State has issued a travel warning to citizens planning on traveling to Mexico, adding Quintana Roo to its list.

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. The advisory came after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation into the death of a 20-year-old Wisconsin student who blacked out and died in a pool at a resort near Playa del Carmen after drinking. A new Travel Advisory has been issued for Mexico due to violent crimes including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in several Mexican states.

"Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred" in both states, the USA warned. It also prohibits personal travel to all impacted areas by USA government personnel and their families. This new warning replaces a travel warning that was issued for the country on December 8, 2016.

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The Mexican government has deployed federal police and military personnel throughout the country as part of its efforts to combat organized criminal groups. But the department does suggest that citizens traveling to Mexico "defer non-essential travel". Homicides rates this year have increased compared to the same period in 2016, according to the Secretary of Public Security for the State of Baja Calif.

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

The State Department also announced that there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted US citizens based on their nationality. "Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the level of drug-related violence and crime that are reported in the border region or in areas along major trafficking routes".

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