The U.S. Department of State has issued a new Travel Warning for Mexico, but no advisory is in effect for the state of Yucatan, including Merida and Chichen Itza.
The current update reflects changes to U.S. government restrictions on its personnel for highway use in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, and travel around parts of Oaxaca City and the state of Sinaloa.
The U.S. Department of State renewed the Travel Warning for Mexico Tuesday January 19, 2016.
The Department of State reviews Travel Warnings about every six months or as needed to ensure they remain valid and up to date. Below is more information about Travel Warnings and what has been updated in the current version.
- New Travel Warning:
- Previous Travel Warning:
Background on Travel Warnings
- The United States issues Travel Warnings for many countries in the world. There are currently 37 Travel Warnings. They are generally reviewed and updated every six months.
- The Travel Warning for Mexico is uniquely detailed and includes state-by-state assessments that provide information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico.
- Travel Warnings do not reflect the nature of bilateral relations with a country. They are part of a commitment to inform and protect U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad.
- The U.S. Department of State strongly encourages U.S. citizens, whenever they travel abroad, to enroll their plans on travel.state.gov using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and to read the Country Specific Information also found on the site.
Background on the U.S.-Mexico Relationship
- The U.S.-Mexican bilateral relationship is strong and vital. The close partnership and the spirit of cooperation between the two countries reflect deep institutional, economic, personal, and cultural bonds.
- Both countries share a 2,000-mile border, which handles several hundred thousand crossings daily. On average, in 2014 more than $1.6 billion dollars in trade crossed the border every day, making Mexico the U.S. third largest trading partner. This vital relationship involves every U.S. cabinet agency, and the U.S. Department of State is more committed than ever to closely collaborating as partners to achieve security and prosperity for citizens of both countries.
U.S. Tourism in Mexico
- Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including hundreds of thousands who cross the border every day.
- The U.S. government actively encourages U.S. commerce, trade, and investment with Mexico as well as tourism and educational and cultural exchanges.
The U.S. Department of State advises citizens to read the Travel Warning in its entirety.
United States Embassy Travel Warning Fact Sheet
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