New travel warning for Mexico over violence, crime threat

New travel warning for Mexico over violence, crime threat

New travel warning for Mexico over violence, crime threat

The State Department also advises US citizens to defer non-essential travel to the triangular region west of Nogales, east of Sonoyta and north of Caborca that includes the towns of Saric, Tubutama and Altar, as well as the eastern edge of the state of Sonora, and areas south of Hermosillo with the exception of the cities of Alamos, Guaymas and Empalme.

The warning, which advises American citizens about the risks associated with traveling to areas of the country where criminal organizations are prevalent, replaces the advisory originally announced on December 8, 2016.

Specifically, the government referenced gun battles taking place in public spaces during the day and carjackings where criminals run vehicles off the road at high speeds.

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Just last week, Secretariat of Tourism Enrique de la Madrid released figures showing Mexico is expected to reach a new record in the arrival of foreign visitors, reporting that by the end of the year, the country is expected to see more than 37.5 million visitors, up from 35 million the previous year, despite the problems of insecurity.

"As the travel warning notes, there have been situations among individuals involved in criminal activities", said Jorge Gamboa, director of the Los Angeles office of the Mexico Tourism Board.

"Travelers should be mindful that even if no advisories are in effect for a given state, USA citizens should exercise caution throughout Mexico as crime and violence can still occur", the warning says.

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"U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states", states the warning, which was issued Tuesday.

A columnist for the Miami Herald however, is attempting to put things into perspective with an article titled, Don't freak out over warning about Cancún and Los Cabos.

A 2017 industry report said 36 percent of alcohol consumed in Mexico is produced illegally.

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