SAN DIEGO (border report) – The US State Department issued a travel advisory for US travelers to Mexico on Wednesday, warning them of “high-risk crimes and kidnappings.”
The travel warning follows a weekend of vandalism, looting and other crimes in northern Baja California, including the city of Tijuana, as well as the border town of Juarez, Chihuahua.
US government employees in Mexico also face stricter rules.
They are not allowed to travel alone, cannot travel to remote areas, cannot travel between cities after dark, cannot use taxis, but must use distributed services such as Uber.
The State Department has released a list of Mexican states with varying levels of concern.
Do not travel to:
Reconsider travel to:
Take extra care when traveling to:
Take normal precautions when traveling to:
The Department of State has more advice for travelers still planning to go to Mexico:
- Keep your traveling companions and family back home informed of your travel plans. If you get separated from your travel party, send a friend your GPS location. If you are taking a taxi alone, take a photo of the taxi number and/or license plate and text it to a friend.
- Use toll roads when possible and avoid driving alone or at night. In many states, police presence and emergency services are extremely limited outside of the state capital or major cities.
- Exercise extra caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs and casinos.
- Do not show signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
- Be extremely vigilant when visiting a bank or ATM.
- Register at Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and facilitate your location in the event of an emergency.