The U.S. State Department updated its travel warning for Mexico yesterday, replacing the warning that had been in place since April 22, 2011. This latest travel warning endeavors to clarify to travelers which areas of Mexico are to be avoided, and which ones are considered safe. The biggest difference with this travel warning in comparison with its predecessors is the inclusion of links to a map which shows the specific areas discussed. I think this is a great help, as most people are very unclear about Mexico's geography and the map may help people to visualize the extent of Mexico and the exact location of the various destinations. I suspect this change was made because the State Department has (as have I) been inundated with questions by people contemplating travel to Mexico about whether the area they're considering visiting is safe or not.
This travel warning also lists places that are popular tourist destinations and are considered safe, and specifically states that there is no advisory in effect for those places. These include the following Mexican states: Baja California Sur, Campeche, Chiapas, Estado de Mexico, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tlaxcala and Yucatan. I think this warning is a vast improvement over the State Department's previous travel warnings in terms of its clarity. Read the full text of the travel warning at the U.S. Department of State website: February 2012 Mexico Travel Warning.
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