U.S. Updates Mexico Travel Warning Citing Unaffected Destinations

We’d like to share this story from Travel Pulse which outlines the U.S. State Department’s recent Mexico travel warning.   This travel warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated April 22, 2011.  No advisory is in effect for Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum.

Some highlights regarding popular tourist areas:

Baja California:  The State Department said no travel advisory or warning is in effect for Cabo San Lucas, a major city and travel destination in the southern portion of Baja California.

Guanajuato: In Guanajuato, where San Miguel de Allende and Leon are major cities and travel destinations, no advisory is in effect.

Guerrero: In Guerrero, where Acapulco, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo and Taxco are the major cities and travel destinations the State Department is recommending travelers defer non-essential travel to the northwestern and southern portions of the state (the area west and south of the town of Arcelia on the border with Estado de Mexico in the north and the town of Tlapa near the border with Oaxaca), except for the cities of Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, and Ixtapa. In those cities, the department is recommending travelers should exercise caution and stay within tourist areas. They should also exercise caution and travel only during daylight hours on highway 95D (cuota/toll road) between Mexico City and Acapulco and highway 200 between Acapulco and Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa. In Acapulco, defer non-essential travel to areas further than 2 blocks inland of the Costera Miguel Aleman Boulevard, which parallels the popular beach areas. In general, the popular tourist area of Diamante, just south of the city, has been less affected by violence. Flying into the coastal cities in southern Guerrero remains the preferred method of travel. Travelers should also exercise caution in the northern region of Guerrero (the area north of the town of Arcelia on the border with Estado de Mexico in the north and the town of Tlapa near the border with Oaxaca). The state of Guerrero has seen an increase in violence among rival criminal organizations. Acapulco’s murder rates increased dramatically since 2009; in response, the government of Mexico has sent additional military and federal police to the state to assist state security forces in implementing operation  “Guerrero Seguro” (Secure Guerrero) that focuses on combating organized crime and returning security to the environs of popular tourist areas.

Jalisco: In Jalisco, where Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta are the major cities and travel destinations, the State Department is recommending travelers should defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas. They should also exercise caution when traveling at night outside of cities in the remaining portions of this state. The security situation along the Michoacán and Zacatecas borders continues to be unstable and gun battles between criminal groups and authorities occur. Concerns include roadblocks placed by individuals posing as police or military personnel and recent gun battles between rival TCOs involving automatic weapons.

Nayarit: In Nayarit, the State Department is recommending that travelers should defer non-essential travel to all areas north of the city of Tepic as well as to the cities of Tepic and Xalisco. The security situation north of Tepic and in these cities is unstable and travelers could encounter roadblocks or shootouts between rival criminals. But there is no recommendation against travel either to Riviera Nayarit in the southern portion of the state or to principal highways in the southern portion of the state used to travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta.

Oaxaca: For Oaxaca, Huatulco and Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca, no warning is in effect.

Quintana Roo: In Quintana Roo, which includes Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum, no advisory is in effect.

Yucatán: In Yucatán, which includes Mérida and Chichen Itza, no advisory is in effect.

Read the full article here:  http://www.travelpulse.com/us-updates-mexico-travel-warning-citing-unaffected-destinations.html

To view on a map, click here: http://www.travelweekly.com/uploadedFiles/MEXICOMAP4.pdf

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