U.S. State Department Updates Travel Warnings for Mexico – List of Safe Cities

state-dept-logoThe U.S. State Department issues Travel Warnings to inform U.S. citizens about the overall security situation in various countries.  In July 2013, it updated its Travel Warning for Mexico.

Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day.  According to the U.S. State Department, more than 20 million U.S. citizens visited Mexico in 2012. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality.  Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime that is reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.

No warnings or advisories are in effect for the following cities that are clear for travel:

Aguascalientes: There is no advisory in effect for daytime travel to the areas of the state that do not border Zacatecas; however, intercity travel at night is not recommended.

Baja California (South): Cabo San Lucas and La Paz are major cities/travel destinations in the state. No advisory is in effect.

Campeche: No advisory is in effect. Major cities/travel destinations are Campeche City, Calakmul and Edzna.

Chiapas:  No advisory is in effect. Major cities/travel destinations are San Cristobal de las Casas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Comitán, Tapachula, Palenque, Yaxchilán, Bonampak, Toniná, Sumidero Canyon, San Juan Chamula, Zinacantan

Guanajuato: No advisory is in effect.  Major cities/travel destinations are Guanajuato City, Leon, San Miguel de Allende

Guerrero*:  No travel advisories are in effect for the cities/travel destinations of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Acapulco and Taxco.  Flying into the coastal cities in southern Guerrero remains the preferred method of travel.  Defer non-essential travel by land between Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Jalisco:  No travel advisories are in effect for Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta and Tequila.

Distrito Federal (Mexico City)*: No advisory is in effect for Mexico City (Polanco, Santa Fe, San Angel, Coyoacan, La Condesa, Chapultepec Park, Bascilica de Guadalupe, Historic Center, Zócalo, Xochimilco, Teotihuacan, Templo Mayor, Bellas Artes). Defer non-essential travel to the municipalities of Coacalco, Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyotl, La Paz, Valle del Chalco, Solidaridad, Chalco, and Ixtapaluca, which are eastern portions of the greater Mexico City metropolitan area, located just to the east of the Federal District of Mexico and Benito Juarez airport, unless traveling directly through the areas on major thoroughfares.

Michoacan*:  No travel advisories are in effect for the cities of Morelia and Lázaro Cardenas.  Defer non-essential travel to other parts of the state.

Nayarit*:  There is no recommendation against travel to Riviera Nayarit, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Sayulita and Bucerias or to principal highways in the southern portion of the state used to travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta.

Oaxaca: No advisory is in effect.  Major cities/travel destinations are Oaxaca City, Sierra Norte, Monte Alban, Mitla, Teotitlán del Valle, San Bartolo de Coyotepec, San Martin Tilcajete, Cuilápam de Guerrero, Tlacolula, Huatulco and Puerto Escondido.

Puebla: No advisory is in effect.  Major cities/travel destinations are Puebla City, San Andres Cholula and San Pedro Cholula.

Queretaro: No advisory is in effect.  Major cities/travel destinations are Queretaro City and Bernal.

Quintana Roo: No advisory is in effect.  Major cities/travel destinations are Cancun, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Mayakoba, Akumal, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Aventuras, Cozumel, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and Xpu-Ha.

San Luis Potosi*: There are no travel advisories in effect for the city of San Luis Potosi. Defer non-essential travel to other parts of the state.

Sinaloa*:  There are no travel advisories in effect for Mazatlan*.  Defer non-essential travel to other parts of the state.

Tabasco: Villahermosa is a major city/travel destination in Tabasco.  No advisory is in effect.

Tlaxcala: No advisory is in effect.

Yucatan: Merida and Chichen Itza, Isla Holbox, Ek Balam, Valladolid, Izmal and Uxmal are major cities/travel destinations in Yucatan. No advisory is in effect.

*There are travel advisories in effect for some parts of the state.   For specific details, refer to the U.S. State Department International Travel Report for Mexico.  For general information about the country, see:  U.S. State Department Report on Mexico.

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