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The US State Department has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel warning for Mexico. This Level 3 travel notice is due to a number of factors, including Covid-19 and cases of violent crime rates in certain areas of the country.

Please note that the areas where US travelers should issue a higher degree of caution are listed below.

beach in Cancun, Mexico, Turquoise waters

Travel Warning For Mexico And Covid-19

The State Department warns travelers that there is a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Mexico, which indicates a high level of the virus in the country. According to their official guidance, the risk of contracting the virus and developing harsh symptoms is much lower if you have been fully vaccinated with one of the approved vaccines.

According to the latest data, new daily Covid cases in Mexico averaged around 2,500 at the beginning of April but have increased to approximately 7,500 cases on average per day from April 7. Covid cases were lower throughout the months of February and March following the peak from the Omicron wave.

If you’re planning a trip to Mexico in the near future, you can visit the US government’s Covid-19 page for more detailed information on traveling to Mexico during this time.

State Department Travel Warning For Mexico: State-By-State

Due to reports of violent crime – including robbery, kidnapping, and homicide – the State Department has issued travel warnings for some states throughout Mexico. At this time, there are restrictions for US government employees to travel after dark in certain areas as well as restrictions on traveling between certain regions in Mexico, primarily near the border towns.

This means that the government currently has limited ability to provide any emergency services to its citizens in some areas across the country. But note that there currently aren't any limits for government employees in most tourist areas in Mexico, so assistance will typically be available in major cities as well as the major tourism regions across the country.

The government is currently advising its citizens to not travel to these states in Mexico:

  • Colima
  • Guerrero
  • Michoacan
  • Sinaloa
  • Tamaulipas

Reconsider travel to:

  • Baja California
  • Chihuahua
  • Coahuila
  • Durango
  • Guanajuato
  • Jalisco
  • Mexico (CDMX)
  • Morelos
  • Nayarit
  • Sonora
  • Zacatecas
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

US travelers should exercise an increased degree of caution when traveling to:

  • Aguacalientes
  • Baja California Sur
  • Chiapas
  • Hidalgo
  • Mexico City
  • Nuevo Leon
  • Oaxaca
  • Puebla
  • Queretaro
  • Quintana Roo
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Tabasco
  • Tlaxcala
  • Veracruz

US travelers should exercise normal precautions when traveling to the states of:

  • Campeche
  • Yucatan
Masked Man Takes Selfie With A Mayan Pyramid In The Background In Mexico

Warning Follows Travel Advisory For the States Of Tijuana And Baja California

Two weeks ago, the State Department issued a specific travel warning for the specific regions of Tijuana and Baja California, due to concern over rising cases of violence and kidnappings in recent weeks. Travelers are still advised to avoid certain areas, such as the Mexicali Valley. It is also highly advisable to limit your car travel to daylight hours.

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico- San Jose del Cabo hotel zone street, night, from above, The retail stores are across the street from the major resorts. People are primarily tourists.

Staying Safe In Mexico: Guidance From The State Department

Here are some travel tips issued by the State Department to help guide you for your next trip to Mexico:

  • Exercise a higher degree of caution when visiting nightclubs, bars, and casinos.
  • Try not to display any expensive items on your person when outside and/or walking on the street, including electronics such as DSLR cameras, flashy jewelry, watches, or the latest smartphone.
  • Always keep an eye out when using an ATM. Best to find a bank or ATM in a busy area during the day whenever possible.
  • Avoid driving solo or at night. Whenever possible, use toll roads and highways rather than going off road.
  • Let someone from home know of your travel plans and itinerary. When getting into a taxi, it’s advisable to take a picture of the taxi number and/or license plate and send it to one of your travel companions.
  • Always review the US Embassy webpage before your trip and keep it bookmarked in case you need it during your trip
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information on travel and Covid-19.
  • Set up travel alerts through the Smart Travel Enrollment Program
temperate forest landscape in the Nevado de Toluca region in autumn season

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Friday 15th of April 2022

These travel warnings seem repetitive and useless.