The advisory warns citizens to avoid traveling to certain locations due to criminal activity.
Areas like Baja California Sur, where the popular tourist destination Cabo San Lucas is, and Quintana Roo, where Cancun and Riviera Maya are located, have seen a spike in homicide rates this year.
“U.S. citizens are the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states,” the travel advisory states. The advisory notes tourist destinations and that resort areas in the country don’t have the same level of crime and violence .
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The note adds that “gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have happened on streets and in public places during broad daylight,” but that there’s no evidence to show criminal groups in Mexico have targeted Americans based on their nationality.
U.S. citizens traveling may come across government checkpoints, operated by military personnel or law enforcement officials, but in a few areas, criminal organizations have established their own “unauthorized checkpoints” and have murdered or abducted those who harbor’t ceased at them. The warning says that Americans “should cooperate at all checkpoints. ”
The advisory follows a March warning that cautioned U.S. college students from traveling to Mexico during spring break.
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