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Reconsider Visiting Mexico Says U.S. State Department

July 15, 2021 • 12:24 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The US Department of State issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Mexico on July 12, 2021, stating, 'Some areas of Mexico have increased risk of violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread in Mexico.

And, the U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or restricted. For example, U.S. government employees may not travel between cities after dark, may not hail taxis on the street, and must rely on dispatched vehicles, including app-based services like Uber and regulated taxi stands.

U.S. government employees may not drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico, except for daytime travel within Baja California, between Nogales and Hermosillo on Mexican Federal Highway 15D, and between Nuevo Laredo and Monterrey on Highway 85D.

Furthermore, U.S. government employees should avoid traveling alone, especially in remote areas of Mexico.

In many Mexican states, local emergency services are limited outside the state capital or major cities. Such as in Colima state, Guerrero state, Michoacan state, Sinaloa state, and Tamaulipas state.

Additional State Department notices are listed on this webpage

And visitors to Mexico are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive security messages and make it easier to be located in an emergency.

From a health perspective, the U.S. CDC has identified various vaccinations visitors to Mexico should consider before traveling.