by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The U.S. State Department has issued a stark warning for Americans planning travel to Mexico, revising an earlier advisory that urged caution but wasn’t as explicit about the violence now encroaching on popular tourist and resort areas.
In the new travel alert, the State Department listed specific regions popular with American visitors, such as those including Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Playa del Carmen, and Riviera Maya.
“U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery in various Mexican states,” the advisory says.
While noting that there is “no evidence” that gangs or criminal organizations are targeting U.S. citizens, the State Department warned Americans “about the risk of traveling to certain parts of Mexico” and being caught in the crossfire.
“U.S. citizens have been murdered in carjackings and highway robberies, most frequently at night and on isolated roads,” the warning notes.
The U.S. has banned government employees from intercity travel after dark in many areas and urges them to defer non-essential travel.
As a result, “our response time to emergencies involving U.S. citizens may be hampered or delayed.”