Department of State issues Mexico travel warning for USA citizens

U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning for Parts of Mexico
Why the US issued new travel warnings for Mexico
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24 August, 2017

The State Department further said that the Baja California Sur has dealt with a high rate of homicides.

Here's what you need to know about the latest Mexico travel warning.

There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted USA citizens based on their nationality.

The alert also warns specifically of carjacking, kidnapping, and highway robbery.

The department did not issue the "defer non-essential travel" warning to Baja California Sur or Quintana Roo, contrasting to other areas in Mexico that have received the warning.

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The advisory also added warnings for the states of Chiapas and Veracruz, bringing the total number of Mexican states covered under the advisory from the USA government to 23 - or roughly three-fourths of the states in the entire country.

The State Department has outlined an assessment for each state in Mexico, with specifics on the advisory for each area.

Cancun and Los Cabos violence has been cited in a USA tourism warning issued by the State Department Tuesday, cautioning Americans about the surge in crime in the popular Mexico tourism destinations. In Baja California Sur, which includes Los Cabos, the homicide rate has been on the rise since a year ago.

The new warning was issued Tuesday, upgrading the previous advisory for two Mexican states, Quintana Roo-also home to Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya and Tulum-and Baja California Sur due to rising tension between rival crime gangs which has spilled over to areas frequented by Americans. Turf battles have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by USA citizens, and shooting incidents have injured or killed innocent bystanders. U.S. Government officials are not allowed to drive to or from the border from inside Mexico during the warning; cell phone use is limited, especially in remote areas, and carjackings are often violent, if not fatal.

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