US Updates Travel Advisory Stages for Destinations in Mexico

The U.S. State Department on Friday elevated the travel warnings to two states in Mexico while downgrading four other Mexican destinations.

The U.S. lifted its warnings from Degree 2 (“Exercise Greater caution” to Amount 3 (“Reconsider travel”) for Baja California and Guanajuato. Baja California, in particular, is a heavy tourist spot that features Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada.

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The current vacation advisory cited crime and kidnapping as risks in Baja California, according to the Mexico Daily News.

“Violent crime and gang activity are prevalent. Of unique concern is the large quantity of homicides in the non-tourist areas of Tijuana. Most homicides appeared to be targeted nevertheless, prison organization assassinations and territorial disputes can end result in bystanders staying hurt or killed. U.S. citizens and Lawful Long-lasting Residents (LPRs) have been victims of kidnapping,” the Condition Office said.

The advisory warns citizens to reconsider travel to Guanajuato — presently Mexico’s most violent condition and household to well-liked expatriate and tourism places this sort of as Guanajuato town and San Miguel de Allende — because of to criminal offense.

“Gang violence, generally associated with the theft of petroleum and pure fuel from the point out oil company and other suppliers, takes place in Guanajuato, largely in the south and central areas of the state. Of certain worry is the superior variety of murders in the southern region of the point out associated with cartel-relevant violence,” the Condition Office mentioned.

The new journey advisory downgrades the alerts for Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí from Degree 3 to Stage 2 and minimizes people for Campeche and Yucatán from Degree 2 to Amount 1, or “Exercise ordinary safety measures.”

The latest advisory continues to alert U.S. citizens not to travel to five Level 4 states — Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas — owing to crime and kidnapping.