Thursday, 11 January 2018

US state department issues highest travel warning for five Mexican states

The US state department has warned tourists to "completely avoid" five states in Mexico because of rampant crime levels and gang activity.

Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas have all been classified as a level-four risk, the highest in the scale.

That puts them at the same levels as conflict-ridden countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Preliminary figures suggest that Mexico had a record number of murders in 2017.

State department advice for travellers to Mexico:

  • Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving at night
  • Exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewellery
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs
  • Have a contingency plan for emergency situations

    BBC       News.