State Department Issues Travel Warning For Parts Of Mexico, Including Cancun
00:57, Aug 24, 2017
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Quintana Roo's Tourism Ministry was quick to respond to the advisory, issuing a statement to say travelers to the state are "safe and protected" and the government will keep collaborating with federal and USA officials on security.
Here's what you need to know about the latest Mexicotravel warning.
The State Department further said that the Baja California Sur has dealt with a high rate of homicides.
While Quintana Roo's advisory is now stricter, it isn't included among the most unsafe spots in Mexico, where US government personnel are told to defer non-essential travel.
The U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning Tuesday for anyone planning a trip to certain areas of Mexico. Additionally, there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted US citizens based on their nationality.
The State Department warns of three types of kidnapping: "traditional", in which a victim is physically abducted and held for ransom; "express", in which a victim his held for a short time and forced to withdraw money; and "virtual", in which a victim is coerced by phone threats to provide phone numbers of family and friends, and then isolated until a ransom is paid.
As a result of the warning, the State Department has provided a state-by-state assessment of security conditions throughout Mexico.
"Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured or killed, have occurred" in both states, the warning said.
For Veracruz and Chiapas, the warning prohibits US government personnel from leaving tourist areas or using public transportation.
The alert also warns specifically of carjacking, kidnapping, and highway robbery.
While the government's travel warning notes that resort areas and tourist destinations are usually exempt from much of the of drug-related violence and crime found throughout Mexico, there have been numerous cases of American citizens being kidnapped or even killed during turf battles between criminal groups.
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