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What parts of Mexico the US government recommends not to visit due to the risk of crime and kidnapping?

Travel advice to Mexico has been updated over an increase in violent crime levels in multiple Mexican states. Only two states are said to be “normal”.

Police officers stand at a scene where a vehicle has been set alight by members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) following the detention of one of its leaders by Mexican federal forces, in Zapopan, in Jalisco state, Mexico August 9, 2022. REUTERS/Fernando Carranza

After a recent review into travel for US citizens to Mexico, the State Department has issued sweeping changes to its advice. Now, nearly all travel to Mexico is not recommended.

The summary described violent crime as “widespread and common” as well as explaining the limited support the US state can offer. US government employees are prohibited from visiting many areas and emergency services are only available in cities.

Here are the official warnings:

Do Not Travel To:

Reconsider Travel To:

Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To:

Exercise Normal Precautions When Traveling To:

What has made Mexico so dangerous?

Thousands of troops have been deployed in Mexican states to combat a rise in gang violence. Last Friday, 30 vehicles were abandoned and burned blocking a highway in Baja California state. In Tijuana, known for its links with drug rings and organised crime, a gangland power struggle meant citizens stayed indoors last weekend and the mayor was forced to plead with gangs to stop the violence.

“Today we are saying to the organized crime groups that are committing these crimes, that Tijuana is going to remain open and take care of its citizens,” Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero said in a video.

In response, the Mexican federal government has deployed thousands more police as well as army units to the state. As evidenced by the updated travel risks, this problem is not confined to Baja California.


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