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Mexico Travel Warning: Avoid Border Areas

By March 16, 2010

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The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for the Mexico border area following the deaths of three people with connections to the U.S. embassy in Ciudad Juarez (a consular worker and her husband, both U.S. citizens, and the Mexican husband of another consular employee) on Sunday, March 14.

From the State Department: "Recent violent attacks have prompted the U.S. Embassy to urge U.S. citizens to delay unnecessary travel to parts of Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahua states and advise U.S. citizens residing or traveling in those areas to exercise extreme caution." The State Department has also authorized the departure of the dependents of U.S. government personnel from U.S. consulates in the Northern Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros. Read the full text of the travel warning.

The Canadian government has also issued a warning against travel to Ciudad Juarez: "Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against non-essential travel to Ciudad Juárez, due to escalating violence linked to drug trafficking."

For information about past Mexico travel alerts and warnings, and the difference between a travel warning and a travel alert, read Mexico Travel Alerts and Warnings.

March 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(1) Cat says:

We just recently traveled through Nogales. While there may be problems in that area, we saw no signs of the “war zone” that is being reported in the news. There are some very bad areas in Mexico, but they are no worse than LA or any other big city in the US. I actually felt safer in Mexico than I do in the US. You still need to use caution and use your head, but do not believe all that you read on the internet. Experience has shown us that it is only about 50% accurate.

May 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm
(2) concerned says:

Please do not travel to Chihuahua!! My sons 5 year old brother was kidnapped at gunpoint 2 nights ago! A car pulled up to them as they were walking and 2 gunmen got out , shot at the ground and grabbed him from his Dads arms! The kidnappers then fled the scene with the little boy. They are demanding a ransom, which his parents cannot afford. At this moment, they do not know if he is alive or dead. He is a U.S. Citizen and they were there to visit his sick Grandmother… PLEASE do not travel there!! Especially with children!!

July 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm
(3) maxine says:

Is it safe to travel to Puerto Vallarta?

July 19, 2010 at 10:58 am
(4) gomexico says:

Maxine, You can read about safety in Puerto Vallarta on our forum here: is travel to Mexico dangerous?.

January 23, 2011 at 5:23 am
(5) Mexico Guy says:

No surprise about Mexico. I would suggest places like the Dominican Republic.

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