The United States and Canada issued travel alerts to 16 Mexican states in recent days after organized crime groups attacked civilians and torched vehicles in various cities.
The United States government recommended its citizens not to travel to five of the country’s states, while for another 11 entities it last week advised them to reconsider travel due to a growing wave of violence.
US officials highlighted that there have been multiple roadblocks, vehicles of fire and armed conflict between Mexican security forces and elements of organized crime in at least five states in recent days.
According to the portal Travel.state.gov, dependent on the US State Department, it asked US tourists not to travel to Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas due to high rates of crime and kidnapping, so it was declared red . Travel alerts for all five entities.
It extended travel to 11 Mexican states to an orange alert, for which it called on travelers to reconsider visits to Guanajuato, Baja California, Jalisco and Chihuahua, which have been hit by violent incidents linked to organized crime groups in recent days. .
Coahuila, Durango, Morelos, Nayarit, Sonora, Zacatecas and the state of Mexico were added to the list.
Given the high concern about the high number of murders at drug cartel-related entities, until further notice, United States government employees have been banned from traveling on various highways belonging to 16 states on red and orange alerts.
The US Consulate General instructs its citizens to stay safe, avoid night trips, not to drive taxis on the road, and, in the case of non-border states with the United States, not to drive to cross the border. North Country..
For their part, Canadian officials updated their travel precaution level for Mexico: orange alerts for 14 states.
Despite the fact that the normal level for the country is Yellow Alert, recommending a higher level of caution, at least 14 entities raised the risk limit due to violent incidents, including the burning of businesses and vehicles, and criminal groups and security forces. Conflicts were involved between Mexican Security.
Canada asked to avoid non-essential travel to Chihuahua, Colima, Coahuila, Durango, Guerrero and Guanajuato due to the high rate of criminal activity.
The states of Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas have been added to the alert.
Canadian officials recognize that these states have high levels of violent crime, so they advise local travelers to stay in tourist areas, avoid traveling at night, and stay informed with local media.