US Embassy Prohibits Road Travel in Guerrero – Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and Acapulco are OK

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Following is a Security Message for U.S. Citizens from the United States Embassy in Mexico City regarding travel within the state of Guerrero state, received on November 26, 2014:

U.S. citizens are advised that, due to the continued threat of protests and violent incidents, road travel within all areas of Guerrero state remains prohibited for U.S. government personnel, including along the main toll road 95D (“cuota”) to and from Mexico City and Acapulco. U.S. government personnel have been advised they may travel by air to and from Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Travel via cruise ship in and out of Acapulco is also permitted. The Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines.

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 U.S. government personnel have been advised they may travel by air to and from Acapulco and Ixtapa Zihuatanejo. Travel via cruise ship in and out of Acapulco is also permitted. The Embassy cautions U.S. citizens to follow the same guidelines.

The Mexican Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners; such actions may result in detention and/or deportation. Travelers should avoid political demonstrations and other activities that might be deemed political by the Mexican authorities. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Demonstrators in Mexico may block traffic on roads, including major arteries, or take control of toll booths on highways.  U.S. citizens are urged to avoid areas of demonstrations, and to exercise caution if in the vicinity of any protests.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Contact the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is located at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, D.F., and is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, switchboard phone number (dialing from the United States) 011-52-555-080-2000, http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_hours.html. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, please dial the main switchboard number and ask to speak to an American Citizen Services staff member for assistance.

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