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Full Detailed State Department Travel Advisory to Mexico and travel tips

Friday, January 12, 2018 9:18
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By Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

After the U.S. State department’s 10.10.2018 Mexico travel warnings, many people were confused and wondered why a certain city or state was not on the list.  The fact is, main stream media chooses to highlight certain locals and only include a morsel of the overall listings.  For whatever reason seldom is the actual warning republished in full. I have uploaded the warning to my scribd page and embedded it in this post.  This gives you a total and accurate account of the advisory.

It lists states, cities, level of caution, with level 4 being the greatest warning, stating an entire state should be off limits regarding travel. It also gives specifics to each locale and what restrictions imposed on government employees.

As far as travel, some common sense actions should be followed, like the use of ATMs, or which taxis to use or avoid, but since narco violence is fluid, one really should check and know before you go.  

Check the State Department website.  

If information confuses, call the consulate ask for recent activity.

I advise that in most cases if you check the position of the U.S. government, regarding travel by government employees, that is a pretty good compass.

Check consulate/embassy websites for advisories and advice for specific travel.

Register with STEP. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 
  • Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  • Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  • Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. 

Don’t rely on news articles.  They are grossly wrong or incomplete.  Examples; a recent story headline  “11 killed in Acapulco”  when in fact it was a ejido dispute with the government over 2 hours travel time away from Aca. [See the distance in the map below.]

Or the reporting on “Los Cabos”.  Headlines touting an incident “in the tourist mecca Cabos” without clarifying it was in San Jose not San Lucas.  A world of difference.   Although there are no advisories on either. Be aware, informed, careful, but also be smart in knowing what the truth is.

Remember, 20 million trips to Mexico by Americans each year with extremely little violence occurring.  And the state department tacks all incidents and are made public each year.  Drowning is a threat in places like Cabo San Lucas,  not physical harm.

The travel advisory document below,  can be adjusted for specific viewing by using the icons at bottom or linking to my scribd page and using the tools there.


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