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State Department warns travelers of crime and kidnapping in Mexico

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Travelers from the U.S. should want to reconsider their Mexico travel plans with the U.S. State Department issuing an updated Travel Advisory for travelers, citing an “increased risk of crime and kidnapping.”

The State Department noted that violent crime, resembling homicide, kidnappings, carjacking, and robbery, is “widespread and customary” in Mexico.

Gunfire broke out on a beach in Mexico’s Caribbean coast resort of Cancun Tuesday, sending tourists scrambling for canopy.
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The updated Travel Advisory includes latest information on the Coahuila, Mexico, Nayarit, and Zacatecas states. 

Travelers should “exercise increased caution when traveling to” Coahuila, Mexico and Nayarit and “not travel to” Zacatecas. 

There may be also updated information on the “kidnapping risk” for the states of Colima, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, Baja California, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Sonora, Nuevo León, Puebla, Quintana Roo and San Luis Potosi.

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In keeping with the advisory, “U.S. residents are advised to stick to restrictions on U.S. government worker travel.” Some restrictions include not hailing taxis from the road but quite using a ride-share service like Uber or regulated taxi stands, and to not travel alone to distant locations.

The advisory also noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined Mexico has a high level of COVID-19 and encouraged visitors to see the newest Travel Health Information.

Last week, the State Department issued a shelter-in-place alert to U.S. residents with reports of “multiple vehicle fires, roadblocks, and heavy police activity” in Tijuana and the encircling area. 

Armed members of the National Guard drive past the site of a burnt collective transport vehicle after it was set on fire by unidentified individuals in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on August 12, 2022.

Armed members of the National Guard drive past the positioning of a burnt collective transport vehicle after it was set on fire by unidentified individuals in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on August 12, 2022.
(GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Roughly 350 National Guard troops were flown in to support the hundreds of federal troops already within the state of Baja California, Reforma reported. 

While there have been no reported injuries in Tijuana, the crime snarled traffic throughout town and temporarily blocked access to the U.S. border crossing.

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Here is an inventory of Mexican states where travel shouldn’t be advised right now:

Do Not Travel To:

– Colima state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Guerrero state as a result of crime.

– Michoacan state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Sinaloa state as a result of crime and kidnapping

– Tamaulipas state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Zacatecas state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

Reconsider Travel To:

– Baja California state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Chihuahua state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Durango state as a result of crime.

– Guanajuato state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Jalisco state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Morelos state as a result of crime.

– Sonora state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

Police officers arrest a resident for alleged robbery in Tijuana, Mexico, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. 

Cops arrest a resident for alleged robbery in Tijuana, Mexico, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. 
(Jonathan Alpeyrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To:

– Aguascalientes state as a result of crime.

– Baja California Sur state as a result of crime.

– Chiapas state as a result of crime.

– Coahuila state as a result of crime.

– Hidalgo state as a result of crime.

– Mexico City as a result of crime.

– Mexico State as a result of crime.

– Nayarit state as a result of crime.

– Nuevo Leon state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Oaxaca state as a result of crime.

– Puebla state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Queretaro state as a result of crime.

– Quintana Roo state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– San Luis Potosi state as a result of crime and kidnapping.

– Tabasco state as a result of crime.

– Tlaxcala state as a result of crime.

– Veracruz state as a result of crime.

Sarah Rumpf is a Fox News Digital Production Assistant. You may reach her on Twitter at @rumpfsarahc 

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